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Nicholas Weed Dives into the Macabre: Director of 'Natzee Zombie Carnage' Unveils the Horror Behind

As the shadows of terror continue to echo, we sit down with the mastermind behind the spine-chilling experience of 'Natzee Zombie Carnage,' director Nicholas Weed. Winner of the prestigious Best Horror Film, the movie has sent shivers down the spines of audiences. In this exclusive interview, Weed takes us into the macabre world he meticulously crafted, unraveling the eerie inspiration and bone-chilling challenges that shaped the film.



American Dream Screen : In the current landscape of independent cinema, what do you believe sets your film apart from the rest and makes it a unique and compelling addition to the medium?


Nicholas Weed : The film titled, "Natzee Zombie Carnage", was made like an old movie without the use of green screens, and modern special effects. Models and fireworks were used for the explosions. It was filmed like a silent movie, and daubed over like an old Italian War Film. There was no C.G. fire, all the fire in the movie was real.


American Dream Screen : Independent filmmaking often encourages creative risk-taking. Can you share a specific instance where you had to make a bold creative decision during the production of your film, and how did it impact the final product?


Nicholas Weed : I had to fill in as a bunch of the Nazi Zombie Bad Guys, to have more people in the movie. A couple of times the police rolled up on me while filming as one of the bad-guys. I had to throw down the prop weapons, and reach for the sky to surrender to police. It was risky trying not to get killed by cops while filming the movie. Made me look for more out of the way places like out in no-wear farmland to film shots for the movie, without getting shot by police.


American Dream Screen : Collaboration is a fundamental aspect of filmmaking. Could you elaborate on a particularly memorable or challenging collaboration experience with a member of your cast or crew and how it influenced the project?


Nicholas Weed : Some of my friends that were American soldiers in the movie, also had a band named "Anticlimactic Particarical Bullshit" (APB). We worked together doing some music for the movie on different interments. A bunch of the music we did really added something to the movie.


American Dream Screen : Can you discuss the artistic influences and choices that informed the film's visual aesthetics and how they complemented the narrative?

Nicholas Weed : The main influences were a mix of Nazi Zombie Horror Movies and old War Movies. 1960s to 1970s WW2 TV shows also influenced the film. It was filmed like a crappy 1950s Ed Wood film that barely got made. But also like an Italian War Film daubed into English. Made to be like a surviving print all scratched up like a Grindhouse movie. My Father also worked for the Air Force, and liked old war movies.


American Dream Screen : The post-production process is where a film truly takes shape. How did you approach the editing, sound design, and music composition in your film to enhance the storytelling and emotional impact?


Nicholas Weed : The movie was made not like how a movie should have been made. All Ass-Backwards. The movie was filmed like a Pre-1927 Silent Movie. The silent footage was edited to music. Some of the music was composed, and some was public domain stock music. Shots were filmed for the latter half of the movie, and edited together latter. The movie was not a bunch of scenes edited together. It was one long track that was slowly worked on from the beginning of the movie to the end. The end of the movie was still being filmed as the beginning and middle had been edited together. It was a student film, that was lucky to even have been finished. Some scenes were left out not filmed, as filming ended for financial reasons.


American Dream Screen : Can you share a challenging moment during the production of your film and how you overcame it, ultimately making the project stronger or more meaningful?


Nicholas Weed : I wanted to make a movie up in the snow in the mountains. It was hard to get people to go up there with me. So, I filmed a bunch of shots not in the snow. I angled the camera up to get the sky and trees in the background. To not show the ground with no snow on it. I added more snow shots in whenever I could. I had a bunch of shots of people with the sky in the background wrecked by U.F.O.s. Not making this up. Had actual Unidentified Flying Objects that looked like silver metal orbs wreaking shots I filmed. I used them anyways. I left the U.F.O.s in the movie. Didn't know if they existed or not. Know now that they do. They messed up my movie. Really happened.


As the credits roll on this nightmarish journey, Weed leaves us with an eerie sense of fascination, a reminder that the allure of horror lies in the artful balance of fright and fascination. 'Natzee Zombie Carnage' is more than a film; it's a proof of Weed's ability to elicit fear and excitement, a legacy that will continue to haunt the minds of horror enthusiasts for years to come.



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