To start things off, can you introduce yourself to the readers?
I am Michael S. Rodriguez, a Filmmaker, producer and occasional actor in the Horror genre. I've been active in all departments since 2011, writing and directing horror shorts and a few feature films.
Storytelling has been my passion all my life and I've been very fortunate to bring my stories to the ultimate platform in my opinion, The Silver Screen.
What is the best thing about working in horror?
The best thing about Horror and working in the genre is that it has absolutely no boundaries. You can split horror into several subgenres, even dip into romance and comedy and still have scares for the audience.
Can you say anything about your movie you have been in?
In Last American Horror Show Vol 2 which is set to release in 2021 I play a Sheriff in a segment titled Reformation. He was an interesting character to study as he was this authority figure that is typically supposed to have all the answers, but was tired and frustrated because he didn't. At the same time he has to wear this mask of false hope and be supportive to towards the victim's family. I really enjoyed the role.
What inspired you to be a actor?
I believe deep down we all enjoy pretending here and there. The opportunity to step outside your own character and create a believable existence is an art form. I love art and creating it. I guess you can say the inspiration has been lifelong.
How did you prepare for the role?
I paced the hall in my home for hours using several different tones of voice until I found right one to deliver the pages of dialogue and also the luck of having friends law enforcement that coached in police procedures helped out quite a bit.
Can you tell us about the greatest moment in your film career?
I would have to say seeing my first feature film's title( Last American Horror Show) displayed on a movie theater marquee for the first time. It was at a theater that my late father often took me to as a child, so it meant a lot to me.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
Well I have two feature films set for release soon. Covid-19 unfortunately postponed it from happening in 2020, but ridding this virus and normalizing our way of life is more important at this time. So in 2021 look for Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake and my sequel to Last American Horror Show which will be Vol. 2.
What was the project you learned the most from?
That would have to be the very first project I directed and produced. Night of the Sea Monkey Starring the legendary Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, Shivers, Cat People). It was a crash course in everything. From time management to standing up for your vision of the film. It's a time I will never forget and one that has made me an ever evolving director.
What is the last horror film you saw? What did you think of it?
The last one I caught was Tales From the Hood 3. I'm a huge fan of the original, in fact I remember seeing that on opening day in a theater back in the 90's.
The second film was a tad disappointing so I was hoping they'd go back to the winning formula that made the original such a classic. My thoughts on 3 are this.
Although it is an improvement over 2, Hood 3 is still missing key ingredients that made the original shine. Especially the humor. I'd say check it out for yourself as I am not a film critic.
What is your favorite horror movie and why?
That's always going to be Jaws for so many reasons. Jaws is that movie that made most kids afraid to take baths or jump into a body of water in the moonlight after it's release.
It was a generations boogyman from the deep. It still scares me today and is my go to movie for inspiration.
If you could work with any actors or actresses who would they be and why?
I am known for and enjoy working with cult film actors. To me they are my heroes. They are the ones that came across my TV set as I sat on the living room carpet. I'd say of those that are still around I'll give you a short list.
Lee Majors because, well he's the Six Million Dollar Man. Terry Kiser because he's the quintessential TV Bad Guy/ Heavy. Pam Grier because she is the personification of female hero and last but not least Mark Blankfield who was a tremendous comedic actor in the early 80's on TV and Film.
Where can we find out more about you and your work?
I have an IMDb listing under Michael S. Rodriguez (I), Instagram @msrstudios1 and of Course Facebook.
What is your personal definition of horror?
Well for me I don't go beyond the topical reactions.horror gets like clutching the hand next to you or jumping out of your seats. I don't have a philosophy on what defines horror. I do know that most of us fear what we can't explain or what we can't anticipate. Which causes the reactions I've.mentioned.
To me horror is that tripple looped rollercoaster with that dark tunnel at the bottom of that sudden drop at the beginning. No matter how many.times.you wait in line and have been on it, nothing prepares you for that feeling you get when you drop into darkness.
Favorite country or place?
My movie career.started in Arizona and despite it being quite warm in the state I do enjoy my visits and the sights. Several parts of Arizona get used quite often in major film Productions past and present.
Did you know anything about Sweden?
I do know that the country has several islands and inland lakes as well as castles that are still standing today. I'm sure they are beautiful in person.
Anything else you want to mention?
Please check out Last American Horror currently available on Amazon Prime, Tubi TV and other streaming platforms during your Witching Season and Thank You for the interview!