Jeremy Kasten's Tabloid Tales of Horror in Hollywood

Jeremy Kasten has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years - and it is still a daily fight to survive. He is a film director (with his sixth horror film, The Dead Ones, in post-production), and a film editor (his "day job"). Jeremy is writing this lurid and honest blog to hopefully titillate and educate. All the stories are true to the best of his memory - but memory is a funny thing. These will be candid pieces covering directing famous actors, shooting sex scenes with actresses nodding on heroin, financing horror movies, the horrors of movie financing, experiences as a production assistant and everything in-between with a focus on situations that are lessons for up-and-coming filmmakers and indie-hopefuls.

I Didn't Want to Cast Danny Trejo (on rewriting for your cast)
04/10/2014 - 1:00pm
I didn't want to work with Danny Trejo. It's not because I didn't think he was a good actor or a great bad guy or genre-film famous. Because Danny Trejo is all of those things. The reason I didn't MORE

William Friedkin Loves Howard Stern: On Working as Friedkin's Personal Assistant
04/03/2014 - 5:30pm
William Friedkin is a terrifying man. He is also an unassuming man. The reason that he is both, I assume, is to fuck with you. I got a job working as his personal assistant on a film for Cinemax called MORE

Actresses on Heroin Don't Take Direction Well: On Shooting (Up) Sex Scenes
03/27/2014 - 5:30pm
Sex scenes are rarely fun to direct. You have likely heard this before. Once you get over the fact that people are naked in front of you, it is mostly weird and, at best, mechanical. Okay, now arch your MORE

I Have (Almost) Never Won an Award - On My Mister Skin Award
03/19/2014 - 1:00pm
Awards are overrated. That's what I tell myself. I was never into sports or games or academic achievement, so if movies are my passion, then what do I need with a stupid award? Although all of my films have MORE

Udo Kier is Crazy: On Udo and the Fly
03/13/2014 - 6:00pm
The first time I actually spoke to Udo Kier, I really couldn't understand what he was saying. "I vant to keel a fly," he intoned. What? "I vant to keel a fly!" Um MORE