The international rise and rise of Exeter filmmaker Ashley Thorpe continues with a feature in Fangoria magazine.
Ashely has been interviewed by Chris Alexander for his regular Monster Invasion column in the touchstone magazine of horror and movies.
Chris sums up the growing international standing of Ashley: ‘While his multiple-award-winning short films Scayrecrow (screened at a recent Fangoria convention) and its companion piece The Screaming Skull put him on the map and made higher-brow genre fans snap to attention, his latest effort, the partially animated, curiously titled The Hairy Hands. demonstrates not only his progression as a manipulator of suspense, but as a genre fan who wears his influences on his blood smeared sleeve’
During the interview Ashley hints at future projects, including the darkly gothic Spring Heel Jack, and his feature Hell-Tor.
Ashley calls Spring Heel Jack “my Victorian opus, which is pitched somewhere between Batman and Jack the Ripper -very dark psychological stuff, rich in period detail and based in part upon actual historical reports. He’s a devil that has haunted this spectred isle for over a century, from the frozen rivers of Devon to the rooftops of Liverpool. It’s elegant, horrifying and it’ll certainly press a few buttons.”
In terms of features, Ashley’s been approached to turn Scayrecrow or The Screaming Skull into a full-length movies, he doesn’t rule it out, but he’s got his sights set on his Hell-Tor feature.
He says: “I’d like to make the Dartmoor portmanteau ‘Hell Tor’ -which is pretty much an Amicus film for / of Dartmoor based ghost stories. As to whether this would be a live action film incorporating the animated elements or a completely rotoscoped feature I’ve yet to decide. Personally I’d actually like to see it animated, but funding and distribution will no doubt be a deciding factor.
‘I have a wealth of stories still to tell, a lifetimes work quite probably, and as long as people still watch and enjoy them, still aid their creation, I’ll continue making them…’
Or read the full article in Fangoria 293, available in the UK at Forbidden Plant and The Cinema Store, for example.
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