Your new movie - in a few words, what is it about?
It is about mindless hate between people, what is hidden in the
personality of people and what these same people can do to other people in
the name of base pleasures.
I wanted to tell a story about the morality of our society, which
morality is right and who's got a right to judge about right or wrong.
There is a story behind the story, but you have to see it by yourself.
How hard was it to get a
horror movie off the ground in Slovenia in the first place?
think it was no harder than any other movie. You see, Slovenia is really
small country, with really small market and of course with small
my review of Killbillies
I've written it's "heavily influenced by genre classics like The
Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance"
- at all a fair assessment, and/or other sources of inspiration for dreaming up
It is a fair assessment. Both movies are really good movies, made by
great directors and the other people involved in the process of making
those films. With Idila/Killbillies
I didn't want to copy them or in any
way use their ideas as a copycat, but the staples of the backwoods genre
are for sure in those two movies and you can't go around them.
Of course in my movie there is also a big part of Slovenian mentality
and cinematography, which is I believe quite unknown for the rest of the
world. Hidden danger behind nice nature.
can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror (as in suspense vs
sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out gore and the like)?
fact, not much. It is just the way I see it. Probably each filmmaker has
their own way to tell the story. This is mine.
the sake of the gorehounds among my readers, do talk about the bloody bits
in Killbillies for
a bit, and how were they achieved?
With prosthetic, CGI and
fake blood. Movie is an illusion captured in picture. No real killing or
torturing. At least not in my movie. Sorry.
What can you tell us
about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
a lot of thinking about details. Story is also made by details, and if you
don't see them all as complete base of story, then maybe you will be
confronted with difficulties. So, make the story 100% understandable and
the directing is easy. If you don't know what to say, you probably also don't
know how to say it.
talk about your cast, and why exactly these people?
most of them are really good professional actors and work with them was
really easy. No stress, without any psychosis. And of course visually they
looked like the characters which they were playing.
of course also have to talk about your wonderful locations, and what were
the advantages and challenges shooting there?
One of advantages of the locations was for sure production value of movie.
The locations were free and around the corner. Nature locations were also part
of the story. In idyllic country everything is wrong. If you get too
relaxed in this nature you will end in liqueur.
But of course how to get at those locations with all equipment is
completely different story.
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
mix pleasure with work. It is too expensive.
you can tell us about critical and audience reception of
is hard to say. Some people really like this movie and of course some
people really, really, really hate it. I don't understand all those
haters. Ok, I can understand that you don't like the movie, but I don't
understand all this hate (energy to hate) which someone put in. Are
people’s lives really that empty?
future projects you'd like to share?
Soon I will finish
short science fiction thriller – Apoptosis. The future belongs to
a corporation. And right now I'm also in a middle of raising founds for my
next feature film. Psychological thriller with elements of horror and
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and did you have any formal education on
I don't have any formal education for
anything. But I have a lot to say and I think that film is an excellent
medium through which you can say a lot, or maybe even everything.
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to Killbillies?
made few short movies, eight if I'm exact. I could say that they are all
about senseless violence between people, caused by church or government.
How would you describe yourself as a director?
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Uff, a lot of them. For sure Tobe Hopper and John Boorman are two of
Your favourite movies?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
The Thing, Holy Mountain, Terminator, Sweet Movie,
Alien, Angst, Shivers, Bad Boy Bubby... and millions more.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to
Can God feel teeth?
Thanks for the interview!