Getting Gory with the Blaze of Gory Horror Anthology!

Getting Gory with the Blaze of Gory Horror Anthology!

newbog3The “Blaze of Gory” horror anthology will be packed with plenty of gore in ten unique and disturbing tales! Highly talented actors, actresses, and directors come together from around the world to bring these horrifying stories to life on the screen! Each episode is directed by a different director. The series is written by Blaize-Alix Szanto who also directed the episode “Beer Cellar”. David V.G. Davies was the screenwriter and producer of the series. David also directed the episode “Snow”. When I first heard the idea of bringing so many talented people together for one common cause (to create an incredible horror series for fans!) it reminded me of the “Masters of Horror” TV series. That series included a who’s who of horror director kingpins such as: John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Dario Argento, and many more!

Since I knew it couldn’t be an easy task, I asked David V.G. Davis how he started the process of putting the project together. David’s response was, “I chose the directors for their particular strengths as well as designating them a script that would both grasp what they were familiar with but also something that could further their skills as filmmakers. Many said it was too sick! There was me thinking TOO SICK that’s great! I have been amazed at how much determination the cast and crew have had, we have all worked very hard and have continued to do so well in to post production.”

When I asked writer Blaize-Alix Szanto how she first got involved with the “Blaze of Gory” horror series she said, “I started writing from a young age and got into horror. My mum met David through work and told him about my stories and he asked to read them. At first I didn’t send them. When I eventually did he told me he wanted to make them into films and I was totally over the moon!”

newbog5I (Damien Colletti) was really excited to be asked by director Robert Noel Gifford to be a part of the series playing Victor in the episode “Masque of the Red Rape”. The episode also co-stars the beautiful Brazilian actress Vania Bezerra. Robert also makes an appearance in the opening segment. We filmed our twisted tale in Long Island, New York making it the only episode filmed in the United States with the majority of the episodes being filmed in the United Kingdom.

“Masque of the Red Rape” is about a troubled man named Victor who after the death of his wife still feels the need to obey her every wish which includes removing demons from people’s bodies in hopes for forgiveness for his wife’s death. As you can imagine, most people are reluctant to allow Victor to cut them open, but he feels he is doing the right thing and at the same time helping them rid themselves of the evil that is in them.

When word of the series first broke, BBC News in the UK aired a 2 minute interview on TV with Blazie-Alix Szanto and David V.G. Davies. You can view the video online here. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-23950887

With each episode now complete and the editing process almost finished “Blaze of Gory” will soon be hitting film festivals all over the world!

newbog1Stars of the Series: Susan Adriensen (“Snow”), Elle Alexandra (“Sick Little Boy”), Rudy Barrow (“Exorcist”), Mark Ivan Benfield (“Sick Little Boy”), Vania Bezerra (“Masque of the Red Rape”), Emily Booth (“Precious”), Victoria Broom (“Monster”), Damien Colletti (“Masque of the Red Rape”), Craig Cottingham (Beer Cellar”), Kate Marie Davies (“Beer Cellar”), Sabrina Dickens (“Beer Cellar”), Martin Hancock (“Monster”), Nathan Head (“Beer Cellar”), Ryan Hunter (“Abort”), Dean Sills (“Young and Naive”), Jade Wallis (“If You Were Here”), Carley Watts (“Sick Little Boy”), Sandra Wer (“Monster”), and Lord Zion (“Snow”).

Directors of the Series: David V.G. Davies (“Snow”), Mj Dixon (“If You Were Here”), Andy Edwards (“Monster”), Simon P. Edwards (“Sick Little Boy”), Yana Kolesnyk (“Abort”), Antoni McVay (“Young and Naive”), Robert Noel Gifford (“Masque of the Red Rape”), Blaize-Alix Szanto (“Beer Cellar”), Jason Wright (“Precious”), and Zion (“Spawn of the Devil”).

Blaze of Gory on Imdb: www.imdb.com/title/tt2267578
Official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/goryblaze
Official Twitter page: www.twitter.com/BlazeofGoryfilm

Article by: Damien Colletti

Photo credits: Enna Cooper, David VG Davies, Ted D’Ottavio, Duff Eynon, Robert Noel Gifford, Olga Maya Matkovska, Craig Matthews, Gary Stratmann, and Lord Zion.

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The Devils Show (2014) DVD Review

ds1The Devils Show (2014) DVD Review

Dir. Robert Noel Gifford

97 mins

Starring: Darian Caine, Jacquelyn Velvets, Kerri Taylor, Suzi Lorraine, Kylee Nash.

‘The Devils Show’ is the re-mastered version of ‘The Death Hours’. I actually reviewed ‘The Death Hours’ last year for UK Horror Scene. Thanks to Robert Noel Gifford for mailing me a promotional screener of ‘The Devils Show’ I can now bring you a review of his latest work.

The movie begins with some really cool blood spattering titles along with a nice soundtrack. We get to view three short films from the Devils private collection on his cine projector. Robert even adds special effects during each film, giving the footage the impression that each film was shot on old 8mm film, with all the scratches and so on. It is a little overdone at times but adds so much more to the movie helping you appreciate what Robert is achieving as a filmmaker and it does actually work, setting the tone of the movie.

ds3Robert’s movies are a fun throwback to the 80s. He does overuse the naked female flesh in his projects but still throws in a nice mixture of blood and gore. He also likes to work with the same actors on a number of several projects. I do enjoy his directing style, the special effects and soundtrack he provides on each one. The three short films that the devil invites us to sit through are: ‘The Wishing Box’, ‘Dirty Little Dead Things’ and ‘Believe In Me Not’.

‘The Wishing Box’ is all about a thousand year old box that contains the black stones of the sorceress Cozara (Stella Kim) which falls into the hands of many people and anyone who is foolish enough to open the box will have only one wish, they will wish for death. The film begins with some interesting text about Cozara and the stones along with some visual effects of Cozara checking on the stones which are really cool for a low budget movie. The soundtrack is also good and reminds me a little of the John Carpenter Horror movies back in the 80s. We follow the lives of various people and watch their stories unfold once they open the box.

‘Dirty Little Dead Things’ is shown next. This is my favourite part of ‘The Devils Show’. After being rejected by every woman he knows, a psychotic loser (Robert N. Gifford) makes a deal with the Devil to bring dolls to life to seek revenge on the women that rejected him. The story starts when a young female victim is tortured and killed, blood is taken from her through a syringe and then injected into the dolls necks to bring them alive. We then move onto a mysterious package getting delivered to the homes of 4 women, each one opens the package and finds a very scary looking doll inside along with a tiny knife and it’ bad news for each one of them.

ds5‘Believe In Me Not’ is the last film the Devil gets to share with us. I feel this one was the weakest out of the three shorts. Ten years after a mass murderer called Jerry Keep is put to death, the house of his killings is now infested
with demons that kill any body who dare to live there. The main character is played by Anju McIntyre also know as A.J. Khan. She becomes the unlucky lady in this one after moving into the deadly home. Just like the other two shorts the story includes a strange parcel and this adds to the drama of each one. We do have some nice special effects in this one and Robert does a great job making it dark and creepy.

I always find it hard giving a true rating to an independent horror movie but after working on a number of indie horror flicks in the UK you really get to appreciate the amount of work that goes into each one. I do like the work of Robert Noel Gifford, I think he’s a decent director and great storyteller. I would love to see what he could do with a big budget and look forward to seeing more of his work including his segment in ‘Blaze of Gory’.

