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Exclusive Interview with Jennifer Lim, Horror Star from When Evil Calls and Hostel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 10th Dec 2006

ZH: How young were you when you decided you wanted to become an actress?

JL: I had rather modest ambitions when I was a child but when I reached my teenage years, it became clear that all I wanted to do was to act. Why limit yourself to being just one person when you can experience being a whole lot more? It's certainly less boring and gets me away from a conventional desk-bound job.

ZH: How did you get to be in the survival horror hit, Hostel? Are you a horror movie fan?

JL: I auditioned for it. I was sent along to a casting and remember blood-curdling screams coming out of the audition suite and wondering "what on earth's going on?"
I enjoy horror movies, in particular the recent wave of Japanese and Korean ones, though I wouldn't class myself as an exclusive horror movie fan.

ZH: In When Evil Cal... »

Exclusive Interview with Johannes Roberts, rising young director of Forest Of The Damned and When Evil Calls
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 1st Dec 2006

ZH: How young were you when you decided you wanted to become a movie director? Was there one specific movie that you saw which inspired you?

JR: I was actually about to head off to university to study history when my godmother asked me what I would really enjoy doing. I said I like watching films and she persuaded me to do a film degree – talk about close your eyes and jump. Platoon was the first film that really made an impact on my life but it was actually watching Cujo, the old Stephen King movie about a rabid dog, that made me want to become a director. The way Lewis Teague, the director, moves the camera is amazing. He ended up directing the Dukes of Hazard TV reunion – oh well! I’m a massive King fan and it’s through a love of telling stories that I do what I do…oh no wait…it’s to get the girls. Doesn’t work though.

ZH: Your first movie, Sanitarium, came out in 2001. Was it a happy experience and are you pleased with the end result?

JR: Sanitarium was awesome. I s... »

Exclusive Interview with Bernand Rose, Candyman Director
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 20th Nov 2006
Bernard Rose was the director behind the huge horror hit Candyman. He’s just recently released the controversial fright flick Snuff Movie so we thought it was a serendipitous time to chat with this well respected writer/director.

ZH: Is it true you started your career on The Muppet Show?

BR: I worked for Jim Henson in 1980 as a gofer at Jim’s creature shop in Hampstead. This was when he was shooting the last season of “The Muppett Show” at ATV, “The Great Muppett Caper” and prepping “Dark Crystal” - which is what I was mostly involved with. Out at the (now defunct) Elstree Studios where “Dark Crystal” was in prep, they were shooting; “The Shining”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, and “Reds”, so you’d go there and there would be Kubrick, Beatty, Spielberg, Jack Nicholson, all just walking around, eating horrendous food in the cafeteria. It was a lot of fun. Looking back that was the last great heyday of seventies cinema – look how well all of those films have aged.

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Exclusive Interview with Kathryn Leigh Scott, star of TV horror classic Dark Shadows
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 12th Nov 2006
Kathryn Leigh Scott is a true icon of cult television. Her career has been as varied as the roles she’s played, but for lovers of daytime TV she will be remembered for one television show in particular, Dark Shadows. Now, as audio drama specialist Big Finish release new Dark Shadows plays onto CD we decided that we should catch up with this charming actress and discover what it was like to return to a character she’d played decades before and how she started her own publishing company.

ZH: Kathryn, you’ve had a prolific acting career appearing in many cult shows such as The Incredible Hulk, Police Squad and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but why did you go into the acting profession in the first place?

KLS: Yes, lots of cult TV . . . and don’t forget Space 1999! I have always had twin career goals: acting and writing. I wrote my first story in second grade, and wrote a school play about George Washington. I played Martha, of course. When I was 16, I applied for the Cherub program in both the Journali... »

Exclusive Interview with Anthony Masi, Horror Documentary and Website Producer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 5th Nov 2006
Anthony Masi has been in charge of the official and highly respected Halloween website for sometime now. Earlier this year he joined forces with writer Stef Hutchinson to produce the superb documentary, Halloween: 25 Years of Terror. We tracked Anthony down to ask him how such a large project came together.

