‘I think the whole thing was a money laundering operation’ – An interview with Bad Match director, David Chirchirillo

Featuring on last year’s FrightFest schedule, David Chirchirillo has taken on the world of internet dating and all its glorious possibilities with his debut horror film, Bad Match.

Exploring the potential for just how terribly things can go wrong when we live our lives online, Bad Match is a contemporary look at just how scary the internet can get when it seeps into the real world. Following Harris (Jack Cutmore-Scott), an internet playboy without a care in the world for how he treats people, we watch as his life spirals out of control from meeting up with the seductive Riley (Lili Simmons). I managed to get a hold of writer and director David Chirchirillo to talk about his inspiration behind the movie, his experience in the film industry, and most importantly – his own online dating experiences.

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‘We really didn’t think we were making a horror film!’ – An interview with Saw series producer, Oren Koules

In the wake of the latest addition to the Saw franchise, I got the chance to speak with one half of production company Twisted Pictures on what inspired the ideas behind Jigsaw.

That half was the lovely Oren Koules, a business man with experience in everything from ice hockey to entertainment production, and part of the team behind all eight Saw films, with few other spooky side projects to boot. With seven films already out and a definitive end in the form of Saw 3D, I had to start by asking where Jigsaw as a concept came from, and what Koules and co. hoped to achieve by starting afresh. Continue reading

Creepy Countdown: ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre for us is like Citizen Kane!’ – An interview with the directors of Leatherface

Coming in as the eighth instalment of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, Leatherface takes the series back to its roots – acting as a prequel to the original 1974 movie itself.

With the premiere screening at this year’s FrightFest back in August, I managed to have a chat with the French duo directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury about their interpretation of the original ‘Leatherface’, and what it was like bringing him to life in a timeline that’s now over 40 years old.

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“Limitations make filmmakers more creative” – An interview with The Vault director, Dan Bush

Dan Bush’s bank heist horror, The Vault, is set to hit cinemas at the end of this week. 

Following two estranged sisters as they execute a bank robbery to save their troubled brother, we watch as things take a turn for the worst when there isn’t enough money in the building. Advised by a bank manager that there’s an abandoned vault downstairs with millions left behind, the family attempt to break in – but let out a dark and powerful evil in the process.

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“I spend most of the time wet, covered in blood” – An interview with the cast of Fanged Up

Late last year, I managed to catch up with the cast of horror-comedy Fanged Up during filming in Portsmouth.

Featuring as the latest from director Christian James and as Daniel ‘Dapper Laughs’ O’Reilly’s first leap into the world of movies, they invited me to step foot into the heart of Portsmouth’s abandoned prison – which was as terrifying as it was bloody freezing. Whilst boasting a range of acting talent, wrestlers, boxers and social media influencers – it’s BAFTA winning actress Lauren Socha and Eastender’s breakout Danielle Harold that join O’Reilly in the main line up.

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“We had a priest come in and bless the set” – An interview with Annabelle: Creation director, David F. Sandberg

With the latest in the Conjuring franchise set to hit cinemas this weekend, David F. Sandberg tells us all about what it was like working with demonic dolls, nervous cast members, and putting his stamp on the Annabelle universe.

Working predominantly in short film before hitting big screens last year in his directorial debut, this is the second time that Sandberg time ever has graced a Hollywood set – the first being for his own adapted short piece Lights Out. His explosive trajectory as a big-budget horror director is impressive to say the least, with a style that’s all his own and an enthusiasm for creating creepy stories that’s impossible to emulate.

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“I took a photo of myself sitting on the toilet. It was seen by a LOT of people” – An interview with Fizzy Blood

Founded in 2014 and already smashing huge festivals such as Download, SXSW, and Korea’s Zandari Festa, Fizzy Blood have put themselves thoroughly on the alternative music map in their three years as a band. Continuing their festival streak with a spot on the Neu stage at this year’s 2000trees festival, their success comes as no surprise as soon as you get a listen of their unique brand of “weird, exciting, fuzzy rock and roll.”

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