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
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
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
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.
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
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
can you tell us about critical and audience reception of your movie so
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
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.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
There is no website for Sinister
Visions, but there is a Facebook page
for those curious:
My own personal website was recently revamped into a blog that I
maintain and update myself very frequently, so pay it a visit at
- you should find any info and links you may wish for there I would
for the interview!
You're most welcome, thank you for