Your upcoming movie Blaze of Gory - in a few words, what is
Blaze of Gory, in itself, is 10 separate stories
and so it isn't specifically about anything as each story is different.
Although, they are all based around extreme gore, there's a lot of blood!
All in all though, the whole project is based around the fact that I was
only 12 when I wrote the first story.
The project had its initial start when you
gave horror director David V G Davies [David
V G Davies interview - click here] a story that you wrote when
only 12 years old, and the story apparently freaked him out! True story?
And if yes ... how the heck did you achieve that?
I was dubious at first as I was never very confident and I didn't think
that my stories were good enough for Dave, but once he said that he was
freaked out, it boosted my confidence incredibly. At first I wasn't even
going to send him my stories but it astonished me that Dave wanted to turn
them into films. Honestly, I have no idea how I did it, I guess I'm just
another level of sick!
Blaize with David V G Davies
how did all of this develop into a movie anthology, and what has your
collaboration with David V G Davies (who is not only producing but also
one of the directors of Blaze of Gory) been like so far?
As I said before, Dave read my stories and told
me he'd love to be able to turn them into films, which, for me, was just
amazing and it has been an amazing experience so far. It's something that
I will be proud to be able to put on my CV and it has been an amazing
confidence boost for me. Dave is brilliant to work with and he has put his
all into this project which I am really grateful for.
So what were
your main inspirations for your stories? And where does all this
gruesomeness come from?
really pinpoint a single thing that has inspired me, if I'm honest I have
no idea where I have got any of my ideas from. I used to watch horror
movies from a really young age which has probably contributed to it. My
mum never used to let me watch them so I would sneakily watch them behind
her back which made me engage more in them. I have also always been
interested in CSI and Criminal Minds etc. I think that everyone has the
ability to write gruesome things like I do because we see it in the world
everyday, but most others just suppress the feelings or express them
through other means such as art.
The Beer Cellar
As far as I know, you will also
direct one of the stories, right? So can you tell us anything about your
episode (The Beer Cellar) and the directorial approach you're going to take yet?
did direct The Beer Cellar, and seeing as I had never experienced that before
it was fantastic. It was brilliant to be so involved in the film and to be
able to have had it filmed exactly the way I wanted it filmed. I took the
'I want' approach as I wanted it to turn out the way I wanted. The people
I worked with were lovely and I'd love to work with them again.
can you tell us about the other directors on the project, what made them
perfect for Blaze of Gory - and how were they chosen and how do you
think they will bring their flair to your stories?
honest I don't really know that much about the other directors as Dave
chose them but I completely trust his judgement. Obviously I know Dave and
I know that he is perfect for it because he can visualize exactly
what I want. I am incredibly excited to see what take each of the
directors have had on the stories that they have been given.
Also, do talk about Blaze of Gory's
cast for a bit!
cast that I have met and that I know are fantastic! They are all amazing
at what they do and I feel so privileged to have them to have
said yes to work on my stories. I have formed some friendships throughout
this project that I know are going to be lifelong and that I am eternally
grateful for. All of the cast that have taken part are amazingly talented
Some of the episodes of
Blaze of Gory have already been shot. So have you seen any of the
material so far - and what's it like to see your own words come to life?
only seen trailers etc. but what I have seen is astonishing
and it is crazy to see my stories come to life like they have as when I
wrote them I could only ever imagine them as being letters on a page that
have come out of my mind. But here I am now with them all being turned
into films. I think it's every writers dream to have their stories come to
life and I can't believe that I have managed to realize my dream before
I'm even 18!
can we expect to see the film released onto the general public?
the film will be released this year but as of yet I do not know exactly
What started you
writing and what drew you to horror of all genres?
have always loved writing and was always writing stories from a young age,
I have always loved the way you can write whatever you want because no one
can judge you for a story because even if it relates to you in some way,
if it is fiction, no-one will know. I don't know what drew me to the
horror genre, I just really like being able to freak people out with
words, I love the way words can be so powerful. I like being descriptive
too and I have always found that horror and thriller stories are always
the best to be descriptive with.
filmmakers, whatever else who inspire you? And your
I absolutely love
writers such as Peter James, Eoin Colfer and Stephen King. I like films
that make me feel sick - which is hard - such as The Serbian Film which
made me physically sick. And films such as Creep and I Spit on Your
I love the film Martyrs, the plot twist is amazing and the story behind it
is amazing because it represents so many things.
... and of course, films you really
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