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Interview with Bill Watterson director of Dave Made a Maze
Posted on Sunday 4th November 2018
William WattersonAt Grimmfest 2017 we had the chance to view one of the most original pieces of cinema we'd seen in a long time, Dave Made a Maze. Directed by Bill Watterson it's an intelligent, thought-provoking film that deserves to reach a global audience and will be released here early 2019. We chatted to Bill about this incredible movie. HC: Where did this concept come from? WW: Three places: Steven was under...

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Interview with Paul Hyett director of Peripheral
Posted on Friday 2nd November 2018
Paul HyettPaul Hyett is a firm FrightFest favourite. His work jumps from genre you genre with ease but still retains that "Hyett" feeling in each piece. His latest work, Peripheral is having its UK Premiere at the FrightFest Halloween 2018 event so we decided to chat to Paul about this and his view on technology. HC: How did the project of Peripheral come together? PH: Peripheral was bought to me by the original produ...

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Interview with Julian Richards, director of Reborn
Posted on Wednesday 17th October 2018
Julian RichardsAhead of the World premiere screening of Reborn at FrightFest Halloween, Julian Richards discusses the torturous challenges of Daddy's Girl, why he wishes every actress was like Barbara Crampton and future plans, including directing the English language remake of Rabies. HC: After six years away from directing, you have two films, Reborn and Daddy's Girl poised for distribution. Why these two very different films n...

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Interview with Jules Vincent, co-writer and producer of Alive
Posted on Thursday 4th October 2018
Jules VincentGrimmfest 2018 is well underway and delivering some memorable movie moments, and one of the best is showing on Sunday, Alive. This cracking film sees the return of Grimmfest favourite Rob Grant as director and has been co-written and co-produced by Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent. Here Jules tells all about this brilliant piece. HC: Where did the idea for Alive come from? JV: We'd talked about writing a hor...

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Interview with Olivier Afonso director of Girls With Balls
Posted on Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Olivier Afonso director of Girls With BallsGrimmfest 2018 kicks off tomorrow and one of the many highlights of the four day event is the blood-splattered shocker Girls With Balls. We chatted to it's director Olivier Afonso about this fab film and his career as an SFX artists. HC: What inspired you to write Girls With Balls? OA: My co-writer and I we wanted to write a trash comed...

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Interview with Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano, the creative forces behind Crystal Eyes
Posted on Saturday 15th September 2018
Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro MontejanoFrightFest 2018 exposed attendees to horror from all over the world and one that made an incredibly stylish and retro impact was the superb giallo inspired shocker, Crystal Eyes. Here the co-writers and co-directors Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano tell us all about this affectionate love letter to the classics of the 80s. Where did the idea for Cr...

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Exclusive interview with Adam Green, director of Hatchet.
Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018
Adam Green director of HatchetAhead of Horror Channel's UK TV Premiere of Hatchet on Friday 14th Sept, director Adam Green gives an exclusive interview about his beloved franchise and what the future holds for Victor Crowley... Hatchet is finally getting its first showing on UK TV, courtesy of Horror Channel. We're excited, are you? I couldn't be more excited! I've always said that even th...

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Interview with Tom de Ville, director of Corvidae
Posted on Wednesday 5th September 2018
Tom de Ville director of CorvidaeHC: This is your first short as a director, what inspired you to write this script? TdV: I read a really interesting article about how smart crows are, in particular how they can hold grudges. Apparently a group of scientists had gone out and harassed a murder of crows whilst wearing masks. If they went back wearing the masks, the crows would remember them and fight ba...

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Interview with Stewart Sparke, director of Book of Monsters
Posted on Wednesday 5th September 2018
Director Stewart Sparke watches a sceneHC: Your last movie, The Creature Below was two years ago, what's life been back since then? SS: Since The Creature Below premiered at Frightfest in 2016 things haven't really stopped for myself and my collaborator Paul Butler. We were lucky enough to have the film released on DVD and VOD in over eight countries under various names. I think my fa...

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Interview with Ferdinando D'Urbano actor, writer, producer of The Laplace's Demon
Posted on Tuesday 28th August 2018
Ferdinando D'Urbano - Director of Photography Producer COLA stand-out movie from FrightFest 2018 tested the brain power of those who saw it. The Laplace's Demon is an incredibly powerful piece so we chatted to one of the creatives behind it, Ferdinando D'Urbano. HC: I'd never heard of Laplace's Demon theory before, can you give us a quick explanation of what it is?...

