Gleason 2

Gleason 2
Directed by Dave Smith & Andrew Murphy
Released March 18, 2001
Voice Cast: Andrew Murphy, Dave Smith

I'm ready to take a nap, a loooong nap

I’m ready to take a nap, a loooong nap

The long awaited sequel to Gleason finally got released. This sequel had a strange history. We started it right after we finished the first Gleason, and then stopped. A few months later, we added more to it out of boredom. And then almost a whole year goes by, and we added more, and then a few months later again, we finished it up. Both of us were working on Darkness Within and I was working on My Last Day in Normandy – it was taking a very long time. So to keep people interested, we released this. You can almost see the old-school Smith/Murphy stuff in the beginning of the movie change to the newer stuff we were making later in the movie.
It definitely is a hilarious sequel, very much in the vein of the first Gleason movie, with him somehow living after getting shot, and then bothering the “wasted” guys. He also goes on a lot of sexual adventures in this. There’s a really funny scene where he gets a nosebleed and all the girls at school start crying.

Hey Murphy, I got a present for ya

Hey Murphy, I got a present for ya

The handmade scenes are bad as usual, despite a few good ones popping up here and there. There is also a lot of vulgarity like the first one had. A lot of people still get confused with this and the regular Chris Gleason. It’s the same character, but these are his day-to-day adventures of weirdness. It’s entertaining simply for the comedy.

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Marijuana

Marijuana
Directed by Andrew Murphy
Released: January 6, 2001
Voice Cast: Andrew Murphy

If you wanna die, you can just come to me!

If you wanna die, you can just come to me!

Around this time, short movies were the big thing, as were short movie collections. So Andrew decided to make a short movie compilation, starting with this one. He also had one for his take on BR’s Death, which was hilarious. But right as that happened all his short movies were erased because his computer crashed. All that survived was this short film.
Much like Fast Food Massacre, Andrew came up with another short movie where he kills a chick at the mall that offers him marijuana. This is partly based on truth because one time this girl came up to us at the mall, and asked us if we smoked weed. Andrew thought that stuff killed you, so in this movie he goes “Ya know, if you want to die, you could just come to me!” and shoots the stoner girl. It’s totally fucked up because you can’t die from weed, but hilarious nonetheless at the disturbing anti-social look it brought to the table. I wouldn’t consider this a great Andrew movie all that much, because I like Fast Food Massacre better. What a great way to start off the year for both of us.

Throes of Rejection

Throes of Rejection
Directed by Dave Smith
Released: January 4, 2001
Voice Cast: Andrew Murphy

“Isn’t she lucky?”

It was a new year, and I was in high school, so right away I wanted to make a short movie that was very simple – dude gets rejected at the school dance by a female he likes, and then goes postal. Rejection seemed to be a fitting theme in me and Andrew’s movies in 2001. I couldn’t do the voices at the time I made this because I had acid reflux, and lost my voice. So instead, I got Andrew to do the voices for me.
It is a short movie in the same vein as Fast Food Massacre, which is the best approach. I also think it won Movie of the Week at 3dmm.co.uk, but sadly they had Andrew listed as the director. The soundtrack was perfect. Even with the Britney Spears song randomly playing – I did that with my last movie, and I got a good laugh from Jeff Ching on that one!
At this time, I started work on 2 future projects – one was my film-noir Crime thriller Darkness Within, and the other was my War movie with Ben Fortier called My Last Day In Normandy. They were going to take a long time to make.

Thorn 4: The Revenge

Thorn 4: The Revenge
Directed by Dave Smith
Released: December 14, 2000
Voice Cast: Dave Smith, Andrew Murphy, Jeff Ching, Kevin Pellegrinelli, Ben Fortier, Barb Smith, Chelsea Smith

