Five FrightFest Facts From Andrew Desmond, director of The Sonata

The Twentieth FrightFest is here so obviously our exclusive interview feature Five FrightFest Facts From… is back with a vengeance. Below we hear from Andrew Desmond director of The Sonata and you can read more FrightFest Facts from 2019 and beyond by clicking HERE.

1. Tell us about your film?
The Sonata is intended to be a dark, elegant and stylish gothic thriller, somewhere in between The Ninth Gate and The Others if you will but with a musical twist added to it. It’s a story about the power of music, the effect it has on us, jealousy and our obsession to excel in a particular artform. Music has rarely been treated like this before in this kind of film and it seemed like a good occasion to do so.

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
I have always enjoyed the haunting, surreal and visceral qualities horror has to offer and which also allow you to play around with a lot of stylistic and visual elements as a director (editing, sound, music, camera work etc.). I personally also love anything which takes you far away from an everyday life reality so genres such as science fiction, fantasy and horror all have that same appeal to me. Horror simply happens to be cheaper to make than the other genres!

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
André Ovredal’s “Scary Stories to tell in the Dark”. The trailer of the film looks crazy, I loved his first two features and can’t wait to see what he does with this and his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Long Walk”

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
Best jump scare? You would have to ask the audience to vote for that one but it could be fun!

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
“Scary stories to tell with little money” seems appropriate. Someone like Seth Rogen I guess would be fitting…



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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