7 out of 10

 

 

An Interview with Blaze of Gory writer Blaize-Alix Szanto by Dean Sills

An Interview with Blaze of Gory writer Blaize-Alix Szanto by Dean Sills

bog3UKHS – Hello Blaize. First of all, let me start by saying a huge thank you for chatting with us at UK Horror Scene. Can you tell us a little about yourself and when did your first start writing gory horror stories?

Blaize – Well, I’m 17 soon to be 18 and I’m super excited about it! I’m quite an outgoing person once you get to know me but other than that I like to keep myself to myself although the bright hair doesn’t really allow for that! I got into writing from a really young age (8/9) from writing in school etc. But I got into the horror scene during secondary school, there wasn’t really any reason behind it I just really enjoy being able to sicken people with something that isn’t real!

 

UKHS – I believe it was your mum who put you in touch with the film’s producer, David V G Davies after you wrote the first story. How excited are you that David decided to turn your stories into a movie?

Blaize – I am totally overwhelmed that this has happened all from a few stories that I wrote! I think what makes it even more amazing for me is the fact that I enjoy writing and I didn’t write my stories for anyone else so when Dave asked for them I was really dubious about it. Even now, when the project has been going for nearly 2 years I’m still overwhelmed by it all.

 

bog1UKHS – Which story did you enjoy writing the most and did you base any of the characters on real life people?

Blaize – I have to say that I can’t choose a favourite story if I’m honest, the one I enjoyed writing the most was If You Were Here because it was the story I got most engrossed in. None of the characters are based on real life people, it’s all made up.

UKHS – Congratulations on directing one of the segments ‘Beer Cellar’. Was it a nerve-racking experience directing one of your own stories or did you feel relaxed and totally at home?

Blaize – Being as I had never directed before, I was nervous at first but all the cast and crew were amazing and they made me feel so at home that I lost the nerves soon after we started filming. Dave was a massive help and he guided me through everything which made it all a little easier. As well as that I am so grateful to have been able to direct the segment as I made some life long friends and experiences that will stay with me forever.

 

bog5UKHS – What’s your favourite Horror movie and why?

Blaize – I couldn’t chose a favourite! There’s far too many that I enjoy. Although a film that I could watch over and over without getting bored is the French film Martyrs, its an amazing film and will always be an all time favourite. I don’t really scare much at films and I’m not squeamish but A Serbian Film made me physically throw up!

 

UKHS – What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Blaize – The only advice I feel is best is that what you write will never be good to anyone else unless you believe in it yourself. Write for yourself, not for others and don’t write for the sake of it, you need to really enjoy it to produce good work.

 

bog2UKHS – If you were stranded on a desert island which three items would you want to have with you?

Blaize – I have conversations about this with my friends all the time! Its quite a hard one, but it goes without saying that I’d have a pen and paper, none of these computers, I like the good old fashioned way. That counts as two things though! Damn! I would also choose to have myiPod because I literally can’t write without music, it helps me concentrate.

 

UKHS – Finally, do you have any plans to continue writing and if so will it be something that isn’t horror-oriented or do you enjoy the gore too much?

Blaize – I will always write because its something that I love to do, it’s a good way to vent and chill out. I think I will always write horror/thriller type stuff because I love how descriptive you can be etc. I aspire to write a book and have it published before I die!

 

bog6UKHS – Blaize, thank you for your time and all the best for the future.

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An Interview with Rudy Barrow by Dean Sills

rb1Rudy Barrow- Interview with Dean Sills

UKHS – The last time I saw you was on the set of ‘The Hooligan Factory’, so it’s good to catch up with you again and talk about your career. First of all, can you please introduce yourself to fans of UKHS who don’t already know you and tell us how you got started in acting and what was the first Film/Tv show that you worked on?

RB – Hi Folks My Name is Barrow, Rudy Barrow, I’m a British Actor, and I’ve been in many films over the years. As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be an actor, so when the chance came up I took drama lessons at school, I was the first one to put my name on the list, My filming career all kicked off when I replied to an ad in my local paper, for extras wanted! I put my name down with the casting agent and bingo my first ever role was, in a film called Split Second, in which I played the part of a police officer. Some of the films and TV shows I’ve been in are. The Bill, Vicar of Dibley, A Killer Conversation, The Lee Mack all star cast, The Hooligan Factory, Evil Up Close, Exorcist Chronicles, Dead Walkers: Rise of The Fourth Reich, Blaze of Glory, The Wrong Floor, Torture and Apostle’s Manoeuvre.

 

UKHS – You recently played an Exorcist in Jason Wright’s ‘Blaze of Gory’ segment “Precious”. How did you get the part and what was it like working with Emily Booth? 

RB – Well I was in a film called A Killer Conversation, and the director, David VG Davies, recommended me to his director friend Jason Wright, as being a good choice for an Exorcist. I do believe that it’s all about being in the right place at the right time, also word of mouth Is still one of the best ways of making contacts/connections. Working with the one and only Emily Booth, was a real pleasure, we worked well together she’s a real pro, and easy on the eye too!

 

rb4UKHS – How did you prepare for your role in ‘Blaze of Gory’ and get into character? 

RB – Practie, Practie, Practie, at least 2 hours a night for a week I learned my lines, and then I learned to say them in different ways, I set up a video camera in my living room to record my performances, and when I was happy, I used that one on the day.

 

UKHS – Do you believe in the supernatural? 

RB – I believe that the is a force out there, which..yes could be called supernatural, put it this way, there are a lot of unexplained things that happen, which nobody, can explain. We are not alone!

 

UKHS – Which film have you enjoyed working on the most and what made it so special? 

RB – Well it would be a bit unfair to pin point any one film, but in my top 3 in no particular order I would have to be.. A Killer Conversation, it was so much fun to make, never laughed so much in my life, next up is The Wrong Floor, action and horror, I got to play the role of a scientist, loved it. Last but not least.. Apostle’s Manoeuvre, in which I play a very old man, a challenge in it’s self.

 

rb3UKHS – How would you describe your acting style?

RB – I would say that my acting style changes with each movie, but on the whole I try to be as natural as possible, I find it looks better on screen, and makes the whole film more enjoyable.

 

UKHS – What is your favorite horror movie? 

RB – My all time Horror/Scifi movie has to be Event Horizon… wicked film, I dare you to watch it at night… alone….an oldie but still worth watching.

 

UKHS – Finally, are you currently working on any other projects which you can tell UKHS about and how do you choose which projects to work on? 

RB – I’m still filming on the set of The Wrong Floor, and Torture, check them out by clicking the links below.

The Wrong Floor – Click Here for IMDB page

Torture – Click Here for IMDB page

I normally choose my projects by director, and script, and when
recommended a trustworthy sorce.

Please see my IMDB Page HERE

My Star Now Page HERE

Blaze of Glory IMDB page HERE

rb2If anyone is free – Film Director Brian Harley will be premièring his new short film, ‘Apostle’s Manoeuvre’ at the end of this month 30th April, in which I play lead role. The link is on facebook below

Apostle’s Manoeuvre première page HERE  

Thanks for the interview Dean, see you in the movies.

UKHS- You are welcome Rudy. Thanks for your time and good luck with all your latest projects. 

An Interview with Lord Zion by Dean Sills

zion1An Interview with Lord Zion by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hello Zion, thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene.

You are best known as the lead singer and co-founder of UK rock band, ‘Spit Like This’, which you formed back in 2002. Can you tell us about your band and how you got started?

