Because of the minimal, out of pocket, budget Peter Litvin and Greg DeLiso wrote scripts on Wednesdays, Peter would produce the next weeks shoot and they would shoot scenes the following Monday. Peter and Greg did this for over a dozen Mondays straight.
All of the stop motion animation in the movie was done by director, Greg DeLiso in his parents basement.
Peter Litvin composed, recorded and performed the original score for Hectic Knife himself at a recording studio in Sterling Heights, Michigan. It happened to be the same studio used by Detroit rap group, ICP.
The entire movie was created on a whim after Peter Litvin hired Greg DeLiso to "create any short film I want." Hectic Knife was just one of many shorts the two created back in the spring of 2010 but eventually became a feature length production when they both fell in love with the footage they had so far.
The original rough cut was 1 hour, 54 minutes and was created in only two weeks.
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The high-contrast, black and white "look" and 4:3 aspect ratio were inspired by Clerks, Pi and Stanley Kubrick.
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The candles in the scene where Hectic Knife visits his family is a reference to Joe Dante's The 'burbs.
About 80-90% of the dialog was replaced via ADR, which took about 3 years to complete.
The soundtrack was written and recorded at ICP's recording studio Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Hectic Knife was produced completely independently, by Peter Litvin, Greg DeLiso, their parents and friends. Troma was their first call when the film was completed. A contract for distribution was presented within the week.
The "Wilhelm Scream" was not used in the movie.
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