Still riding high on the huge success of their 2009 release W.I.C.K.E.D (Wish I Could Kill Every Day), horror hip-hop duo Twiztid are quickly achieving the same dedicated fan following as their Psychopathic Records label-mates Insane Clown Posse. Sure, you may know all about ICP by now (we talked with them not too long ago about their new album Bang! Pow! Boom! ), but surprisingly, the more horror-influenced duo of Jamie “Madrox” Spaniolo and Paul “Monoxide” Methric are still flying under the radar of serious horror fans like ourselves.
But we’re gonna change all that, brothers and sisters… the Twiztid team graciously took some time out from their grueling (and gruesome) 2010 “Slaughter House” Tour schedule to chat with us about their latest videos, their favorite horror flicks (these dudes are definitely down with Michael Myers, in his many screen incarnations) and their all-time biggest creep-outs (teeth… eww). Check all that and more on the other side!
FEARnet: So how's the tour going so far?
TWIZTID: Really awesome! We love getting back out on the road… it's always super fun for everyone.
Like ICP, you guys are known for putting on a wild theatrical show... what kind of new twists can the Juggalos expect this time?
We have a full-on Slaughter House – complete with dead bodies, bodies in body bags, and short-tempered evil butchers with giant mallets smashing said bodies in the heads & upper torsos, spraying blood about the crowd…
Sweet. Your videos serve up a lot of that imagery too. Speaking of which, you recently asked the fans to vote on which video they like best... have you tallied up the results?
Not yet… I believe that just went up as we were leaving for the tour.
Care to make any predictions?
If it was up to us, Michael Myers would win it all, hands down.
I’m partial to HAHAHAHAHAHA myself, because the main killer is so sincere about his little "hobby." Can you tell us how you came up with the concept for that one?
Monoxide had this great idea about having these two killers: one that travels, and one that’s home-bound, so to speak… and the twist at the end was that they meet face to face, and it's up to the viewer to imagine if they kill each other, or team up to kill the world.
I’d like to think they join forces. With all the blood and body parts flying around in that video, I'm surprised the murder scenes were all in black and white... was that your intention from the start?
Yes, it's our homage to classic horror… the way it all started.
Even in black & white, the gore effects look great... who did the special makeup?
Karri Ontko Farris and Stephanie "Shorty" Arble.
It’s quality work. I also loved the Buckets of Blood video you included on your DVD... who did the artwork and animation for that one?
The entire job was headed up by Pretend For Real Studio under Michael Taylor, aka Professor MOJO.
The style is very cool, and the story is totally surreal… when can we expect to see the next chapter?
We’re trying to take it past the video stage, and produce a full-length animated series called "Smoky and the Bat," but that's all I can say about it at this time.
There's been a horror influence running through all of your work, but W.I.C.K.E.D. really brings that to the front. Do you get a lot of feedback from horror fans saying "We want more like this?"
We truly believe that the horror world still doesn't completely know about it! We don't get many horror publications willing to talk to us… maybe we're too scary for them.
Hey, we’re here for you, man!
You guys at FEARnet are the bomb for this opportunity!
It’s our pleasure. So while we're on that subject... when you kick back to watch horror flicks at home, which ones do you keep coming back to again and again?
Amityville 2 : The Possession; Halloween, both Carpenter's and Zombie's versions; Evil Dead 2; The Changeling with George C. Scott; The Exorcist (I and III); Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 & 2, the Tobe Hooper joints… and Kazamm with Shaquille O’Neal!
Whoa, that last one’s definitely terrifying.
We also like to watch Dexter and True Blood when they're on…
Good choices all around. What's the best new horror flick you've seen lately?
It's a tie between Paranormal Activity and Rob Zombie's Halloween… we love Michael Myers!
I feel that love; Michael’s definitely shown up in a lot of your work. On top of the movie references, you've also said your music opens listeners up to explore their darkest thoughts and feelings... do you reach into the dark corners of your own minds for inspiration too?
Lately, reality serves as great inspiration as far as horror goes… Reality is the new horror.
I can definitely relate to that.
But the things we can think up are sometimes stranger than what even WE can wrap our minds around!
So what frightens you the most?
MONOXIDE: Birds and eyelashes… and buttons.
MADROX: Corduroy, carbonation, and teeth.
I gotta give it to you, those are the most original answers I’ve heard to that question.
Those things truly terrify us!
I’m kinda there with you on the teeth part, actually. Anyhow, best of luck in 2010 and beyond... we're looking forward to your next creation!
Thank you guys so much for the chance to speak about what we love!
Again, it’s a pleasure to hear from you.
Any chance you can add Clive Barker's Rawhead Rex to FEARnet’s On Demand Movies?
Man, I haven’t seen that one in ages.
It's way too slept on!
I’ll put the word out and let you know…