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This is my favorite Thorn movie. Right after part 3, I had to go right to the 4th one, and I wanted another voice cast again. By this time, I had started talking to Shaun Winfield’s friend, Ben Fortier, who would work on later projects with me. He gladly joined the voice cast, along with Jeff Ching, who wasn’t exactly a huge fan of my movies, but was cool with me nonetheless. I also got Kevin Pellegrinelli, who was a huge fan of the Metal movies, and my mom and sister chipped in on the female voices for this one.
The story takes place after Part 3, Thorn’s “corpse” gets taken to the hospital. Right off the bat, he kills a doctor and a nurse in the morgue who have sex in front of his corpse while a Britney Spears song plays. He goes on to kill more afterwards. Tom is back on his trail, and they come to a showdown at the end and it is very brutal. I added some death metal to the soundtrack and some good horror soundtrack music. It worked perfectly. The killings are awesome, and like Part 3 it is well paced, but not as boring as some of the scenes were in 3.
The movie didn’t get too many good reviews, but I didn’t care. It is really a good film all around, and I am proud of it. Quite possibly my best slasher, and a perfect close to me and Andrew’s most prolific 3DMM movie-making year. The series for Thorn kind of just ends here. I had an idea for the 5th one, but it failed miserably. So instead, I decided that the Tom character in this series is really just Tom Siwula and that Metal and Thorn aren’t going verse each other like Freddy and Jason. They are going to unite in the future.

The Watchtower Documentary

The Watchtower Documentary
Directed by Andrew Murphy
Released: November 27, 2000
Voice Cast: Andrew Murphy, Dave Smith, Scott Murphy, Tuna Hematoma

Your host, Andrew Murphy

Your host, Andrew Murphy

Here it is, the closest thing to the Watchtower sequel, exactly a year later. This is a documentary exposing the story of the Watchtower. I remember when Andrew started this; I knew it was going to be the funniest/disturbing 3DMM movie ever.
The opening credits start with me doing an opening monologue, and disturbing Beethoven music in that background, and then the X-Files theme song pops up as the credits roll. Already you see a lot of perversion, and Andrew’s name dripping with cum. Dear God.
There isn’t really much of a history behind the Watchtower, it’s more of a mystery. All they know is that it has been there for years. Random local people are interviewed, and Watchtower survivors as well. They find pictures and archival evidence through the wreckage. The interviews and pictures/footage they find are hilarious for all the wrong reasons. The scenery is way better than the original of course, and there is even a scene designed by Jon Sapone himself.
This is a highly entertaining movie if you liked The Watchtower and are curious to want to know a little more. But like the original movie, you must be forewarned that this movie is as X-rated as it gets in 3DMM. The movie is still hilarious to this day. The 3DMM Community got a good laugh out of it. The end credits are the Terminator theme song. Enough said.

Thorn 3

Thorn 3
Directed by Dave Smith
Released: October 13, 2000
Voice Cast: Dave Smith, Andrew Murphy, Kevin Pelleginelli, Brian Sullivan, Shaun Winfield, and Jon Sapone

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It was a year later, and I really wanted to continue the Thorn series, like the Metal series. I tried my damndest to make a scary 3DMM movie. It really is almost impossible. Because first off, the characters look too funny, and second, with a Slasher movie premise you only have so much material to work with. The most effective thing is in the sounds and music. So unlike Thorn 2 and the first Backyard Cemetery, I tried that approach. I also got to get a decent voice cast that wasn’t just me and Andrew.

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I tried to get a female 3DMMer named Amy Avis to do the female parts, but she disappeared somehow, and I had to get the movie released. I wasn’t going to wait for her for another month to get the voices. So sadly I did them which kind of ruined it for me, but not too bad. Her name is still mentioned in the credits.

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The movie was typical slasher style. Thorn continues his killing spree, but eventually Tom, his friend from his school days, goes after him and catches up to him. I make the beginning creepy with Black Sabbath music. And then unfortunately I put in too much Friday the 13th soundtrack later on. But the killings are cool and the movie is well-paced. This really is the first movie I started to step up my game. The kills are pretty cool too, very old-fashioned Friday the 13th style. I use a lot more moving camera effect as well.
I first started high school when I made this film. So hard to believe Andrew was still in Middle school at the same time. But anyway, the end result is I tried. It turned out to be way better than most horror movies I had done previously. Unfortunately it wasn’t scary, but at least it tries. People did give it fair reviews, and that I am thankful for. So I started to do Thorn 4 after this, and tried to do the full voice cast thing again.

