We are looking forward to the forthcoming release of Black Lava Entertainment: Lucifer Valentine's BLACK METAL VEINS. This is a very special publication for us. Therefore, we want to take the opportunity to learn more about Lucifer Valentine and his art. We are very glad to be able to inspire him for the idea of this interview. We hope you find the interview interesting. Have fun.
Lucifer Valentine, thank you very much for this great pleasure to make an interview with you. First of all... How are you today?
Lucifer Valentine: My pleasure, I am very well thank you !
We are looking forward to a new Black Lava Release. Black Metal Veins. It's a film about addiction and the ride to self destruction. Some people would say its a documentary. What was the idea this film was born from?
LV: That is really great question because, over the years, especially in online discussions of the film, many people have often referred to Black Metal Veins (BMV) as a documentary, expecting it “make sense” and resolve itself in some way, or to stick to the parameters of a so-called “straight documentary”, and I would like to clearly state here, for the record haha, that Black Metal Veins is absolutely NOT a documentary and was never intended to be. Black Metal Veins is a very grotesque and harrowing depiction of a very specific kind of DELUSIONAL ENERGY that is created in the world of junkies— this world of delusions is defined by the false prophet of heroin itself as the ultimate master manipulator, as it warps the perceptions of the unconscious of each junkie in the film, convincing them that they are “sick” and need to “get well” by using this drug. In BMV, the grip of heroin can literally be seen to physiologically maim and alter the bodies and minds of the five young main characters. The film captures the hazy, fragmented, absurd and at times hilariously nonsensical self-destructive lifestyle of a junkie which is very repetitive as they need to go through the rituals of “fixing” each and every day no matter what. We see the creation of the dark bottomless pit of the void of the soul of the junkie, and the more they try to fill this void with heroin, the deeper it gets. As their addiction mercilessly takes them further into their own personal hell, Black Metal Veins takes begins to show us why this void exists, and in the cases of the main characters in BMV, it was caused in large part by the loss of or absence of the father figure. Each main character in the film talks directly or indirectly about the loss of and/or lack of connection to their father, and we see how that, and many other factors in their life has led them to this very dark, depressing place, namely Raven’s apartment, where they all get together and feed their addictions each day. And in feeding their addictions, they all in turn feed off each other’s co-dependent self-destructive energy which provides the group with a bizarre form of socialized suicidal camaraderie and plenty of justifications to continue with their addictions. My intent in making Black Metal Veins was to capture this highly delusional morbid psychological/emotional state of the junkie and to show how they perpetuate various self-fulfilling prophecies as to why they “need” to continue to fill their veins with darkness.
The film was first released in 2012 and has not lost any of its topicality. If you remember the production time of the film, what feelings and impressions did you have during the shoot?
LV: There are so many things that had a huge impact on me, and actually changed me as a person that I experienced while filming Black Metal Veins. The first thing that always comes to mind for some reason when I think back to the actual filming of BMV was the smells, haha, that might sound odd, but, all crammed together in one room, and me never having done drugs before in my life, I could literally smell the excess excretions of “junk” oozing out of the pores from the heroin of all the performers as I filmed. This heroin ooze, mixed with a musty, moldy, sour, chemical-y smokey haze smell from the giant cloud of crack cocaine that was almost always being smoked to accompany and chase the heroin hits is permanently embedded in my brain forever. Also, I will never forget just how very brutally honest each performer was with me, especially upon first meeting me, a perfect stranger, I was amazed at their willingness to pour out their stories and emotions for me on camera with absolute gut-wrenching beauty and straight up scary honesty. Also I remember a real chilling kind of suicidal sincerity from the main characters, very matter of factly telling me how they fully know they may not live much longer and that they were perfectly ok with that, it was so undeniably fascinating and terrifying to experience.
Have you tried drugs yourself?
LV: No I have never even smoked a cigarette.
As guessed in the name of the film, it also deals with Black Metal music. Which music do you prefer personally? Maybe a few artist names?
