Five FrightFest Facts From Gustavo Leonel Mendoza director of Cult of Terror

1. Tell us about your film?
“Cult to Terror” was born in a short amateur documentary that I made in Super VHS in 1996, about Argentine horror movies. Then in ’97, I made a smaller version of the local bizarre and psychotronic cinema, Isabel Sarli, Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Emilio Vieyra, etc. Called “Argentina bizarra”.
And another of the reasons for its creation, was that I had planned for 2 years, to make a documentary tribute to a filmmaker and his family did not let me do it. For that reason, in 2015, I was traveling to Spain, to the festival of festivals, the Sitges festival, which is the first event that was animated to project fantastic and horror films since 1968.
I decided to do something about my favorite genre, the horror. And together with my wife (Maro Villamarin), full of camera and a lot of passion, with the bigotry and deep nerd knowledge on the subject (laughs), we searched as we could the personalities that we found there and interviewed them.
Like Tom Savini and Takashi Miike, who were walking along the coast of the sea in Sitges, close to the mythical church. And in my poor English, I asked them about their tastes in the genre. Takashi does not speak English, so luckily there was the translator who barely understood us …
It is a nostalgic and happy tribute to the genre of horror, cinema, literature, zombie-walks, video-clubs, specialized stores, fantastic film festivals, with personalities such as Robert Englund, Peter Bogdanovich, Barbara Crampton and Alan Jones of Frightfest!

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
Really i am more documentary filmmaker, I made the shorts that I mentioned before, then a documentary film about the Spanish Lon Chaney, called Narciso Ibáñez Menta, later another about the Uruguayan Citizen Kane that had its own city, and now with Cult to terror. I just like to shoot what I’m passionate about. Now I want to make fiction, based on fantastic stories written by my wife.

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
Anna and the Apocalypse, Mega Time Squad, Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema and Cult of Terror, of course!

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
It would be a bloody hammer, in homage to the mythical and gothic film production company Hammer!

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
Oh, and to live (or survive in Argentina) is already quite terrifying! (laughs) I can not imagine myself in a horror movie. It would have to be a fantastic or with monsters, since those of assassins give me a lot of fear !! LOL

Cult of Terror plays at PRINCE CHARLES DISCOVERY 2 8.30 PM 26 AUGUST find out more HERE


Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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