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Interview with Cynthia Producer Robert “Corpsy” Rhine

by Yo Adrian on November 11th, 2018 | |

This week I had the pleasure of talking to Robert “Corpsy” Rhine, who needs no introduction to fans of indie horror. He has worked in all areas of film, from writing to acting to producing and has contributed to many great projects including working as executive producer to Rob Zombie’s 31. Corpsy’s the man behind Girls & Corpses magazine and has a new movie coming out soon called Cynthia which we sat down with him to discuss.

AH: First off, I love your work! 31 is one of my favorites. What was it like working with Rob and Sheri Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake and the rest of the crew?

Corpsy: Thanks for saying that! Rob and Sheri Moon Zombie are both ultra cool people and very down to earth. I met Sheri when we photographed her in a graveyard for the cover of our first print issue of Girls and Corpses Magazine. Rob was at the shoot and extremely supportive of Sheri. They both strive to do great creative works and I think Rob has had to deal with angry trolls who trashed his more recent films, like the Halloween 1 & 2. I dug both films and I think they added a new dimension to the lore of Michael Myers. I applaud Rob for taking chances, he is a creative genius. Rob introduced me to his stable of superb actors: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Scout Taylor-Compton and Danielle Harris who were all featured on early covers of Girls and Corpses. So, 31 was a way for me to say thank you to Rob and pay it forward by executive producing ‘31.’ I am looking forward to seeing the sequel (or is it a prequel?) to The Devil’s Rejects, Three From Hell, out spring 2019. Bill Moseley told me it is a wild ride and is very excited with what they filmed, which is even gorier than the two previous incarnations. It’ll be killer to see the gruesome gang together again: Otis Driftwood, Captain Spaulding and Baby Firefly. I even did a tribute music video to Sheri, a mash-up of Sailor Moon and Sheri Moon, that I wrote with Quentin Jones of The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns and performed by The Clownettes titled Sailor Moon Zombie

AH: All of the movies under your belt including Predator World, The Chair, Parasites and the upcoming Cynthia are all rooted in horror. What do you like most about working on horror films?

Corpsy: Actually, I started as a comedy guy… but with a really demented edge. I have written for National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Cracked Magazine and Hustler Funnies and written fiction that were published in 100 magazines. I also had two a books published and in bookstores titled My Brain Escapes Me and also Last Laughs. I also had a dark comedy comic book trilogy titled: Selected Reading From Satan’s Powder Room, Chicken Soup For Satan and Satan Gone Wild, which led to my 280 page graphic novel Satan’s 3-Ring Circus Of Hell. I wrote the creepy tales which were illustrated by 43 of the top horror artists, such as: Tim Vigil, William Stout, John Cassaday, Hilary Barta, Alex Pardee, David Hartman, Vincent Waller, Steve BIssette, Eric Pigor, etc. You can get my graphic novel, magazines, the book My Brain Escapes Me and Satan’s series comic books here along with some other really sick Girls and Corpses merch.

AH: Tell us a little about Cynthia. What should horror fans expect?

Corpsy: I wrote Cynthia several years ago to highlight the obsession of women to have a babies, at all costs, even when nature appears reluctant to accommodate. We are in a time where more and more women are having fertility treatments, resulting in a twin explosion. The treatments, such as IVF (In vitro fertilization) is quite expensive and can put you in the poor house before even starting your family. Yet women are genetically programmed to do whatever it takes to have a child, even going to the length of cheap black market fertility drugs. So, Cynthia is about a married couple who seem to have the ‘perfect’ life in a typical planned community but only is missing… a child. So, in the beginning, it’s sort of like a Lifetime movie about a couple dealing with normal fertility issues. But then… it’s starts to go over the edge and into the abyss as their wish finally comes to fruition. But will their dreams of a family become a nightmare?


AH: What about Cynthia appealed to you and made you want to be a part of it?

