Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cloak and Slasher

Slash spills details about his Slasher Films company Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. (Photo/Doug Fox)

Ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash spent a couple days in Utah this week. He started the week out at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City and is closing it out in concert tonight at the Depot in Salt Lake City.

Slash, apparently, is a big horror movie fan, which led to his appearance Sunday at a press conference to pimp his new production company, appropriately titled Slasher Films. I covered his press conference and filed this report for the Daily Herald.

Slash, who opened the press conference off by admitting that “I don’t know if I’m here as a film producer or a guitar player,” fired off a bunch of interesting quotes during the proceedings, some of which didn’t fit into the main story. In honor of his concert tonight, here are some additional comments by the iconic guitarist.

When asked what he enjoys about the horror movie experience, Slash said, “I love white-knuckling it ... being scared [crap]less in a movie theater with a bunch of strangers."

In a moment of unintended irony, Slash explained his foray into horror film production by saying, “I thought it was a killer idea.”

In an obvious line of questioning, Slash was asked about his plans for and level of interest in producing the musical scores for his company’s films.

“I’m totally interested in the music in every scene,” he said, noting that could mean he either picks a composer to handle it or creates it himself. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Slash said he envisioned being involved in all aspects of movie production, except he had no interest in actually acting. He said he just wants to make the best movies possible while staying in the background.

“This is going to be a gas,” he said.

Slasher Films has four movies in the pipeline, and hopes to finish one or two projects per year. Incidentally, none of the current movie plots deal with an egomaniacal lead singer that systematically kills one of the most infamous rock bands in history at the peak of its success. Sometimes truth is scarier than fiction.

(Note: Check back later and I'll try to add some video from the press conference.)

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