ZH: First of all when did you first see a Halloween movie and which one was it? What was your initial reaction to it?

AM: It was in 1980. I saw the premiere of Halloween on TV, and like thousands of other Halloween fans, was simply riveted. The movie stayed with me for weeks. I would walk to school and see Myers standing in the trees, or I would imagine him outside my window or in the basement, and certainly in my dreams. He was a character that scared me but not in a bad way, rather, in a way that intrigued and inspired me.

ZH: How did the Halloween website come about? Did you set it up and how did you become involved?

AM: In 1998, I started a fan website called The Myers Museum.... »

Exclusive Interview with horror masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 27th Oct 2006

One of the main highlights at this years Zone Horror FrightFest was the premier of the Guillermo del Toro masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth. The great man himself was there to introduce the movie and answer questions from the audience. We were lucky enough to grab 10 minutes of his valuable time to bring you this exclusive interview.

ZH: Can you tell us the story of Pan’s Labyrinth?

GDT: It’s a follow up, a sort of sister movie to The Devil’s Backbone. It’s a very dark fairytale set against fascist Spain in 1944. The Devil’s Backbone is the boy’s movie, the male movie and Pan’s Labyrinth is the girl’s movie. But don’t let that fool you (laughs) it’s pretty nasty in parts.

ZH: Why fascist Spain?

GDT: Well the idea behind this, the fable, the fairytale is about choice and the fascism is about destruction of choice. So the idea was to completely counterpoint a completely male universe and put a female protagonist in the centre. So there’s a co... »

Exclusive Interview with CUT! Winning Director Alyosha Saari
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 25th Oct 2006
The Zone Horror CUT! 2006 competition was a huge success with an eclectic range of entries which ranged from the surreal to the down right gore drenched pieces of celluloid. The overall winner was Alyosha Saari of London (who picked up a rather nice cheque for £5000!) was so we thought, seeing as though his piece will be shown on Halloween night) it was time to discover how Kasting came about.

ZH: Tell us a little about yourself

AS: I’m 23 years old, I’ve studied philosophy and film in Paris for the past five years, I was born in the US but raised in Ecuador, South America, and I am now living and studying in London.

ZH: What's your background in film - have you trained anywhere? Have you worked on many other projects?

AS: I’m attending the London Film Academy from which I’ll be graduating soon. Besides working on the other student films on the course, I directed one of the four 5 minute films we develop during the course. I also did one or two amateur films and a student ... »

Pop Star Stephen Jones AKA Babybird Talks To Us About His Horror Film Scores
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 24th Oct 2006
Stephen Jones is the singer/songwriter behind the band, Babybird. He composed the soundtrack to the hit horror movie Blessed as well as releasing a new studio album, Between My Ears There’s Nothing But Music. James Whittington caught up with him to discover his influences and what its like to realise a long held ambition.

ZH: Stephen, how were approached to write the soundtrack for Blessed?

SJ: Blessed director, Simon Fellows, has known my work for a long time, and at first wanted to do a film through Elton John's film company and a gangster remake of Alice in Wonderland.

ZH: Did they know of your instrumental work from your Baby Bird (and Babybird) albums and singles as well as your chart success? Did they know about your multi disc compilations “1985 – 2001” and Plastic Tablets 2002” which featured instrumental tracks written for movies that didn’t exist yet?

SJ: Yep, he knew most of it. Was so nice to work with someone who likes your stuff. Like, The Polyphonic Spre... »

Exclusive Interview with James Moran, Screenwriter of Severance
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 9th Oct 2006

ZONE HORROR: Have you always been a big horror fan?

