|“Blood Money” was made prior to “Money, Vampires & Weed” but both
films have the same plot with some minor variants.
Blood Money is presented in black and white. I am a huge fan of the old
black and whites, harkening back to the days of film noir. These were
films shot on low budgets but with creative lighting they were made
beautiful. So this was an opportunity to present a comedy/horror story
mixed in with a film noir style presentation.
The movie centers around three women who are on their way to a night
on the town or whatever it is that party girls do. One woman brags
about her sexual conquests, the other wants a bag of weed while the
other is a shapeshifter romance novel addict who has dreams about
vampires. Each armed with different agendas, they find themselves
carjacked by a woman who insists that a vampire is after her because
she has stolen his money. The question then range from 'why does a
vampire need money?' to 'how much money is in that bag?' as an angry
stranger comes knocking on their window. The girls discover that there
are different types of vampires and he is the type that can travel
through walls pretty damn fast turning their home into his own personal
Shooting on black and white really added to the claustrophobic feel I
wanted for the film. It gives greater depths to the shadows in addition
to adding that old horror movie feel. Presenting in black and white has
become more of a self-conscious tick when it is done at all in modern-
day films but I don't think we fall prey to that here. My thought is that
whatever manner you saw the film initially presented then that is what
you are used to seeing it as. For example, the colorized versions of the
Three Stooges seem to lack the same appeal as the original. This is also
true of the 'special' black and white presentations of 'The Walking Dead'
episodes. You know that the process has been tinkered with so it dulls
down the enjoyment somewhat.
Psycho and Night of the Living Dead are creepy films that are enhanced
by the fact they are presented in black and white. Movies such as the
Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein and Nosferatu have iconic images
that could not be presented in any other way than black and white.
Vampire stories? The old Bela Lugosi black and white film stills have
turned into popular vampire art.
Unlike some of my other films, there really wasn't another specific frame
of reference of the past that I had drawn inspiration from. Blood Money
is a completely original work, a mixture of vampire camp with noirish