Brad Abraham is a dear friend of Dreary’s. We wanted to give him a big thank you and let you in on all of the cool stuff he does.
Brad Abraham is a screenwriter best known for Fresh Meat, Stonehenge Apocalypse, The Picco Incident, and Robocop: Prime Directives. Through his film work, and his acclaimed comic book series Mixtape, he journeyed to the southwestern town of Dreary to await the devil. One of Dreary’s many backers, he was more than happy to share his thoughts on the series.
Who is your favorite character in Dreary?
My favorite character in Dreary would have to be Tino; I think he’s a really interesting main character, and I’ve always had an affinity for the “ex-con trying to go straight). Face it; unambiguously heroic characters are dull as dishwater, and Tino is the opposite of that. Constantly interesting to watch, but one who also does the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing.
David Parkin drew a lot of inspiration from The Twilight Zone – do you have a favorite episode or moment?
It’s fitting that Dreary takes a lot of inspiration from The Twilight Zone given it’s probably my all-time favorite TV show. Often duplicated but never equaled, it was the show that first got me into scifi and horror, and my current work-in-progress has a decided TZ vibe to it. But of all the episodes, Walking Distance (in which a man finds he’s travelled back in time to the hometown of his youth) is the one that cuts deepest; not because of anything overtly supernatural, but because it captures that sense of longing, of changing the past, and realizing you truly cannot go back home. It’s a theme in a lot of my own work, so Twilight Zone cuts very deep.
There are a lot of classic cars in Dreary, do you have a favorite?
1958 Plymouth Fury, partially because it’s the car from Stephen King’s Christine, but also the way it rolls off the tongue.
What’s your favorite Western?
Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, which in its own way can be seen as having drawn water from the same well as Walking Distance in which aged outlaws trying to outrun their past find themselves consumed by it.
John Wayne or Clint Eastwood?
If asked to choose between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, I’m going to have to plant myself in the Wayne camp. He’s become an icon and an archetype, but if you look at his best films – Red River, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – you see an actor not afraid to tarnish his own image.
Thanks so much, Brad!
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