Your new movie Outburst
- in a few words, what is it about?
a World on the verge of collapse, a young girl must use her survival
instincts to survive the destructive epidemic that suddenly breaks out
and ravages her once safe childhood home.
Pustule infected creatures of pure horror, wrought from the deepest depths of
hell, stand in line to make life miserable for "The Girl with No
they have disturbed the wrong girl."
is a 40 minutes roller-coaster ride with no dialogue except from a
voiceover here and there. We let the blood and the gore do the talking.
The film is not sponsored by any others but ourselves, and all the 100
people in the cast and crew are doing it because they believed in the
is more than a little reminiscent of zombie and post-apocalypse movies
from the late 1970s and early 80s - so what do you find so appealing about
these movies, and some of your genre favourites?
is a tribute to genre films from the 70s and the 80s, especially Italian
horror films and spaghetti westerns and post apocalypse films. I love
these films from that period, because they were so full of “life” and
imagination. Of course, they were made to make money, but there were also
made because the cast and crew loved to play with the film media, and
because they simply loved films in general. Zombie movies from that period
where all filmed on a low budget, so the directors and producers were
forced to think creative, and I like when you can see creativity in films,
a thing almost every big blockbuster lacks today. My favorite directors
who always inspire me are Ruggero Deodato [Ruggero
Deodato bio - click here], Lars Von Trier, Mario Bava [Mario
Bava bio - click here], Paul Verhoven, John Carpenter, Peter
Jackson, Sam Raimi, George Romero, Tobe Hooper, Jack Hill, Stuart Gordon,
Jess Franco, Sergio Martino, Umberto Lenzi [Umberto
Lenzi bio - click here], and the great Jean Rollin.
sources of inspiration when dreaming up Outburst?
different things inspired Outburst, and many films from around the world. I
have been working as a special effects man on many low budget pictures in
Denmark for the last 10 years, but I have not helped on a film where you
could use as much blood as you liked. The directors always say: “Henrik
this one is going to be wild, blood everywhere” But when we stand on the
set, most of them back down on the blood thing. With Outburst, we used
over 100 liters of blood, and I have not seen any other Danish low budget
picture using so much of the red stuff. We were going all the way; because
this time I was the director, and I did not back down on the set.
Therefore, in a funny way all the directors I have worked with who are a
little bit afraid of the red stuff have also inspired me.
canyou tell us about your writing and producing partner Kim Hermansen, and
what was your collaboration like - and how did the two of you first meet
Hermansen and I have studied together. We are both social workers, and
work with children and young people. We met when we were getting our
education and have been friends since. One day I called Kim and asked him
if he would like to make some film with me again, and the rest is history.
Kim Hermansen is a very skilled underwater camera operator, and this is
his first big project as a cinematographer for a film. He has done a
excellent job on Outburst.
For all the gorehounds in our audience, you of
course have to talk about the gore effects in Outburst
for a bit, and how were they achieved?
With my company Amos-FX
I just do practical effects, with latex, silicone and film blood.
Therefore, we decided that most of the gore effects in Outburst should be
done in the old-fashioned way, like in the old horror movies. So I made
hundreds of boils, over 400 hundred exactly. They were molded and cast in
latex, and painted before the shoot, so they were easy to glue on the
actors on the set. I also made a lot of intestines, and gunshot wounds,
and a fake penis, for the climax of the film. Then Andreas Krag from Feature
Creep joined the project as the editor. He is also a very talented
compositor, and he suggested that we should use a small amount of computer
made effects. The computer effects in Outburst
complemented the practical
effect nicely and never take over. Our goal was that you can never tell
if it is a computer made effect or a real practical effect done live on set.
How would you
describe the film's overall look and feel!
is not a film with a big message and a deeper meaning. This is
entertainment, and I hope that, when you watch the film, you can see that
we were having fun doing it. It is fast-paced, rock and roll film making.
Not for everybody of course, but if you relax and give yourself over to the
humor and the action, we hope you will not be bored. The
film’s composer Flemming Berg has made a great soundtrack that is a
tribute to the soundtracks of John Carpenter, Claudio Simonetti, Ennio
Morricone and the italien band Goblin [Goblin
profile - click here], who are best known for their work
on Dawn of the Dead and Dario
Argento's many films - synthesizer scores that
we love so much. Flemming Berg has also done an amazing score that is
inspired by Brian May's score for Mad Max. Therefore, the music in Outburst
also has great meaning to the whole picture. It is, all in all, good old
fun , from the good old times.
