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An Interview with Anthony White, Director of The Devil's Woods

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2016

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Your new movie The Devil's Woods - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The Devil's Woods is my little homage to the horror genre. Rather than having generic characters I tried to give each a personality and ultimately the film is about relationships. It's about ordinary people who get into an extraordinary situation.

 

With The Devil's Woods being firmly rooted in the slasher genre - is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?

 

I love most aspects of the horror genre. I feel generally it's probably not taken seriously but some of the best and hardest performances from actors for example are in the horror genre. Nobody can tell me otherwise that Marilyn Burn’s performance in Texas Chainsaw Massacre is not one of the best female performances of all time. Texas Chainsaw Massacre would be one of my favourite films of all time along with Halloween, The Shining, Eraserhead, Deep Red, The Wicker Man, Don't Look Now… too many to mention!

 

(Other) sources of inspiration for The Devil's Woods?

 

Other sources of inspiration for The Devil's Woods would be Mario Bava [Mario Bava bio - click here], Lucio Fulci [Lucio Fulci bio - click here], Dario Argento. Also I am a big fan of Rob Zombie. Actually The Devil’s Rejects made me fall in love with the horror genre all over again.

 

The Devil's Woods does get quite violent at times - so do talk about the bloody bits in your movie for a bit, and how were they achieved - and was there ever a line regarding violence in your movie you refused to cross?

 

For the budget we had to work my special FX make up artist Mags Dziadura really did a great job. Some of the gore is special FX, others are actual body parts from pigs and sheep. I have no line as regards to showing violence or sex in any of my films. I look at my films as art and entertainment and I will never censor myself. I will say the opening scene was difficult to shoot. The film starts off with a rape scene. Rather than remove the audience I wanted to show how horrible rape actually is so I felt it important to be sincere to that.

 

What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

My directorial approach is to be sincere as possible to the story I want to tell. I believe in going all the way and pushing things as far as they can go. That's also true as to what I want from the actors I work with. I want to push them as far as they can go and beyond that. I found on The Devil's Woods the furthest we all got from our comfort zone the better the performances were.

 

With The Devil's Woods being mostly an outdoors movie, you of course have to talk about your wonderful locations, and what were the advantages and challenges of filming there?

 

The Irish countryside is steeped in history. I found this old house in the woods which had been abandoned years ago. It was just sitting there rotting away. A mile away from there I found this old castle which features heavily in the film. Once I found these locations making the film look beautiful wasn't hard at all! The advantages of filming in these locations was they are very secluded. Nobody bothered us or got in the way of production. The challenges were these were all really locations in the middle of nowhere! It really was like an extended camping trip.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

There was generally a nice atmosphere surrounding the shoot. I think after a few days when people started to get tired tempers did shorten a little. At the end of the day there wasn’t a lot of money on this production so people were there for the love of making a film. We got through the hard days and thankfully we kept on going and got the film finished.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The Devil's Woods?

 

We premiered the film at the International Horrorthon Film Festival in Dublin. The audience reaction was pretty amazing. I think people went in not knowing what to expect. For the first 5 minutes I sat with my hood up hiding in the corner! But after I heard people laugh at the jokes and see they were all getting the film I could relax. It was a great experience being in a sold out showing of my film and hearing everyone enjoy the film. We got some great reviews from that viewing.

 

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I’m working on 2 scripts at the moment. Hopefully I will have something ready to go by the summer of 2016.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

The filmmakers who inspire me are Stanley Kubrick, John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Rob Zombie, Christopher Nolan, David Lynch, Gasper Noe ... there are many more.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

So many favourite movies. I would say a couple of my favourites are The Shining, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Don’t Look Now, Vanilla Sky. I seen a film recently Victoria. Its a German film shot in one take that was pretty inspiring.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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