Always, for as long as I can remember. Always been a movie fan, but horror stuck out as something I was particularly fascinated with. I was never allowed to stay up and watch the late, scary movie, so I tried to get my fix elsewhere, at friend's houses or if I was left alone in the house. At school we rented two videos every Saturday night, and we could get what we liked, so most of my horror education happened back then, between the ages of 12 and 17. I loved watching the TV shows that took you behind the scenes too, how they did the makeup effects, I used to tape them and watch them over and over.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Yeah, ever since I could hold a pen. I remember writing a story when I was 4, about a mouse getting the better of a cat, and the class enjoying it, and thought that was cool. I never thought I'd actually be able to make a career of it, but that it w... »

Exclusive Interview with Alan Jones, Frightfest Organiser & Horror Guru
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 24th Sep 2006

Zone Horror caught up with Frightfest organiser Alan Jones, author of the 'The Rough Guide to Horror' amongst much other horror-related work.

ZH: How did the idea of FrightFest first come about?

I used to organise a festival in the 80s entitled ‘Shock Around the Clock’ at the Scala Cinema in King’s Cross. (24 hours non-stop of previews) It became an exhausting marathon so when the BFI asked me to do something similar at the NFT, but over a month, I agreed and ‘Fantasm’ was the result. After a few years I soon realised the NFT was not the right place for a horror fantasy season because of its rarefied auteur atmosphere and the staff not quite understanding what I was trying to do. (A lesbian manageress moaning about the constant violence against women being the final straw) So I drew a line under it especially when I was told it was far too successful to meet their mandate of niche programming - they replaced it with a season of Iranian movies from the 40s! So when ‘Shock’ goer P... »

Exclusive Interview with Adam Green, Hatchet Director
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 10th Sep 2006
Director Adam Green, on paper, seemed to have landed one of the hardest tasks to perform at this years Zone Horror Frightfest, his movie Hatchet had to follow Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. To say his movie delivered big style would be an understatement as the crowd lapped up and loved every blood stained moment of it. Here, in an exclusive interview, Adam talks about his work, past, present and future.

ZH: What inspired you to take the career path(s) you’ve choosen? Was there one movie or TV show that made you think “Yeah, that’s what I wanna do”?

AG: Oddly enough, everything seemed to come together when I was just 8 years old. That summer I saw E.T. for the first time and it just blew me away. It still does to this day. I think it’s one of the most perfect films ever made. I remember thinking when the movie was over that someday I was gonna make movies and “meet E.T.” That same summer I was at camp and I made up the story of “Victor Crowley” to scare the other kids. That t... »

Exclusive Interview with Ingrid Pitt, Hammer Horror Star
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 1st Sep 2006

Ingrid Pitt is one of the true legends of cinema. Hailed by critics and adored by fans she had a huge screen presence and brought some of horror’s most famous characters to life. During the Zone Horror Fright Fest 2006 we presented one of her classic movies, Countess Dracula which will soon be given a DVD release to be proud of thanks to Network. Zone Horror caught up with this enigmatic lady to talk about her past accomplishments and plans for future productions.

ZH: Many film fans associate you with the horror genre but few may know that you actually experienced real life horror at a very early age as you were detained in a Nazi Concentration camp. Do you think these events shaped your personality, made you a stronger person?

Everything that happens in your life has a bearing on how you end up. Especially in your childhood. So I guess it has.

How did you get into the movie industry and what were your first impressions of the Hollywood system?

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Exclusive Interview with Michael J. Bassett, Deathwatch Director
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 7th Aug 2006
Michael J Bassett came to prominence with the movie, Deathwatch, a sinister and unnerving film set in the murky trenches of World War I. That was way back in 2002 but now, at long last, his new movie, Wilderness is due to hit cinemas in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Belfast, Glasgow and Dublin on August 11 so we caught up with him for an exclusive interview...

ZH: What got you started in the industry was there a single event or movie that inspired you to take this career?

