I first heard about one Mr. Lucky Mckee when I watched a film called May, several years ago, while I was still enrolled in college. I’ve been veritably obsessed with the man’s work since then, and I was even privileged enough to shake hands with Lucky at Rock and Shock several years ago. I just remember walking up, and asking if I could get a picture. Lucky was reading a book, and he put it down, and proceeded to stand up. It was only then that I realized how tall Lucky Mckee actually is.
Lucky typed all his answers in caps. In the interest of style, I have changed them to lower case letters. I just tend to assume caps means shouting, so it also helps you not to think he shouted his answers to me.
Anyway, off we go.
Have you ever thought about being a basketball player?
When I was young, sure. But I could never keep my head in a game, thoughts always somewhere else.
What’s your favorite horror movie?
Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
You seem to have a fascination with your doggy. Does he or she actually write all the movies, and do you simply take the credit for them?
She’s a storyboard artist.
You acted in Roman, which was directed by yo friend Angela Bettis. Do you have any plans to act in another Bettis directed film?
If she asked me to, I would. Acting is not something I actively pursue, just something I’ve had to do out of necessity in certain situations.
I heard you filmed The Woman around central Massachusetts, or somewhere close to that. I grew up around there, now do you realize how creepy Massachusetts fucking is?!
I loved it there. Really beautiful everywhere you look. It was really fun to make such an extreme film in broad daylight in such a pretty place.
You co-wrote The Woman with Jack Ketchum. What was it like writing a book? Also, how did you go about the collaboration? Did Ketchum write a chapter, and then send it to you to write the next one? How did it work?
We played to our strengths. I did the heavy lifting on the script, and Ketchum did the heavy lifting on the novel. Then we’d pass pages back and forth, and polish and throw in ideas. It was a wonderful collaboration.
If you could be any kind of monster, what kind would you be?
Favorite swear word or phrase? I’d assume it isn’t go fuck yourself.
Actually, go fuck yourself is a pretty handy one. But I also like shit-stick.
What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read?
The Girl Next Door.
What is your favorite movie with an animal as the star?
Tie between Cujo and First Blood.
Which commentary was it that I heard you talking about your love of animal movies in college? Was that for Sick Girl, The Masters of Horror episode?
Don’t know, but yes, if a real animal is doing people stuff in a film, they have a ticket sold to me.
Don’t you have a friend who acted in some of your films named Sean, and doesn’t he spell his name the same way as me? Also, on a related note, when the shit is there going to be a dvd out of your first film, All Cheerleaders Die?
When we have the ability to put it out ourselves. It’s a co-directed/written thing I did with my buddy Chris Sivertson, who is a helluva director himself. I grew up around a Sean that spells Sean like you spell Sean.
Who is your favorite Ninja Turtle?
The green one.
Why do you hate women …. sorry, that was a bad joke. But seriously, did you have a feeling going into The Woman how strong the reaction to the film would be, or are you a little shocked at the viewer reactions?
I knew it would freak some people out. I showed it to a variety of ages and types at my home before the fest. Like 4-6 people at a time who knew nothing about it. One poor girl just stared at the floor for an hour afterwards. So I knew there might be diverse reactions. I didn’t expect it all to happen so furiously on the first screening, but it did, and I can see why when I sit back and think about it objectively.
A lot of your films have had female leads. Are you a lesbian?
No, I’m not a lesbian. Unfortunately.
What the dilly yo?
I think the key is to show people that a relationship is a relationship, and they come in many forms and combinations, but we’re all pretty much the same. I’m just trying to show a diverse range of characters, that are not designed in a way to make you think a certain way politically, but in fact are simply there for you to relate to as real people.
Thank you so much for doing this interview. Truly, it is I who is the lucky one. Bad puns forever!
Ha. Goes with the territory. Thanks to you.