To start things off, can you introduce yourself to the readers?
My name is Dustin Ferguson, aka “Dark Infinity”. I've directed over 100 feature films and 100 music videos in the last 15 years. I also Act occasionally and make music as well. I own my own distribution company called SCS Entertainment, and am located in Southern California.
What is the best thing about working in horror?
Horror requires a lot of imagination, so as a creative person myself, I enjoy unleashing the mind and creating both fun experiences and challenges for myself that help me evolve as an Artist.
Can you say anything about your movie you have been in?
I was recently in “Blade: The Iron Cross”, which is the newest installment in Full Moon's infamous “Puppet Master” franchise. I was head of the “Newspaper Staff” and also played the stand-in for Supporting Actor Noel Jason Scott when he has his confrontation with “Blade”. That's my hand getting pierced by his spikes! Additionally, I was a Production Assistant on the movie so I got in on a lot of the behind-the-camera action as well.
One really memorable moment was helping set up an attack scene with Blade that takes place towards the end of the movie. We had his hanging on a rope so he could use his hook to glade down it to make his attack. There were also a lot of crickets chirping in the walls of the basement of the location we filmed in, so I was constantly having to bang my hands on the walls before takes in certain areas to get them to stop for a moment so we could have clean audio.
The film was just released last month and is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD from FullMoonDirect.com!
What inspired you to be a actor?
I usually only stick to cameos because I enjoy working behind the camera more. I also enjoy spotting “Director Cameos” in the Horror films I loved growing up, so really it's just a means of me keeping that tradition alive. Normally, I only do it if it entails a fun or gruesome death scene, because that's fun to watch back in the movie.
But there has been times too like in my made-for-TV movie “The Beast Beneath” where I really needed to add some run time to the length of the movie, so I expanded my cameo into an actual role with a few scenes leading up to my demise.
How did you prepare for the role?
Being a full time Director, I know what to look for in Actors that help sell the emotion and motivations on screen. So it's fairly easy to adapt those methods myself when I am in front of the camera.
In college I took several Public Speaking classes which I think not only gave me the confidence to speak and speak well on camera and in front of crowds, but it's also helped in situations like accepting awards and giving promotional interviews for my projects.
Can you tell us about the greatest moment in your film career?
Directing “Nemesis 5” in early 2017, because it's the film that pushed me to move from Nebraska to California and pursue my dream full time. And then about a year later when I was hired to work on “Blade: The Iron Cross”.
I grew up a big fan of Full Moon movies, so as a filmmaker, it sort of a goal of mine and seen as “the ultimate” to work on a Full Moon movie. I know there will be many more in my future, but those two were both pivotal moments in my career so far.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
We just finished “Arachnado”, which is the newest installment in my “Pandemic” series and it releases to DVD and VOD on Thanksgiving.
I also release my newest Horror documentary called “Stale Popcorn & Sticky Floors” on Halloween. We are just wrapping up “Amityville In The Hood” for Wild Eye Releasing, and my next made-for-TV movie “Rattlers 2” starts shooting next month!
What was the project you learned the most from?
“Jaws Los Angeles” was my first full-fledged big production after moving to California. I learned a lot about the way film productions work here on a smaller scale and what sort of limitations I had with my new surroundings. I also learned a lot from making my latest documentary “Direct To Video”.
We interviewed dozens of Directors, Actors, Special F/X Artists and more from the era I grew up in (the 80s and 90s) and it was very eye opening and inspiring to me...especially now that I am where they were then both physically and mentally.
What is the last horror film you saw?
Honestly, “Tales From The Hood 3”! I am a big fan of the original 1995 movie and have been looking forward to the new installment.
It also served a double purpose because I was watching/re-watching a lot of classic “Hood”-themed Horror films in preparation for my newest “Amityville” film.
What did you think of it?
I loved it. It certainly wasn't as good as the original film, which is a classic. But it was a big step up from Part 2, which was only released a year prior, but really missed the mark. They brought back Spike Lee to the project and I felt that elevated the whole thing in many ways.
I recommend it to fans of both Horror anthologies and urban Horror!
What is your favorite horror movie and why?
It's a tie between 1974's “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and 1982's “Halloween III: Season of The Witch”. “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” was the first movie I ever bought with my allowance, when I was maybe 10 years old. It taught me at a very early age how to appreciate the beauty and artistry of Horror. It's a very intelligently crafted film that really resonates with the viewer and launched the entire “Slasher” sub-genre that came after it. It's a “perfect” Horror film if you ask me, and so is “Halloween III: Season of The Witch”.
While hated by some because of it's exclusion of Michael Myers, I feel it's an extremely underrated classic. It was a head of the times with it's message about mass consumerism and the effects of advertising on children. The film is also oozing with atmosphere and an excellent sense of early 80s Halloween nostalgia. It's a really fun and suspenseful story with a pulsating soundtrack. It's a most watch every Halloween season!
If you could work with any actors or actresses who would they be and why?
I would be honored to work with either Stacey Nelkin or Tom Atkins from “Halloween III: Season of The Witch”.
I also have plans to work with Clint Howard in my upcoming zombie film “Hell of The Screaming Undead”, which I am looking forward to. We interviewed him in “Direct To Video” and he's a really great guy!
Where can we find out more about you and your work?
You can follow me on Facebook or the SCS Entertainment page. We also have a streaming service on Vimeo called “SoCal Cinema Studios On Demand” as well as our own DVD Store on Kunaki.
What is your personal definition of horror?
An escape from reality that allows you to achieve strong emotions in a (usually) safe environment.
Favorite country or place?
I haven't been to many places outside the United States, but here I really love Southern California, where I am located now. It's always warm and sunny. I'm only a few miles from mountains in one direction, the Ocean/beach in another direction, Hollywood in another direction and the desert in the other direction. I'm very happy and successful here and am honored to now call it “home”.
Did you know anything about Sweden?
I know they have produced some classic Horror films like 1922's “Haxan”, as well at the 80s “Evil Ed” and more modern “Let The Right One In”. They've also got a huge “Death Metal” scene which I am also a fan of!
Anything else you want to mention?
I also have a new spoken-word “Halloween” album called “The House on Halloween Hill” that you can pick up for only $9.99 at our DVD Store below!