Z – The band has done OK for itself and we have a pretty decent cult following. Under our belts are 4 EPs, a compilation CD and two albums. We’re not exactly prolific but like to think that, when we do release something, it is worthwhile it being out there. We’ve been lucky enough to play some great festivals and play in a bunch of different countries. Done a slew of videos and generally had a great time! We have achieved more than 99.9% of bands that ever form, so that’s pretty cool. Shame we’re not as big as Metallica though 😉

We had a rather unusual beginning as we were funded by the sale of Vikki’s used panties on eBay. We had less than zero cash and cottoned on to that as a way to generate something fast. A nice salacious way to kick things off! From the funds made, we started a slightly more legitimate business, smellyourmum.com, designing and producing our own range of sweary slogan T-shirts.

Little did we know that would take off like it did! That site is in the top 1% most visited on the planet! Shame they don’t all fkn buy something though. I think they all come to look and be outraged. Anyway, it kept us liquid and all profits went into getting the band off the ground proper and keeping it ticking over.

 

 

zion2UKHS – OK, let’s talk about your filmmaking career. When did you first discover your passion for filmmaking, acting and writing and will your production company ‘Fuel My 928 Film Productions’ just focus on the horror genre?

Z – Well, as a published songwriter, I have obviously always written in some form. I’ve also kept a handwritten diary for the past 24 years so that has kept my creative hand operational. Always, at the back of my mind, was the notion that I would one day write and make films but I didn’t expect it to happen quite when it did. A series of events collided for the opportunity to arise…

First off, we (the band) were asked to appear in Zombie Women Of Satan 2. Whilst on the set of that, I was looking around, thinking how much fun it was and how much I would like to do more stuff like that. Then me and Vikki got asked to act in the “Snow” segment of “Blaze Of Gory”. More on that later! I knew a couple of other directors through various channels and all took an interest when I mentioned that I was thinking of writing a film.

Believing that, if I wrote something not-shit, one of these new friends would help me make it, I set about writing a sci-fi thriller. A two hour long epic. I didn’t even think about a budget! Until I finished, of course, and realised that it would take some serious cash to get that ball rolling. Shame, as I spent six months on it.

So to Plan B: write something quick, cheap and easy to shoot. That was when I came up with “Meet The Cadavers”. Wrote it in 10 days, showed it to David VG Davies (from “Blaze Of Gory”) who said, and I quote: “This HAS to be made”. So I took him up on that and, within a couple of months, we were shooting.

 

zion3UKHS – You have worked on two of the segments for ‘Blaze of Gory’, which is a great achievement, well done! In the segment ‘Snow’ you play a character called Vir. What can you tell us about your character and the challenges you faced filming in Norway?

Z – Thank you. I wish I could take more credit for the achievement but, in all honesty, all I did was say “Yes” twice then worked out how the fuck I was going to do it! Thankfully, on the acting front, the character in “Snow” was rather similar to myself. Or rather my old, drunken self. So that was very easy to slip in to. Also, my role wasn’t that large so I didn’t need to worry too much about me cocking everything up. A nice introduction to acting.

Filming in Norway was epic. Getting to the location was a story unto itself! It was all going so well until we tried to climb a gentle gradient in a car without snow tyres. We span a bit and got stuck. For five hours. In the middle of nowhere. At night. In minus 25 degree weather. At first, it was all jolly-good fun, until we realised that we were actually FUCKING STUCK. Eventually, we did get out and, next day, made it to the filming location. It was beautiful. A lodge by a frozen lake 30 minutes from the nearest civilisation. We had no light, no heat, no electricity, no running water and the loo was outside.

I am glad I had the experience but I am not sure I would want to repeat it. Having said that, I did love it. Weird.

 

UKHS – You have just directed the ‘Blaze of Gory’ segment ‘Spawn of the Devil’. Did you enjoy the experience and do you find directing more enjoyable than acting?

Z – I absolutely loved it. I don’t consider myself an actor much – I think my range is comedy or evil. But, that’s OK as my aspirations lie with writing and directing. Naturally bossy, telling people what to do with an air of authority comes quite naturally to me. I think in visual terms so, the more I am exposed to directing opportunities, the better I will get and I will find my own visual language. Truth be told, I have hit the ground running first with “Cadavers” and then with “Spawn” but it is the best way to learn. No fucking around, just do it. The only bit I don’t like is the early mornings. I’ve been on rock n roll time too damn long! I am loving filling my head with new information though and absorbing everything I possibly can about making films. I think life is for learning so am glad to be trying out something new and different that not many people get to have a go at.

 

zion4UKHS – Last year you shot ‘Meet The Cadavers’ which you wrote, starred in, produced and co-directed with David V.G. Davies. Where did the inspiration for a Zombie family come from and how will this compare to other Zombie movies?

Z – Yeah, I did throw myself in at the deep end, rather. Why did I take on so much? I think it is for a singularity of vision. “Meet The Cadavers” is not a typical film, in any sense, and I really needed to be involved everywhere to make people understand what the hell it was supposed to be. A lot of people, even on set, didn’t “get” it. I would be asked questions all the time as I am breaking a lot of Zombie “rules” but, eventually, everyone got it and fell in love with the Cadaver family and the story.

Initially, when David first got involved, he was going to direct it. I asked though if I could go direct and he very kindly agreed to give me that chance. He would gradually let me do more and more as my understanding of the medium grew. Hey, I must have done something right or I am guessing he wouldn’t have asked me to do “Spawn”!

The inspiration from the family came pretty fast. I tend to like quirky takes on tried and tested themes so my mind just started melding a Zombie movie (fast to make, popular, relatively cheap to produce) with a Carry On Film (recurring cast, differing situations).

Next thing I knew, I had the Cadavers. Like a modern take on The Addams Family or The Munsters. It’s a comedy horror, the humour being quite modern and reactive (rather than joke lead). When the horror starts though, it is really horrible and the humour stops. It’s not a Zombie movie though. They just happen to be Zombies. Make sense?!

 

zion5UKHS – Your real-life partner Vikki Spit plays Kelly Cadaver in ‘Meet The Cadavers’. How much of your real-life relationship comes across in this movie and on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how good is Vikki as an actress?

Z – I guess when I wrote it I had both our voices in my head. I’ve been with Vikki 13 years now so I obviously know that some stuff just wouldn’t work coming out of her mouth. I also know what she will tolerate (she is the victim of a rather gruesome sight gag), so that helped. Neither of us are parents in real life so, suddenly giving ourselves offspring was a bit weird, especially as Vikki is too young in real life to have an 18 year old. So we made her older in the film. That was funny, actually, the first time she met Jack (who plays our son, Sidney Cadaver). He is very tall and Vikki is very short. She took one look at him and said “How the hell did you come out of my vagina?”. The poor boy nearly died.

To specifically answer your question, I am going to say an 8. The Cadavers are a loving, caring family, with an edge of taking-the-piss. I deliberately avoided the tiresome East Enders style SHOUT A LOT family. The only real differences are the lack of children and the lack of being dead.

zion6UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

Z – I think character is very important and something sadly lacking a lot of these days. A lot of films cannot wait to get to the gory stuff so gloss over the people involved. So you watch as a voyeur rather than as someone that has a vested interest. The thing is, if you care about the characters and what is happening, it will have a much greater effect on you. Case in point: with “Spawn”, I worked hard (in the limited time constraints) to give as much life to the lead character as possible. As such, when events happened, we were all on set disturbed by them. Ingredient one then, definitely character.

