In the trailer for the new movie â€œBirdemic: Shock and Terror,â€ the filmâ€™s hero celebrates a million-dollar deal with a high-five from a co-worker. That money is an achievement, a goal people think about endlessly.
Itâ€™s something recent DePaul University graduate Patrick Dowell ponders from time to time. And Dowell knows just what heâ€™ll do with that cash.
â€œI just wish I had one-million dollars: Iâ€™d buy every bad movie ever made if I could,â€ Dowell says.
I’ve been interested in cult films since my friend Asher took me to see a midnight screening of “Evil Dead 2.” Within that large cult film community rests a smaller body of movie fans who enjoy those films with inherent bad qualities, and a lot of bad qualities to boot. This scene has gotten a lot of attention lately, so I set out to write about the community as it exists in Chicago.
A big thanks goes out to all who were involved in the process, especially those who gave me the time to interview them: Tommy Wiseau (of “The Room”), James Nguyen (“Birdemic”), DJs Intel and Popstatic, Pat Dowell, Michael Rousselet (“5-Second Films”), Peter Debruge (Variety writer), Brian Andreotti (Music Box program director), John Wilson, and a number of other folks. And a big thanks goes out to Josh Karp for guiding me through the article and New City for publishing it as a cover story.
But, enough chatter. Read it!