Five FrightFest Facts From Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman directors of Skull: The Mask

We may be in the middle of a period in history straight out of a horror film but the pandemic has not stopped FrightFest which is back in 2020 in a new online form and bringing the best new horror from across the globe to stream exclusively into your homes. Our exclusive interview feature Five FrightFest Facts From… is also back quizzing the talent behind the terror and giving you an added insight. Below we hear from Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman directors of and Skull: The Mask and you can read more FrightFest Facts from 2020 and beyond by clicking HERE.

1. Tell us about your film?
Kapel Furman: Is it wrong to say that the creation of Skull: The Mask is an excuse for me to indulge my passion for comic books, wrestling, horror films and heavy metal?
Skull is, sure, a slasher movie…sorry…a Mystical Slasher. But it also has elements of noir, giallo, cosmic horror and action. I know that sounds a lot, because it is a lot, basically for the main reason that we didn’t want to spare any blood, bullets, gore, chokeslams, Pre-Columbian gods, tampons, etc… on this.

Armando Fonseca: It exposes the clash between modern and ancient cultures, on centuries of conflicts and overthrowing dominances originated at the heart of Latin America slashing its way through São Paulo, a megalopolis of over 20 million people everyday suffering and experiencing de decay of modern society.

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
Kapel Furman: I guess that is because I don’t like reality, and in horror, or fantastic genre in general, you can escape that and create a new universe. In horror, you don’t have to answer the question why your monster has tentacles made of guts. Maybe you have to answer why it doesn’t have enough tentacles.

Armando Fonseca: Directing other genres is great! But I admit it is guaranteed fun to work on horror movies sets, nevertheless it is a great opportunity to use the exploited and augmented reality of the horror nuance to depict astonishing scenarios. Also I like to shoot on location rather than inside studios, that’s another thing horror movies welcome very much either in the city or in the countryside, to shoot open and terrifying structures that could very much be in the same reality as of the spectator. Gives me the creeps!

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
Kapel Furman: “Jason and the Argonauts”. I love stop-motion and, of course, the work of Ray Harryhausen.

Armando Fonseca: First of all I am loving to see “Skull: The Mask” as part of it and hope that in the future the digital access is also incorporated since we all have learned so much during quarantine, but I would eat up “28 Days Later/Dawn of the Dead (2004)” related flicks anytime, I love to see the most catastrophic essays for the future of humanity in movies!

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
Kapel Furman: “Infinite bullets award”- Who is counting anyway?

Armando Fonseca: Maybe a good award that could be validated is the Most Unruly Film, only films that plant the seed of awarkdness in order to make the viewer uncomfortable enough to question his/her own reality, to poke society.

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
Kapel Furman: Actually, would be a spaghetti western: “Tremila litri di sangue per un sigaro anisette “- with Woody Harrelson

Armando Fonseca: “Saw 23: Home Office Ordeal”, during a pandemic a guy is chained to his computer with no hopes of getting outside so soon, only to discover that smashing the screen is the only way he is going to be free. Hopefully… Starring Tim Robbins as me and Whoopi Goldberg as an encouraging AI.

Skull: The Mask screens August 30, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00 PM] Watch now in our online Virtual Festival… and you can 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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