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An Interview with George Vouzikis, Director of Soul Looting

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2012

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Your film Soul Looting - in a few words, what is it about?

 

It's about the dark side of people. We all have secrets, but in this case the secret is lethal. It's also about how reality and hallucination can merge.

 

With Soul Looting being essentially a ghost story - a genre you are at all fond of, and some ghost stories that influenced your movie?

 

Absolutely none. It's just my love for the supernatural. My mother has told to me that when I was a little boy, the kindergarden teacher called her in order to inform her that while all other children were drawing flowers, cats and birds, her son was drawing graves and flying ghosts.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration while writing Soul Looting?

 

My former job. I had been working at a funeral home for almost 10 years. Plus some jealous ex-girlfriends!

By the way, I need to confide to you that I never WROTE anything. Soul Looting was inside my brain cells, not even the guys who were playing had the slightest idea about the story. I remember some of them asking me "will I have to take a shower after that scene?"

 

What got the project off the ground, actually, and in that context, what can you tell us about the Greek indie horror scene as such?

 

My strong will and the friends who believed in that project gave me a kick to start filming Soul Looting.

There are a few good indie horror movies from Greece, but most Greek cinematographers would never try to make such a movie, mostly because nobody would pay for it. Those few who dared to do it had to pay for the production too.

 

How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?

 

I don't think I can describe it, simply because I'm not a director. Filmmaking is just a hobby, I have never studied it.

 

After relying on atmosphere for the most part, Soul Looting's finale is quite graphic and gory - so what can you tell us about your gore effects, and as how important would you rate gore in today's horror?

 

My friend Nikos Dresios did most of the gore effects. He is a professional and I don't know how I would have finished the movie without him. Gore is essential for any horror movie, because horror movies are supposed to be disturbing. It feels good to know that some people will close their eyes while watching a gore scene.

 

What can you tell us about your two leads, Nefeli Papaioannou and Iraklis Savvopoulos, how did you find them, and in your eyes, what made them perfect for their roles?

 

They are both friends of mine, just like all the other guys who play. Nobody is an actor, except from Rahel Kapsaski who has studied the subject. So, anybody would have been perfect in my eyes as long as they would say "yes, I will play."

 

A few words about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?

 

I started shooting Soul Looting in June 2008 and finished in April 2009. I remember we had some great times and funny moments, plenty of food and booze, but sometimes I had to shoot while experiencing severe panic attacks. I guess I was a bit sick and stressed those days. I must add that some of the guys who played were sometimes tired because they had been working hard all day. I really thank them for tolerating me.

 

What can you tell us about audience and critical reception of your film?

 

Most people forgave some camera focus and sound mistakes because they really liked the story, and some of them got scared too - which means I achieved my goal.

 

Let's go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

No career. Just a hobby. I think I had always been carrying filmmaking inside me, and simply had to give birth to it. As I mentioned before, I have not studied it, and I really wonder how I did it. I'm a hero, I guess!

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Soul Looting?

 

I made a short comedy before Soul Looting, but it's not worth talking about.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I had started shooting two other horror films (including Soul Looting II), but never finished them. The first for technical issues, and the second for financial. Now I have a few ideas in mind, but the economic crisis in Greece is an obstacle I can't overcome.

 

Directors who inspire you?

 

Lars Von Trier and early Peter Jackson.

 

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Mostly horror ones, such as The Guinea Pig II: Flowers of Flesh and Blood, BrainDead, Evil Dead, Saw, The Exorcist... But many others too, like Being John Malkovich and Spider-Man, too numerous to mention.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Softcore porn!

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

There is a Facebook page for Soul Looting: http://www.facebook.com/Soul.Looting 

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I keep on sending the DVD for free to anybody who asks for it. Just let me know an address at choleragv@hotmail.com. Plus, I want to dare all those who think they could do a horror film to do it. Go for it guys! It just takes some extra love for the subject (and some money ...)!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you too!

 

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