An Interview with Rick Gawel, Writer and Director of Michael Myers: Absolute Evil
For nearly forty years now, everyone’s favorite Shatner-masked serial killer has been murdering people on screen. In tribute to this film series, writer and director Rick Gawel made the fan mockumentary Michael Myers: Absolute Evil. In equal parts this film pays homage to the classic Halloween canon while also adding original ideas to the mythology of Michael Myers and the world of the movies.
(image courtesy of AD Nauseam XI/Herbivore Productions)
This fake documentary sets itself on the position that the Halloween movies (except for the third in the series – Season of the Witch) actually happened, and gathers experts from various fields to discuss the events as such. It also slightly includes the Rob Zombie remakes as films based on actual events.
What this fan film does best is exist wholly as a fan film. It is that fanaticism and passion for the Michael Myers movies that translates wonderfully off the screen and adds additional layers that most may not get from haphazardly viewing the movies once or twice. It brings forth the obvious view of someone who loves these films and has intently watched and rewatched them building their own impressions of the deeper meanings behind the character. And that deep meaning isn’t some nonsensical philosophical deepness, but rather a true appreciation of the horror film-legend John Carpenter set out to create all those years ago.
Nerd Nation had the opportunity to talk with the writer and director Rick Gawel and ask him several questions. Check out the full, uncut interview below!