Last year, punk and metal legend Glenn Danzig released Verotika, an anthology horror movie based off of his comics, which is now considered The Room of horror movies. Soon after, it was announced that Danzig was already hard at work on his follow-up, a ‘vampire spaghetti western’ starring Devon Sawa titled Death Rider In The House of Vampires. Now, a recent interview with Sawa reveals that working with Danzig is, well, pretty much what you’d expect.
When an interviewer brought up Death Rider in conversation with Sawa for Rue Morgue, the Idle Hands and Fanatic star responded, “Holy shit, you’re the first person I’ve had to answer about this. I haven’t done anything since I worked on it, but I gotta see the film.
“Listen, Eli Roth came on and he kind of talked me off the ledge a couple times because it’s like doing a movie for the biggest punk rocker in the history of punk rock. He’s Glenn Danzig, and things aren’t normal sometimes in I guess a good way? They were unconventional, that’s for sure. But look, we’ll see, everyone had a great time, it was just very unconventional.
When asked if Sawa had seen Verotika yet, the actor responded, “I hadn’t seen it, I didn’t even know about it. I did this movie in Winnipeg, and it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had in a long time, was this movie in Winnipeg. I’m saying, oh my god, I spoke with artists and everybody was there to work, and then I get this script for the Glenn Danzig project and I thought, Glenn Danzig doing a movie. This is going to be amazing, it’ll be all music, and this and that. And it’s a movie about vampires but it’s a spaghetti western and maybe it’s just I worked on SLC Punk and Idle Hands, and I thought this might just be fucking awesome.
“And so I just signed on and a couple of weeks into it I heard about Verotika and I haven’t seen it still but it is what it is. But the nice thing is that he had a great cast this time, and a lot more budget so we’ll see. I think I’ll see Verotika after I see [Death Rider] I don’t want to lose sleep at night for the next 60 days.”
According to IMDB, Death Rider in the House of Vampires comes out later this year, so keep an eye open.
Words by Chris Krovatin