ARTICLES

LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS


Interview with Ferdinando D'Urbano actor, writer, producer of The Laplace's Demon
By James W, Tuesday 28th August 2018
Ferdinando D'Urbano - Director of Photography Producer COL

A 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?

FDU: The Laplace's Demon is a philosophical theory of the early 1800s. Pierre Simon Laplace was a French mathematician who in his work "Essai philosophique sur les probabilites" (A philosophical essay on probabilities), theorized that if there were an intellect capable of knowing all the forces that regulate the universe and all the positions of all objects at a given moment, it would be able to reconstruct the past and future history of every single object.

HC: Whose idea was it to take this theory and make a movie about it?

FDU: We had been working on the preparation of a film thriller/horror for two years. The theme was based on the relationship between destiny and free will. We had already started filming when Giordano Giulivi (director and screenwriter), deepening a bit 'the topic "mechanism" came across Laplace and his theory. It perfectly represented the sense of the experiment of the professor of our film. So we decided to insert the Laplace's theory in the film, rewrite the script and to name the film The Laplace's Demon.

HC: It's a complex piece, did it take a long time to lock the script down?

FDU: It took at least two years of writing. From the idea, elaborated by all four authors, Duccio and Giordano Giulivi have been very meticulous in writing the screenplay and careful not to leave any event to chance. Everything had to work like a clock, a bit like the model in history, with all the gears in the right place and working. To do this, as for all the various stages of the film, it took a long time because each of us was busy in their work and we had only our free time.

HC: Did you write your part yourself or was that down to the other writers?

FDU: Herbert is a character a bit 'special. Without spoiler I can say that it was not particularly difficult to write his character. The others were decidedly more complex. Herbert is inserted in the film as a silent and ambiguous element, with its gear so that all the other characters can be well interlocked.

HC: Which scene was the hardest to shoot?

FDU: As an actor but above all as a Director of photography I can say that the most difficult scene to realize was that of the elevator. From a technical point of view it was a bit complex. We needed to synchronize the rear-projection video with another front projection (some moving shadows) in order to give a realistic effect to the shots. In addition there were 8 characters within the shots and if we consider that we had very little space to make the whole movie, in total a 4x4 meters room, I could say that it was a real miracle to realize it.

HC: Why shoot in black and white?

FDU: Black and white was a stylistic choice. We thought this was perfectly suited to the kind of story we wanted to tell. We could have played a lot with chiaroscuro to give an "expressionist" effect to the atmosphere and we are very happy with the final result. In such a context, ours was also a tribute to a whole series of authors inspired by us, such as Val Lewton, Robert Wise, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Wells for some atmospheres. We were inspired by classic American cinema.

HC: The movie is a mix between The Twilight Zone and the classic "whodunit" novels of Agatha Christie, would you agree and are you a fan of these?

FDU: The comparison with The Twilight Zone was a bit of a discovery for us. We did not think about this series while making the film. However we recognize many elements in common and this reference makes us very happy. Certainly the inspiration to Agatha Christie is instead evident, especially to the film adaptation of "And then there were none" by Rene Clair. We authors of the "Demon" are lovers of the genre and certainly in making the film we have inserted, consciously and unconsciously, a whole series of "noir" or "mystery" elements that have always attracted us since we were kids.

HC: You're an actor, writer, producer to name but a few, which role is the hardest and which one is the most fun?

FDU: I'm the Director of Photography too, and probably the most difficult and fun part at the same time was this role. I had never done the photography of a movie before and it was a fantastic adventure. I had the opportunity to field testing my ideas, playing with lights and shadows, always in continuous dialogue with the director Giordano. And I have to thank him and also the whole work group for the freedom I had on set and the fun (mixed with fatigue!) thanks to the wonderful atmosphere that was on set.

HC: So, what are you working on next?

FDU: At this moment, me and the "Demon" team are planning another film project. In the meantime, I am also writing a documentary (being very interested also in the history of art) on a disappeared Roman Baroque villa.

HC: Ferdinando D'Urbano, thank you very much.

FDU: Thanks to you. It was a pleasure!


MORE FRIGHTFEST
Slay bells ring in Secret Santa!
Posted on Sunday 21st October 2018
Secret Santa Cover

Christmas dinner turns bloody in Secret Santa, the ferocious, gore-soaked horror comedy from the creators of Jason Goes To Hell and Texas Chainsaw 3D.

A Christmas Eve gathering takes an unexpected turn after a family guest spikes the punch with a military grade version of truth serum sodium pentothal. The already dysfunctional group comes unstuck in a blizzard of drug-induced, painfully candid outbursts, and upset soon turns to carnage after the head of the family runs amok with a fork, triggering festering loathings and savage reprisals.

The second film to be released under the FrightFest Presents label, the new venture from leading independent distributor Signature Enter...

SHARE: READ MORE
FrightFest announces line-up for Halloween 2018 event
Posted on Thursday 4th October 2018
FrightFest Halloween Logo 2018

FrightFest unleashes an intoxicating six-pack of horror, sci-fi and fantasy for their popular Halloween all-day event, now at the Cineworld Leicester Square on Saturday 3rd November. The 12-hour monstrous marathon embraces four continents and includes two world premieres and four UK premieres.

The day kicks off with Julian Richards' latest chiller Reborn, a Carrie for the Z Generation, starring the First Lady of FrightFest, Barbara Crampton, and featuring a stunning performance from rising newcomer Kayleigh Gilbert. Richards, famous for The Last Horror Movie, will be at this World Premiere screening.

