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Exclusive Interview With The Horseman Director Steven Kastrissios
Posted on Tuesday 24th November 2009
The Australian movie The Horseman was a huge hit with the audience at FrightFest 2009. This dramatic and powerful movie concerns a parent out for revenge. Containing many violent and graphic scenes it’s an excursion into the darkest side of human existence. We’ve been lucky enough to chat to the director of this gritty film, Steven Kastrissios. ZH: How did you get into the movie making business? SK: I've been making films sin...

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Exclusive Interview With Smash Cut Director Lee Demarbre
Posted on Saturday 24th October 2009
Lee Demarbre has been producing unique movies for a few years now and last August he brought his latest piece, Smash Cut to FrightFest 2009. Lee's warm and friendly personality won him many fans so we decided to have a chat with this respected director about how he got started in the movie business and what the future holds for him and what its like to work alongside David Hess (pictured). Horror Channel: How did you get started in the movie business? LD: I worked at a Chinese Restaurant run by the Italian mob here in Ottawa for about two years. I saved enough to buy a video camera and quit,...

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Exclusive Interview With Beware The Moon Director Paul Davis
Posted on Sunday 18th October 2009
Paul Davis wowed the FrightFest 2009 crowd with his amazing documentary Beware The Moon: Remembering an American Werewolf In London. Everyone can now enjoy this sensational retrospective piece (which is actually longer than the movie itself!) if they invest in the Blu-ray edition of An American Werewolf In London where it takes pride of place as an unmissibale extra. The piece is so good that we decided to track Paul down on local moors and take him to a secluded pub and find out why he made a documentary on this John Landis classic. Horror Channel: Was there one horror movie in particular...

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Exclusive Interview With Dead Snow Director Tommy Wirkola
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2009
Tommy Wirkola hails from Norway and is a multi talented writer, producer and director. His second full feature, Dead Snow is playing at this years FrightFest celebration and is coming to DVD on August 31st so we decided to have a quick chat to him about blood, guts and Zombie Nazis.   ZH: How did you get started in the movie industry?   TW: I made a couple of Internet shorts while still studying film in Australia. They became really popular, so when I finished school I invited a lot of my fellow students up to the north of Norway to shoot the movie version of the shorts. The...

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Exclusive Interview With Shadow Director Federico Zampaglione
Posted on Wednesday 26th August 2009
Federico Zampaglione is one of Italy’s most famous sons. His band Tiromancino is constantly hitting the Italian charts, but it is his horror movie Shadow that will make his name in the UK. It is receiving its World Premiere at this years FrightFest celebration and we have been lucky enough to grab a few moments with this enigmatic artist.   ZH: How did you get into making movies? Was it just a natural progression from your musical career?   FZ: I started directing my own band Tiromancino's videoclips. I found it really exciting in terms of creativity and so I decided to sho...

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Exclusive Interview With Infestation Director Kyle Rankin
Posted on Thursday 20th August 2009
One of the most anticipated movies of FrightFest 2009 is Kyle Rankin’s Infestation. The movie which is all about a giant insect invasion is an amazing piece (I know as I’ve had the privilege of seeing it already!) so we thought we’d hunt him down and and bug him (ha ha) for some answers.   ZH: How did you get into the movie business?   KR: Am I in it? Huh, guess so. Looks different than I thought it would. It’s still a lot of work... what’s up with THAT!? I’m self taught; started making films and videos around the age of 14. I come from the indepen...

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Exclusive Interview With Alan Jones
Posted on Thursday 23rd July 2009
Alan Jones is one of the four people behind the country’s biggest horror movie festival, FrightFest. The event is now entering its tenth year so Zone Horror decided to catch up with Alan to learn about the festival’s origins as well as what the future holds.   ZH: So, here we are ten years of FrightFest. Does it feel that long?   AJ: Not at all. Ten years? Where did that go? It all feels like a blur of cinemas, guests, hassles and high points. But in a good way. Who'd have thought it would get to be this massive? OK, we've worked hard to make sure it's become the UK's big...

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Exclusive Interview With Author Mark Browning
Posted on Friday 17th July 2009
Stephen King On The Big Screen is a new book from respected writer Mark Browning and should be of great interest to both King fans and film fanatics alike. Through revealing fresh perspectives it’s a critically rigorous but also highly enjoyable read that looks at King’s work on the small and silver screens. We thought we should chase this academic down and see exactly one would approach such a project.     ZH: When did you first become interested in cinema?   MB: I guess I’ve always been a bit of a film freak, either watching an unhealthy amount of TV or skulk...

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Exclusive Interview With Author Kaaron Warren
Posted on Monday 29th June 2009
Kaaron Warren is one of horror’s hottest new talents. An Australian living in Fiji, her first published novel, Slights is a stark, scary and stunning piece of horror fiction that has helped launch one of the most exciting imprints in recent years, Angry Robot Books. So we decided that we should have a chat with this lady and discover just where her inspiration for such a dark debut came from.   ZH: Why did you choose the horror genre for your first novel?   KW: I’ve always been drawn to writing horror, simply because those are the ideas which present themselves to me. The...

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Exclusive Interview With Director Johnny Kevorkian
Posted on Friday 19th June 2009
The Disappeared is the brand new chiller from gifted director Johnny Kevorkian. Packed with believable performances coupled with a paranormal script it’s one of the best British horror in years being intelligent, scary and very raw. Anyway, the movie is being shown at the ICA, London on varying days through June and July as part of their New British Cinema season (check link at the end of this piece for more information on dates) so we thought we’d chat with Johnny to see how this stunning movie came together.   ZH: How did you get into the film making business?   JK: Wel...

