Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Interview: The Filmmakers Talk 'My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 3'

The working class is often critical towards the wealthy for the excessive extremes they take for their children, but at the same time, are also curious about their affluent lifestyle. The upcoming horror film "My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 3," which debuts on MTV on Tuesday, March 13 at 10 p.m., further looks into the stark differences between the rich and working class. The film, which was helmed by returning series director Jacob Gentry, and sees the return of producers Alex Motlagh and Christopher Alender, also examines the traumatizing psychological effects a serial killer has on his daughters and the community.

"My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 3" picks up two years after its immediate predecessor leaves off. Skye (played by Lauren McKnight) has moved on from the Rollerdome and Boneyard massacres committed by her serial killer father, Charlie. Skye hitches a ride to college in New York City from fellow art student Sienna (portrayed by Jillian Rose Reed). Along the way, Skye finally receives a call back from her sister, Alex (played by Kirsten Prout), asking her to stop at her house on her way to school.

While Skye is reluctant to visit Alex at first, Sienna convinces her it would be a good idea to see her. But little do they know that horror awaits them at the Sweet 16 party Alex is throwing for herself. Alex's neighbor Nathan (portrayed by Ryan Sypek), who is obsessed with Charlie and his two daughters, guides Skye and Sienna to Alex's house when they get lost. Once there, he unleashes terror as he kills Alex's friends to become closer to the Rotter girls.

Gentry, Motlagh and Alender generously took the time to discuss over the phone whey they decided to reunite on the second sequel, and why they continuously enjoy working together. The filmmakers also spoke about where the idea to make a slasher film trilogy based on a reality show came from, and why they feel the series has been critically and commercially well-received.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Question (Q): Why did you all decide to return to work on "My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 3," after working on the previous two installments? Jacob, why did you decide to direct all three of the films in the trilogy?

Jacob Gentry (JG
): I think the draw was that we got to continue the story about the main character, Skye Rotter. Being that the movies are essentially the saga of her journey to get outside the spectra of her serial killer father, we felt ultimately, that was a a great chance to pay off all of that. We set up in the first two movies these cliffhangers. It's exciting to do a conclusion to the whole deal.

Q: The "My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen" film series is based on MTV's hit reality series "My Super Sweet 16." Where did the idea to make a horror slasher film series based on the show come from?

: I think what was exciting with the first one was at the time, it almost felt like a revenge fantasy against the carelessness of the rich people who enabled their kids to be terrible. (laughs) There's something in the metaphor of these movies, of who is worse-the father who enables their kid to be a terrible person, or the serial killer father? Obviously, in real life, it would be the serial killer father.

But in the context of the fun horror movie, it's fun to think about these kids getting what they deserve. That's part of the draw, I think, at first. It develops into more of a coming-of-age story, if you will.

Alex Motlagh (AM)
: It was a good property that people knew about. I think when MTV initially approached us about developing, or working on, a horror film based on "My Super Sweet 16," I think anyone would be a little hesitant, on how to make that work and make it interesting.

But the good thing about MTV was that they, and neither did we, just want to stop at the factor of hey, we just made a horror movie based on this show. We were able to develop it with its own story, in its own world with its own characters.

I think the movie is a John Hughes movie fused with a John Carpenter movie. But MTV didn't want to stop at hey, we're taking this property that people know, and throwing it into a horror film. We definitely wanted to develop it beyond the joke, and into a real movie.

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