Horror Favourites – Robert Cuffey

This January, Uncork’d Entertainment takes you down the terrifying trail of Bright Hill Road and to celebrate we chatted to director Robert Cuffey about his favorite horror film.

Starring Siobhan Williams (Welcome to Marwen), Agam Darshi (“Sanctuary”) and Michael Eklund (The Call), Robert Cuffley’s unnerving twist-encompassing thrill ride comes home January 12.

When a misstep after a workplace shooting puts alcoholic Marcy on leave, she heads out to see her sister in California. Halfway there, she stops for a couple of days at the Bright Hill Road Boarding House. The walls close in on the deeply troubled Marcy, as she loses touch with reality and comes face to face with the misdeeds of her sordid past.

Below Bright Hill Road director Robert Cuffey tells us all about her favorite horror film:

“This is a very, very difficult question and I had it down to four: the original Dawn of the Dead, Poltergeist, The Shining and Creepshow.

The obvious choice here is The Shining, but for that very reason, I’m going with Poltergeist. I distinctly remember seeing the trailer for Poltergeist in the theatre. In nothing but white text over a black screen, they gave the definition of what a Poltergeist was. I had never heard the word before. And the less is more approach to the trailer had me dying to see this film.

After almost 40 years, it holds up beautifully.

Poltergeist manages to capture several different tones, some sweet and endearing (Carol Anne, her relationship with her sibs and pets), the others, dark, and nightmarish. This may be due to the production allegedly having two directors (Spielberg and Hooper) and that the meshing of their styles brought a fresh, never before seen hybrid of ghost stories to the screen.

?Jerry Goldsmith’s score is fabulous and ranges from innocent childlike motifs to a blasting percussive score that shook my theatre seat. It may be one of the best horror scores ever written and I will fight you if you feel otherwise. But to single out a single star in the film, it’d have to be Jobeth Williams. She is quite simply spectacular.

Whether by design, or by virtue of (allegedly) having two directors, we will never know, but the combination of Tobe Hopper and Steven Spielberg, who undeniably had major influence on the film, makes Poltergeist worth a repeat viewing.”

Bright Hill Road is out On Demand and DVD now.

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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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