LV: I love Lana Del Rey, New Order, The Body, Dolly Parton, Sunn O))), Ariana Grande, Masonna, Joy Division, Xasthur, Loretta Lynn, Hanatarash, Iggy Azalea, Venetian Snares . . .
Black Metal is often concerned with nihilist themes and also satanism. You acknowledge Satanism, which you also process in your films. What does Satanism mean for you and your life?
LV: Well, I am a satanist, which means I am satan, there is no externalized idolatry of a devil character— so there’s no “worshiping satan”. Satanism is a very powerful dark energy that comes from deep within the core essence of the nature of the universe and emanates through a person as a vessel if they are receptive to that. This energy creates a deep sense of knowing in a satanist that allows them to be in close connection with “the beast”, meaning, one’s true animal nature, and is truly devoid of, and represents the obliteration of the sad human mind which is based on weakness and fear. Satanism is the exact opposite of the human mind which is comprised almost entirely of the polarities of fear and desire, giving rise to the human condition which is governed by the ideas of “happiness” and suffering. Satan represents the freedom of the unknown and to create one’s own world devoid of the insecurities and trivialities of human thought.
I'm sure many people who see your movies, are interested in the world view of the person who is responsible for it. How do you see the world and humanity?
LV: haha, well see above answer.
In The Black Mass Of The Nazi Wizard, you work with symbols from the Third Reich. How is this to be interpreted?
LV: I would first like to say that I do NOT support the ideologies of Hitler, Nazism, or the Third Reich in any way whatsoever, I am utterly repulsed and horrified at Nazism and the atrocities that took place under Hitler during World War Two. In my movie, Black Mass of the Nazi Sex Wizard, aka. VG4, the reference to the word “Nazi” has a few important conceptual cultural references to it, and its meaning, for the most part, comes from the character of Buffalo Bill in the movie Silence of the Lambs and the man who wrongly “confessed” to the murder of Jon Binet Ramsey, John Mark Karr. To explain, in creating the conceptual character of the “Nazi Sex Wizard” (I call it a “conceptual character” as you never really see and get to “know” the character personally on camera in the movie, except for a few brief glimpses of flash frames, but the “Sex Wizard” is intended to be the overseeing influencing entity of the movie conjuring the ritual and causing the events), I always remembered how in Silence of the Lamb’s, there’s a brief moment where the camera pans through Buffalo Bill, the serial killer’s, basement bedroom and we see his bed has a quilt with a giant swastika on it, that always baffled me and caused me to ponder WHY he had that there? Did Buffalo Bill have some weird perverted ideas in his own mind about some kind of “personal nazism”, like, was there some kind of deranged hierarchy of thought like a megalomaniacal personal manifesto that may have provided a strange psychotic order or justification for himself as to why he was skinning these women and making flesh dresses? Similarly, when I was researching John Mark Karr (a very sick pedophile who is, among many other things, a pathological liar, who “confessed” to killing Jon Binet Ramsey, later changing his story to say he “was with her the night she died”), I noticed he had a very extensive blog, in which he chronicled his totally insane ramblings about his obsession with young girls and especially Jon Binet, and he had created a transvestite alter ego persona for himself as the writer of this blog called Alexis Reich. In his blog, he talks about being the ruler of legions of very young girls, with Jon Binet Ramsey at his right hand, like a strange, surreal childlike version of Heinrich Himmler (Hitler’s right hand), keeping everyone in line for the ultimate ruler Alexis Reich. All these little girls ruled by Reich (John Mark Karr), were his slaves to do his bidding, but I was struck by the very strange Aryan Youth/Nazism vibe in there which reminded me of the Buffalo Bill character (and also reminded me of Henry Darger’s story of a legion of young slave girls called “The Vivian Girls in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal . . .”) , and, although I don’t claim to fully understand exactly why these references to Nazism occur regarding both of these very deranged psychotic evil transvestite characters, I definitely found it intriguing, and so the “Nazi Sex Wizard” of VG4, is an amalgamation of my impressions of the two cultural references of Buffalo Bill and John Mark Karr and how the alternate world of the death of Jon Binet Ramsey can be quantum entangled with the suicide death of Angela Aberdeen (in VG4 played by Heather cage) and birth of Angela Aberdeen (seen in VG4 as the child Ameara LaVey in her home movie footage as a prequel to Slaughtered Vomit Dolls) in various bodies much in the same way that the suicide death of Kurt Cobain is entangled with the simultaneous death of Angela Aberdeen in ReGOREgitated Sacrifice.
