Kyle Steinbach directs hysterical horror film at Cinequest now
1Q: Tell us a little about the origins of BAD EXORCISTS, from concept to financing.
I don’t remember when the idea hit me, but when it did, it certainly had staying power. After my initial resistance, these silly teenage exorcists entrenched themselves in my brain, and I had no choice but to write the script. My producers helped develop the project with me over a year, and we shot the film during the summer of 2013.
Our financing consisted of friends, family, family friends, and people who believed in the us and our project. And not to mention our amazing Kickstarter backers who carried us through post-production. They’re all my superheroes. Seriously. They all wear spandex and capes and stuff. It’s weird.
2Q: Cinequest Film Festival is hosting the World Premiere of BAD EXORCISTS. Explain to us how it feels to bring this film before audiences for the first time, and what do you think their reaction will be to your film?
I’m ecstatic and beyond thrilled for Cinequest. What more could I ask for? Free Chipotle for life? Ok. Yes. That would be nice too.
As for how people will react to the film…
Audiences will hate* it. They will throw tomatoes** at the screen, they will shower us in curses***, and we will depart San Jose as failures****.
Honestly, though, I just hope people like it. I think it’s a lot of fun!
3Q: What was your best and/or worst experience while making BAD EXORCISTS?
My worst experience was when production ended. That was very sad. My second worst experience was when, on the last night of production, I ruined several expensive leather chairs due to a leaking pen in my back pocket. I must’ve sat on six different chairs in about 15 minutes. All ruined. It was like I was playing a game of musical chairs by myself. And I lost.
My best experience was banding together and staying up all night with these amazingly talented people for four weeks. It was like an exorcist-themed summer camp. I’ve never laughed more.
4Q: Festival audiences often have to make hard decisions about what to see, and the catalog descriptions sometimes run together. In your own words, why should people see your film?
If I was a film critic, this would be my review of Bad Exorcists:
“Bad Exorcists?? More like GREAT Exorcists, because this movie is great!!”
5Q: Time to pre-plan: You just won the Oscar for BAD EXORCISTS. Give us your acceptance speech.
Bad Exorcists will certainly win an Oscar next year, so this is a good question, but, in the spirit of the film, I would like to propose an alternative Q:
Time to pre-plan: You just won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss for BAD EXORCISTS. Give us your acceptance speech:
*The crowd roars*
“Wow. Thank you. Thank you, teens. Please. Enough — Ok, yes, thanks again, I am the greatest. I didn’t kiss anyone in the film, so I don’t know why I won this award, but I’d like to thank everyone who believed in the project, and the countless people who pledged time and money to make it possible. It’s because of amazing, selfless people like you this film exists at all. And, of course, thanks, to the MTV Foreign Press Association. And, finally, last but not least, let’s not forget who this award is really about: this one’s for the teens.”