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Exclusive Interview With Special Effects Man Karl Derrick
Posted on Sunday 14th June 2009
Karl Derrick (here on the left!) is a multi-talented Make-Up, Special Effects and Visual Effects artist who has worked on some of the most successful genre movies of recent times. His latest creations can be seen in Jake West’s Doghouse which opened on June 12th so we decided to have a chat with this inventive guy to learn exactly how hard it is working in the movie industry.   ZH: When you were growing up did you know that you wanted to work in special effects?   KD: When I was growing up Special Effects such as Make up and Creature effects were still in their commercial infa...

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Exclusive Interview With Doghouse Writer Dan Schaffer
Posted on Sunday 7th June 2009
Dan Schaffer is one of the most talented comic artists and writers around. His creation, Dogwitch became a huge critical success when it was released in 2002 and he has progressed to unleash even more creative pieces on a public that has lapped up every piece. On June 12th Doghouse, which Dan wrote hits UK cinemas so we decided to have a chat with this creative to discover what exactly makes him tick.   ZH: Were you a big comic book fan when you were growing up?   DS: I used to like 2000AD.   ZH: Did you have a favourite artist at the time?   DS: I was fascinated with ...

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Exclusive Interview - Doghouse Director Jake West
Posted on Wednesday 27th May 2009
We love Jake West here at Zone Horror. His movies contain a visceral and unique style making him one of the most exciting directors around. Anyone who caught his movie Evil Aliens recently on Zone Horror will agree to this. His latest film, Doghouse is due in cinemas on June 12th so we thought we’d chase Jake down and lead (lead, get it?) him into answering some questions for us.   ZH: I recall talking to you a few years back and you mentioned Doghouse then, it’s been a long time to get this together but how did the project originally come about?   JW: I developed it over...

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Exclusive Interview With Composer Jeff Wayne
Posted on Sunday 24th May 2009
It may come as a bit of a shock to some, but Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of The War The War Of The Worlds has been with us for over 30 years. To celebrate this fact and to coincide with a new tour of this musical masterpiece we spoke to Jeff himself about his love of this piece of music and his plans for the future. No one would have believed what he had to say!   ZH: So then, here we are celebrating over 30 years of your musical version of The War Of The Worlds, does it feel that it’s been that long?   JW: Yes it does!! But in a good way, actually. The world and life pe...

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Exclusive Interview With Screen Legend Sybil Danning
Posted on Saturday 2nd May 2009
Sybil Danning is one of the most respected genre artists working today. Many of her movies have gained cult status and one of her best, Howling II is being shown at the moment here on Zone Horror. We caught up with this busy lady to bring you this exclusive interview.   ZH: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be an actress?   SD: No. I had to drop out of school at the age of 14 to help make ends meet. My parents were separated and I had to help support the family. My teen years were very serious years and I had a younger sister and brother to help take care of. I never ...

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Exclusive Interview With Emily Booth
Posted on Tuesday 31st March 2009
Emily Booth, our very own Diva of the Darkside has been with the channel for nearly two years. Over that time she’s covered FrightFest on a number of occasions and interviewed some of horror’s biggest stars including Lloyd Kaufman, Doug Bradley and Josh Hartnett. We decided it was time to sit this lady down and have a chat. In this first part Emily talks about her first steps into the world of horror entertainment…   ZH: So, Emily. Two years at Zone Horror, what’s it been like?   EB: Brilliant. I finally feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed t...

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Exclusive Interview With Hellboy Star Doug Jones
Posted on Wednesday 18th March 2009
Doug Jones has appeared in some of the most fascinating and entertaining movies of the last ten years. His work with Guillermo del Torro has made him a true star, an actor who can be relied upon to bring to life some of the most fantastical creations ever seen and made them seem oh so real. We decided it was time we chatted with this talented man and discover what drives him as an actor.   ZH: How did you get started in show business?   DJ: I got into mime as a college student at Ball State University in Indiana.  The performing troupe was called Mime Over Matter ..... see ...

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Interview With Clive Barker
Posted on Sunday 8th March 2009
Clive Barker is a legend in the world of horror entertainment. But did you know that one of his earliest works has been adapted and recently arrived on DVD? In The Midnight Meat Train, a photographer (Bradley Cooper), pursues the subject of a lifetime – the subway slasher and serial killer, Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) – straight to the end of the line. Based on Barker's acclaimed short story, The Midnight Meat Train, packed with unnerving, blood-soaked plot twists, could well prove the horror hit of the season… Or as Barker, who also serves as one of the film’s producers s...

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Exclusive interview with Frank Henenlotter
Posted on Monday 9th February 2009
Although Frank Henenlotter has only made a handful of movies, his name is legendary when discussing cult cinema of the 80’s and 90’s. We love him here at Zone Horror and recently broadcast two of his most famous works, Basket Case and Brain Damage. After a decade and half away Frank is back with a new movie, Bad Biology, an amazing and truly original film that contains all his controversial trademarks. We decided that it was time to catch up with this enigmatic character and try and find out where his highly unique ideas for movies come from.   ZH: You’re a big fan ...

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Exclusive Interview With Scholar Leslie S. Klinger
Posted on Sunday 11th January 2009
Leslie S. Klinger is a prize-winning Victorian scholar who wrote the critically acclaimed, best-selling book The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. He has recently turned his attention to one of the most famous novels ever written, Bram Stoker's Dracula so we decided to track him down and ask him how he came about to creating what will probably become regarded as the final word on the Count. ZH: When did you first encounter Bram Stoker’s Dracula? LSK: I read it as a freshman in college (in 1965), although not as an assignment. I remember finishing it in a darkened hallway at night, because...

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