This week’s Welcome to the Insta-hood is on Bobby Keller (IG: spookykeller)
- Tell me a little about yourself. ” I’m 33 years old. I’m from Scranton PA. I guess I’m a filmmaker, because I directed a shot-on-video tribute to 90’s home made/SOV horror movies called Deatherman in 2012. I also did a short film called Mini-Golf Massacre. I used to do stand up comedy. but it’s very rare for me to ever get on stage to perform these days. But if I do, I either go by the name Melvin or am wearing a giant frog costume. Currently I’m focusing on NEPA Horror Film Festival. This will be my 4th year running that. And I’m also the front man in a doom/sludge metal band called Dour. We currently have a 4 song demo cassette and are going on tour at the end of April. And when I’m not doing any of those things, I am either working at a bar or am in Long Island visiting my girlfriend.”
- I noticed you have a collection of great movie t-shirts! how did this interested come about? What are you top five t-shirts you own and why? ”
I like the way shirts from the 80’s and 90’s look, feel, and smell. There’s just something about them that can’t be replicated. The best promo shirts are the ones that were sent to video stores, and either have the store logo or the VHS distribution company logo on the shirt. And of course, I’m an idiot and wear all of them instead of preserving them. But whatever, I’m gonna die anyway, I might as well wear a Dawn Of The Dead t-shirt to wing night.My top five shirts would probably be 1.) Dead Alive (I look like a “90’s scumbag” wearing it because of how big it is, but it somehow works).
2.) A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge yellow night gown (I love that movie so much and there was no way I wasn’t going to own that. I sadly, do not cook eggs and bacon dancing in my kitchen every morning wearing it.
3.) George Romero’s Day Of The Dead promo shirt from 1985. That’s one of the many shirts that slowly just made it’s way into my girlfriend’s closet. I’m not complaining, it looks so much better on her, haha.4.) Army Of Darkness sweatshirt. There was no question in my mind, I had to own that. It looks great with my Doritos shorts. 5. I was going to pick the Twilight Zone shirt my girlfriend recently got for me, but I haven’t taken a photo of that yet, so my last one will be Stephen King’s Cycle Of The Werewolf promotional baseball tee. I believe it was purchased at a booking signing or at least a book store in 1982. That is probably the rarest thing I own, and I’ll never part with it.
- You also run the NEPA Horror Film Festival. Can you talk about it? How did it start? What is it about? “As I said earlier, I’ve made some movies in the past. I used to do local screenings, and someone approached me about screening Deatherman around Halloween at their venue. I thought, why don’t we do something bigger and showcase the talents of other filmmakers and not just make it about me. With it being in October, I thought we could get away with having a film festival that was exclusively horror films. The following year, I expanded it into sort of a mini horror convention/film festival. I had Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp and Lisa Gaye from Toxic Avenger 2 there, as well as one of my childhood heroes, Joe Bob Briggs there. I grew up watching Monster Vision on TNT and he introduced me to so many great films, and to not only have him as a guest at my film festival, he actually offered and suggested that he host it! So that was a childhood dream come true without a doubt. One of the most stresssful, but best days of my life. And then last year, we actually sold out a movie theatre in downtown Scranton. So it’s constantly been growing and getting better, and I love running it.” NEPA Horror Film Fest – 10/08/16
- Can you list some favorite memories/highlights about the film festival? “My name being mentioned in Joe Bob Briggs’ drive-in totals. HahaAlso last year my girlfriend and her sisters coming from New York to Scranton. It was just a really great few days and the film festival was a success, so I was very happy. “
- What is one thing that not a lot of people know about you? “I had a crush on Neve Campbell in 6th grade and sent her a letter telling her how great she was in Scream. She sent back an autographed photo that I kept under my bed (not in a weird way) but I think my mom threw it away, because I have no idea where it is now.”
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Until next time!