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By Dave Macleod, Tuesday 18th June 2013
Horror: Sin dagli esordi ti sei cimentato col cinema horror. Quando è nata questa passione?
E' nata da piccolo, quando i film horror passavano in tv in prima serata, ricordo ancora la trepidazione per le Notti Horror di Italia 1 e gli appuntamenti estivi con Zio Tibia! Purtroppo adesso in prima serata gli horror sono vietati e passa solo la pornografia del dolore e del successo per tutti.
Horror: C’è un episodio, una storia, un film particolare che ti ha avvicinato all’horror?
Il VHS di Non Aprite Quella Porta, VM18, che il padre di un amico ha noleggiato per noi. Freddy che mostra il guanto e dice: 'Tina, questo e' Dio!'. Tutti i film di Dario Argento, fino al primo tempo della Sindrome di Stendhal...
Horror: Il tuo primo lungometraggio, Medley – Brandelli di scuola, ti ha fatto incontrare con la mitica Troma Entertainment, società americana di produzione e distribuzione indipendente. Come è stata la tua esperienza con loro?
Fantastica, perche' e' stata semplice, avevo 22 anni, gli ho mandato il vhs del film e loro mi hanno chiamato e mi hanno detto che lo avrebbero distribuito. Poi li ho incontrati a Cannes. Era un film girato con i compagni di scuola, e' stato un risultato fantastico.
Horror: Il tuo film La stanza delle farfalle è in questi giorni nelle sale. La storia, tratta dal tuo romanzo Alice dalle 4 alle 5, vede protagoniste donne, ragazze, bimbe. Come mai la scelta di indagare l’universo femminile?
Credo che dopo tanti anni di dominanza maschile nei ruoli di cattivi nell'horror, sia giunto il tempo per la parita' dei sessi anche qui. Il ruolo della donna sta cambiando rapidamente all'interno della nostra societa' e l'horror riflette sempre questi cambiamenti.
Horror: Ci racconti l’incontro con Barbara Steele, icona dell’Horror e protagonista del film?
L'ho incontrata ad una cena, con l'amico giornalista Paolo Zelati. Non le ho parlato molto, perche' eravamo seduti distanti, ma ne sono rimasto molto affascinato. Lei mi ha detto che gia' alla cena aveva capito che avremmo girato qualcosa assieme. Appunto, misteri dell'intuito dell'universo femminile... :)
Horror: Il film l’hai girato in USA, a Los Angeles. Cosa c’è di davvero diverso nel girare un film in Italia o negli States?
Negli States tutti ci mettono passione, perche' hanno consapevolmente scelto di fare il mestiere del cinema e sanno che e' un privilegio. Tutti hanno grande rispetto per il lavoro, perche' non si sa mai che percorso possa prendere un film e fin dove possa arrivare. In Italia, no.
Horror: Hai delle collaborazioni importanti, tra le quali notiamo la AFX per gli effetti speciali, una sicurezza! Come è nata questa collaborazione?
Pazzesco, e' la societa' del marito di Heather Langenkamp... Non solo ho potuto dirigere l'attrice che ha riempito i miei sogni (incubi...) di adolescente, ma grazie a lei abbiamo avuto un premio Oscar agli effetti speciali... A volte i sogni si avverano... :) Ciao, grazie mille per lo spazio che ci dedicate! :-)
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