A Tribute to Jon Sapone

A Tribute to Jon Sapone
Directed by Dave Smith
Released: October 8, 2000
Voice Cast: Dave Smith

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I am not sure why this was made other than Sapone was pissed off at me about something, and to make amends I made this movie for him where he kills me and Andrew. I was still finishing up Thorn 3 at the time, and he had helped Andrew out a bit with the Watchtower Documentary. It’s kind of a dumb, short movie. But the killing scenes are well-animated, so it is entertaining for that reason.

Mutation 2: Bloodbath

Mutation 2: Bloodbath
Directed by Orson Salkind, Andrew Murphy, & Dave Smith
Released: September 15, 2000
Voice Cast: Orson Salkind, Andrew Murphy, Dave Smith, Jeff Ching, Tuna Hematoma, Ryan Oberle

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Now that our names were out there in the 3DMM world, it was taking Andrew and I longer to make good movies. I was working on Thorn 3, and Andrew was working on The Watchtower Documentary. We were both approached individually by Orson Salkind, who was a relatively unknown 3DMMer. He directed a movie called Mutation. It was definitely a B-horror like one of my movies.
So eventually both Andrew and I worked on individual scenes that he told us to make while he worked on the main picture. In the end, it turned out okay. It was very cheesy like the first Mutation. Our scenes in it were both very short, but not bad. The movie itself felt too short. I think if there were more to it, it could’ve been way better. It definitely didn’t need 3 directors. Still entertaining like any one of me and Andrew’s movies.

The Death of BR

The Death of BR
Directed by Dave Smith
Released: September 4, 2000
Voice Cast: Andrew Murphy

Hey, how come there's no cars in the street?

Hey, how come there’s no cars in the street?

It was around this time I had started work on Thorn 3. I was on the 3DMM online message board a lot because people knew who I was now. One of the many assholes on that message board was a guy named BR. I am not sure what prompted me to make this other than him constantly insulting me for no reason.
Most people on the board hated him too and this was a popular time for short movies being made. If Andrew could do a short-to-the-point film, I definitely could.
So it was simple. BR appears as a fat gay dude that’s obsessed with gay porn, and when he walks out of the porn store, a sniper offs him while Cannibal Corpse music plays. Too awesome.
For some reason not a lot of people saw it when I posted it. But some did, and they enjoyed it.

Don’t Talk To Strangers

Don’t Talk To Strangers
Directed by Andrew Murphy
Released: August 8, 2000
Voice Cast: Andrew Murphy, Dave Smith

That's your hard-earned money, boy!

That’s your hard-earned money, boy!

This is a hilarious follow-up to Lack of Listening that was made by Andrew in about a day after the release of Backyard Cemetery. Like Lack of Listening, this was a true story. Andrew and I had yet another ridiculous parents-know-best moment one weekend at the mall.
While we were eating dinner at the food court, a hot girl approached us and talked to us for a minute. She asked for a dollar. A DOLLAR! I definitely did not mind at all, but right as that happened, my dad freaked as did Andrew’s mom (my Aunt). The girl ran away, and our evening was ruined. My dad gave us the longest, most boring speech ever about you should never spend your hard-earned money on someone you don’t know – especially if it is an attractive female. The funny part is, looking back at this, he was right.
But back then it was like “Damn it! A hot chick finally talked to us and you cock blocked!” However, I did learn my lesson, and it is hilarious knowing I went to a strip club later in life… Well anyway, this was a dumb movie just like Lack of Listening before it, but somehow this movie saved us, and not our 3DMM directing careers, mind you.
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During this time, a 3DMMer named Jon Sapone was fighting us over the internet on the 3DMM message board. We got into an argument about music, I think. Next thing you know, the shit talk got bad. Jon made a movie with a character named Dave Smith getting killed, and not long after there was another one as well! It got bad. So finally I guess Jon stumbled upon this 3DMM movie and realized how close by we were living. The Exton Mall was a part of Andrew’s handmade scenery in one of the scenes, and that caught him by surprise.
Jon actually hung out with us not long after, settled the dumb online bullshit and we became friends! All thanks to this stupid movie.