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Interview with Andre Gower director of Wolfman's Got Nards
Posted on Monday 27th August 2018
Wolfman's Got NardsHC: You had already starred in a lot of stuff before The Monster Squad came along, did you think that this was just "another" acting job? AG: At the time, it was just that. The next audition, the next project. However, once on set and seeing what you were a part of, we realized quickly that this was something bigger and more unique than anything we had done before or may even get to do in th...

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Interview with John Rocco and Abiel Bruhn the writers and directors of The Night Sitter
Posted on Sunday 26th August 2018
HC: Where did the idea for The Night Sitter come from? JR: From the beginning of this story, I had my childhood home in Nashville in mind as the perfect location. After several months of convincing, my parents allowed us to film in their house. It's a pretty amazing feeling to have grown up in the same location that we'd eventually film our first feature in! We were able to incorporate all the parts of my hous...

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Interview with Joanne Mitchell, director of Sybil
Posted on Sunday 26th August 2018
Joanne Mitchel Image 4One of the best things about FrightFest is the Showcases of Shorts which is the way to catch undiscovered talent and unique ideas. Joanne Mitchell has been in the entertainment industry for a few years but has just directed her first piece, Sybil which is showing at FrightFest today. We decided to chat to her about this amazing and disturbing piece as well as he plans for feature films. ...

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Interview with Michael Mort creator and director of Chuck Steel Night of the Trampires
Posted on Saturday 25th August 2018
mike Mort Director of Chuck SteelHC: Where did the character of Chuck Steel come from? MM: I came up with the character of Chuck Steel in 1985 when still at school. I used to doodle this square jawed action hero in my English book when I should have been concentrating on the lesson. Over the years he developed a bit as I drew him in various adventure scenarios, usually involving monsters of some kind. I made a Super8 short f...

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Interview with Sam Ashurst director of Frankenstein's Creature
Posted on Saturday 25th August 2018
HC: Why did you choose to film James Swanton's acclaimed play, Frankenstein's Creature? SA: I made a music video for Channel 4, and they gave me a small budget to shoot it in a day. The budget was small enough to raise independently, and I looked around me and realised I had all the crew I needed to shoot an actual feature film, not just a music video - if only I could shoot a film in a day! Then my fr...

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Interview with Chris Collier, director of FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema
Posted on Saturday 25th August 2018
Chris Collier director of FrightFest docFrightFest is one of the most famous festivals in the world. The team of Alan Jones, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy and Greg Day ensure that everyone who attends, from guests to punters get the best experience they can from it. But what do they really think of each other and what really goes on behind the scenes? A new documentary from Chris Collier has given the team the chance to tal...

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Interview with Jon Knautz director of The Cleaning Lady
Posted on Friday 24th August 2018
Jon Knautz director of The Cleaning LadyHC: What made you decide that your short film The Cleaning Lady would work as a feature? JK: Actually we had already written the feature before we made the short. We wanted to make a proof of concept to see how people reacted and to try and raise some awareness of our feature script. It was also a great way to experiment with the tone of the film, so we would be ready to tac...

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Interview with Jenn Wexler, director, producer, editor, and co-writer of The Ranger.
Posted on Thursday 23rd August 2018
The Ranger posterFinally FrightFest 2018 is here and its starting with a real bang with the UK premiere of Jenn Wexler's outstanding shocker, The Ranger. We chatted to Jenn about this incredible piece of cinema and how she managed to have Larry Fessenden star in it. HC: Where did the idea for The Ranger come from? JW: I studied screenwriting at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and The Ranger ...

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Interview with Bernhard Pucher, director of Ravers.
Posted on Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Bernhard Pucher director of Ravers image 2FrightFest 2018 is only but a few hours away and the buzz around Leicester Square is already as loud as ever. So we decided to have a quick chat with Bernhard Pucher, the director of one of the films that gets its world premiere on Saturday, Ravers. HC: Where did the idea for Ravers come from and are any of the characters based on people you know? ...

