The Twentieth FrightFest is here so obviously our exclusive interview feature Five FrightFest Facts From… is back with a vengeance. Below we hear from Graham Hughes director and star of DEATH OF A VLOGGER and you can read more FrightFest Facts from 2019 and beyond by clicking HERE.
1. Tell us about your film?
Death of a Vlogger is a fake documentary paranormal horror about a vlogger who goes accidentally viral when one of his videos contains an alleged haunting. It’s part social commentary about internet shaming, social media addiction and fake news, and part terrifying found footage ghost story.
2. How did you get into making horror movies?
My very first short film (that you will not be able to find anywhere unless you have access to my Mum’s DVD collection) was actually a horror film. It was called Monster in the Attic and was shot on mini-DV and starred two of my cousins.
I don’t know why, but I then fell into a comedy pit and didn’t make another horror for about 9 years. I made a film specifically for a short-lived BBC3 horror filmmaking talent-search style show called The Fear, back when BBC3 was still on TV. I was lucky enough to have my film be accepted onto the show. I excitedly told all my family and friends they’d be able to see my film (and my mug) on the telly. Unfortunately, I was told after episode 4 of 6 had aired that they had to cut my film due to run-time. Embarrassing to say the least. Death of a Vlogger is my third horror project, and I’m having a lot more luck with it so far!
3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
I only stumbled across this film last year, and it seems to be getting a bit of after-the-fact traction lately, but Lake Mungo is an absolute masterpiece. It’s the most scared I’ve been watching a horror film, maybe ever. It’s a slow build, but it makes the second half (and in particular, one chilling scare) all the more effective. I was looking over my shoulder a lot while watching this one. Would be amazing to see it on the big screen.
4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
The Ambition Award. I think horror is a genre where low-budget filmmakers shine, but sometimes the reach exceeds the grasp. I think it’s important to celebrate when filmmakers strive out of their comfort zone though, going beyond what their budget/genre/tropes are telling them to do. Maybe it’s a backhanded slap in the face kind of award, but I think it’s important that people are encouraged to take chances.
5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
Funnily enough, there are a lot of autobiographical elements to Death of a Vlogger, not least that the main character makes videos for the internet, is played by me, is called Graham, wears my clothes and lives in my flat. Fortunately I don’t have any vengeful ghosts or angry internet mobs after me.
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