Five FrightFest Facts From Staten Cousins Roe director of A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE

The Twentieth FrightFest is here so obviously our exclusive interview feature Five FrightFest Facts From… is back with a vengeance. Below we hear from Staten Cousins Roe director of A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE and you can read more FrightFest Facts from 2019 and beyond by clicking HERE.

1. Tell us about your film?
A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE is a jet-black comedy horror, kind of THELMA & LOUISE meets SIGHTSEERS, a quintessentially British serial killer movie about hopeless, self-help addict, Lou Farnt who flees her oddly controlling mother and goes on a road-trip of alternative therapies designed to unleash the inner her, but finds herself on a killing spree with her unhinged new life coach Val – it’s a deliciously dark, violent & funny satire of the self-help world.

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
I started by picking up my Dad’s old camcorder as a ten year old and using dried up ketchup for blood clots.. I consumed so many movies from an early age as a fan and wrote things on the side, then I trained and worked as an actor – which was a great background for me as a director in learning how to help actors give good performances. I wrote & directed a short jet-black comedy about a struggling euthanasia centre called THIS WAY OUT, which won a bunch of awards, and then wrote and made A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE. The horror genre is the best for extremes of story & emotion, you get to mine the depths of what we are inside, for both laughs and screams – and as an audience member you come out knowing something a little more about who and what you are.

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
THE SHINING – I‘m a huge Kubrick fan and to watch that on the big screen and with the FrightFest crowd, now that would be a treat.

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
I’m thinking, maybe best audience member – because FrightFest is such a special festival and family. They’re so dedicated to the event, and without the audience there’s no film, just a bunch of sound and image playing in an empty room. I’ve no idea how you’d judge it though – most films seen that festival? Most passionate FF fan? No idea, it’s probably a recipe for a disaster of attempted bribes.

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
Wow, that’s tough – I have a great life now – but I guess, as our baby (with Poppy Roe) is due on Saturday 24th August, the very same day as the A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life world premiere at FrightFest, and Poppy Roe – who produced and edited the film with me, and plays the co-lead of Val, is really hoping (along with me) that we make it through the screening & Q+A without giving birth! So I reckon ATTACK OF THE KILLER BABIES – with Vincent Price playing me, with the kind of performance he gave in WITCHFINDER GENERAL – just because, well, he’s Vincent Price. Or Oliver Reed. Either of those fighting killer babies born at the FrightFest world premiere of A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE would do it for me. Unless that’s a movie already. It sounds like it really should be…

A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE NEW BLOOD – WORLD PREMIERE PRINCE CHARLES DISCOVERY 1 – SATURDAY 24 AUGUST Find out more HERE.

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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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