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By James Whittington, Thursday 22nd September 2011
Black And Blue Films is quickly becoming one of the UK's leading independent producers of genre related movies. In this the second of two interviews highlighting their diverse range of horror films we chat to Martin Kemp. Martin first found fame as the bassist in recently reformed 80s supergroup Spandau Ballet. As an actor he won worldwide acclaim for his compelling star turn in iconic gangster movie The Krays and after a string of Hollywood movies again as suave club boss Steve Owen in UK soap EastEnders. Martin's 'golden handcuffs' deal with UK broadcaster ITV made him one of Britain's most popular actors and he now works behind the camera too... Here's what Martin had to say about his directorial debut, Stalker which comes to DVD January 2012.
HC: Are you a big fan of the horror genre?
MK: I have always loved horror movies; from the original version of The Mummy to The Omen and The Exorcist, it has always been my favourite genre. A good horror movie stays with you longer than any other type of film.
HC: Can you tell us how Black And Blue Films came about?
MK: Jonathan Sothcott came to me with a script called The House On Straw Hill but at the time it needed work and more importantly the finance. The project sadly fell through, but our friendship flourished and we got together a small cast including Adele Silva and my brother Gary Kemp to make a 15 min short called Karma Magnet. Both of us loved the experience and went on to set up Black And Blue Films.
HC: Where did the idea for Stalker come from, is it true it’s inspired by the notorious 1976 movie Exposé?
MK: Jonathan had the rights to the notorious 1976 ‘video nasty’ Exposé and we thought it might be cool to make a remake, but as I got into the whole reworking I found that our story started to move further and further away from the original until in the end it took on its own identity... Linda Hayden appears in both films as a polite nod.
HC: Did the script take long to write?
MK: The script took about six weeks to write. Once I put my head into gear the words came quite easily!
HC: Stalker is your first feature as director, how nervous were you on set?
MK: I wasn't that nervous on set, I think because I wrote the screenplay and had already seen it played out in my head.
HC: Was it a hard film to cast?
MK: It was hard to cast, yes, because the budget was so low. We had to find actors that were not only right for the parts but believed in the film as much as we did, but I was thrilled with our final cast.
HC: We were treated to a very bloody scene at FrightFest 2011, is it gory all the way through?
MK: No, I didn’t want to make a film like Final Destination or Saw, where it’s about how many ways you can find to kill someone. I wanted this to be more old fashioned gothic horror... like The Omen, Turn Of The Screw where it gives you the creeps and it takes you on a chilling story to a gory climax.
HC: What's your honest opinion of movie censorship?
MK: I think they do a good job really, you have to remember that these days anyone can watch anything, anytime, anywhere, so they are only guidelines nowadays.
HC: Would you like to make more horror movies?
MK: Would I like to make more horror movies…..Of course, I'm sure that won't be the last!
HC: What projects are you moving onto next?
MK: Black And Blue are looking at several scripts as we talk... these are exciting times so watch this space!
HC: Martin Kemp, thank you very much.
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