Horror Favourites – Randal Plunkett

The Green Sea stars Canadian scream queen Katharine Isabelle (American Mary, Torment) as an American writer living a solitary life in the remote Irish countryside. From writer and director Randal Plunkett it is a dark fantasy drama and we had the chance to quiz the fantastic film maker on his favourite horror film.

When a car accident leads to a chance encounter with a young teenage girl, known only as “Kid”, things begin to get stranger and stranger and both their lives are about to change forever.

Offering the lost teen a place to stay, the pair strike up an unlikely friendship – can Simone protect her from the nefarious Collector who seems to be searching for Kid, and who really is this mysterious girl?

Below Randal Plunkett takes us on a journey through his favourite horror film:

“One of my favourite films and certainly an inspiration for me as a filmmaker, is perhaps a film not seen as a conventional horror film. One could possibly make the case that it is not a horror at all. But then again, one could also make the same argument that my own movie “The Green Sea” doesn’t comfortably fall into one specific genre. The film I have selected, has many parallels to my own film in that it uses surreal elements, creating a unique abstract narrative. It was shot in black and white with elements one might see in a Bergman film. It is the Czech new wave film “The Cremator”, directed by Juraj Herz and starring the terrifying Rudolf Hrusinsky as KopfrkingI. The film is about Hrusinsky, a family man who is passionate about his career as a modest local cremator.

We follow Hrunsinky whose personality and demeanour immediately shows signs of extreme narcissism and sociopathic tendencies. He is poor with high dreams of status and finding success. The film portrays him, largely through the lens of his own bizarre interactions with other characters at various awkward social occasions. In these scenes, he is usually the dominating factor. Often, he is the only one talking or worse still, behaving in an uncomfortable manner often breaking social boundaries which the other characters ignore which gives all the scenes an outlandish feel.

Hrunsinky becomes influenced by one such nefarious character who inspires him to get involved with the Nazi party. He is encouraging of him and fuels his desire and ambition with offers of a future position in which he might become the official cremator for the Nazis. The poison of fascist politics and racial superiority feeds into his own high level of self-worth and ultimately sets him down the slippery slope of turning against his own wife and children who are part Jewish.

His psychosis becomes more and more extreme and the level of bizarreness grows as he becomes convinced that he must save his family and his people. The only way is to purify them through death and to set them free with fire. Without giving away too much, it is easy to see where that can take the story.

What draws me to this film is the level of surreal aspects to the scenes, as the story becomes more sinister the camera and sound create a more slanted nightmarish visual style feeding into the film’s dark theme. The movie is clever and original and should be watched, it is an underground classic and a huge inspiration to me.”

The Green Sea is available on digital 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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