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By James Whittington, Thursday 20th November 2008
One of the main highlights of this year’s FrightFest was the world premier of Joe Lynch’s much-anticipated movie Wrong Turn 2, which was sponsored by Zone Horror. This very likable guy granted us an interview that lasted over forty minutes! Here are the edited highlights.
ZH: How did you feel after Wrong Turn 2 premiered?
JL: I felt on top of the world, it was really one of the greatest experiences of my life. I mean, seriously this was a labour of love for me; there was passion project for me. I really wanted to make a great horror movie that made me feel the way I did way back when I was a little kid, and being able to do that and bring it to the home of the video nasty. It was a dream.
ZH: How did you pitch the movie?
JL: Well my original pitch to (20th Century Fox) was “What if the director of City of Lost Children made Cannibal Holocaust”. That really was my pitch and thankfully there was a guy in the room that got that. The film is very much a sequel to the original Wrong Turn and here another bunch of hapless people get thrust into the woods but this time it’s a little bit more deliberate in that it’s a reality show and of course they meet up with our wonderful family from West Virginia! It’s very much a survival horror film.
ZH: What do you personally find compelling about reality TV?
JL: I’m an addict! Gordon Ramsey etc, seriously I’m addicted to it. I wanted to put a spin on the reality show and loved the chances it gave me to twist and to use video, like for surveillance camera, which adds to one of the deaths. It also gave me the chance to use a group of characters that are, for once, not friends because usually they know each other. The reality idea gave me a broad idea of being able to compartmentalise characters.
ZH: Let’s talk gore. How much blood is in this movie?
JL: We spilt 321 gallons of blood, I know this probably isn’t a record and Tarantino probably holds that cleaning bill on that one! It was copiously used and well used. We had silicone entrails and they looked so damn good!
ZH: What particular scene can horror fans look forward to?
JL: Well what we did with each death was, I wanted to give it a tagline only because it was easier to say, “Hey we’re doing the axe scene, tomorrow we’re doing the arrow-course scene”. Gee there’s so many!
ZH: People were laughing during some of the deaths, why do people laugh at gore and some of the deaths?
JL: The very tone was set by a bunch of movies we call “Splatter Films” they take the tone of horror films and put a spin on horror where its not comedy but its done in such an over the top style that you can not help laugh at how outrageous it is.
ZH: What’s next for you? Another horror or a chiller or something different?
JL: I honestly feel I got a lot of demons out with this film and it really depends if I’m certain on the story. I have a bunch of projects that I can’t talk about but there’s a bunch of possibilities there’s some stuff that doesn’t have any gore at all and some stuff that just sprays it all over. A good director can see the benefits of using splatter to enrich the reaction of an audience.
ZH: What do you think the next big movement will be in horror after the “Torture Porn” genre?
JL: You know, horror films are normally a reflection of our times and I don’t discredit the “Torture Porn” sub-genre at all. If you take those films at such a grounded level you can’t help but be affected by them. I really think the next big wave is going to be “Monster Movies” I really do and I thank God because we get movies such as Transformers which is really a monster movie.
ZH: Joe Lynch, thank you very much.
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