Tone I think is important. I decided that I wanted my segment of “Blaze Of Gory” to have a 70s vibe and look. So the shots were wider, sometimes obscure, often unnatural. It will be colour-treated to give it that 70s look and we shot with a slower shutter speed to avoid the modern choppy look. Setting out with that in mind will give the film a unique vibe.

The third ingredient would be inventiveness. Try and give the audience something they haven’t seen before. Or, at least, a new take on an old theme. That was certainly the case with “Cadavers” and also the next project I am working on.

 

UKHS – Lauren Harris is your leading lady in your ‘Blaze of Gory’ segment “Spawn Of The Devil”. She is not only an actress but also a musician who also happens to be the daughter of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris. Your band ‘Spit Like This’ have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with her over the years, which is really cool. If you could perform on stage with any three artists (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

Z – Lauren was amazing. We had an ad on Star Now and, when she applied and I saw her name my first thought was “surely not THAT Lauren Harris?”. I clicked through and it was. It was a blessing, I think, as we kind of knew each other so, instantly, there is an amount of trust from both sides. Good job, as we put her through some trying times!

We were trying to work out where we had played together – pretty certain it was at the 1st and 3rd Hard Rock Hell festivals. And, although nowhere near Lauren’s own adventures with Iron Maiden, my band has actually played on the same bill as them; Wacken (Germany) in 2010. Quite funny, actually. After filming “Spawn”, Lauren popped in our house where there is a BIG poster from Wacken. Of course, Iron Maiden are right at the top. I promised her I’d not planted it there! And I should mention, she is a FANTASTIC actress.

Who would I like to play with… Hmmm. Tough one as I have played on the same bill as some of my favourite live bands (Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Alice Cooper). Would be cool to play with Queen from the 70s, just to see if I could out-camp Freddie. That’s about it, really. One band I never saw but wished I had.

 

zion7UKHS – Can you tell UKHS something you’ve never told anyone else in an interview?

Z – Certainly. I used to frequently expose myself to the babysitter when I was a small child.

 

UKHS – Finally, Can you tell us about your movie ‘Sleep’ and any other projects you are planning to shoot in the near future?

Z –  “Sleep” is a psychological horror. The story explores the psychosis that occurs due to prolonged bouts of insomnia. Those that have read it have compared it to “My Little Eye” and “The Cabin In The Woods”. Lauren is attached to that as the lead female. The whole thing is written, I am just trying to put it together. Daily though, developments happen that could achieve that. I think it could be a winner. Low budget, simple story, neatly interwoven with some fantastic twists.

Other than that, I have two other screenplays I am writing. One is a Nazi comedy, the other is another horror. I would love to get my first screenplay into development but, like I said, big budgets..! I am also in contact with a couple of other filmmakers whose projects I might be working on in one capacity or another. Ultimately though, my future definitely lies in writing, producing and directing my own ideas.

zion8UKHS – Good luck with all those projects. Keep up the great work and thanks again for your time.

Links:

Zion

http://twitter.com/lordzion

http://facebook.com/lordzionofficial

MEET THE CADAVERS

http://meetthecadavers.com
http://facebook.com/meetthecadavers
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3128860/
http://twitter.com/meetthecadavers

FUEL MY 928

http://fuelmy928.com

BLAZE OF GORY

https://www.facebook.com/goryblaze

https://twitter.com/BlazeofGoryfilm

SPIT LIKE THIS
http://spitlikethis.com

SMELL YOUR MUM

http://smellyourmum.com

Image courtesy: ‘Snow’ segment photo by Duff.

Others: Lord Zion, Meet The Cadavers, Spit Like This and Vikki Spit.

An Interview with Andy Edwards by Dean Sills

ae6An Interview with Andy Edwards by Dean Sills

Hello Andy, welcome to UK Horror Scene. Before we begin I would just like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.

UKHS – What got you into filmmaking and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

AE – I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I was about four, and saw a double bill of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back at the cinema. I knew that if I couldn’t be a pilot for The Rebellion, then the next best thing would be to learn how to make movies.

I studied Film at University – but this was back in the day when the two choices of format were VHS or 16mm film, so a world away from the options filmmakers have nowadays.

 

UKHS – Who is your favorite film director?

AE – Way too many names to mention…Off the top of my head I think directors such as Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park and Lars Von Trier are all making consistently interesting movies at the moment. But my all-time favourite would probably be David Lynch.

 

ae1UKHS – You previously directed the short film ‘Six Ghosts’ about a young couple who are both haunted by 3 ghosts. How long did it take you to write and direct this short film and do you believe in ghosts and the supernatural?

AE – This had a very quick turnaround actually. I’m friends with a band called Johnny Foreigner, and they asked if I’d be interested in shooting a music video for a song off their third album. Despite zero budget, I thought it would be more interesting for everyone involved to make a narrative short, and have several of their songs weaved into the soundtrack. It was then quite a rush to write, shoot & edit a ten minute film and get it ready for the album’s release.

As for real-life (or real-death) ghosts – I’m very interested in the supernatural – but unfortunately I’m way too rational to believe any of it, and consequentially, ain’t afraid of no ghost.

Six Ghosts on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/40857294

Johnny Foreigner: http://www.johnnyforeignertheband.com/

 
ae2UKHS – The horror anthology film, ‘Three’s A Shroud’ won the British Horror Award at the British Horror Film Festival 2012, congratulations on this fantastic achievement. You directed the segment ‘The Time Traveller’s Knife’ which is all about a group of young girls who are celebrating Halloween when a masked killer begins to strike until only one remains. Can you tell UKHS a little about your segment and some of the influences that inspired you to make this?

AE – The Time Traveller’s Knife very much wears its influences on its sleeve – the pub the film is set in is even called “The Carpenters Arms” after the great John Carpenter. And then, added to the traditional slasher mix, I threw time travel in there. And whilst not
anywhere near as much of a timey-wimey headfuck, the movie Primer was an influence for the time travel elements.

I had hoped that by combining these two genres I’d end up with something unique – but after making the film I then watched both Triangle and Time Crimes which have a similar mix of time-travel and horror. Quite possibly I pre-cognitively was influenced by these films before I saw them due to some kind of time-quake.

Three’s A Shroud has been with a couple of distributors but fingers crossed, should finally get released sometime later this year so you’ll all have the chance to view it for yourselves.

Teaser Trailer for The Time Traveller’s Knife:

 

ae3UKHS – David V G Davies also directed one of the segments ‘Over Developed’ in ‘Three’s A Shroud’ and you have teamed up with him again for ‘Blaze of Gory’ How did you get involved with ‘Blaze of Gory’ and did you enjoy filming your segment ‘Monster’?

AE – I loved making Time Traveller’s Knife for Three’s A Shroud, but I wasn’t interested in getting involved in another anthology straight away. It’s bad enough with three director’s egos involved so when Dave told me there’d be NINE for Blaze of Gory I was very apprehensive. However, what changed my mind was the unique nature of the film’s writer and her quite frankly disturbing vision. And I thought that if that could hook me in, it could also hook in an audience.

The filming itself was crazy as usual (there is still blood in my grouting which won’t come out), but by working with a cast and crew who I was largely familiar with, it was a lot of fun and we were able to shoot quickly and efficiently.