Girls and CorpsesCorpsy: Everyone expected that the first Girls and Corpses Presents Production would have topless girls running around with rotting corpses. But I didn’t want to do the expected. I really wanted to make a mainstream horror/comedy movie ‘about’ something that wouldn’t just wind up in the pile of decapitated kids in cabin movies. I felt strongly about the script for Cynthia and decided to self-finance the film, a risky (gulp) enterprise. First, I had to find the right directors and spoke to several but finally discovered the directing team of Kenny Gage and Devon Downs, who did a couple movies I thought were excellent, Anarchy Parlor (starring Robert LaSardo) and Raze. They loved the Cynthia script and had terrific ideas and energy. They also had directed three Lifetime movies (including the highest rated ‘Twisted Sisters’), so they were the perfect choice to go from a TV drama look and then slide into an insane dark horror/comedy. Next, was finding our lead character, Robin Taylor. I had always pictured Scout Taylor-Compton in the lead role of Robin but she was unfortunately out of town on another film. So, I approached about twenty other actresses, who didn’t work out for one reason or another. Then, a month later, feeling desperate without our lead, I was exhibiting at a horror convention and I got a text from Scout asking how the film was going. I texted her back asking how ‘her’ film was going and she said she had finished and was back in LA. YEsssS! So, with just three days to go before the start of production we had our lead! I had already cast my friends, Sid Haig and Bill Moseley, who I knew through Rob Zombie and Girls and Corpses. Bill immediately took to his crazy character who he wound up naming Buttercup (and he’s truly disturbing in the role). Sid Haig was stoked to play his first cop/detective role having played serial killers and nefarious bad-ass thugs for forty years in a hundred TV and films roles. Sid did such an amazing job in the role of Detective Edwards that he won the 2018 Best Actor Award at the IFS Film Awards in Los Angeles. Cynthia also won Best Horror Film at the IFS Fest. We also cast Robert LaSardo (Anarchy Parlor), Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D), Lynn Lowry (The Crazies), and my great friend James Karen RIP (Poltergeist, Return of The Living Dead) in his final film role. We also auditioned and cast newcomer, Kyle Jones (The Boonies) to play the husband, Michael, to Scout’s character and he was excellent (and a dead ringer for Matt Damon). I was very fortunate to have Indican Pictures pick up the distribution rights and Lionsgate for digital rights. We are currently working on a cable deal and international sales.

AH: Which films, in any genre, have been the most influential to you and why?

Corpsy: I always have to watch Jaws (the ‘perfect’ film) whenever it is on TV. Here are some other films I will always watch over and over and at any point I catch them on cable: Unforgiven, Goodfellas, Casino, the Godfather films, Patton, Alien and Aliens, The Exorcist, Shaun of The Dead, The Shawshank Redemption, The Hurt Locker, The Piano, Inglorious Bastards, Skyfall, No Country For Old Men, The Silence of The Lambs, Gladiator, Fargo and Rear Window.

AH: I can see you’ve worked both in front and behind the camera. What do you enjoy more, producing or acting?

Corpsy: I guess for pure enjoyment I would put acting first, writing second and producing third. When you are producing the question everyone comes up to you and asks is for more money. I was thinking of making a t-shirt that reads, “How much?” I have acted in over thirty films and killed in twenty-four. It’s fun getting lost in a role. I am a character actor primarily and have played everything from an SS Nazi officer to a Rabbi. I also worked for decade as a Unit Publicist traveling the world promoting films for Universal Studios and Columbia/Tri-Star Pictures in The Craft, Tremors, Hush, Mouse Hunt, Double Team, Toy Soldiers and others.

AH: How long have you been doing movies?

Corpsy: I started acting as a kid in commercials. But I have been acting in films on and off for the past thirty years, with a majority being horror films, all the way back to Hardbodies II.

AH: What’s your next project?

Corpsy: I am very excited to announce that my next film is in post and nearly completed. It’s titled Exorcism at 60,00 Feet and has a truly amazing cast, including: Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Bai Ling (The Crow), Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Matthew Moy (2 Broke Girls), Kevin J. O’Connor (The Mummy), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Kelli Maroney (Night of The Comet), Johnny Williams (Goodfellas) and I also play a role. It will be released sometime in 2019.

Cynthia is now available to stream on iTunes, Redbox, Vudu and several other popular streaming platforms!

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