Five Easy Questions: STUART SIMPSON

demon21“Throw another leg on the barby,mate!”

Everyone was horrified by the recent wildfires that swept Australia. But few have heard of, or reckoned with, the other horrors afflicting the Outback these days, specifically the supernatural monster outbreak so grimly and brilliantly depicted in THE DEMONS AMONG US, maiden mutant madness from the delightfully demented mind of fledgling filmmaker Stuart Simpson. He is a indeed genius among us.

Will the Thrill: “Demons” is deliriously, deliciously surreal. What were your intentions/influences for this dreamy/nightmarish approach? Naturally I thought of David Lynch

SS: Yeah I love Lynch’s work too especially his use of sound design and unique use of camera. I also like the notion that dreams play a huge part  in our lives whether we are conscious of it or not, and am a big fan of surrealism in all forms. I’m inspired by my waking thoughts every morning, and of course our waking life influences our dreams. But what fascinates me about dreams and more relevantly in this instance, nightmares, is that they work on a deeper level that is not directly apparent but still makes complete sense. And also in dreams we are completely honest with ourselves and our inner truths. Its cool that most of the time they unravel in a kind of metaphor that you have to dwell on over a cup of coffee or in the shower. And i just love dream sequences in films, they’re awesome.

Thrill: Would you characterize the facially-challenged antagonists in this film as ghouls, zombies, demons, all the above? Does it matter?

SS: They’re Demons. I thought the title of the film gave it away some (haha)

demon23“Do I look like a zombie to you, asshole?”

Thrill: Do you see hi-def video eventually replacing 35mm altogether, even in mainstream movies? Expense and expedience aside, what is your preferred medium?

SS: Yeah i do think video will eventually replace film. Money talks. And plus it just makes sense when you’re editing it digitally too. The quality of video is just getting better and better. You wont know the difference soon enough. I’ve never shot on film other than 8mm because its too expensive. There will be a whole new generation that will be the same and wont know what they missed out on. I doubt I’ll ever shoot on film and it doesn’t really both me to be honest. Its what you’re shooting that counts right?

simons-wounds-2“I’m not bleeding or anything, am I?

Thrill: The 70s and early 80s boasted a sustained surge of Australian genre films (The Last WavePicnic at Hanging RockMad Max, Roadgames,  etc.) With recent films like yours and Wolf Creek, do you sense a new wave of horror bubbling up from Down Under?

SS: Definitely. There’s heaps of independent horror films being made here at the moment. Haven’t seen too many completed ones yet so can’t tell you the quality of them but its cool to see people getting out there and just doing it. The funding bodies here don’t throw money at genre films so you pretty much have to do it on your own. Hopefully this will change in the future, although I doubt it.  It’s more likely that funding will come from overseas investment. If someone wants to send some money my way please contact me (haha)

joe-in-kitchen“You wanna play rough? OK! Say hello to my lil’ frien’…”

Thrill: You are obviously a uniquely visionary filmmaker. What’s next on your audacious agenda?

SS: We are in the final stages of shooting The Dark Psychosis, a feature length horror/scifi/comedy spectacular that includes 6 short stories to smack you in the head.  Expect killer vixens, talking bellybuttons, alien babies, psychopaths, mutants, buckets of gore, sea monsters and the apocalypse.  We have 4 complete, one in post production and are currently shooting the last and longest installment. Add our MySpace or Facebook groups to keep up to date on it’s progress – I’m really excited about this project, it’s completely deranged!

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The Demons will be among “U.S.”  beginning Friday, March 27, 2009 at the following locations, courtesy of Monogram Releasing:

Nova at Moline Illinois
Moline, Illinois

Nova Georgia
340 Tanger Drive
Commerce, Georgia 30529

Studio 10 Cinemas
1624 E. State Highway 44
Shelbyville, Indiana 46176
Movieline: 398-FLIX(3549)

Georgetown 14 Cinemas
3898 Lafayette Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46254
phone: (317) 291-3456

Nova 10
4353 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Movie Palace Cinemas
1231 Woodland Drive
Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701
phone: (270) 769-1505

Dixie Dozen Cinemas
6801 Dixie Highway
Louisville, Kentucky 40258
phone: (502) 935-3771

Theatres of Georgetown
401 Outlet Center Drive
Georgetown, Kentucky 40324

Branson Meadows Theatres
4740 Gretna Road
Branson, Missouri 65616
Branson Meadows Outlet Mall
Phone: 417-332-0464
Movie Hotline: 417-332-2884

The Amp Oxford Mississippi
206 Commonwealth Boulevard
Oxford, Missouri 38655
Movie Hotline: 662-236-4080

Portsmouth Cinemas
1623 Chillicothe Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Movieline: 355-FILM(3456)

Lake Geneva 4
244 Broad Street
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147