We are all sad about the death of Ameara LaVey, a victim of a terrible senseless crime. She was not only the main actor in three parts of the Vomit Gore Films, I think you had a very deep connection to each other - Did you still have contact with her? How did you hear about her death? What are your thoughts about her death?
LV: Yes Ameara LaVey and I had been in contact recently, we spoke online about two weeks before her death as we were planning to get together in February of 2018 and do some filming. I kept contact with Ameara and we remained good friends over the years since we split up as a couple in 2004. The last time I hung out with Ameara in person was 2015 in Vancouver, we had dinner and drinks and it was awesome as always. Ameara and I have a deep love for each other that transcends time and space and although we broke up as a couple 14 years ago we both had a deep sense of the importance of the artwork we created together and respected each other greatly as artists and people. I will always love Ameara because we had true love and that never dies or goes away, the beauty and power of the real thing, true love, if your lucky enough to experience it with someone, will always be with you no matter what, and that helps me to deal with the tragedy of her death.
No one knows what comes after life. What is your opinion or hope, what happens after death?
LV: I feel that death is a continuation of the evolution of one’s soul, if they are able and willing to experience it. If a person’s frequency of consciousness is high enough to allow themselves to enter into multidimensional portals, then they will travel through various worlds of the dead, and they will continue their journey and eventually evolve into another form.
Over the last few years you have been signed to Black Lava Entertainment as the distribution company for your movies and artwork. Are you satisfied with this collaboration?
LV: Yes Black Lava has been re-releasing all my movies that I released myself on Kingdom of Hell Productions and also my movies that were previously released on Unearthed Films, and they are also releasing all my NEW movies too which is awesome! I am very very happy with Black Lava as a distribution company, they are great guys, very honest, and real connoisseurs of special packaging and collector’s editions so its been a real pleasure releasing my films with them!
Are you currently working on a new movie? If so, what can you tell us about this?
LV: Yes I have recently completed filming a brand new movie and I am very excited about it. I have just started editing it . . .
Are there limits for you in your artistic activity that you do not exceed?
LV: Well, for me, the only real limit, on a practical level, in making my movies is to realize what is deemed illegal and would not be eligible to be distributed worldwide, so I don’t really have any interest in doing things that are obviously a problem, however, at this point, I pretty much know the boundaries of what is allowed legally, and ironically, that in itself provides a lot of freedom because I know which areas are deemed “ok” for me in which to really push the extremes artistically and other areas to not bother.
You enjoy anonymity. Is it a great challenge to maintain this?
LV: Well I am naturally very introverted, so it isn’t really too hard for me as I really spend the vast majority of my time alone working on my art. I have always been a loner and I really enjoy solitude and my own personal space so its great!
Sometimes you set subtitles in your films. Sometimes only to a single sentence, sometimes more, but never for the full movie. Is there any reason for that? You wanted to set special accents this way?
LV: Yes I really love the way certain words and phrases look onscreen especially with Ameara’s face or whatever the scene is, to me its like in a lot of my drawings I like to write little captions or words to accompany the illustrations and when I subtitle certain pars of my movies its usually not because the words are inaudible, its because I like to see them there as in my drawings.
Is there anything else you want to tell us?
LV: I’d just like to say thank you very much for a really fun interview this was great.
September 2017 - hexden@blacklava - German Translation