The demonic kid template is dusted off again for this week’s Infernal – screening at the Arena Cinema in L.A, and On Demand – but it’s doused in a truly original, effective style. We quizzed Bryan Coyne, the said film’s helmer, on everything that goes bump in the night.
- First horror movie you ever saw
- Last horror movie you saw
- What’s your favorite horror movie
Frankenstien (1931) – I know, I’m boring.
- What’s your least favorite horror movie?
That’s a hard one. There’s a lot I hate. Specifically these days. I’m pretty much that guy that shakes his fists at clouds.
- Who is the best horror filmmaker of all time?
I adore Wes Craven. I’m a huge Wes fan. As unpopular as this answer may be, I doubt anyone has inspired me more than Wes. I think he is a pure master craftsman who’s output is generous and intelligent.
- Who is the best horror filmmaker right now? Who do you like?
Wes! I think the Soska sisters are incredible. I’m constantly in awe of their minds, American Mary in my opinion is one of the most effective flicks in years. Adam Robitel is a KILLER! Taking Of Debra Logan knocked me out of my shoes and he’s a friend. So that’s a huge achievement.
- What director influenced the direction of Infernal?
You know, it was a mass of different influences. I kind of approached it wondering what Ken Russell would do with a found footage. Well, the actual answer I think is “HE WOULDN’T MAKE A FOUND FOOTAGE MOVIE!” That said. I really did put on my WWKR hate (What Would Ken Russell do – I’m seriously considering make that into a bracelet)
- What movie influenced the tone of Infernal?
Again, it was more a mass of different influences against a singular one. Wes Craven’s looks at the “NUKED family” vs. the “Nuclear Family” in his flicks gave me a certain bravery to approach the film as more of a family drama wrapped with horrifying elements. As a viewer that’s how I have taken his output. And I guess that’s the beauty of film and specifically horror films. The base subjective nature of the whole thing…
- What horror movie would you like to remake?
This feels like a controversial question haha : I have a couple that I would love to have a crack at. I’m not an anti-remake guy. There was a flick that came out I believe in 2000 called Anatomi that I would love to have a shot at. Mind you, Pathology felt like a loose remake of that material. But I think that there’s more geography to by mined there. Otherwise, Madman? Haha how bout’ a new Madman Mars running around? I’d be down for that. Also Nightwatch… the picture with Ewan McGregor. I wish I had a classier answer for you. But I think those stories could be updated today in a great way.
- What horror movie would you like to sequelize?
IT FOLLOWS! It Follows 2: This time it’s personal. It Follows 2: Electic Boogaloo(herpes)