DS: Outside of actual murder, basically I learned by watching and working with other FX artists, reading books and practicing and perfecting my methods. I’ve never had any formal training. I’ve been working on movies for almost 10 years, and every time I work on a movie set there is something new to be learned. I create all the special effects for Post Mortem Pinups and the majority of the special effects work in the movies I direct, outside of major body casting and a few larger effects where I call in my friends to help (Mad props to Tim Considine, Monster in My Closet, 1313FX, Wicked FX and Josh Potter!). I also get consistent work as a SPFX artist on feature films as well as live events. To keep my skills sharp, and to network with other zombie lovers, in 2007 I founded the NYC Zombie Crawl which sets up zombie events in NYC as well as other markets. Since then we’ve been hired by many different groups to create zombie effects including Sega, the Tribeca Film Festival, Sony Records, NBC, Bravo TV and many more. We even helped out with the theatrical release of Diary of the Dead in NYC! You can check that out at www.nyczombiecrawl.com, we host public free events at the end of May and October every year. Hundreds of zombies rise from the grave to drink with us!
G&C: Squirting zombie lust, sexorcisms, and infernal fellatio have great comedic value. Do you find the natures of Post Mortem Pinups a more serious balance and expression to the cinematic “horror porn” parodies you make?
Post-Mortem Pinups is definitely a different animal than my horror-porn work. While I don’t take anything too seriously I think the Post-Mortem Pinups are more serious in tone, that is why the girls are not posing as zombies or gored up and laughing and being sexy. They are just dead. They don’t move, they just decay. Whereas in my horror-porn work (the AVN Award winning “Re-Penetrator” and nominated “The XXXorcist”, as well as the upcoming “Evil Head”), it is definitely a lot more campy and tongue-in-cheek as well as other places.
G&C: Does rigor mortis in sak(mann) and the concept of a “dead fuck” have more appeal for you these days? Has all of this sex and death artistic expression affected your personal love life in any weird and wild ways?
DS: No, for those of you who think that my work is a reflection of my sex life in anyway you’d be disappointed...I’m not really into having a girl be dead or pretend to be dead while I do her from behind. I will tell you though that a bit of fake blood play is always a good time, just watch what you stick to, you may get bruises. Also, I’m into zombie sex but that is only because I spend a good percentage of my time dressed as a zombie for one reason or another, and so does my girlfriend.
G&C: One morning all of your naked girlfriends awaken to find you stiff in bed but not in a good way. Well except for that red head cause she rode you anyway but she has issues. How do you want to die and what do you want done with your body?
DS: Actually, I did think about this quite a bit when I was younger...I thought it would be cool to have my skull preserved and placed on a plaque or a pedestal, like a museum display. It would be even cooler to have it dyed so it glowed in the blacklight. I went to a lot of raves back then. Nowadays I have thoughts to donate my body to Gunther von Hagens for body plasticization...I would prefer it to be one where the skin is stripped so you are not really recognizable, I think it would be kinda creepy to be on display naked where everyone can recognize you after you’re dead.
G&C: Have you ever considered a career in actual crime scene photography or do you prefer your death more latex and corn syrupy?
DS: I would totally be down to do some actual crime scene photography, and with the economy in the state that it is, I may just take it up as a part time job! I bet it pays pretty good too! I actually know a few morticians and am working on setting up a few morgue visits to get some real life study going on, maybe even get my hands all up in there!
G&C: Are you a necrophilic voyeur with a blood fetish or will you ever come in front of the camera? (pun intended)
DS: Maybe I have, maybe I haven’t, and that’s for me to know and you to find out...when I go to trial in 2012 for all those videos they dug up in the Pen Argyl Cemetery.
G&C: Do you ever wander around the ICU and do some impromptu casting? Ever wheel out a hottie and wheel back in a coldie?
DS: No, I actually think it’s better to let them die in there, and then I can take some pictures afterwards.
G&C: What do you think of Munging? And would you ever show it in a movie? In 3D?
DS: Personally, I think Munging is something that loved ones do in the privacy of their own homes. While I have not shot a full blown mung on film (yet), my horror-porns ‘Re-Penetrator’ and ‘The XXXorcist’ both feature scenes of internal matter expelling from a young woman’s vaginal area into the face (and genital area) of an un-expecting mungee. Will it happen in ‘Evil Head’? You’ll have to wait and see...I will tell you though, that ‘Evil Head’ will have all the chainsaw sex and tree rape that was missing from the original classic!
G&C: What’s next in the grave for Post Mortem Pinups?
DS: Correction: WHOs next in the grave for Post Mortem Pinups! We’ve already slaughtered eight vixens; Chapel Waste, Draven Star, Gia Paloma, Joanna Angel, Melodie Gore, Morgan Mae, Page Morgan and Riley Mason. I’m working towards four more to complete a 2010 calendar, and I have a lot of options for whose next on the chopping block...you’ll just have to stay tuned to www.postmortempinups.com to find out who is next! We also have a limited number of 11x17 full color prints available on the website...aside from ordering them online, Post Mortem Pinups are now on sale in the Los Angeles area exclusively at the awesome Hyaena Gallery in Burbank! You can go there and check them out in person at 1928 W. Olive Ave, Burbank CA 91506! www.hyaenagallery.com
G&C: Outside of all the death and destruction, what else do you do? Or is it just that?
DS: I’ve been promoting my Punk Rock Holocaust series, two slasher comedy movies I directed based on the Vans Warped Tour now out on DVD with a third in development (www.punkrockholocaust.com). Outside of the bloodshed, we just finished our 7th annual rock n’ roll film fest, the Backseat Film Festival (www.backseatfilmfestival.com) with our production company Backseat Conceptions (www.backseatconceptions.com). In conjunction with the festival, we also opened a new indie theater and live arts venue in Philadelphia called the 941 Theater (www.941theater.com), which is the first indie movie theater to open in Philly in the last 10 years! And finally, I have been hosting and producing a lot of live events with Strip for Pain: America’s Most Dangerous Game Show (www.stripforpain.com). Go to the website and you will see why we call it that.
G&C: Fill in the blank; Girls and Corpses make me want to...?
DS: Girls and Corpses gives me a stiff one for sure!