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Interview conducted by Joanna K. Neilson

Joanna K. Neilson: First of all, thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me for Horror DNA. It was great to take a look at your new film, Mollywood. I’ve assembled a few questions here, which I hope you’ll have some fun with! Why did you pick the serial killing genre of horror?

Morocco Vaughn: Although I didn’t write the film, the thought of a killer in the club drew my interest. I’d call it a thriller over horror. It has some horror elements. 

JN: What do you think makes Mollywood stand out the most against the crowd?

MV: I think it’s off the beaten path and it’s from a killer’s perspective.

JN: What horror film, and film director influenced you (I notice the ‘Seven’ style of lighting in many areas) while you were making it?

MV: Lighting-wise, I was inspired by The Dark Knight and John Wick 2.

JN: How important is music, and the genre of music in Mollywood, to you in your everyday life, and for making your films?

MV: Good question. I worked on it [Mollywood] for months without scoring then the score changed the tone of the film. I re-did all the music to pair with each scene. 

JN: Anything you’d like to say about using religion as a drive for the killer? Was that meaningful to you?

MV: Yes, I like the fact that he used it as excuse up until the end. Then he admits he just likes killing people.

JN: How do you personally feel about drug culture, and was there any moralistic intention behind involving it so heavily?

MV: I’m conflicted about drug culture. I experimented, but never tried the hard stuff. My father battled with crack and my brother spent his life on heroin. Being a parent, I’m scared of my kids trying any drugs.

mollywood largeJN: There are great gruesome special effects (the eye-melting in particular)! Did any blow the budget and would you use any more or different SFX/VFX techniques again in future films?

MV: Yes, I had to fight for the little bits and pieces. I like practical EFX vs. VFX. Budget was an issue with production because we only had so many clothes and the neck slack was a one-take deal. The gunshots were also done in one take. I wish I had more gags.

Yes, you will see a lot more from me in the future. 

JN: How did the actors respond to the stunt work, and were any stunts riskier than expected?

MV: Vinicius Machado and Micah Fitzgerald were up for it all. Both got pretty beat up, but stayed the course. We were very safe, but fight scenes were tough.

JN: How did the cast respond to the subject matter?

MV: They loved it, but one actor left because she was appalled by it.

JN: Do you have any personal experiences that relate to the urban environment in the film?

MV: Well, I’ve witnessed shootings, but nothing like the film. 

JN: Would you choose to have a female protagonist in a future film?

MV: I love female leads. I would have to make a female lead standout. I like what Jordan Peele did with Red.

JN: What was the most challenging part to direct?

MV: The final Chase breakdown in the club before he was shot was the most challenging part to direct. The dialog was long but meaningful and the blocking was torture.

JN: What was the most fun part to direct?

MV: Bijou firing that assault rifle and Chase slashing the neck were the most fun parts to direct.

JN: Would you do a lighter or darker film in the future? What's next?

MV: Both. I want to have range and not be confined to one genre. I’m just a film fan who finally got to do one. 

I have a script called Outside Looking In. It’s a psycho-thriller about a black couple that adopts a white problem child with very dark secrets. I have another one called Crackers about inner city youths who use credit card fraud and other white-collar crimes to gain popularity on social media.

Horror DNA would like to thank Morocco for taking the time to spend with us. You can buy Mollywood by clicking the link below.

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About The Author
Joanna K. Neilson
Staff Reviewer
Favourite film ever watched is Alien (1979), but usually prefers to ingest her horror with a dollop of comedy relief…though the dusty charm of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1971) and the black and white lure of Psycho (1960) continues to draw her in. Found Baskin weirdly hilarious. Finds Finding Nemo godawful. Adores H.P. Lovecraft and has sort-of pilgrimed to his grave in Providence - very tidy. Very long walk. Half-expected cats and cultists to be set up all around it but sadly, just signs saying ‘no photos’ in the cemetery.
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