Star Ratcliffe, who also served as the film's scribe, says of his inspiration for the film, "My ancestor was John William Ratcliffe, the captain of [the tall ship] Discovery that founded America. I thought he married Pocahontas [in reality, it was Englishman John Rolphe she wed in 1614--that's right, a history lesson courtesy of Fango], which is how I came up with the story." As for his decidedly politically incorrect take, Ratcliffe adds, "I'm tired of Pocahontas being portrayed as a short, fat whore. We are rewriting history. I made her a sexy murderess. Pocahontas united the nations with the most important thing in the world: sex. This movie gives Pocahontas back her voice and celebrates what this country was built on: sex and murder."
Craven chimes in, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, "My vision with this film was to take Native American exploitation to a higher level. Barry had it ready to go, I had the money, it was time for me make the jump from TV to film. So I did. As for any controversy [it might generate], it's a frickin' movie, not any kind of statement about women, or Native Americans, or even Pocahontas herself--who in real life wasn't considered sexy. I think we did her justice in this film!"
With the film bearing the tagline "She's Hot, She's Dead, and She's Super Pissed!", assistant director and producer Molly Celaschi has no qualms about POCAHAUNTUS falling squarely into the genre of "exploitation. There is sex, gore and something to offend everyone," she says. "Some people may be upset over the portrayal [of Pocahontas], but the film doesn't really show the best side of the white people either, whether it was with drugs, sex, betrayal or more sex!"
In fact, Pocahontas is probably the no. 1 sex object in all of Native history. Craven must be kidding because she can't be serious.