In Late 2005, the Ho Killer was conceived from a couple phone calls, and a good friends very funny conversation. Though it took a while to actually get going, the Ho Killer was to be. It was the perfect way to follow up my “Camp” movies, and with the right level cheese in the juicy center.
It was during the daytime, I received a phone call from my buddy Philip Mekosky, who was at Fort Lewis Military Base(Washington). We reminisced about the good ole days. He did nothing but laugh at the first 2 films of ours that he saw online. His brother Alex produced the 1st of our horrible internet movies, and was regretful that he couldn’t participate. I basically asked him if he was ever wanting to, that he could come up with a basic story line and I would just write the script for it. I’m pretty good like that, in the way I can conjure up a story based on little to no detail as long as I have a basic premise.
His idea, which wasn’t any more than, “Make a Movie, about an Amish guy, killing Prostitutes with a Gardening Hoe, and call it, The Ho Killer!” The basic description was also followed by his almost gasping laughter. He just thought of what he would see as the funniest thing that came to mind. I too couldn’t stop laughing, since I’m a ball of humor and laughter is contagious to me. All I could think of was, “This is So Fucking Brilliant!” He later jested the virtual pun of the Ho’s getting killed with a Hoe! This cemented the project for me. I would totally have to go forward.
Writing this script was essentially easy. Well, the basic story line. I needed another kinda motive. I figured since the killer would be “Amish” he would have a moral conflict with what the Hookers did. That and they’re use of modern conveniences would have to play into his morbid reasoning. His character would as well have to be into into the more of Amish activities. He would have a garden like in Motel Hell or Cabin By The Lake, where his crop would be the re-fertilization of the prostitute’s innocence and souls. He would have to be on a holy mission from God. Bringing the Lord’s Fury down on anyone who would dare tarnish the all Mighty Creator’s vision.
Now that my mission was clear, the story in check and a certain balance was in order, now I would have to come up with props and a cast. This would be no easy task. First I must find my Killer.
I would receive another call from Phil in the coming week. He wanted to go a tad deeper on what he wanted out of the story. I gave him my original pitch of the story line and the characters. He then suggested a name for the killer. He wanted the character to be named Judas, and I was kinda unclear about the reason. It would be funnier to have it be Jedidiah, or Odis, something that would scream Amish. For now though, I went with Judas, though I didn’t 100% agree, it would make Phil happy. We then went back and forth on naming the hookers as well. I later went to Stavro Codekas. He helped me fill in the blanks on the other names.
Phil would also call back with a possible character match for his vision. He suggested getting Nate, who played the random death scene guy in Camp Until You Die! Nate would be a good match. He’s super tall, and a big guy for having such an honest face. Plus I know he wanted to get more into acting. This would possibly serve well for us, since we wouldn’t have to go far to cast people. I also considered a few of my other friends for the film. I would ask the league of females that I’m friends with. Most of the women I know are pretty attractive, and half of them are into horror as much as me. Though the only actual cast I made was that in Angela Christensen. She only would agree to do this film as long as she could be naked in it. She didn’t want to be killed in the film unless she could do it mostly nude. I think she just wanted what a lot of people want out of a horror flick. Blood and Titties!! (Am I wrong or Am I right?)
I would later run into Nate (aka Biff Mancartti, aka Artimus Treefrog). I saw him on public transit, and we chatted about it. He was mostly involved with his music, but agreed to be in this film since he would be the killer. Nate even said that if we waited a couple months, he would have a full Amish beard grown for the role. That, and he was planning on going to Burning Man so he wouldn’t be able to do anything until he got back.
…………to be continued