Horror Favourites – Giles Alderson

Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot is an epic tale of power, betrayal, lust and revenge. Directed by Giles Alderson who also made A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life and The Dare, it stars Richard Brake is a British-American actor best known for his role as The Night King in HBO’s smash-hit fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Active since the 1990s, Brake got his film break playing Joe Chill in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, before working in a string of horror and fantasy hits such as Hannibal Rising (2007), Nazi-zombie horror Outpost (2008), Joseph Kahn’s mind-bending Detention (2011) and Panos Cosmatos’ hallucinatory Mandy (2018). Well known for his frequent collaborations with Rob Zombie, Brake has starred in Halloween II (2009), 31 (2016) and 3 From Hell (2019). In 2020 he plays legendary wizard Merlin in Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot.

463 AD. A NATION IN NEED OF A LEGEND. Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot tells the story of a man battling to fulfil his destiny to become the King his nation needs. Starring Richard Short (Mary Kills People) as Arthur and The Night King himself Richard Brake (Game of Thrones, Batman Begins) as Merlin.

The year 463 AD. England is a land divided. A land in need of a legend. King Arthur has been absent for five long years, fighting a war abroad that has stricken his knights, left his throne defenseless and his queen at the mercy of Mordred, his illegitimate son. He must return home fast, facing dark and dangerous threats from all sides. But as he fights to preserve Camelot and all that he holds dear, the toughest conflict will be with himself. Guided by the legendary wizard Merlin, Arthur must strive to become the king that his nation needs. It is the story of a legend, before the legend was told.

Below director Giles Alderson tells us all about his favourite horror films and a whole lot more:

“Society at its best is a place of comfort and safety – a place of shared values. The society we keep puts us on in the inside, snug?in our shared beliefs, while the rest of the world remains shunned, forgotten or ignored. Many great horror pictures build on the fear generated when lead characters find themselves no longer in the majority. Instead they’re the ones who are isolated. Suddenly they become ‘the other,’ whose beliefs and values are all wrong. And it’s the crazies, the lunatic fringe, who hold sway.

For me horror comes in so many forms. We can easily single out some incredible horror films that have inspired and scarred (and scared) me from Martyrs, the punishing French horror, which explores the idea of taking a victim to the limits of human suffering before they see the ‘Afterlife’, Or Sleepers where childhood actions reverberate throughout the life of the characters and the idea that the past will always catch up. Or we could look elevated horror movie that takes a coming-of-age story and twists it, without remorse, into a thought provoking, relentless and satisfying gore fest.

When I made The Dare, I wanted to play with the minds of the audience. I want them to think about who they are rooting for, where their sympathy lies and why. Like all the best horrors, a simple but intriguing morality tale often sits best with me. A revenge fable that grips from the get go and then juggernauts towards a devastating, satisfying conclusion. Often with huge swathes of choice and morality thrown in.

So for me sometimes I find the best horror in the everyday, the less obvious choices, films like The Shawshank Redemption, or Danny Boyle’s Sunshine or The Green Mile. But then again there is the other side to me that likes a laugh or a tongue in cheek piss take hilarious or glorious musical number. Shaun of The Dead, One Cut of the Dead and Anna and the Apocalypse spring to mind. And there are even horror elements in Arthur & Merlin, after what I’ve just written how can there not be.

Because really with horror there is no closed book, no black or white, just a disturbing grey. So what ever horror will float your blood soaked boat it will always have an impact that will have you sleeping with one eye open for the foreseeable future and that is horrors undeniable power.”

Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot is on DVD and Digital HD now. You can win a copy 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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