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Exclusive Interview With Botched Director Kit Ryder
By James Whittington, Saturday 22nd November 2008

The highly anticipated horror comedy Botched is coming to UK cinemas on April 18th. The movie concerns Ritchie Donovan (Stephen Dorff) who is a professional thief but whose luck has just run out. The only survivor from a heist that goes terribly wrong, Ritchie is forced to take the rap and is sent to Russia to steal a priceless antique cross, locked in a safe on the penthouse floor of a Moscow skyscraper. Things start badly and go rapidly downhill when, during the robbery, Ritchie and his Russian accomplices are forced to take hostages because they are trapped by the police, on the unused 13th floor. We caught up with the director Kit Ryan to find out more about Botched. 

Zone Horror: Is it right in saying that Botched is your first major picture?

Kit Ryan: Yep.

ZH: So how exciting was it?

KR: I’m excited now. I wasn’t at the time as it was a bit nerve wracking to be honest. It’s a low budget independent feature film and I got involved with it initially way back in 2003 so I’ve been with it for quite sometime. Even then I’ve not had anything really to do with it for a year and a half.

ZH: What was the shoot like, I guess being low budget you would have had to cut corners?

KR: Oh yeah, I mean every corner was cut (laughs) and then cut some more (laughs). We shot it in Dublin, we managed to get a tax break but obviously the film is set in Moscow and initially starts of in France, so we did do a couple of days in both Moscow and France.

ZH: For a low budget movie you’ve gathered together quite an excellent cast haven’t you?

KR: Yeah I’ve been very lucky; the script kind of sold itself. Initially a lot of people didn’t really get it and then people started to talk about it and the script did the rounds for a little while and people started to get that it was a dark horror comedy rather than just straight down the line horror. Stephen [Dorff] when I first approached him he didn’t really get it. But after me meeting up with him in New York I pitched it and he realised that his character, even though he didn’t really have any funny lines, people would be laughing, not exactly at him but at the situation.

ZH: The trailer (see link below) is incredibly entertaining and points out the films originality, are you happy with it?

KR: It is unique in its way. I’m influenced by Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead and obviously Peter Jackson’s Brain Dead and they have their own style and Marco Caro’s Delicatessen and so tried to make it timeless in the costumes and the set. It is set in present day. You could watch it in five years and you still wouldn’t see any difference.

ZH: The film has a bleached tone which helps in its timeless appearance.

KR: That was what I was really trying to get over, my unique flavour.

ZH: Was it difficult to balance the horror and the comedy elements?

KR: Well, you know, the film takes people on a ride, a sort of rollercoaster ride you really don’t know where you’re going with it. It starts as a heist movie in the South of France and moves on to be a heist movie in Moscow and the audience begin to believe that it’s this type of movie and then all of a sudden a head gets cut off. It changes into “What the hell is this all about? And obviously the humour becomes more tongue in cheek as the film goes along. If you watch it twice, and I’m not saying everyone should go out and watch it twice but they’re welcome too! (laughs) But if you watch it twice then you’ll realise it’s actually very funny from the very beginning.

ZH: Did you ever censor yourself with the gore levels or did you just say “Damn it” and just went for it?

KR: Yeah, with the horror I always wanted to go with prosthetics, I wanted the horror to look good but be so over-the-top that you could laugh at it, but it’s not spoof, if you know what I mean. It’s realistic, it is gory but it’s so over-the-top it’s not scary and so it is tongue-in-cheek and using prosthetics you’re able to do that more. I always recommend the prosthetics. I did use a bit of CGI but it was really to enhance certain effects, splashes of blood  whatever we couldn’t get right with prosthetics.

ZH: If you had more money would you have gone with more CGI?

KR: We probably would have gone a lot more with prosthetics I would have had more time to use them. When you’re on a short budget time doesn’t allow.

ZH: So then Kit, are you a big horror fan?

KR: Yes I am.

ZH: You mentioned before Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson…

KR: I love Peter Jackson, and you know they both have their own unique style and they are tongue in cheek as well. Then there’s the run of the mill horror I enjoy like Jaws, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I am a fan of all those. They each bring something different to the plate.

ZH: Would ever consider doing a project like Rob Zombie did last year with Halloween? Would you ever re-work a horror classic to your own vision?

KR: If you look back at the films that have been remade over the last ten years, it would have to be something that I could really put my own self into. I would hate to destroy a film like Psycho, I wouldn’t forgive myself for doing something like that. I’d leave the greats to the greats they were.

ZH: So what have you got lined up next?

KR: Well we have a Botched 2 coming out (laughs). Well we have a script anyway and a couple of the characters returning which is very funny. I’ve also got a very dark horror film that I hope to be shooting at the end of the year.

ZH: Kit Ryder, thank you very much.

Click Here for the Botched trailer.


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