Next up is the UK premiere of Parallel, direct...

SHARE: READ MORE
First film to be released under the FrightFest Presents label - The Dark.
Posted on Tuesday 18th September 2018

The first film to be released under the FrightFest Presents label, the new venture from leading independent distributor Signature Entertainment and leading genre festival FrightFest, The Dark received its UK premiere at this year's prestigious FrightFest in London, and is perfect for genre fans who love nothing more than a backwoods shocker featuring ghouls, gore and flesh eating, but one done with panache and poignancy.

An undead young woman, Mina, stalks the 'Devil's Den' woods where she was killed. If anyone enters the woods, she kills them and feasts on the body. But when she stumbles upon a young blind boy named Alex in the back of a car, who shows signs of horrifying abuse, she can't bring herself to kill...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano, the creative forces behind Crystal Eyes
Posted on Saturday 15th September 2018
Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano

FrightFest 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 Crystal Eyes come from?

Crystal Eyes was supposed to be the third episode of our web-series called No Podras Dormir Esta Noche (You Won't Sleep Tonight) which paid homage to different horror sub genres in each episode, and eventually it turned into a feature film. We love Giallo si...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Tom de Ville, director of Corvidae
Posted on Wednesday 5th September 2018
Tom de Ville director of Corvidae

HC: 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 back. If they didn't wear the masks, the crows would leave them alone. This made me start thinking about what would happen if someone tried to save a crow from a bunch of kids who were trying to kill it. Would the other crows from its murder remember this? And what would they do to help her?...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Stewart Sparke, director of Book of Monsters
Posted on Wednesday 5th September 2018
Director Stewart Sparke watches a scene

HC: 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 favourite has to be Japan's Leviathan X: From the Deep! The film even had a theatrical release in Taiwan which was quite surreal as it was playing opposite Thor Ragnarok over there so overall, we've been completely blown away by everything that's happened. Paul and I are always coming up wit...

SHARE: READ MORE
Less dialogue, more sound. Sennheiser presents 3D audio thriller, Final Stop
Posted on Friday 31st August 2018

The rustle of a newspaper, the sound of the bus engine far away, the steps of the stalker in the pitch-black night: The hairs on the back of every neck will stand up, thanks to the incredibly realistic 3D sound in Sennheiser's short film Final Stop. Writer and director Roxanne Benjamin uses the soundscape to create a thrilling atmosphere, with stunning audio recorded using Sennheiser's Ambeo Smart Headset. The result is a gripping 3D audio thriller which was shown at FrightFest 2018 to a very appreciative crowd and which you can view here.

In Final Stop, the protagonist played by Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin is on her way home from the city on a night bus. She soon notices a m...

SHARE: READ MORE
Fancy a western themed slasher? Lasso will be for you!
Posted on Friday 31st August 2018

Epic Pictures' horror label Dread Central has unleashed the trailer for their latest picture, Lasso, Evan Cecil's Western-themed slasher which premiered at FrightFest last week.

From Dragonfly Films, Lasso, produced by Elaine Gibson, Todd Myers and Evan Cecil, stars Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Lindsey Morgan (The 100), Karen Grassle (Little House on the Prairie) and Andrew Jacobs (Paranormal Activity).

The horror flick centers around Kit (Morgan) and Simon (Jacobs), two young leaders of an Active Senior Tour group, out on an adventure to a small-town Rodeo festival located deep in the woods. It's a great experience for the group... until they try to leave. Simon and Kit must save themselves...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Andre Gower director of Wolfman's Got Nards
Posted on Monday 27th August 2018
Wolfman's Got Nards

HC: 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 the future.

HC: Were you a fan of the Universal monsters at that time?

AG: I always had an appreciation for the classics even as a kid. As you mature, you keep that appreciation and learn more about it and how it affects the present and realize these were very important...

SHARE: READ MORE
FrightFest Day 5 - FrightFest comes to a Climax
Posted on Monday 27th August 2018
The Golem

All good things come to an end and FrightFest 2018 is entering its final day. But there should be no tears, no sadness, as the event has been one of the very best of its 19 years.

But let's not dwell on it too much as there's another action-packed day of film fear for all attendees to enjoy starting with the world premiere of the brutal movie, Open 24 Hours from Padraig Reynolds.

Then its time to view a genre favourite of mine, the multi-story kind as The Field guide to Evil delivers a delicious amount of tales ranging from Greek goblins to possession in the German mountains. A love story with a ghastly and unique twist is next on the schedule as an undead flesh-eating ghoul form an unlike...

SHARE: READ MORE
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 house that used to scare me as a child and weave them into a story about witches, which was extremely fun and nostalgic at times. While developing the story, I tried to recall the scary thoughts I had when I was Kevin's age.

AB: Finding an inspiring location (the house has this stran...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Joanne Mitchell, director of Sybil
Posted on Sunday 26th August 2018
Joanne Mitchel Image 4

One 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.

HC: Have you wanted to direct for a while?

JM: To be honest I hadn't really thought of directing until Tracey (Sheals) sent me an email with her idea for Sybil. And I really liked the story and thought this would make a great short film and possibly a feature in the fut...

SHARE: READ MORE
Frightfest Archive: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
PICK OF THE WEEK
Star Trek - The Original Series
STAR TREK - THE ORIGINAL SERIES
Thursday 1st November
7.00 PM
Insidious
INSIDIOUS
Wednesday 31st October
10.00 PM