The amazing Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival is back for its second year, running from the 30th October to the 5th November, and so is our Unrestricted Views bringing you an insight to the people behind the fantastic fright fest of films on show.
Below we talk to Lilian Langston and Andrew Bassett directors of Loon which screens on the 3rd of November at 7pm. Get your tickets HERE
Love Horror: Tell us about your film?
Lilian Langston and Andrew Bassett: Loon is a new take on the horror staple of the classic “Cabin in the Woods” yarn. Taylor inherits a mysterious cabin located in the remote wilderness after his father tragically passes away. Curiosity gets the best of he and his young bride Ann when they decide to spend their honeymoon at the cabin. They think they are alone until they meet their overbearing neighbour and things take a sudden turn and they must rely on their primal instincts for survival.
Love Horror: How did you get into making horror movies?
Lilian Langston: My love for horror films came from my older brother. When we were young and my older brother Jerimiah looked after me when our parents were away he loved playing the classics like “The Exorcist”, “The Shining” and “IT.” He thought they would scare me but instead they intrigued me and led me down the path to become a filmmaker.
Andrew Bassett: I have always loved cinema but only in the last decade have I developed an interest in horror. Together me and Lilian watched horror films until one day we had an idea that we should try making our own. The process started slowly and then just took off from there. We both work in television in Montana and both love writing as well.
Love Horror: What is your view on horror in 2017 and how would you change it?
Lilian Langston and Andrew Bassett: Movies like “Blair Witch Project,” “Paranormal Activity” and “It Follows” are really good examples of new ideas done exceptionally well. To take fear and internalize it, which was our goal as well, to add a whole new level to the idea of horror and how to implement it. Horror films are becoming more wildly accepted and more main stream. The genre is drawing better scripts and better talent, which is exciting to watch and we hope to carve out a little niche within the promising future of horror film making.
Love Horror: What is your favourite horror film and why?
Lilian Langston and Andrew Bassett: Two recent films that stand out to us are “Get Out,” and “Let the Right One In.” The poignant social and racial commentary of “Get Out” transcended the film beyond common genre tropes and put it in the realm of the early work of George Romero. The score is also amazing, which always makes for a great horror film. “Let The Right One In” drew our attention not only for the amazing cinematography, but also for how the film’s sympathy and compassion for a young child battling her immortality and thirst for human blood, while finding love and longing in a world filled with mortals. It’s a beautiful balance between a love story and horror.
Love Horror: If Hollywood came knocking and gave you anything you wanted what movie would you make and who would it star?
Lilian Langston and Andrew Bassett: We love the idea of making a western horror film set during the 1849 Gold Rush in California. We would love to bring history to life while adding a creepy, ghostly and historic touch. There are quite a few actors we admire but a few that come to mind for the top billing of this historical horror film are, Michael Shannon, Oscar Isaac, Natalie Portman and Brit Marling.
Loon recives it European premiere at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival on the 3rd of November at 7pm.
Read more about the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival and buy tickets at www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/