YUZNA TALKS DARKNESS & ROTTWEILER
One person who isn?t too surprised that Dimension has decided to send Filmax?s Spanish horror film THE DARK (formerly DARKNESS) straight to U.S. home video is the film?s producer, Brian Yuzna. ?It is more and more difficult to get a theatrical in these days with the Hollywood studios dominating so many of the theatrical screens,? Yuzna tells Fango. ?And they are making horror. On big budgets!?
Yuzna?s latest directorial effort for Filmax is ROTTWEILER, starring Paul Naschy. Yuzna expects the movie, based on EL PERRO, a well-known novel by Alberto Vasquez-Figueroa, to hit theaters in Spain in 2005, with a cable/DVD release for other territories likely to follow. As for what fans should expect from ROTTWEILER, which tells of a vicious dog with metal teeth: ?It is probably mostly comparable to [his movie] PROGENY, in the sense that it is not a pedal-to-the-metal horror movie. It has more adventure and character than most of my films, and after this one I am looking forward to getting back to making a pure-blooded fright film.?
And he?s got a number of ?pure-blooded fright films? on his horizon. ?At present we are shooting the next Fantastic Factory movie, called THE NUN, directed by first-time director Luis de la Madrid,? Yuzna relates. ?Luis was my editor on FAUST, and I was so impressed with his work on the movie that I had him direct some of the reshoots and inserts after the completion of principal photography. At that time, I touted him as a director for one of the Fantastic Factory films even though he had never even directed a short film before that. Well, now he is cutting his teeth on the demon nun!?
Yuzna himself is gearing up for his own next turn at the helm. ?In October I will direct BENEATH STILL WATERS, based on a horror novel by Matthew Costello,? he says. ?It?s the story of an evil town that is submerged under water by the building of a dam. Fifty years later, the evil emerges from the depths.?
Courtesy of Fangoria