100 Creatives: Kevin DeVil

Kevin DeVil
Kevin DeVil

What He Does: Kevin DeVil (pronounced De Ville) makes horror films. He launched his career with the short film Zombies Most Wanted, a parody of hunting shows involving the undead. He followed up with the revenge short Walking After Midnight and ZMW II: No Way Out of Texas. All his films showcase a love of over-the-top brutality and tongue-in-cheek humor.

He is also the founder of the Horror Dance short film festival which ran in Houston from 2005 to 2008 and showcased horror movie artists from all over the country.

Why He Likes It: DeVil is a true fan of the horror genre. He's been into scary movies since childhood, and feels a real bond with others who have grown up wallowing in the blood spilt by Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface. His greatest pleasure is to contribute to that community both as an artist and as a promoter of others.

What Inspires Him: "Directing, being the man being behind the camera and helping the actors set the mood of the scene... It's front-row seats to the creation of thoughts played out in real life."

DeVil began his career after viewing graffiti by street artists. He felt that photographs didn't do the works justice and invested in a video camera to film a documentary. Having never even seen a documentary at that point in his life, the film never came to fruition. However, after hearing about the Zombiedance Festival, he concluded he could make a zombie film. How hard could it be? Well, it's at least as hard as digging a 6-foot hole in the middle of nowhere in the Texas summer.

Digging a Grave on the Set of Zombies Most Wanted
Digging a Grave on the Set of Zombies Most Wanted

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If Not This, Then What?: If directing horror films wasn't an option for DeVil, his other passion would be to be a race car driver.

If Not Here, Then Where?: "If I couldn't film in Houston, I would film in Louisiana, deep swamp areas. Free of people, great natural sets, and the ability to get rid of unwanted actors who can't take direction without any trace of evidence. Wait, did I say that last part out loud? Scratch that last part."

Tig Bennet in ZMW II: No Way Out of Texas
Tig Bennet in ZMW II: No Way Out of Texas

What's Next?: DeVil's next film is going to be about torture and clowns. So, pretty much it's about torture. He says that, "this clown doesn't entertain children," which may in fact be the most redundant sentence ever said in English. We look forward to walking out of it in sheer horror.

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