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Interview with movie legend Robert Englund
Posted on Monday 20th August 2018
Nightworld Robert Englund Image 2The UK premiere of the paranormal shocker, Nightworld hits Horror on August 27th. The film stars Jason London and the legend that is Robert Englund. We recently chatted to Robert about this chilling movie as well as a certain jumper wearing, knife finger wielding character you may have heard about. HC: An actor of your experience must be offered acting roles all th...

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Interview with Simeon Halligan, director of White Settlers
Posted on Saturday 18th August 2018
Image of Simeon HalliganHorror Channel's FrightFest Season includes some truly memorable movies from past events and one of the strongest is Simeon Halligan's, White Settlers which is showing on the 19th August. We had a quick chat with Simeon about this superior shocker as well as his own festival, Grimmfest. HC: How did the script for White Settlers come to your notice? SH: It was a strange s...

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Interview with Jason London, star of Nightworld
Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2018
Jason London Nightworld image 1On August 27th Horror Channel has the UK premiere of the paranormal shocker, Nightworld. The film concerns a man (Jason London) who bites off more than he can chew when, when a malevolent force is uncovered in the bowels of the apartment he's guarding. So, we decided to chat to Jason about the movie, what it's like to work with Robert Englund and his future cinemtic plans. HC: You've ...

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Interview with Tim Van Dammen director of Mega Time Squad
Posted on Tuesday 14th August 2018
Tim Van Dammen director of Mega Time SquadYou played a Street Demon in director Jason Lei Howden's FrightFest favourite Deathgasm. Is the New Zealand film community that small? I didn't play a street demon; I am a street demon. The film community in NZ is small enough for most active people to know most other active people - but the genre scene is small enough for us all to know ea...

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Interview with Paul Hyett, director of Heretiks
Posted on Tuesday 7th August 2018
Paul Hyett director of HeretiksPaul Hyett is a firm, FrightFest favourite. His work is always a much anticipated event at the film festival and this year is no exception with the world premiere of his latest work, Heretiks. Here he chats about this and future productions. What first attracted you to actor Gregory Blair's script? When Templeheart gave me the script of Heretiks (although it...

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Interview with Dominic Brunt, director of Attack of the Adult Babies
Posted on Monday 6th August 2018
Picture of Dominic Brunt, Director of Attack of the Adult BabiesWith FrightFest 2018 only a few weeks away we decided to chat to actor/writer/director Dominic Brunt about what its like to be waiting to have your movie screened at FrightFest and the plans he has for future movie projects. HC: It's been a while since we last chatted, apart from Attack of the Adult Babies, what have you been up to? DM: It's be...

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Interview with Hattie Smith, star of The Axiom
Posted on Sunday 24th June 2018
Poster for The AxiomThe Axiom is a tense and disturbing chiller from director Nicholas Woods. The film concerns a woman who travels into a National forest, in search for her missing sister. Once in the wilderness, they discover they have entered a multi-dimensional world full of monsters. The film is an adrenaline infused experience with some cool effects and a smart story. We chatted to lead actress Hattie Smith about The Axio...

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Interview with Jessica McLeod, star of The Hollow Child
Posted on Friday 8th June 2018
Picture of Jessica star of The Hollow ChildIf you like your horror movies to have a strong paranormal theme to them you'll need to look out for The Hollow Child when it gets released later this year. It stars the incredibly talented Jessica McLeod so we decided to have a chat about this and her career to date. HC: Was there a certain person you saw who inspired you to become an actor? JM: I don't think I had seen a movie by th...

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Interview with Steeve Leonard co-director of Radius
Posted on Monday 21st May 2018
In the chilling movie, Radius, a man wakes from a car crash with amnesia and what's more anyone who comes into contact with him instantly dies. This FrightFest favourite is receiving its UK TV premiere on Friday 25th of May so we chatted to its co-director and co-writer Steeve Leonard about this celebrated and cerebral movie. HC: How long did Radius take to write? SL: Radius took about 4 years to write, on and off. We had...

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Exclusive: Director Johannes Roberts talks 'The Strangers: Prey at Night'
Posted on Tuesday 1st May 2018
This weekend sees the release of a long-awaited sequel to one of 2008's most beloved slasher films. Yes, nine whole years after The Strangers premiered, UK cinema-goers will be met once again by Dollface, the Man in Mask and Pin-Up Girl in The Strangers: Prey at Night. Starring Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson, and Lewis Pullman, son of the late Bill, the film sees a family of four bein...

