:Dark Delights: Chad Armstrong
Dark Delights with Ladyaslan Presents:
Chad Armstrong – Deimosimine
Ladyaslan: Welcome, Chad. Thanks for joining me here on Dark Delights. What should my readers, aka “Baby bats,” know about you and your movie Horror of Deimosimine? Where did the concept come from? What is the “darkness” and “light” of this movie?
Chad Armstrong: Horror of Deimosimine is actually just the name of the Facebook page; due to their weird rules we had to add “Horror Of” for them to accept the page title. So the film is just called Deimosimine. This is a drug that opiate addicts take in order to get sober. The drug reacts to the chemicals in the brain giving them the most terrifying hallucinations, which in turn, scares the shit out of them enough so they never want to touch any drugs again.
However, we meet a girl named Cindy (played by Ashley Coughlin) who has some mental issues that are unbeknownst to the doctor, so she starts believing these hallucinations are real. So without giving too much away, things get bloody as she fights for her survival against these “creatures.”
Ladyaslan: What inspired you to get into directing (especially in the horror genre)?
Chad Armstrong: Love horror. It’s so creative and doesn’t have to be so formula driven. You can do what you want, how you want, whether it makes sense or not. It’s truly open-ended—the world can be whatever you want, any type of genre.
I started out doing makeup FX just out of high school. My first film set I was on was Wayne Kramer’s (Running Scared) Blazeland. The movie never came out, but I fell in love with the filmmaking process and that’s when I decided I wanted to make them.
Ladyaslan: Summarize the movie Deimosimine in one to three sentences as if you were speaking to someone unfamiliar with your film work and its topic.
Chad Armstrong: Deimosimine is a very strange, bloody, funny, and surreal film that hasn’t really been done before, all with practical FX, including over four main creatures.
Ladyaslan: How did you come up with the cure-all “magical drug” for heroin addicts? What drew you in to direct this film?
Chad Armstrong: Well, my wife came up with the concept of the story about the drug, the hallucinations, etc. I gave the idea to a writer who did a first draft and he actual came up with the name of the drug, Deimosimine. His name is Ray Scanlon and is a great writer, but I just don’t think he got the weirdness I was looking for, for the film. So I gave the writing duties over to Andrew Thompson, our Editor-In-Chief (and co-owner) of LeglessCorpse.com and LC Films, and he just nailed the script out of the park. So as far as the concept, story, and the name of the drug goes, I have to give credit to my wife (Jamie Hitt), Andrew, and Ray.
I wanted to direct it because it was a great concept. With the hallucinations, monsters, blood, the humor, it was certainly something I really could get into. Besides, after Jamie pitched me the concept she said, “You should make it,” so I felt challenged at that point. I honestly don’t think I would take her seriously and at this point she probably regrets saying it [laughs].
Ladyaslan: What was the best part of working on set of the Deimosimine?
Chad Armstrong: Absolutely, hands down, no questions asked, the cast and crew. They are all making this happen, their talents amaze me each and every day on set. It’s like a big family; we have tons of fun and laughs but we get what needs to get done, done, and for the most part on schedule or ahead of schedule. And I can’t mention all this without a special mention of our class clowns of our hair and makeup gals. They are great to work with and you never know what’s going to happen with those three. Just for the record they are Mayela Serrano, Ginger Vandiver, and Tara G. Merryman. There, just to make it official!
Ladyaslan: What sage advice would you give to young, new filmmakers and actors starting out?
Chad Armstrong: Just do it. No matter what equipment you have, no matter how much experience you’ve got, just go for it. If you don’t, you will never grow, you will never reach your full potential. And don’t listen to the haters, just keep doing what you love. Two things will come out of it. You will eventual make a film that you are proud of, and may even be successful, but most importantly the memories and the good times you have are even more important. Never take yourself too seriously and always be approachable. You only live once; live how you want to, not how people expect you to!
Ladyaslan: What are the three words that best describe you?
Chad Armstrong: Crazy, insane, sarcastic
Ladyaslan: Are you a publicity-lover or publicity shy?
Chad Armstrong: I’m a publicity-lover if I’ve had a few drinks in me. Without them I am dreadfully publicity shy. I have people anxiety, but nothing a few prescribed beers can’t tame.
Ladyaslan: I love movies and I’m always interested in the genre tastes of my friends. Tell me your five favorite movies.
Chad Armstrong: The cliché one is A Nightmare On Elm Street. I know, I know everyone says that, but it’s a great film! Then in no specific order: Se7en, Chasing Sleep, Session 9, and Cellar Dweller.
Ladyaslan: Have you ever had any paranormal experiences? If so, what were they?
Chad Armstrong: Luckily no. I don’t plan on having any in the near future. I’m just honing my skills at haunting people after I’m dead.
Ladyaslan: [Laughs] GREAT ANSWER! What is the one issue you feel most passionately about?
Chad Armstrong: Issues…like world issues? I’m not a political guy at all. I hate animal and child abuse, cancer, and pretty much every politician I’ve ever seen in my 44 years [laughs].
Ladyaslan: If you were given the chance to go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
Chad Armstrong: Oh damn! That’s a tough one. I would probably not have taken years out of filmmaking and being a part of the film community. If I had those years back, who knows where I’d be now.
Ladyaslan: Everyone’s running for President these days, so why not you? Tell me your campaign slogan.
Chad Armstrong: I am. Everyone please write-in Chad Adrian Armstrong for president this November! My slogan is “I won’t fix shit but neither will the other candidates.” See, honesty should account for something. That slogan right there deserves to get me in the White House!
Ladyaslan: Last but NOT least, where can my readers/Baby bats get more information on you?
**About Ladyaslan – She is a published Gothic poet and horror erotica novelist. Ladyaslan’s second book was just released on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other established book retailers internationally. Check out Lipstick & Absinthe and her other books at the link below and on Facebook.
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