Q&A with Jonathan Blagrove, Director of “Brink”
A: Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
JONATHAN BLAGROVE: Herbert West from Re-animator, the obsessed outsider? Substituting corpse re-animation for film making …
A: You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
JB: I took advice from something Werner Herzog said in an interview about making sure you follow the right project and not to put too much energy into something that was bad. That being said, there was a time many, many years ago, I was quite keen to get a short made about a possessed second hand exercise bike (bought for £66.06), you can probably guess the title …
A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
JB: I’ve been a horror fan since I was a teenager, growing up with the EVIL DEAD trilogy, Romero’s NIGHT/DAWN/DAY of The Dead films, The Exorcist, early Carpenter stuff etc. were all incredibly seminal films on not only myself as a fan, but as a film maker. Though I don’t strictly make horror films, those films still have left an impact on my film making.
Outside of my own work, I’ve collaborated on a few horror shorts though with other film makers, including BC Horror’s THE BIRCH and their more recent outing THE NEST.
A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
JB: I generally take my inspiration from the real world around me. I wanted BRINK to feel like it was taken from the small news stories you see in the tabloids, the single paragraph stories you see, I often wonder what the bigger picture is with those. With BRINK, I very much wanted to go for this story which felt believable and the horror to come from a very real place, as if it could have happened on the street that anyone lives on, to their neighbours.
A: What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
JB: As a parent, I guess it’s one of your worst fears to wake up to find a stranger in your home, a threat to your family and a violation of your own personal space. I doubt I’d have the balls to confront them mind you, so I probably would phone the Police from upstairs!
A: Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
JB: Oof, tricky! Myers, Pinhead, Pennywise and Herbert West
A: Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
A: And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
JB: A very tough question! I think The Exorcist still stands up for me, though my all time favourite scary movie has to be the Carpenter version of The Thing. Mind blowing special effects and the tension & paranoia created is fantastic. More recently I really enjoyed/was creeped out by Hereditary.