 

ae4UKHS – It’s great to see the beautiful, talented actress Victoria Broom (Deranged, Zombie Women of Satan) and the very talented actor Martin Hancock (Kingdom of Heaven, 24hr Party People, Coronation Street) in your segment ‘Monster’. I didn’t know much about Victoria but I am now a fan.You have previously directed both of them in your other projects, did you enjoy working with Victoria and Martin again and will we see you team up with them again in the future?

AE – Even before I came on board, Dave was considering Victoria for the lead of “Stacey” for the “Monster” segment. I didn’t think that role would quite work for her, but as we both still wanted her involved, I wrote the role of “Nurse Jessica” especially for Victoria.

As for Martin, I met him via a mutual friend and asked him if he’d be in “Six Ghosts”. I didn’t really think he’d say yes considering his amazing CV – but he did and was a real pleasure to work with. With a young and relatively inexperienced lead in “Monster”, I wanted to fill the rest of the cast with actors with charisma and experience – so Martin was first on my list, and Victoria, along with Peter Saracen and Demetri Turin all fit that bill too. At one stage Martin was going to be involved in Ibiza Undead, – unfortunately the schedules didn’t work out but hopefully we’ll get to work on something together soon.

 

ae5UKHS – I love the teaser trailer for ‘Monster’ along with the other ‘Blaze of Gory’ teaser trailers. The actress who stands out the most is the Sensational newcomer Sandra Veronica May as Stacey. I feel she is an actress to watch out for in the future. How did Sandra land the role of Stacey and what was it like working with her?

AE – This was a tricky role to cast – it’s the lead role and the emotional core of the film, but the character has virtually no dialogue and spends most of her time restrained in a cell. I knew I needed a very special actress for this role, which required extensive casting calls and auditions.

I’d kind of naively hoped that I’d be able to uncover an unknown star in the making – but after working with Sandra on this film, I actually think I’ve succeeded. She’s a mesmeric presence in the film and audiences are really going to be drawn in by her performance.

It’s a pretty harrowing script – yet she was a joy to work with despite what I threw at her (which was largely a LOT of fake blood). She’s a raw talent who definitely has what it takes to succeed in this business, and hopefully I’ll be working with her on future projects too.

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UKHS – You specialize in horror but what genre of film would you refuse to make and why?

AE – If someone was paying me to make something, I probably wouldn’t refuse any genre! Being a horror/sci-fi/thriller fan, to me most rom-coms are like holy water to a vampire, yet I worked as a script consultant on a low-budget rom-com called “Red Heart” because I believed in the talent behind that film. The principles of either screenwriting or directing are largely the same, whatever the genre.

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ae7UKHS – What is the hardest part of your job, directing, writing, editing or producing?

AE – I wouldn’t like to say which is the hardest – but writing and directing are the ones I actually enjoy so they don’t feel so much like hard work. Producing on the other hand, at times feels like hard work of Sisyphean proportions.

 

UKHS – Finally, can you tell us about your new movie ‘Ibiza Undead’ and the challenges you faced during the shoot in Ibiza?

AE – Ibiza Undead is my first full feature as a writer and director, and is pretty much Ronseal. It’s a zombie movie set in Ibiza with a glamorous cast that includes Matt King (Super Hans from Peep Show), Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey), and Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners). We shot on location in Ibiza in October, and the film is currently in post-production.

And “challenges” doesn’t even begin to cover it! Deciding to shoot my first full feature abroad, on the ultimate party island, with a script that required prosthetics, extras, boats, cars, underwater stunts and explosions was maybe an act of madness. Still, I had a great time making it, and when the film is ready to be released to the world I’ll give you much more of a lowdown!

Ibiza Undead on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IbizaUndead

And twitter: //twitter.com/ibizaundead

 
UKHS – Thank you, Andy. Good luck with your projects and keep up the great work.

Image Courtesy: Enna Cooper, Eva Lewucha and Paranoid Android Films.

Website: http://www.paranoidandroidfilms.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ParanoidAndroidFilms

Andy on Twitter: //twitter.com/eds209

An Interview with Kate Marie Davies by Dean Sills

kmd2An Interview with Kate Marie Davies by Dean Sills.

Hello Kate, thank you for your time and welcome to UKHS.

UKHS – First of all, can you please introduce yourself to fans of UKHS who don’t already know you and tell us how you become an actress?

KMD – Hello everyone at UKHS, what a pleasure it is for me to be asked to answer some questions. I’m a big fan of horror, this is a true honour. My name is Kate Marie Davies, I’m an actress from England, I’ve been in the industry for just over ten years now and am slowly gliding through from one fantastic opportunity to the next.

Like most actors, I spent most of my training and first couple of years performing on the stage. I got hooked in after playing the character Anita in a musical production of ‘West Side Story’, I was sucked in hook, line and sinker. I’ve not looked back since…It’s only been the last two years when I have fully devoted my time to working on film. I can now say with total certainty that film is my deepest passion and drive.  I love every aspect of the industry but obviously it’s the acting role that I am most in love with.

UKHS – Can you tell us a little about your role as Elena Pontecorvo in the Italian Horror flick ‘Beautiful People’ and what was it about the character and the script that convinced you to take on the role?

KMD – I was really excited about playing Elena, she was a character who had many layers; mother, victim, protector, fighter, she ticked many boxes. As an actor, I was pulled in because I felt that it was important to play someone who enabled me to express a diverse emotional range, I hope that is the case when you see the finished edit, the other actor’s gave me so very much to work with. It was wonderful.

I was first attracted to the script because I am a big fan of horror and more specifically, the ‘home invasion’ genre. I probably shouldn’t say too much about the movie as it’s currently unreleased, I hope you all like violence and gore though! I like the underlying message of the movie (as hinted in the trailer) the burning question ‘who is the real monster?’ think on that when you watch the film…

kmd4UKHS – How did you get involved with ‘Blaze of Gory’ and did you have fun working with Nathan Head, Juliette Strange and Sabrina Dickens?

KMD – I started talking to many of the team through social media, it’s amsmall world when you are an actor who is into horror. You soon see the same faces often and I was being nosy really! I approached David VG Davies and asked if I could audition.

I loved working with Sabrina, Juliette and Nathan. It’s a real dream for an actor to work alongside such talented professionals. It takes much of the effort out of the job, I just had to react to what they were doing. I enjoyed playing Sabrina’s sister, I felt we were well cast in that. She’s a little star and I’m excited to watch her career grow.

UKHS – What is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

KMD – I have enjoyed watching horror and thriller movies since I was VERY young! I love the feeling of being scared (within reason, I am a total wimp in real life). I grew up watching movies such as The Fog, Nightmare on Elm Street, An American Werewolf In London, etc.

I love anything scary, it’s hard to explain. I remember one particular occasion, during a shoot working on Beautiful People, it was about 2am, my actor buddy Alex turned to me and said “Kate we are actually living out our dreams right now” he was totally right. Running through a woodland, in a stunning part of Italy, filming a horror chase scene, was as close to perfection as I was able to imagine..I wish I could go back to visit myself as a child and let her know that she’d get a piece of the action one day. My school friends still remind me of how I used to jump out of a ‘coffin’ and chase them with a ‘knife’ (ruler) when I was still at Primary School. See, it didn’t mess me up…Much…

kmd1UKHS – Can you tell us about some of your other projects including ‘Aliens: Return to Earth’ and how do you choose which projects to work on?

