At the time, Giamatti had just recently started talking to Coscarelli about starring in "Bubba Nosferatu," the sequel to "Bubba Ho-Tep," and as soon as I steered the conversation to the idea of the sequel, Giamatti lit up. He told me about his first exposure to "Phantasm" when he was in his early teens, and by the end of the conversation, I realized that Giamatti was a full-blown horror nerd, and I liked him much more as a result.
No doubt he's a great actor, but there's something special about monster kids, people who grew up mainlining "Famous Monsters" and Saturday afternoon creature features and Godzilla movies, and there's a shared language that exists when we meet. Giamatti stayed attached to "Bubba Nosferatu" even after Bruce Campbell decided he wasn't willing to star in it, and so it should come as little surprise that he jumped at a chance to finally work with Coscarelli as both producer and actor on the new film "John Dies At The End."
Sitting down with the two of them together, I felt like I had one of my favorite conversations of the entire festival. It was a relaxed and funny insight into the way the film came together and how the adaptation was approached, and I would encourage you to check it out if you're still undecided about seeing the film. If these two guys can't convince you, then perhaps you can't be convinced.
This is the sort of film that lives or dies based on support at this stage, before it's been sold to a distributor, and so I'm going to keep saying this over and over: someone needs to pick this one up and then carefully handle the release. There is absolutely an audience for the film, and it's just a matter of reaching out to them and letting them know that it exists. It is a cult movie just waiting for its cult to figure it out.
I've also got an interview with the two leads of the films that I'll have for you tomorrow. They're both new to movies in general, but I suspect you'll see much more of them in the future.