The progress of the film was slowed down almost immediately as I was fighting cancer at the time.
Still, I met with Martha Davis, of Martha and the Motels fame, to discuss a part. I talked to the daughter of Sheri Lewis, of Sheri Lewis and Lambchop fame.
The best bit of casting was the now late Jimmy Scott as a voodoo doctor. I rewrote the part to go with his condition at the time, wheelchair bound and very soft spoken. He would have doen it if I had the funds together. I even had a part, at one time, for the great Carol Channing, who I knew for a moment and wanted Johnny Whittaker for the same part I also offered Don Murray.
I pride myself on my ability to cast any actor I like in just about any part I write.
Voodoo Exotica will never happen. I met many great people because of it and had some interesting talks. I will make a movie called Diggers (about the diggers movement) and Murderer and His Bride (with a great director named James McKenny). I will see those released one day and those have better stories than Voodoo could ever hope to. I am very willing to give up on my first script because I have seen one that is very similar to it, only better than I could have done.
Summer Camp is a Spanish film about some Americans who are running a Summer Camp with parents seeking English immersion for their kids There is something in the air (or water) that is causing each of them to briefly become violent and kill the others.
It is a non-stop thrill ride and endlessly creative, tho a bit tiresome at about minute 80 of its 95mins.
The differences are my script was more sexual than violent; this is not sexual at all. I had planned to make a porn parody of the film around the same time I made the film. My script was about xenophobia, missionaries in Haiti are given drugs by a witchdoctor posing as a pharmacist. The film will not get made because the drugged violence in Summer Camp is much better. I do not doubt Salem and I will make a film one day. For those interested, the Voodoo script can be read here: