Indie Films: Interview with Bonejangles’ Keith Melcher (and bonus content!)

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Bonejangles Synopsis: While transporting the legendary serial killer Bonejangles to an asylum, a group of police officers break down in a town cursed with demonic zombies. The only way they can survive the night and save the town is to release Bonejangles to help them fight the curse, with something much worse.
Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
Director: Brett DeJager
Cast : Reggie Bannister, Elissa Dowling

Interview with Bonejangles’ Keith Melcher


What do you want audiences to get out of the film?

Keith Melcher: I am hoping audiences will appreciate the humor in the film and I especially hope fans of horror films will appreciate the references we peppered throughout the movie. It isn’t a movie to be taken too seriously and if they are expecting a straight up blood and guts horror romp, they might be disappointed. But if they like a heaping helping of goofy comedy with their horror, I’m hoping they can come away with a lot to enjoy in the film.


You’ve worn a few different hats in your projects but where do you think your strengths lie?


Keith Melcher: I would say my strengths lie primarily in the writing aspect of the projects I’ve worked on. I enjoy writing scripts, even if a lot of them don’t ever see the light of day. I enjoy acting as well, but if I had a choice it would to be behind the scenes in some sort of creative capacity. As for producing, Bonejangles was the first feature film I produced and I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing a lot of the time. But thankfully I had a great cast and crew to back me up and make sure everything ran as smoothly as could be.


Was it hard juggling dual roles on Bonejangles?

Keith Melcher: Not especially. It wasn’t that hard for me to jump from writer to producer to actor on the fly when I needed to. The script was pretty much nailed down when we started filming, so not a lot of changes were needed on it while we were shooting. Of course when we first started work on Bonejangles, I had no intention of playing the title character, but when the role was offered to me, I was happy to do so. It still took a little bit of getting used to at first, but after the first few days I think I transitioned smoothly into the part. At least I think I did. Nobody told me otherwise on the set ha ha ha.


Where does Bonejangles rank in order of your favorite projects?

Keith Melcher: This is by far my favorite project that I have been involved with. Of course I’m a little biased since I had probably more involvement creatively in this one than any of the others, but I am incredibly proud of how it turned out. The cast and crew went above and beyond turning my script into a movie that I think can be enjoyed by quite a large audience.


What’s your fave bit from it? Anything you’re especially proud of?

Keith Melcher: There is a flashback scene that was my favorite scene in the script and it came to life 100% how I envisioned it.  It is just as goofy and as over the top as I was hoping it would be. It makes me laugh every time I watch it.


Has the internet, let alone technological advances in filmmaking and all these new platforms, helped your career at all?

Keith Melcher: I would say it has somewhat. I never wanted to join Facebook when it first arrived on the scene and  I did it begrudgingly to help promote a web series I was working on, but it has made it able for me to connect with a wide variety of people in the filmmaking industry, so I can’t knock it that much. I still spend way too much time on it though, but that’s on me. And as for Youtube and various VOD platforms go, I’m all for it. The more ways a person can go about watching movies now without having to rely on theaters or DVD the better as far as I’m concerned.


Where can fans find you online?

Keith Melcher: They can find me on Facebook if they want at

They can also subscribe to the Magic-Time Films YouTube channel  at

It contains some short films and a web series that I’ve worked on in the past. There may be some new content coming to it soon as well.


And where is the VOD/DVD for Bonejangles available?

Keith Melcher:Right now it is available for rental at Redbox Kiosks nationwide and on VOD on Amazon Video, Google Play and Comcast. It should become available on more VOD platforms in the weeks ahead and the DVD will be available for sale sometime in August.

Wanna check out more? The Bonejangles team also has 4 clips available for your viewing pleasure!





They hope Bonejangles tickles your funny bone! (And appeases your inner gorehound.)


**All material provided courtesy of Bonejangles film makers and October Coast Media**



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