MJB: The movie that most obsessed me was ‘Alien’ but I was much too young to actually see it on release. It was the first film where I became aware that it had been conceived and created by people rather than just existing as a film. I collected all the models and books I could before ever actually seeing the film. It did, of course, live up to and excel my expectations when I finally did see it on VHS and then finally when I saw it on the big screen I realised just what an extraordinary piece of work it is; oh yeah,... »

Exclusive Interview with Emily Booth, Horror Star
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 14th Jul 2006
Emily Booth is a show business dynamo, a person with enough energy she could power a city. Luckily for us we caught her taking a break from her presenting duties to give us this exclusive interview.

ZH: Emily, your big break came in 1997 when you had the lead role in the cult feature Pervirella. How did that happen and were you nervous at all?

EM: I was studying film at Goldsmiths at the time and my brother – also a filmmaker, knew this amazing group of people who seemed to be stuck in the hippest time warp ever – the 60’s – they were making a very weird unique film called Pervirella which they needed a young actress for the title role. They wanted someone both fresh and innocent but with a simmering almost dangerous sexuality underneath!!! I did a 2-hour screen test after my brother suggested his sister would be perfect (!!) and the rest is history. I wasn’t nervous – it felt easy and natural.

ZH: In the same year you starred in Witchcraft X: Mistress of the Craft and had a part in ... »

Exclusive Interview with Tony Timpone, Editor of Fangoria Magazine
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 29th Jun 2006
Tony Timpone is the longtime editor of the world’s longest running horror magazine, Fangoria. Here, in this exclusive interview with Zone Horror's resident host Jason Jones, he discusses his inspirations, his thoughts on today’s cinema and plans for the future.

JJ: What started your appreciation of the horror genre? Did you see a certain movie when you were younger that sparked off your affection for them? (For me it was Hammer's Dracula when I was 7)

TT: The original KING KONG sparked my interest in the fantastique, followed by a steady diet of Japanese giant monster movies, classic Universal monster flicks, AIP drive-in fare, etc.

JJ: Did you read horror comics as a kid?

TT: Yes, I read many Marvel comic book titles. Horror favorites were WEREWOLF BY NIGHT and MAN-THING. But I dug the superheroes more: SPIDER-MAN, SILVER SURFER, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, etc.

JJ: Fangoria has been going for such a long time (since 1979) and you've been there for... »

Interview with Freak Out Writer / Producer Dan Palmer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 15th Jun 2006
Anchor Bay UK has just released a special edition of the cult favourite, Freak Out. This bizarre, hilarious and incredibly inventive movie was made with no budget and no help from any studio. We tracked down writer/performer and co-producer Dan Palmer (Onkey in the movie) for an exclusive chat about the movie and his plans for the future.

Tell us about your background and where the idea for Freak Out came from.

I studied at a film school in Bournemouth, England – that’s where I met Christian James (Freak Out’s eventual Director and Co-writer). We hit it off as we dug the same kind of movies, plus we were the two youngest students in the college and the majority of our peers thought we were a pair of obnoxious juvenile punks… they were right. When we left college we were wary of going straight into the first television or film job that came along ‘cos the jobs we had witnessed people in the years above us going into bore little relation to what we really wanted to do. So instead of making sandwiches on the... »

Exclusive Interview with Lloyd Kaufman
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 15th Jun 2006

lloyd_kaufmanWe’ve been talking to Troma head honcho Lloyd Kaufman about his eclectic career -- which includes Horror classics Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Hellblock 13, and The Toxic Avenger series.

THC: First of all Lloyd, can you tell us a bit about yourself, how you got started in the film industry and who were your major influences?

LK: Well I made the mistake of going to Yale University, where God gave me a movie nut as a roommate and f***ed up my life. My roommate introduced me to directors like Chaplin, Keaton, Ford, Lang, Renoir, and Brakhage, who are, to this day major influences on my movies. Also, I had a socialist grandmother who instilled in me a hated of large corporations.

So I decided being an independent filmmaker was the best career choice for myself. At least un... »