William Butler
Interviewed by Royce Freeman


HOW DID YOU FIRST GET THE JOB ON F13TH PART 7?

I originally knew John Buechler from MMI EX studios. Years earlier I told him about my aspirations to become an actor and made a deal with him to help him out in his shop if he'd give me an audition. I read for the casting director and was called back for Mancuzo Jr. and eventually got the part. I remember how silly I felt pretending to get killed by Jason Voorhees in an office full of business people. The part I got originally called for me to be a rock and roll type, but later, it was changed to a yuppie.

WERE THERE ANY THINGS YOU REMEMBER FILMING WHICH WERE CUT FROM THE FINAL FILM, SCENES?

This was a long time ago, but as I recall, we were called back to do re-shoots. The ratings board really screwed with John and he had to cut down a lot of the bloody action. I know Liz Kaitan's scene was totally changed. Originally she was stabbed to death in bed. But the ratings board said you couldn't show bloody breasts.

ARE THERE ANY CAST OR CREW MEMBERS FROM PART 7 THAT YOU HAD WORKED WITH PRIOR TO YOUR ENVOLVMENT OF F13TH OR THAT YOU WORKED WITH AGAIN AFTERWARDS?

Yes, I have worked with Kane Hodder many times. In PRISON directed by Renny Harlin, LEATHERFACE, and a few others I cant even remember. LARRY COX who played another kid and I worked together in an improv show that ran for three years after that. I just heard from DIANA BARROWS like a week ago.

HOW LONG WERE YOU ON THE PROJECT FILMING YOUR ROLE OF MICHAEL? WERE YOU THERE ON SET AFTER YOU FINISHED YOUR ONSCREEN PRESENCE AS MICHAEL, IF SO WHY?

I was there for two months. My scenes, though few were spread out. I was there till the last day of shooting. I remember there was a huge wrap party and we all flew home with tremendous hangovers.

THOUGH YOUR INVOLVMENT ONSCREEN WAS BRIEF, WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING YOU HAD TO DO FOR THE FILM ONSCREEN?

The woods that we shot in we're infested with lime ticks and alligators. Having to crawl through the forest on my hands and knees for two days scared the hell out of me. It's always something, on Leatherface it was rattlesnakes. I also get really grossed out by that fake blood and I had lots of it to deal with.

DIRECTOR JOHN CARL BUECHLER SAID IN AN INTERVIEW I CONDUCTED WITH HIM THAT MORE THAN HALF OF THE MAKEUP EFFECTS WERE CUT FROM THE FINAL PRINT OF THE FILM, SO ESSENTIALLY ALL THE REACTION SHOTS OF THE KILLS WERE CUT. HOW CONSIDERABLY DIFFERENT WAS YOUR DEATH FROM WHAT WAS ONSCREEN?

Originally while I'm running away from Jason he pounds the camping tent stake that was in my heart into to the ground and I get stuck. Later the trimmed it so he just picks me up and tosses me.

CAN YOU THINK OF ANY ANECDOTES REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE ON F13TH PART 7 THAT ARE OUT OF THE ORDINARY OR JUST PLAIN COOL?

Well, none that I can print. Let us not forget that this was in the middle of the wild eighties. There was an interesting fellow "gator man' whose sole job it was to shoot any unexpected gator visitors. Also HEIDI KOZAK got hypothermia when she swam in that freezing muck.

WHERE DID THE CAST AND CREW STAY WHEN THEY WEREN'T FILMING IN ALABAMA? WAS IT FAR FROM THE SET OF THE FILM?
We stayed at the Marriott Inn in Point Clear. It was a beautiful place filled with tons of rednecks and good food and drink.

IN BETWEEN TAKES, WAS THERE LOTS OF JOKING AROUND BETWEEN YOU AND KANE OR ANYONE ELSE - FROM WHAT I CAN TELL KANE AND JOHN BUECHLER ARE FUN PEOPLE WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR.

First of all Kane Hodder is the funniest man alive, who can also by the way, vomit on command. He is always making the crew laugh with his horrifying farts or putting his head through a brick wall to get a laugh. It has been years since I've worked with him but I would do it anytime. JB is a genius, I just saw him last week and we talked about his new top-secret horror series that he's developing. Watch for it, you never know who will end up on it.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE F13TH MOVIE, IN FACT, OUT OF ALL OF THEM, HOW DO YOU RANK THEM FROM YOUR FAVORITE TO YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?

My favorite is Part ONE and TWO. I love those they are so great.

OUT OF ALL THE MOVIES YOU'VE WORKED ON WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE, WHY?

My favorite is LOST IN THE PERSHING POINT HOTEL the one I'm currently filming. I play a mentally handicapped guy who works in a skid row hotel

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS, IN YOUR OPINION, THE BEST HORROR FILM EVER MADE?

The Exorcist, Jaws, Aliens, The Innocence.

IN THE LAST SAY THIRTY YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST HORROR FILM?

The Innocence.

WHEN YOU ARE NOT ACTING WHAT DO YOU DO, FILMWISE OR OTHERWISE?

I am a producer at FOX FAMILY channel. I produce and direct movies, cartoons and live action TV shows.

WHAT WAS THE MOST FUN YOU'VE HAD WORKING ON A FILM?

All of them. Making a movie is an amazing experience. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was the most fun on location.



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