KMD – I have just finished shooting a Sci-Fi web-series that is set to be released in the summer, it’s called Horizon, I am really excited for you to see that! We wrapped this past weekend and I miss it already. I was proud to work with the team at Hanover Pictures right here in Bristol, keep your eyes peeled for teasers and trailers for that very soon…

Aliens: RTE should be a great project, I was drawn in by their funding campaign, they are building animatronics of the Alien creature from the movies and even the face-huggers too. I know some of the cast attached to it and I am certain we will do fans of the Alien films some justice. In fact Ripley has been a role model of mine for a large part of my life so I am excited to play a similar role in this.

Regarding choosing projects, I am fortunate enough to have this option. As I was working my way up the scale, I would agree to be in anything, from student short films to no-budget and art house horror. However, I think that it’s important for anyone in any line of work to raise the bar after a while, allow yourself the luxury to be selective over time, once you feel that you’ve earned the right to. Use the other opportunities to experiment, practice, play around with different styles and methods of acting. Learn to explore the difference with several types of film companies as they all work very differently. It’s all a great way to learn to become comfortable on the set of a film, tv or web-series production. It’s taken me a long time to figure out what I do well and what I don’t do well. I am far more confident in who I am now as an actor so those opportunities were worth their weight in gold.

Now I chose films that I really like the script of, or if I like the writer, director and so on. Also there’s the usual business side, wages, how everyone is treated. It’s important. From an acting perspective I have to play characters that I can believe in, I like playing people with a good character arc, you’ll see this if you watch Horizon when it’s released…

Also, please check out Kaleidoscope Man, an epic Sci-Fi  if you haven’t already. These guys hired me to play the part of Lt Claire Dangerfield in it. I’m very excited about this and hope you all like to see what happens with this Sci-Fi.

 

kmd5UKHS -What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

KMD – I think I have mainly learnt that it’s important to respect that they know what they want. They see the whole picture taking place, if they want us to go away and do extensive character research then that’s exactly what we should do. If they have their own directing styles then embrace it, I worked with a fantastic director, Paul Dudbridge who teaches at ITV acting school in Bristol, his advice helped a lot (using verbs to change the intensions of the actor) when it comes to filming time is expensive so it’s great if you can find a quick, efficient way of achieving what they want to see on screen.

I also echo what every great actor will tell you, it’s all about re-acting to the situation and the other actors, it’s not all about you.

UKHS – If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

KMD – I am working on aiming higher. I tend to sell myself short and feel out of my league. I want this to change. I have my goals for this year written down on paper and I am looking at them every single day.

UKHS – What is your favourite horror movie?

KMD – My favourite horror movie of all time has to be…The Decent. I love British horror! What really draws me to this film is the fact that it’s utterly terrifying BEFORE the creatures are even shown, the idea of being trapped underground, in a dark place, with a bunch of women who don’t even trust each other…Then all hell breaks lose. It’s perfect. I’m proud to know some of the people attached to that film, I am probably going to pester them forever until they audition me for something…

Another favourite is Sinister, I didn’t expect that to get to me so much, the music makes my stomach turn over.

kmd3UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

KMD – 1) Music score, absolutely essential. The Fog, Halloween, they wouldn’t be anywhere near as great without the memorable music.

2) Believable acting. You want people to experience that moment with you, they shouldn’t even know that you’re acting.

3) Things being hinted at rather than always seen. It’s always scarier when your imagination does the work.

UKHS – Anything else you would like to share with us?

KMD – Yes, Fans of the horror genre should keep their eyes peeled for information on exciting British independent horror film makers David Hawk and Mark Kenna (who are on the full length photo with me) at Bad Blood Films who are making a slate of horror movies to be released over the next couple of years. Starting with Facility 31 which looks to be similar to some of my favourite titles; Alien, The Fog, The Decent and Session 9. Both these guys are very passionate about helping raise the bar on UK independent movies and from what they’ve been able to release so far, are definitely worth keeping tabs on.

Here’s a link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/badbloodfilms?fref=ts

kmd6UKHS – Finally, where do you see yourself in five years from now?

KMD – With any luck I will have appeared on your TV screens in one awesome film or another. I’m seriously so happy to be on this journey and I get excited just thinking about what could happen in the future. There are a few film companies that I would like to work with, Bad Blood Films, Twinstar Productions and White Noise Films are to name a few.
Watch this space…I would also like a chance to audition for the part of Lara Croft at some point in my life. Knowing my luck I’ll be way too old by then…

UKHS – Thank you for talking to us Kate and good luck with all your awesome projects.

http://www.imdb.me/katemariedavies

http://katedaviescasting.wix.com/actress

Image Courtesy: Kate Marie Davies

An interview with Antoni McVay by Dean Sills

amv1An interview with Antoni McVay by Dean Sills

Hello Antoni, First of all, thank you for your time and welcome to UKHS.

AM – Hi Dean, thank you for having me.

 

UKHS – You are welcome. Ok, let’s get started with the questions.
Can you please tell UKHS a little about yourself and your production company Mitsuko Studios and how you came up with the name?

AM – My name is Antoni McVay. My hobbies include murdering my friends in horror films and watching too many funny cat videos on YouTube. I have been involved with independent film making for over 10 years, making many different projects from music videos to feature length horror films.
I chose the name ‘Mitsuko Studios’ as ‘Mitsuko’ is the name of my favourite supporting character from my favourite film. The film is ‘Battle Royale’ and I recommend for everyone to see it.

 

UKHS – Ok, let’s talk about ‘Blaze Of Gory’. First of all, thank you for my role as a Sleazy Co-worker in your segment ‘Young and Naive’. I really enjoyed working for you and your great team and it was fantastic seeing your segment at the Cutting Edge film festive in Newcastle. How did you and your company Mitsuko Studios get involved with the project?

AM – It was fun having you involved Dean. It was good to meet you and I hope the audience enjoys what we do with your character. I was brought into the ‘Blaze of Gory’ project by the project manager, David V. G. Davies. I’d known him for about 2 years prior to the project beginning. He’d seen some of my previous short films and liked them and off the back of that offered me the opportunity to be one of the ‘Blaze of Gory’ directors.

 

amv2UKHS – You directed the segment ‘Young and Naive’ and also played a character called John, was it a real challenge acting and directing at the same time and why did you decide to do both?

AM – The character John was actually supposed to be played by a different actor. But that actor dropped out on the day of the film shoot. As I had a full crew, locations and the rest of the cast I decided I’d step up and take on the role, so the shoot could still go ahead. It was fun to step in front of the camera. I had my most regular collaborator and trusted friend, Lee Bibby, as the assistant director and co-director of photography so I had confidence that he’d keep things in check when I couldn’t see what was going on. I also had the other co-director of photography, Dave Mordey on ‘twat-face’  watch so he told me whenever my face was doing things it shouldn’t.

 

UKHS –  I also enjoyed the premiere of ‘Summer’s Night’ which was directed by Ian Lawlor and written and produced by you. It was great to see ‘Blaze of Gory’ actors Juliette Strange and Simon Craig both in the cast. How much fun did you all have making this one?

AM – ‘Summer’s Night’ was a short horror film idea which got turned into a feature film, which became very difficult to make, so it got turned back into a short again. Funnily enough it has already been picked up to be part of a feature film anthology titled ‘Self Induced Nightmares’ so it’s going to be a feature after all. The basis for that project was that I wanted to make a film set in a secluded cabin. I could write a book about what happened with that project from start to finish, it had many challenges and frustrations, but long story short the final cabin shoot had a few fun moments.