What can you
tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
leading lady Anne Stenholt, who plays The Girl with No Name, is a very
talented actress, who I have worked with before. Every time we worked
together, Anne always ended up being covered in blood. We talked about
shooting a film together, and when I wrote Outburst,
I had her in mind as The Girl with No Name. Luckily Anne said yes when I asked
her, and she was doing an amazing job every day on set. All the other
actors are old and new friends who all worked very hard to bring all my
crazy ideas to life. I owe them all my deepest respect.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
were shooting 5 days with Anne Stenholt, and then 3 days with pickup
shots, green screen shots and stop motion. We were very effective and
focused, but we were laughing all the way, because we love what we are
doing, so even when we were in a hurry the atmosphere on the set were calm
few words about audience and critical reception of your movie?
were making this movie because we love films. In a way, it is a very
personal film, and I am very surprised that so many people around the
world like it too. We held the gala premiere In Denmark and filled a cinema
with 300 seats. That is not normal for a no-budget independent horror
film like this. Therefore, I 'm very excited to see what it all leads
$64-question of course - where can one get your movie from?
the moment you can buy it from small stores in Denmark, but if you want to
buy a copy you can email me at email@example.com
and I will send the region free DVD with English subtitles and a lot of
extras all over the world.
future projects you'd like to share?
I'm at the moment writing a manuscript for our new film. I cannot reveal
the title at the moment, but it is a story about revenge, childhood, and of
course it contains a shit load of blood and gore.
As far as I know,
your main claim to fame is being a special effects artist - so how did you
learn that craft, what are your strengths, and how do you approach special
effects as such, and what can you tell us about your company
is a small hobby FX company. I do workshops and hold seminars for people
who like to be introduced to the world of special effects. Amos-FX
worked on films, theater, and TV commercials. I like to show people that
with a small amount of material (latex, cotton and toilet paper) you can
do amazing things.
2006, you directed the zombie movie Codename: Yin/Yang - so what
can you tell us about that one?
Yin/Yang was made with the same love for movies as Outburst.
Codename: Yin/Yang is kick-ass no budget entertainment that will
blow you away. Featuring frothing zombies, tons of blood and glistening
babes with heavy guns. The fate of the Danish nation lies on the edge of a
razor-sharp katana, and down the barrels of a high-powered assault rifle.
It was co-directed with my old friend Bo Mørck Penstoft, who also have a
small role in Outburst. I think you can find it for sale around the world
if you google it, and I know that the cult magazine Is it UNCUT ran
a smashing review of it in issue 22. I’m very proud of Codename:
Yin/Yang, it was in a strange way many years ahead of its time.
special effects artists, whoever else who inspire you?
I like the horror genre, I like of course Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell and
what they did on the three films about my all-time favorite hero, Ash (next
to Indiana Jones and Han Solo). I am also a big fan of Peter Jackson
before he rode off to Middelearth. His films Braindead and Bad Taste
inspiring me. They are so bloody well made and funny. Special effect guru
Tom Savini has always inspired me; he is a true master and has inspired
so many over the years. But
many other films, actors and directors have also inspired me to do
Outburst. One scene in the film is a tribute to
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (I have seen that film hundreds of times,
and I'm still surprised how god it is every time I see it), and
in the same scene there is a hint to the Swedish exploitation classic Thriller, starring the legendary and beautiful Christina
Lindberg [Christina Lindberg
bio - click here]. And the shootout at the climax in Outburst is inspired by the
violence in the films of the great Paul Verhoeven, who always delivers the
red stuff in plenty amounts.
like Raiders of the Lost Ark a lot, and the Star Wars universe. I like
Clockwork Orange and all the films of Stanley Kubrick. Lars Von Trier is a
true master, and his films always make me cry, because they are so horribly good. In the horror genre I like
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 and
Evil Dead, all the magic zombie films made by the true zombie master Lucio
Fulci [Lucio Fulci bio - click
here], and I like the power in Dario Argento's Suspiria,
Opera, Deep Red
and Phenomena. I also like the films of
Troma. I like
The Rocky Horror
Picture Show, The Last Boy Scout, The Goonies and Jaws, and
and Woody’s Manhattan … I could go on and on, the list is
endless, so I think I will stop by telling how much I love films like
Bronx Warriors, Turkey Shoot, Blastfighter, From
Beyond, Ichi The
Nekromantik 1 and 2, Re-Animator,
Night, Dawn and
Day of the Dead and all
the great films of Mario Bava [Mario
Bava bio - click here].
... and of course, films you really
do not like big budget Hollywood films with fancy young actors with no
creativity and fantasy, and I do not like all the remakes of all the good
old horror movies, it is a waste of time and money.
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Anything else you are trying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
Nobody but ourselves sponsored Outburst, and it
was filmed on very
low budget cameras. A Canon 600D is a fine camera, but not the best out
hope with Outburst we can inspire people around the world to pick up
what they got and go out there and make movies … have fun with it, and
just follow your crazy ideas - just do it! We hope that when you see
Outburst you will think
"wowm these guys had some fun doing it! - and we
hope that you can see that we really love films!
Thanks for the interview!
you for the interest in our small Danish Outburst.