Your new movie Nocta
- in a few words, what is it about?
about the early stages of a developing romantic relationship between the
male virgin Ernst Lichtenbusch and the - on the first view cute and
harmless looking - vampire empress Nocta, who was invited to Ernst 40th birthday,
the first birthday Ernst was ever able to celebrate, due to his father's
cruel Christian upbringing.
being about a party gone horribly wrong, what are some of your worst party
depends on the personal sensitivities I guess. One might be disgusted by
intense menstrueal bleeding, one might not like to see people eating poop,
one maybe can't find an appetite for people getting eaten alive, one might
go nuts when he has to witness a horrible karaoke show and another one
just don't like to have a certain kind of people on his birthday party,
like Nazis, Satanists or an Afro-German muslim.
So what were your sources of inspiration
when writing Nocta?
initial spark of inspiration for Nocta
was the colour and viscosity of our
new film blood, which we created for our first feature film The
Secret of the Magic Mushrooms, which gave Master W the raw idea of a
woman with irregular and extreme mentrual bleedings. The flesh to bone
came of course from the vast number of vampire movies Master W watched
over all the years. Picking up only the best elements from each vampire
sub genre, mixing them and adding gruesome ideas and perspectives to the
bloody soup of vampirism. A classic vampire love story presented in a
never before seen way was the result of Master W's reinventive approach to
this concidered sucked dry genre.
were the main challenges of bringing Nocta
to the screen from a producer's point of view?
were several big issues producer Crippler Criss had to deal with. First we
had more people involved than ever before: Around 50! And many times we
needed a lot of people on set at the same time. So finding dates to shoot
at which all the people you need have time was a big problem. Then finding
locations where we were allowed to shoot while spraying everything blood
red with our fake blood was hard. Cleaning those rooms was a pain in the
ass as you can imagine. Cleaning the bathroom in which Nocta transforms
into a vampire took one and a half hours and we couldn't get it clean
enough. The fake blood made the white toilet seat turn pink, so we had to
replace it. And mold was a big problem. The fake blood crawls into every
little corner and in a cold and moist basement, those corners start
developing mold. Disgusting, unhealthy and hard to clean. A pain in the
ass... again. Then all of a sudden we were not allowed to shoot in one
room so we had to find another one that looked like the old one. But in
the end we got it done and that's what matters.
doesn't exactly hold back when it comes to blood and guts - so what can
you tell us about the gore effects in your movie, and how were they
in Cannibal Messiah, the special effects are one hundred
percent practical analog old fashioned special effects realized by our special
effects specialist Sebastian Zeglarski, the head of Violent
Art, formerly the "Cannibal Messiah" himself, and also
appearing in Nocta as the
friendly but dangerously careless Till. With hundreds of litres of self
made film blood shot through the party cellar by hand driven high pressure
pumps as well as motorized charged fire extinguishers for some real over
the top fountains and dozens of prepared masks, dummies and fake wounds,
limps or intestinces, Zeglarski and his team managed to create a blood fest
wich none of the crewmembers ever had witnessed before. It took two
complete cellars, who will never be the same again, to bring the blood drenched
fantasies of Nocta to reality.
What can you tell us about Nocta's
approach to horror as such?
is definitly the most classic and straight of all our movies aproaching
the horror genre. It still is trash of course, and it is a comedy movie,
but with a much more believable story and much more heart-warming
characters than ever before in any of our movies. You really can feel with
the hardships of the good-hearted but hopelessly naive protagonist Ernst
Lichtenbusch. But also with the suffering of Nocta, who is driven to kill
against her initial wish to live a peaceful life and enjoy a nice party
you can totally empathize with. We really gave the movie time to breathe
and to let the viewer connect to our characters before they get torn
apart. Also I would say that never before we were able to create real tension and a genuine horrific
atmosphere from time
to time. But even there's a
more serious and believable story, than the stories we created before,
still the way in detail is far away from beeing serious and believable. Nocta
still is an over the top splatter comedy satire with scenes you've
never seen before.
Do talk about Nocta's
brand of humour for a bit!
of all we have the all underlying humor of a romantic comedy movie: The
nice but way too naive and unexperienced boy who desperetly tries to
conquer the heart of a woman way out of his reach. Then we again play with racism, religious fundamentalism, alcoholism and sexual
course. Needless to say that a big percentage of laughter is due to
the toony Tokyo Gore Police-like splatter elements in the
movie, which are working from about the middle of the movie up to its
disgustingly romantic finale.
A few words about your
directorial approach to your story at hand? And what was the collaboration
between the two of you like?
W wrote the screenplay, but due to personal responsibilities he wasn't
able to direct the movie from the very beginning. So Crippler Criss took
over for the most part, and when he ran out of time to direct, Master W
stepped in again. So we split the directing part. We also split the post
production part. In the beginning Crippler Criss did most of it and then
Master W took over and finished it. We both know what we're good at and
what we're not so good at. We both complement each other very well.
What can you tell us about Nocta's
key cast, and why exactly these people?
whole key cast was already playing roles in Cannibal Messiah.
While Sebastian Zeglarski was changing from one leading role into
another, Jim Aal and Resa Elstner raised from minor roles in Cannibal Messiah straight up to two main leading roles in
Nocta, Ernst Lichtenbusch and...Nocta. From the way both
actors did their small part in Cannibal Messiah, Master W knew
they would be great as leading role team in such a romantic yet
Do talk about
the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
was the first time we totally shot a movie inside, and so we encountered
several problems we never had out in the wilderness of Silschede Forest. The problems
went from house owners who were simply unwilling
to share their beloved newly renovated cellar with the German underground
of horror, to unspeakable infestations of fungi on the cellar walls due
to our massive discharge of film blood and other fake body liquids.
Despite all those problems the crew and the cast never lost their spirit
of achieving something very special and outstanding and not to forget,
having a great time. There was so much party on set that the producer
even had to put up a ban on alcohol on set... with little to no success.
$64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?
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you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Nocta?
now the overall reception of Nocta
positive, both from audience and critics. We never thought that people
would love this twisted story of love and emancipation this much. Since we
took our time with the splatter and gore to start we were worried a bit
that the bloodthirsty splatter audience would lose their patience with Nocta
over the first half hour, but no one ever complained
about the movie beeing too slow in any way. On the contrary. Critics
praised the movie for its story, humor, SFX and main actors. Some even
compared it to Braindead. Maybe that's a bit much, but we
surely feel honored.
future projects you'd like to share?
usual our bag is filled with ideas and half cooked skripts. There are
several projects in the pipe coming from writers other than Master W, but
Master W is also already working on a new more than ever before thought-provoking
masterpiece of the impossible.
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