"We talk about ourselves like we're a couple of chuckleheads, but we really work hard to do the best we can to do the story justice and make sure everyone involved can be proud of it, and not just us," adds Ousley.

Certainly, audiences will recognize some parallels between the characters in The Bloodfest Club and several classic '80s films, including Sixteen Candles, The Lost Boys, The Goonies and, of course, The Breakfast Club. That is, until the film takes a dark turn toward the "horror" side of the "comedy-horror" genre.

"So we have this really goofy concept, but we try to write smart, snappy, witty dialogue. We want it to have that great wit, that charm, that John Hughes' films had," says Madrid.

Oscar Madrid and Jim Ousley's films balance brilliance and nonsense.
Oscar Madrid and Jim Ousley's films balance brilliance and nonsense.


Watch video clips from the films of Jim Ousley & Oscar Madrid.

They hope the script's depth of character will draw audiences into rooting for the students and their well-intentioned leader, Sonny the janitor.

"It was important to us to have a real threat there, so that it just wasn't some spoof comedy like Scary Movie or something. We wanted something more visceral," Ousley elaborates.

"Not that we don't want to make money like Scary Movie," Madrid puts in.

"We would like that," Ousley agrees. "We'd love to be a Scary Movie. We'd love to be anything. We just want to make a movie."

To see clips from some of Jim and Oscar's films, visit www.riverfronttimes.com/microsites/ousley-madrid

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