The story of GHOULISH was partially developed from conversations writer/director Jeff Hayes had with an actual necrophile. After deciding to do a movie based on the subject of violent fantasies and necrophilia, Hayes realized that in order to truly understand it and give the main character factual necrophilic traits, he needed answers from the source: someone who is actually living with this dark paraphilia.
Hayes found the real life necrophile, who has asked to be credited as "NecroGhoul" by researching online forums dealing with paraphilias and necrophilia. He proposed for a brave soul to reach out to him for factual purposes and discussions on the mindset of a real necrophile. A couple people responded offering brief insight here and there, but eventually the real deal came along and looked at the opportunity as a way to have non-judgemental, serious discussion on the matter. "NecroGhoul" had been arrested in the past in conjunction with necrophilia and had much to tell about years of living with the "curse".
Hayes also wanted to base part of the story on various other true crime elements that had struck him in the past. He had always remembered an interview he read in which Psychiatrist Dorothy Lewis had interviewed serial killer Ted Bundy the day before he was executed. In the interview, Bundy went back to the beginning and described to Dr. Lewis where he felt his criminality began and continued through to the point of actually killing. Hayes, thought this format was an excellent guideline for the story of GHOULISH to play out. He wanted his main character, Henry (James Letteri) to spend a large part of the movie detailing the dark things he had done on his journey to becoming a full fledged necrophile to a Psychiatrist (Felissa Rose) desperately trying to understand such an affliction .
The years-long correspondence Hayes had with "NecroGhoul" gave him an amazing inside look into the mindset of a person who feels the need to have sexual relations with corpses. He came to understand that these people often look at their necrophilic need as a "curse" and not some form of intentional deviant desire. The act is something they need to facilitate to truly feel a satisfaction in the sexual part of their lives. Most of them don't act out this way as some need to strike out at society or just to seek out an easy body to have sexual relations with. This paraphilia is a "curse" to them that they wish they didn't have. It is some sort of subconscious psychological need that won't let them free of this desire. But when it takes hold, it must be fulfilled. Although most people would like to paint a necrophile as a villain because of the things they do, the truth is they are not the villain of the story. Like Cancer or any other disease, the pathology is the villain which causes many of the dark deeds that lead to the ultimate dark deed.
With NecroGhoul's detailed insights in mind, Hayes created the character of "Henry Bittle" who finds himself afflicted and confused with his developing need for some sort of necrophilia. He becomes haunted and obsessed with his need for something abnormal that is perculating inside and begins expressing itself through fantasties that become violent. As time goes on, Henry's need to act out emerges, causes terror for some unfortunate victims, and he tries to piece together what exactly is afflicting him with the help of his Psychiatrist.
"NecroGhoul's" admissions have helped Hayes to craft a character that exhibits some of the actual factual traits of a real necrophile to really give the viewers a chance to get inside the hallucinatory mindset of one of mankind's darkest human mysteries.