Mark Morris Talks “Vampire Resurrection” 

Mark Morris, Interview 

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Mark Morris’ is an aspiring filmmaker and makes his full-feature debut with “Vampire Resurrection”. Morris offers a family-friendly approach to Horror with his film. Morris penned the script. He also served as director, cinematographer, and stars in “Vampire Resurrection”. Staff Contributor, Stacy Cox conducted the following online interview with Mark Morris.

Morris sheds light on his upcoming film “Vampire Resurrection”!

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DecayMag.com: “Vampire Resurrection” is an interesting film to say the least. I am curious to know, what motivated you to do a family-friendly vampire film, rather than the “traditional” classic, dark and morbid vampire film?

Mark Morris:

“I wanted to make horror accessible in a fun original entertaining way with a good story All ages like Horror so why should it just be for adults. Adults will like this But maybe not the more hardcore fans. After reading the review I watched the trailers to Goosebumps and the Monster Squad and sadly I liked both.”

DecayMag.com: Two Part Question: Looking at your filmography, I think it’s safe to assume that you favor the vampire genre. “Evil of the Vampires”, “Vampire Gang Origins”, “Vampire Resurrection”.

  • What has inspired your interest in vampires?

Mark Morris:

“I like the old Vampire films but I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite genre. The previous two films I made were shorts and test films to prepare for Vampire Resurrection. When I work on a project like this I give it a lot of thought and stare deeply into the subject matter. I wanted to create an alternative world for the viewer. I believe we did create a world and space with this.”

  • Do you intend on branching into other Horror sub-genres in the near future?

Mark Morris:

“I wouldn’t say no But of the 12 films I want to make there is only one that is horror and needs a Hollywood budget There is another but that is more tales of the unexpected. This film has been left open to a sequel, though.”

DecayMag.com: The plot for “Vampire Resurrection” is very interesting and familiar. Were you inspired by any other films of the vampire genre while developing the plot and story?

Mark Morris:

“Thank you for saying so. Although set in the Vampire world the film is about a family in conflict with each other but come together in the end.”

DecayMag.com: In the action scenes in “Vampire Resurrection”, the stunts look authentic. Are the stunts planned out, or did the cast make up their own stunts?

Mark Morris: 

“The shoots were very well planned But if we saw opportunities to try different things and we had time then I would always try to shoot more.”

DecayMag.com: The acting in “Vampire Resurrection”. I got the feel that the acting was spontaneous. Did the cast adhere to the script or is the film more of an improvisational, free-roaming project?

Mark Morris:

“The cast followed the dialogue written with very few pieces of improvisation. I’d argue the reason it feels spontaneous is down to good performances.”

DecayMag.com: You have many roles in the making of “Vampire Resurrection”; writer, director, producer, cinematographer, as well as starring in your own film. What were the challenges you had to overcome across while keeping up with your ever changing roles?

Mark Morris:

“Donning all these hats gave me a freedom to make the film in a way that couldn’t be done at this level. I really enjoyed the challenge and very proud of what we achieved.”

DecayMag.com: What were the reasons for taking on so many roles in the film production process? Would you attempt such an endeavor again for your next project?

Mark Morris:

“We were a collaboration project The reward for the actors is the role in the film But the reward for the Crew is not so obvious and so unpaid is a big ask unless it is to gain experience. The big problem is do I allow a DP wanting to learn such massive power and control and risk the film? And possibly be the cause of disagreements that could at this level tear the film apart. But I would still get involved in overseeing it I would love to have a professional DP and I’d be happy to take just one role. Director or Actor. And yes both would be good too.”

DecayMag.com: When will “Vampire Resurrection” get  its release, what are your plans as far as distribution? Will there be a theatrical release, limited release, or a straight to DVD or video on demand?

Mark Morris:

“I would love a theatrical release And I take a top-down approach But I leave that to the professionals. Already I am making mistakes in marketing. I feel I should have forewarned you this is not an out and out horror.”

DecayMag.com: It states that “Vampire Resurrection” is family-friendly, however, there is still some intense violence like you would see in a classic vampire flick. What would you classify “Vampire Resurrection” as in terms of age rating and content?

Mark Morris:

“To get a family friendly rating Some of the violence did cause concern but I would still rate it as 12 in today’s world. Dr. Who often has its moments And there is a lot on TV now that makes the violence in Vampire Resurrection look tame.”

DecayMag.com: The poster art for “Vampire Resurrection” takes a very simplistic and minimalist approach. Is this the final art cover or do you have other variations that you are choosing from?

Mark Morris:

“There are variations.”

DecayMag.com: Seeing how your other projects have been short films and “Vampire Resurrection” being your first full-length feature, what are your experiences on this project that you’ll hope to approach differently in you next film?

Mark Morris:

“Budget. Budget and more Budget.”

DecayMag.com: Do you have any memorable stories that you care to share regarding times on the set and behind the scenes with the cast and crew?

Mark Morris:

“I have a lot of happy memories and met so many wonderful people Making the film was as big an adventure as the film was. The day we booked the helicopter was the only day it was really foggy and it was touch and go whether we traveled to the location or not. When we got there the fog finally cleared and the helicopter arrived after having been grounded. We set the camera up with a suction cup and then shot the scene as the helicopter was flying As we were acting I turned to see the camera had vanished.

Fortunately, it had just slipped down out of sight So we decided to do the scene stationary But every time we said a line Cows from a nearby field would moo. It became a challenge to get the scene with no mooing It turned out the farmer had put a bull in the adjacent field and the cows were getting frisky.”

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