Haunted by an old horror film
A looong time ago, I played the lead guy in a slasher film that was shot up in Yosemite in literally less than a week. I think it was my first paid acting gig, so I was pretty stoked. (I was racking up a whopping $100 a day.)
When I was in the middle of it, I realized that this thing was going to be a huge and horrible mess of a “movie”. My hope in the end was that it could maybe be kind of a funny campy kind of a thing. I knew it was bad, but I was hired to do it, so I felt a duty and responsibility to see it through to the best of my ability.
I kind of forgot about it until about a year later, when they had invited me to a screening/premiere at some old movie theater on Hollywood Blvd. I went with my girlfriend at the time, and after about 20 minutes, we just had to get out of there. It was THAT bad. It wasn’t even campy fun. It was just brutal. I almost didn’t even want to mention the title here. I’ve kind of tried to pretend that it didn’t exist for years, but screw it. There’s no escaping it. It’s out there. I might as well own it and try to get a good laugh out of it now.
Anyway, the crazy thing is that once in a while I would get a letter from a random fan out there asking for my to autograph their DVD of this thing! I think it ended up out there in Japan or something as well. It happened a couple of times many years ago, but out of the blue, I got this email forwarded from my manager just today…
I swear, for a minute I even thought this message was a joke or a prank.
Anyway, I have to be honest… after a little bit of laughter and redness in the face, it really does feel pretty good to get something like this. I might as well just go along with it.
Here’s a little shout out and thank you to my fan out in Reno, Nevada! ;)
Dear Mr. McHarg,
I am a huge fan of Blood Reaper, and thought you were excellent in the film! I have a big collection of memorabilia in my movie theater of my favorite horror films, and was wondering if I may be able to get an autograph from you for my wall of fame collection? I appreciate your time, hope all is well, and look forward to seeing more of your work!