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Interview with Andy Nyman, co-writer, co-director and star of Ghost Stories
Posted on Monday 9th April 2018
I've met Andy Nyman on many occasions over the last decade or so, and over that time I've watched his career constantly go from strength to strength. To call him multi-talented would be an understatement and along with Jeremy Dyson has created the must-see horror movie of 2018, Ghost Stories. Here he chats about the stage play, Ghost Stories as well as how it changed on its way to the big screen. HC: When did you first mee...

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John Krasinski talks directing and starring in 'A Quiet Place'
Posted on Friday 6th April 2018
In case you hadn't heard, A Quiet Place has opened in cinemas nationwide. The film, starring real-life couple, John Krasinski (US adaptation of The Office and 13 Hours) and Emily Blunt (Sicario, Wind Chill and The Devil Wears Prada) takes place in a post-apocalyptic(-ish) environment, in which strange wild creatures that hunt by sound have destroyed a significant amount of the population. Krasinski and Blunt's characters, husband and wife Lee and Evelyn try to lead a life with their family as quietly (and by that we mean literally) as possible, in able to ensure their survival. We sat...

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Interview with David Howard Thornton, star of Terrifier
Posted on Monday 26th March 2018
If you're a fan of slasher movies then you'll have to check out the bood-splattered shocker Terrifier. The movie is a full-blown, hair-raising homage to grindhouse slashers that introduces a new murderous icon in the form of Art the Clown. Art id surely destined to become a true horror anti-hero and here David Howard Thornton, the guy who plays art, chats about this brilliantly brutal movie and what he's up to at the moment. HC...

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Interview with Richard Elliot, Managing Director of 88 Films
Posted on Saturday 17th March 2018
Recently I've been lucky enough to review some rather tasty Blu-rays from 88 Films. This company has been behind amazing releases of titles such as A Cat in the Brain, Anthropophagous and Don't Go in the Woods...Alone. So I decided to chat to managing director Richard Elliot about 88 Films and how they survive in a cut-throat market. HC: How did 88 Films start? RE: 88 Films started after James and I met working for another la...

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Interview with Paul Urkijo, director of Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil
Posted on Thursday 1st March 2018
One thing that Horror Channel FrightFest prides itself in is by championing new talent. This year's Glasgow event is no different with a whole host of newbies bringing their first features. A real highlight is Paul Urkijo's Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil which is a sumptuous piece that Terry Gilliam would be proud of. Here he chats to us about this stunning movie. HC: Where did the idea for Errementari: The Black...

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Interview with Adam MacDonald, writer and director of Pyewacket.
Posted on Wednesday 28th February 2018
There have been a number of occult and demonic movies over the last few years but none have come close to the tension and terror of Adam MacDonald's Pyewacket. The superb piece of cinema is showing at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow this week so I had a quick chat with Adam about this superior shocker. HC: Have you always been a horror fan? AM: It really started when I was about 7 years old when my older brother show...

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Interview with Kelly Greene, writer and director of Attack of the Bat Monsters
Posted on Tuesday 27th February 2018
Making movies can be a tough business but to have to wait almost two decades to release your work takes true dedication. At Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow this weekend Kelly Greene's Attack of the Bat Monsters is finally unleashed. Here he tells us the story behind this celebration of 1950s creature features. HC: You were inspired to write Attack of the Bat Monsters when you were researching 50s movies, did ...

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Interview with Patrick Magee, writer and director of Primal Rage
Posted on Monday 26th February 2018
There's been a spate of "bigfoot-style, beast in the woods" types of movies recently but none have come anywhere near Primal Rage. This superior creature feature from Patrick Magee will be having its European Premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow this Friday so I decided to have a chat with this very talented and creative person. HC: Did you know from a young age you wanted to work in the film industry? ...

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Interview with Gabriela Amaral, writer and director of Friendly Beast
Posted on Sunday 25th February 2018
As we get ready for the trip to Scotland for this year's Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow I've been lucky enough to chat to Gabriela Amaral about her powerful movie Friendly Beast which is getting its UK Premiere at the event. HC: Was there a certain piece of work or person that inspired you to work in the industry? GA: Yes, there was. I am a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock and I decided to study cinema because of him. ...

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