One fun memory which stands out was myself, Simon Craig and Lee Bibby getting in the hot tub around 1:00 AM after the 1st night of shooting. It started to rain and as it became heavier we got lower and lower into the water to keep warm. We also enjoyed having Graeme Donaldson on set as he was a good laugh all throughout (which can be heard in a behind the scenes feature) this included him making frenemies with a gaggle of swans.

 
amv5UKHS – Can you tell us a little about some of your previous work including ‘Drugs, Sex and Bloody Violence’ and ‘She’?

AM – My film ‘Drugs, Sex and Bloody Violence’ was originally intended to be turned into a feature length film. The idea being that the main characters would each have side stories, one involving drugs, one sex , one violence and the final character involving all 3. We made the wrap around story and had it shown in the 2010 2 Days Later Short Film Festival. I’m proud of that film because it has been viewed by so many people (at the last count it had over 140,000 views on YouTube.) The rest of the film was written, but we decided not to make it because we thought the technical quality of what we’d made so far wasn’t high enough to justify the effort to make it into a feature.
‘She’ was made in 2010 and was shown on the cover DVD for Gorezone magazine.
I’d say that was the first film I made where I was starting to get the hang of the technical sides of film making. I’ve improved a lot since, but I think my work before
‘She’ was amateurish. The film I made which I like the most is actually an action comedy called ‘The Best Men’. This was made to accompany my best man speech at my friend Garwai’s wedding. That was so much fun to make and it was very satisfying having a big room of people laughing throughout it when it was first played.
The horror film which I am most proud of is the film ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ . It was written by P. M. Buchan and he’s since turned it into a really good comic book series. I won an award for best director at the 2011 Cutting Edge Film Festival for the film and as it was an audience vote I was really happy they’d enjoyed it so much to vote for me.

 
UKHS – Congratulations on winning Best Director at the 2011 Cutting Edge Film Festival. OK, since it’s almost Christmas if you could have Christmas dinner with three guests (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

AM – I’m going for fun answers with living celebrities for this answer. The 3 people I’d like to have around for Christmas dinner are Bruce Campbell, Nathan Fillion and Quentin Tarantino. Joss Whedon would dress up as Santa to deliver us all presents too. I say these people because I think they’d all be really interesting to talk with and I’m a big fan of them all.

 
amv6UKHS – Finally, congratulations on organizing the Cutting Edge film festive in Newcastle. It was great catching up with you again. Will we see the event return next year and will you be working on any future film projects?

AM – Thank you Dean. I can’t confirm at this time if the event will return in 2014. But I do expect that at least a similar event will take place. I’m currently in the early stages of a number of new film productions. It’s just a matter of what I’m going to decide to do next. I’m playing with a few ideas including a hitman anthology, a horror anthology and I’m also considering a puppet theater style animation. Check out my Facebook page for more details as these projects develop.

UKHS – Good luck with your new film productions for 2014. I would love
to work for you and your team again if you need any actors. I know UK
Horror Scene fans will love your work. Thanks for talking to us
Antoni and keep up the great work.

 

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Images Courtesy: Antoni McVay

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An Interview with David V.G. Davies by Dean Sills

dvg2An Interview with David V.G. Davies by Dean Sills

Hello David, welcome to UK Horror Scene. Before we begin I would just like to thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to chat with us. It’s thanks to filmmakers like you for making the UK Horror industry what it is. Well done!

 

UKHS – When did you know that filmmaking was your true calling and why did you decide to focus on the horror genre?

David – From a very early age I showed an interest in film and would dissect everything I could. I was lucky enough to have been a child when Cinema was at a high point, the original Star Wars Trilogy and films like Labyrinth and Dark Crystal captured my interest and showed me Fantasy SciFi at its best, a genre I one day would like to partake in. As I grew up visits to my local video store as well as a mobile VHS rental van allowed me to watch a load of the video nasties when they were at their peak. That along with being forbidden to watch the Jason or Freddy films only made me more eager to see then.

I remember when Friday the 13th the Final Chapter came out and I really wanted the poster. Horror films such as The Evil Dead, Christine, IT, Galaxy of Terror and the Omen Trilogy allowed me to see graphic horror and I soon spent my time working out how they were done. Visionaries such as director David Cronenberg and FX genius Stan Winston soon became early inspirations for me. When I first had the chance to make a film at college it was for Art and the brief was to explore colours and textures, naturally I chose to explore these through horror. It was 1995 and I loved the experience. The film was titled Ritual: an artistic journey into colour, texture and ultimate horror. My tutor felt disturbed and failed me.

 

dvg4UKHS – Can you tell us a little about your previous work including ‘Animal Soup’ ?

David – After College my early film career consisted mainly of corporate videos and live event coverage as well as a couple of short horrors I made for fun, it wasn’t until a script was sent to me for proof reading that I stepped in to feature films, that script was ‘Animal Soup’. The script blew me away and I was brought on board by the writer JAK to shoot and edit the film, I ended up working side by side with him, co directing and aiding in all aspects of the film. The crew consisted of he and I, each of us doing numerous roles on set.

Despite not ever having made a feature film before, we planned the film out perfectly before we began filming, sadly unforseen balls ups resulted in cast members dropping out, rewrites and a shooting schedule that spanned over a year. ‘Animal Soup’ took us 26 days and 44 hours of footage, the first edit came in at 83 minutes and after several reviews and a short run of sales, we decided to do a re edit, this one came in at 67 minutes and was a superior edit.

The film was picked up by a company who screwed us on a few things and an agreement was made that they could sell copies online to the US and I could sell copies to whoever. The film still has quite a following and still shocks people. It isn’t perfect in anyway but it stands as a starting point for me as I learned so much during its production, it was ‘Animal Soup’ that got me noticed by a horror magazine with whom I worked with for 14 months.

After the underground success of ‘Animal Soup’, JAK and I began work on a sequel, its working title was Tinned Fruit which then became Cold Harbour, we quickly put the project to rest as we believed that Horror Sequels only really work if the first film is a huge success, so we changed a few things and the sequel element fell away and ‘Monitor’ was created, this film I tackled without JAK due to his work comitments, but it allowed me to learn more about film, I hired a crew and concentrated more on the direction, I ended up having to direct the film when I couldn’t find someone to take it on board, this allowed me to learn After Effects. The film is more thriller than horror but I love how it shows I have grown as a filmmaker.

I then worked on ‘Forest of the Damned 2’ and a few other independent low budget movies.

 

dvg5UKHS – The horror anthology film, ‘Three’s A Shroud’ won the British Horror Award at the British Horror Film Festival 2012, congratulations on this fantastic achievement. You directed the segment ‘Over Developed’. Can you tell UKHS a little about your segment and some of the influences that inspired you to make this?

David – I really enjoyed making ‘Over Developed’ and I thoroughly loved making it. However, the anthology titled ‘Threes a Shroud’, I refuse to comment on as certain parameters were very unprofessional resulting in mine and one of the other directors feeling very let down by the third guy.

I have a final cut of my ‘Over Developed’ which is different to the cut included in the anthology and its available for people to watch if they wish but I no longer associate myself with the piece as a whole.

 

 

UKHS – OK, let’s talk about ‘Blaze of Gory’. You are behind the whole project which is written by Blaize Alix Szanto. It all started when you read a short story given to you by a seemingly innocent 12 year old girl. After reading the first story from Blaize how long did it take you to decide you were going to turn her stories into a movie?

