Author Tom Weaver is just that way with interviews. The ones he’s conducted with horror movie stars, directors, and producers throughout a couple of dozen books…are all winners. He bats a thousand.
His latest is “The Horror Films of Richard Gordon” (BearManor Media, 2011), which just came out…I can’t wait to get my copy. A Weaver/Gordon combo is guaranteed to be a page-turner.
Out of many interviews, there have been occasions when the interviewees are problems…want to give only “yes or no” answers, are boring, senile, or even drunk! Even if all four, and the house is on fire, Tom somehow perseveres. He prepares in advance and works harder conducting interviews than anyone I’ve known. He just makes it look so eeeeasy.
I first met Tom a few years ago when he agreed to come from his home in Sleepy Hollow, New York to Los Angeles, to conduct interview/commentary tracks for one of my “Positively No Refunds” DVD double-features. I’ve met him a couple of times since, and he’s always come across as a warm, thoughtful, teddy-bearish sort of guy…quick-witted, a master of plays on words…with a radio voice. He loves to wear comfortable clothes (I’ve never seen him in anything other than well-worn shorts and t-shirt,) and eats comfort food (packs more cholesterol in a day than most people do in a week, maybe two).
Now that I’ve introduced the Tom I know, the movies on the “No Refunds” DVD are “Bride and the Beast” (1958) and “White Gorilla” (1945). Charlotte Austin, star of “Bride”, was one of the participants along with beloved science fiction movie icon, Bob Burns. Both movies had “gorillas” in them, and for those who don’t know, Bob is the expert on movie gorillas. “Bride” bit-player Slick Slavin (Trustin Howard) also joined them. Tom didn’t need to worry about bombproofing with this group…just wind them up and let ‘em roll. The funniest commentary tracks I’ve produced so far!
People ask me how I come up with those witty descriptions of my movies on the back of DVD covers. The answer is easy…I didn’t write them – Tom Weaver did.
The Horror Hits of Richard Gordon: http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Hits-Richard-Gordon/dp/1593936419/ref=sr_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306199227&sr=1-19
Charlotte Austin’s Filmography: http://www.fandango.com/charlotteaustin/filmography/p2878
Bob Burns’ website: http://bobburns.mycottage.com/
Bride and the Beast Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-jHnHEo4K4
White Gorilla Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ortvsw03fDo&feature=fvsr
Bride and the Beast/White Gorilla “Positively No Refunds” DVD: http://vcientertainment.com/positively-refunds-double-feature-p-516.html