Most horror fans have heard of the highly anticipated film Sin-Jin Smyth. Sin-Jin follows two corrupt federal marshals as they "transport a prisoner with no past and no identity." What they don't know is that the prisoner is the Devil himself. Sin-Jin Smyth stars Roddy Piper, Richard Tyson, and Jonathan Davis.
Director Ethan Dettenmaier was kind enough to talk to me about the film.
BC: Tell us a little about your background — where are you from, and when did you decide that you wanted to become a filmmaker?
ETHAN: Ahhh... I don't think my background would impress anybody. I'm a small-time guy from Los Angeles... but I always liked filmmaking [Note: Ethan made his first film in junior high school about the Russians storming the Berlin Wall and the tank crew, made up of multi-national UN survivors, who try to stop them] I had a real life first... traveled... worked. I didn't get into this business until I took a messenger job at 28.
BC: Tell us about Sin-Jin Smyth starring Roddy Piper, Richard Tyson, and Jonathan Davis.
ETHAN: Sin-Jin Smyth is set a few of years in the future with the United States under martial law and on the brink of the Apocalypse [NOTE: And there are rumors of a Sin-Jin Smyth 2 taking place during a 'nuclear winter' with the United States in a Civil War!) It follows two federal marshals who have a midnight prisoner transfer - over Halloween weekend - of a man who turns out to be the Devil!
BC: What inspired you to write Sin-Jin Smyth?
ETHAN: Poverty was the biggest modivation. Not measuring up to much on behalf of my family forced me to get in the trenches and pull the trigger on something that could improve our living conditions.
I was working through several ideas looking for an opportuntiy to move up through the ranks to directing [Note: Ethan was working as a script doctor and in addition to optioning his own work, he has written for the producers of the Blade films, Steven Seagal and several other production outfits] and I thought this script was logistically simple — while still being effective from a story standpoint — and for me, as a new director, with a lot to learn and work through, it seemed to be a solid choice.
BC: Along with writing and directing, you also produced Sin-Jin. Was it tough to wear so many hats?