 

David – Yes it all started when I had mentioned that myself and a producer friend were thinking of setting up a website and were looking for short horror content. Blaize’s mum convinced her to send me a story. I read it that week and it instantly lept off the page at me, I contacted Blaize and asked if she had any more stories as I felt this one was strong enough to be a film and if she had others I said we could pitch it on the website. After speaking to Blaize and the knowledge that the website wasn’t going to be ready for at least a year, I though I would pre-produce a series of shorts ready to launch on the site. Blaize had given me the first story in June 2012 and I was ready to shoot the first film that November. I put the project on hold for a short time and then relaunch it in 2013 having hired 9 other directors to undertake the project.

 

dvg7UKHS – You also directed one of the segments ‘Snow’. What was it like filming in Norway and did you encounter any physical challenges whilst filming in the Norwegian snow ?

David – Norway was a gamble, I originally thought I should have the film made by a Norwegian cast and crew with English subtitles. It proved quite difficult to have a crew out there without my involvement so I looked at heading over there to direct it myself with an interpreter. `The more I thought about it, the more I felt it wouldn’t work as it would be too difficult for me to direct in a foreign language. I hired a cast from the UK and USA and flew them out to Oslo, my Norwegian crew cancelled on me at last minute so I ended up getting the cast to aide in the production as well, it was a very tight shoot but we managed it. The location was amazing when we eventually got there, (we got stranded in a car in the cold for 4 hours). The cabin had no plumbing, an outside hole in the ground and its solar power generator had managed to store 5 minutes of power. So shooting a film in a cabin in minus 30 degree temperatures was a challenge, but we all survived and we have a great segment done.

The cast were amazing and without us all pitching together I’m sure one of us would’ve died (probably me for getting them all involved).

 

UKHS – Finally, are you currently working on any other projects which you can tell UKHS about ?

David – Along with keeping control on the 10 shorts that make up the ‘Blaze of Gory’ project I have ‘A Killer Conversation’, a dark comedy ready to be released and a Zombie comedy called ‘Meet the Cadavers’ that I have just finished principal photography on. Both films are comedies but from different sides of the scope, Killer is a very dark film I directed over 2 long days in Wales last year, it was written 20 years ago by Micheal Haberfelner and then Cadavers is a film written by one of the cast members of Snow, it was written 4 months ago and we shot the film over 10 days. ‘Blaze of Gory’ has proved to be the project I’ve been meaning to be part of for years. I was always looking fro a project to bring together like minded people to join forces and through the project I am now going to be working with one of the directors on a film called ‘Six Hot Chicks in a Warehouse’ and I am looking to team up with one of the other directors to be part of their company for a few projects over the next year.

 

dvg10UKHS – Good luck with all those projects. Keep up the great work and thank you for your time.

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An Interview with Robert Noel Gifford by Dean Sills

rng2An Interview with Robert Noel Gifford by Dean Sills

Hello Robert, thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene.

UKHS – You are a rocker turned indie horror filmmaker, how and when did you first become interested in making movies and why horror?

RNG – That’s a great question. Well where to start. The 1980’s were my day of thunder as the saying goes. I was what they would call a poor man’s rock star, that being having all the fun of the rock life with none of the money.
Most of my friends from that time started to outgrow the scene in the mid 1990’s and started to marry and have kids. But that was not my path to follow. So I drifted for a few years writing everything from gothic poetry to very dark tales of horror. I also still did the music thing on and off and indulged in the life style which was always a blast. Then I decided to go back to college and also traveled back and forth between the states for a while. I settled down to a normal or somewhat normal lifestyle around 2001 and in 2006 decided I was going to make a few short films because I always had a love of filming. I always did the video production work for the bands I played with and always loved it. The first 2 short films I did were both around 10 minutes in length were ‘South of Heaven’ and ‘Something Evil’ both shorts starred Suzi Lorraine and before anyone asks no these shorts are not for sale (LOL) they were my learning blocks that lead me up to bigger projects and productions. But ‘Something Evil’ was shown at an Italian film festival in 2007. So that is how I went from a 1980’s metal bad boy to the wonderful world of indie horror films.

 

rng3 UKHS – You recently worked on ‘Blaze of Gory’. What can you tell us about your segment ‘Masque of the Red Rape’ and how did you get involved with the project?

RNG – I was asked by David V G Davies to be part of it. David even makes a quick appearance in my film ‘No Strings 2: Playtime in Hell’. I was honored when he asked me to do a segment for ‘Blaze of Gory’. Most of my films are fun campy throwbacks to the 1980’s horror scene, but for the ‘Blaze of Gory’ project my segment was the ‘Masque of the Red Rape’ a very dark and creepy tale of a man driven insane when he cannot accept the death of his beloved wife. David being the great man he is allowed me to tell the story my way, my interpretation of this wonderfully dark story. I introduced a dark figure in the beginning known as the VIDEO MADMAN (played by myself) who narrates the overall theme of the film while watching his vicious murder on VHS tape. The film then moves onto Victor (Damien Colletti) who is another man driven to the darkness of the human condition when his dead wife keeps calling him from the grave to kill in her name. Victor also records his murders and his latest victim is the beautiful Vania Bezerra. It is a pretty creepy film with a little hint of the supernatural at the end. We had a great time filming it.

 

UKHS – Some directors frequently choose to work with the same actors across several projects including you. Is it easier to work with actors you already know and trust or is it because their personality fits well with your style of direction?

RNG – Absolutely, working with amazing and talented people is the gold at the end of the rainbow. Like all directors I have had ill experiences with some actors and had to make the tough choice to replace them during a production and that is a nightmare to me because you lose priceless time on location. So when you have people who are so wonderful to work with and bring your films alive the way you envision them, then recasting many of the same people is an absolute.

 

rng4UKHS – Your movies are a fun throwback to 1980’s horror. Can you tell us a little about them and which one is your favorite?

RNG – I loved the 1980’s, everything from the music scene to the horror scene. So I make my films to reflect that wonderful decade. My mix for a film is beautiful breathtaking women, crazy, creepy and somewhat funny monsters and deals with the Devil or ancient curses being the cause of the mayhem, a perfect mix. Of my films to date my favorite is ‘No Strings 2: Playtime in Hell’. Larry the demonic clown doll is funny in so many things he does in the film and creepy as hell because he is one evil-looking MF.
He watches porn, masturbates and also rapes a stuffed monkey in one scene, pounds the stuffing out of it but he kills without mercy and then laughs his ass off with an evil giggle. He is my favorite creation to date.

 

UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

RNG – 1) A great story and fantastic locations. 2) Great actors that bring the characters to life. 3) A great monster with a great back story and is more than just a killing machine.

 

UKHS -You specialize in horror but what genre of film would you refuse to make and why?

RNG – I love all genres and I would love to make films from comedy to drama to horror. The only thing I would refuse to make is anything that shows the abuse of children or animals. I refuse to watch films that depict this. It sickens me too much.

 

rng5UKHS – Finally, are you currently working on any new horror movies which you can tell UK Horror Scene about?

RNG – I am working on the script for ‘Michael’s Room’ and look to begin production on it late next year. The film will be deep and deal with a young mother who has lost her child and the demons that feed on her anguish and pain. Plus a few short films, one to begin filming soon titled ‘A Sitting with the Devil’ taken from one of my poems.

UKHS – Thanks again Robert. Keep up the good work and good luck for the future , especially with your new projects.

pictures courtesy: Robert Noel Gifford

http://www.rgfilms.net/