The Banishing – Harrison talks Ghost Stories and Religion in Horror with Director Christopher Smith!!!
If you could Direct a remake of any classic Horror – which film would you choose and why?
I’ve often thought about doing a remake of Nosferatu. I’ve always loved the design of the Count in that film. Even when it was remade with Klaus Kinski or used in Salem’s Lot, there is something inherently scary about the Nosferatu vampire. I think Nosferatu would be the perfect way to reboot the vampire genre.
Have you or anyone close to you ever had a paranormal experience and if so what happened?
No. Sorry for the boring answer but to me all supernatural events are actually events that are happening within the mind of the person. That’s why I love The Shining so much. The hotel is Jack Torrence’s mind. If someone tells me they’re haunted I take it to mean they’re not well.
I always find ghost stories far scarier to watch than slasher movies. Do you agree with this and if so what do you think it is about ghost stories that makes them so scary?
I actually find slasher movies more scary but I find ghost stories more interesting. Ghosts are essentially you being tormented by your own past. Something of the past is invading the present, just like bad memories, though in their scariest manifestation.
Why do you think religion is regularly used to enhance the scare factor of so many horror movies?
I think religion is in human DNA, whether your are a believer or not. Anything that successfully taps into that deeply ingrained belief, unsettles something within us and makes us uncomfortable. There’s also something inherently filmic about rituals of any kind.
The ending of The Banishing makes it feel very open to a sequel. Are there any plans to develop the story further?
I certainly would like to explore Harry Reed more, as I believe Shaun Harris created a really interesting character. For me the end is very much about the awakening of violence both within the characters and the world as a whole. The idea that prejudice can all too easily be dug up and harnessed within people to revolting ends.
The Pandemic has given people extra time to be creative. Has the extra time been useful to you and do you think the quality in the films made over the coming years will be better due to Filmmakers having more time to develop their ideas?
Only time will tell. I imagine there will be a spate of twisted films, although you never can tell, perhaps people are so tired of feeling miserable that swathe of comedies are about to flood the market!
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Bugs Bunny’s 80th Birthday – Who is ‘Doc’? Harrison and Con talk to Looney Tunes Exec Producer/Showrunner Peter Browngardt!!!
What’s been the weirdest Looney Tunes Comedy idea you’ve been pitched for a Cartoon? Con age 13
Pete Browngardt – That’s a tough one. Maybe the weidest one was when Daffy and Bugs brains get exchanged. They get switched. So now they have their personalities in different bodies.
With Bugs Bunny being 80 years old – In what way is it easier to make the cartoons now and is there anything that’s harder to do with Bugs Bunny cartoons today? Harrison age 15
Pete Browngardt – It’s definitely not easier to do now. Any time you’re making a cartoon that there are classic cartoons out there from the past – it’s always very scary and challenging to try and make something that’s as good as those classics. The hardest thing is just trying to make them as good as the classics – with being able to draw the characters as well. And animate them as well and tell stories as well.
If Bugs Bunny lived in the real world what job do you think he would do? Con age 13
Pete Browngardt – That’s a good questions. The thing about Bugs is he’s so good – he would do so many jobs. So maybe he would be like a temp employee where he could work a different job every day.
Who is ‘Doc’? Harrison age 15
Pete Browngardt – I think ‘Doc’ is whoever Bugs is talking to. So it could be you, it could be me, it could be anybody if Bugs come up and talks to you. He’s referring to you as Doc!!!
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