They’re Outside is a highly original dark fairytale for adults, starring FrightFest favourites, Emily Booth and Nicholas Vince which will have it’s World Premiere at part of the First Blood strand of the FrightFest Digital Festival during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
To celebrate, we have an exclusive interview with the Chatterer himself, Nicholas Vince on his role in the film.
Could you tell us who you play in They’re Outside?
Nicholas Vince: I play folklore expert Richard Hill who’s unearthed the ‘cursed’ film for presentation.
Can you tell us a little about the film?
Nicholas Vince: A YouTube celebrity psychologist sets himself the challenge of getting an intensely agoraphobic woman to leave her home in just ten ten days. However, as the days count down, a creepy local legend that holds the town in it’s grip, starts to become a horrifying reality… Combining the best elements of found footage with spellbinding pagan visuals, this is something of a dark fairytale for adults.
Do you have a favourite found footage film, or folk horror film?
Nicholas Vince: I honestly have difficulty watching most found footage films, as I’m so motion sensitive. Put me in front of a film showing the viewpoint of a passenger on big dipper and I’ll sway in my seat throughout the journey. I’ve never watched Blair Witch Project as even the trailer made me nauseous. Which is a real shame as I’m sure I’m missing out on some great films.
What’s the number one question about Hellraiser you wish people had asked you? And if you can think of one, please take this opportunity to answer it.
Nicholas Vince: Gosh. That’s a great question and one I’ve never been asked before.
I wish people had asked me more about the talented makeup artists involved in creating Chatterer, Nigel Booth on Hellraiser and Cliff Wallace on Hellbound. Along with all the other talented crew who worked on the films. In my mind they’re the kind of the unsung heroes of the films.
So, my never been asked before question is, “Apart from Clive Barker, who’s your hero on the crews of Hellraiser, Hellbound and Nightbreed?” And my answer would be, “Firstly, the whole talented team at Image Animation and Jane Wildgoose with Rosemary Sylvester who created the makeups and costumes for the Cenobites. If I had to choose just one person who had the most impact on the overall look, and who’s work I deeply admire, that’s Robin Vidgeon the Director of Photography on all three films. There are so many moments of absolute joy when I think about of the images he achieved in those films.”
What do you think about the current state of horror cinema?
Nicholas Vince: That’s a tough question when you consider where we are at the moment. I was up at Glasgow FrightFest just before Covid-19 really took hold and met some wonderful young film makers there. I’m very impressed by what people achieve on limited budgets and I see a lot of very talented film makers creating original and fascinating films. Which is good on many levels. Particularly as they’re going to have to create art in the most challenging of times ahead.
From all I’ve seen, I’m confident we’re going to see some exciting films emerge in the next year or so.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Nicholas Vince: There are a couple of other projects due for presentation this year, one of which should be announced fairly soon.
I’m also working on selling art on Redbubble. There are some cartoons about a gay couple and a dog, ‘Life of A Dog’. And I just sold my first t-shirt featuring a quote from my one man show, ‘I Am Monsters’; “When we celebrate difference, and do not fear it, we create Peace.’ I’m ridiculously happy that resonated with some people as that truth is very important at the moment.
There are also some Hellraiser designs which I’m working on to go with the couple of Chatterer designs already there. And I’m re-reading the Edgar Allan Poe stories for quotes to inspire more designs.
Do you believe in ghosts? If so, do you have a story to share?
Nicholas Vince: I don’t believe in ghosts, as I believe in re-incarnation, but I do believe that people believe in ghosts.
I think it’s a very natural part of the grieving process in some instances and evidence of the power of story in others. By that I mean if something inexplicable occurs, some human will concoct a story to explain it. Over time the story becomes entrenched in people’s minds and that in itself causes phenomena to be observed.
The other explanation which I find fascinating, is the idea of the ‘stone tape’. This postulates that buildings act as a kind of recording mechanism for the emotions associated with violent death. Those who’re sensitive can pick up on these ‘recordings’.
I think where things get dark and nasty is when people exploit grieving people, for money, with the promise of conversations with their loved ones. For me, that’s scamming people. But, perhaps there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy.
At the end of the day, why would you wish on anyone an eternity trapped in a place? Imagine being a ghost. I think it would be hell on earth.
Love Horror can now also officially announce Nicholas Vince will be starring in Frost Bite alongside Mark Arnold, Emily Booth and with voice work from Joe Bob Briggs.
The film documents what happens when Santa Claus turns into a werewolf on Christmas Eve, and wreaks havoc in a small town…
Frost Bite is directed by Airell Anthony Hayles and Sam Casserly the team behind They’re Outside. It’s also Mark Arnold’s first Werewolf comedy since starring alongside Michael J Fox in Teenwolf (1985).
You can watch ‘They’re Outside’ on Saturday 29 August at 7pm during the FrightFest Digital Festival. Tickets and more information can be found HERE.