Thursday, March 20, 2014
Son Of Celluloid's Video Interview With Fred Vogel
It was getting close to midnight on a cold Sunday night in February. The madness that was Days of the Dead Atlanta 2014 was over. Most of the celebrities were on their planes home and the unconventional conventionalists had returned to their lairs to sleep off their buzzes and gush over the treasures they purchased. Those of us left at the hotel were brutally tired. The walking dead weren't all on TV that evening. I can't speak for everyone, but I was in that weird space where you're simultaneously hung over from the previous three nights and still drunk from that day. It was at this bleary-eyed witching hour that one of the coolest events of the weekend occurred.
I had been trying to get together with Fred Vogel, who I refer to as the Patron Saint of the Underground, for an interview all weekend. He was busy as hell, as was I, so the calm after the storm proved to be the right time to sit down for a chat. If I need to explain who he is, then report to Remedial Independent Horror101 on the double. Few people embody the SOC battle cry of "SUPPORT INDEPENDENT HORROR" like him. Fred (along with his lovely wife Shelby), is the mastermind behind TOETAG Inc. He's been spreading the sickness for almost a decade and a half with movies like Redsin Tower, Sella Turcica, Maskhead, Murder Collection, and the infamous August Underground trilogy.
The original plan was to chop this interview up and incorporate it into episoides of The Son Of Celluloid Show, but since the show is taking so long and this interview is too good to hack up (although that would be kinda fitting), I decided to go ahead and put it out there. My only regret is turning the camera off. Once the official interview was over, he hung out and shot the shit for about an hour, all of which was a golden education in the world of indie horror. Talking to Fred was a true pleasure, and I think you'll dig the video.
For all of your TOETAG Needs, go to http://www.toetag.biz/