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An Interview with Kim Sønderholm, Director and Star of Sinister Visions

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2013

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Your new film Sinister Visions - in a few words, what is it about? And considering all the horror anthologies you have put together over the years, what do you find so appealing about the format in the first place?

 

Scaring your pants off!!! Haha, no, well I've always been a huge fan of anthology films like Creepshow and the concept of it so I've always wanted to do something similar. As you know I've already done The Horror Vault Trilogy, had a lot of fun with that and I think the result is fairly reasonable. But I wanted to do more, step it up a notch, making it more conceptual and I feel I managed to do that a lot better with Sinister Visions.

 

In whatever bizarre way, all of the segments of Sinister Visions deal with the relationship between men and women. Any particular reason or just coincidence?

 

Well I would love to sit here and claim that it was the plan from the beginning but it would be a lie! The plan was indeed from the start to have a common theme, something that was a little more varied on The Horror Vault Trilogy. It occoured to me after seing the three first produced segments what the theme would be and we worked on it from there.

A Woman Scorned was originally produced for a completely other horror anthology but it had lain dead for two years and the producer of the other anthology seems to have vanished from the face of the earth so I decided to withdraw it and use it in Sinister Visions instead. I feared that it would never be seen by anyone if I didn't make that move and since it fit perfectly into the frame it wasn't a difficult choice. In some way it's been kinda difficult once the frame was set, I wanted a common theme but still wanted something for everybody's taste, but I think we managed to get a good mix of psychological horror, good effects and even some gory and nasty grueling bits for those who love that stuff.

 

What drew you to the segments you directed and what was your collaboration with their respective writers like?

 

Well two out of the three segments I directed was written by UK screenwriter Gerry Charles whom I've know for a number of years, and the third one, Succubus, was written by a Danish writer Lars Egholm Fischmann whom I had never worked with before. He approached me and asked if I was interested in directing the short, originally meant for the Movie Battle 2012 competition here in Denmark (which is why Succubus was also released on the Supernatural Tales-compilation, which, I think, is only available here in Denmark on DVD), but as the pre-production work commenced I put up the condition that it could be used for Sinister Visions as well and he jumped aboard immidiately at the opportunity.

 

What about the segments not directed by you, how did you get a hold of them, what made you choose them? And what can you tell us about your collaboration with the other directors and the like?

 

Well My Undead Girlfriend was directed by Henric Brandt from Sweden whose feature film Death on Arrival I had an acting part in years ago. He was a fun guy to work with and also contributed with a brilliant segment the the second installment of The Horror Vault Trilogy which was named The Dead Chick in the Closet, which was also hilarious. He has a wonderful macabre sense of humor that I really love and I'd love to collaborate with him again any day. He really brings the fun.

As for Genital Genocide, I know actor/producer David C. Hayes [David C. Hayes interview - click here], who suggested the segment and put me in the touch with the director. David also contributed to the third Horror Vault-installment with the segment Undone, in which he also stars. Unfortunately he has retired from acting now, it's really too bad but you have to respect his decision.

 

What can you tell us about critical and audience reception of your movie so far?

 

Very positive I must say, the reviews I've seen so far all liked what they say, which is of course in a sense very gratifying for me as a filmmaker. I knew when I did my last film Little Big Boy that a lot of people would wrinkle their nose cause they wouldn't get what I was trying to do, while others would love it. I was right. Although the final result never became exactly what I set it out to be it's still always fun to cause some controversy, haha. The reviews went from 0 to 5 stars, quite remarkable. All sort of complaints from some people and those exact points of complaints were what others praised to the sky. Quite a weird thing. I guess I was right when I said that it wasn't a film for everybody. Sinister Visions is a lot more straight forward, though. Doesn't require that much to follow, it's just sit down, be entertained, have fun.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Well, there are alot of projects in the future. The one closest at this point is a role in a UK film named The Wine Dancers which I am actually starting shooting in a few days and the next couple of weeks. A bit of a thriller written and directed by UK filmmaker Gary Meyer with a lot of good humor about a bunch of people meeting up more or less by coincidence at a vineyard and a lot of strange things start happening. Can't tell you much at this point, will keep you in suspence for now, but will keep you updated. The cast is a blend of more or less all European countries so it's very international and I think it's gonna be a lot of fun. I'll probably be in the middle of shooting this film when you read this.

 


I've also been approached by a Danish filmmaker working on a new zombie flick here in Copenhagen which I have decided to accept a role in. In general I'm a little fed up with zombie stuff, the market just seems so flooded with it these days. There have been great zombie stuff out in recent years such as The Living Dead and of course World War Z, but there has also been a lot of really bad zombie movies coming out. In general it seems like people often think "Well let me just slap some make-up on this guy and let him walk around funny - who cares about story and production value" - it was sort of a point I started out making on Little Big Boy with a certain scene, but I never really carried through on that. I mean, the scene is in the film, but the point was sort of missed, which was my own fault. I guess myself I'm just kinda old school with that, my favorite zombie flick is still Return of the Living Dead, in spite of being an ancient cheesy 80's movie, but it has a lot of humor as well and I really love that, which is why my second favorite is definitely Shaun of the Dead. Well, fast-forwarding again to today, this new film I was approached with seemed like it had real promise and had a lot of interesting thoughts put into it and that's why I accepted it. And let's not deny it's always good fun to work on stuff like that. I'm not gonna tell you a lot more at this point about it but I promise you'll hear more soon.

 

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Also I'm in the very early mindset of creating a new horror anthology. Not Sinister Visions 2 but something else. I've been approached by a filmmaker I've collaborated with before on some of the anthologies who has something up his sleeve... But hell, Sinister Visions took me 3½ years on/off to put together while I was finishing Little Big Boy, so it's not gonna be anything out this year, that's for sure.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

There is no website for Sinister Visions, but there is a Facebook page for those curious: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sinister-Visions/134631999908032

My own personal website was recently revamped into a blog that I maintain and update myself very frequently, so pay it a visit at http://www.kimsonderholm.com - you should find any info and links you may wish for there I would think :)

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

You're most welcome, thank you for interviewing me!

 

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