Mike Weishaupt as the Devil
Your latest movie is called Necronos:
Tower of Doom - in a few words, what is it about?
Don't want to give away too much in advance, but as the title
suggests, it's about the demon Necronos, who tries to assemble an army of
the undead for the devil. Whoever likes his movies featuring witches, demons, zombies
and of course tons of gore effects will enjoy Necronos.
What were your main
inspirations writing Necronos, and is the mythology of your film based on
any actual myths or completely made up by yourself?
Basically, I wanted to make a movie that tells its story
through the eyes of evil, through the eyes of the demons. And I just love
castles, old masonry, dungeons and so on - and this is how Necronos
fell together. But of course, the whole mythology is only made up ... I hope ;)
How would you
describe your directorial approach?
I put my heart and soul into it ... and tons of fake blood.
were also responsible for most of the special effects of Necronos.
So what can you tell us about your special effects work?
Of course I always try to pull as much as possible out of my
bag of tricks. And the more realistic an effect, the better. This takes a
lot of determination and love for detail, which makes the whole thing
rather extensive. It's always a challenge to make every effect as realistic
as possible, and that's hard to describe, because every time it's a game of
trial and error, and I always learn something new.
Thomas Sender as Necronos
Manoush and Timo Fuchs
A few words about
your main cast?
They all did magnificent jobs, I was more than satisfied, and
I'd like to give a big shoutout to all of them!
you have also cast quite a few big guns of the German indie horror scene,
like Andreas Schnaas, Timo Rose, Jochen Taubert, Andreas Pape, ... How did
all these collaborations come into being, and what can you tell us about
the German indie horror scene as such?
We've all known each other for many years and supported each
other on numerous occasions, so for Necronos
I just asked who's willing and able to be slaughtered for us, and
fortunately, quite a few prominent faces of the German independent scene
accepted the invitation. So thanks to everyone once more!!! The German
indie horror scene is like a little family! ;)
Kim Sønderholm, after lobotomy
cult actor/director (and good friend of this site)
Kim Sønderholm [Kim Sønderholm interview - click
here], on whose Little
Big Boy you also had a hand or two, is condemned to die a particularly
gruesome death in Necronos.
A few words about him?
The collaboration with Kim Sønderholm was just great! He was
willing to take everything we threw at him, and he gave a great performance. It was
great fun working with him, definitely something worth repeating.
The castle you use as your Tower of Doom's exterior looks
particularly nice and brooding. What can you tell us about it, and was it
chosen merely for aesthetic reasons or does it indeed have a dark past?
The castle seen in the film is an old ruin with a tower
fitting our purposes. But it was only used for exterior establishing
shots, we didn't shoot there with any of our actors. And I don't know
anything about it having any kind of dark past.
Actually, we filmed in
all in four castles, but most of it was done in bricked vaults, and these
shots were combined with those of the castle locations. We've also built
many sets outselves and redesigned rooms - actually on a constant level.
The production designers Mario Zimmerschitt and Dominik Ruf did a great
job here, as well as the rest of the team. We also built all the dungeons
I described Necronos
the most intellectually challenging movie, but an old-fashioned
gorefest" - a judgement you can at all live with?
Actually, we wanted to make an old school trash movie
with lots of gore effects, and I think your statement couldn't describe it
any better! So thanks a bunch!
Let's leave the present behind us
for the moment and jump head on into your past: What got you into movie
making in the first place, and what can you tell us about your initial
My very first cinematic
"experiments" date back approximately 10 years. Back thenm I
filmed on Hi8. I never finished my first movie.
A few words about
your first feature film Dungeon of Evil?
Happy happy times. I have nothing but fond memories of making Dungeon of Evil.
What can I say, it was my first time! ;)
Just can't watch it anymore ...
came Graveyard of the Living Dead. What can you tell us about that
Party flick: Punk music, summer, blood! Basically a little
zombie movie with tons of splatter. And more fond memories.
of the Living Dead was a sort-of stepping stone for us, we learned a
ton making it, and we had tons of fun. Great team, too!
A few words about Dark
What can I say, one has to make a short
eventually, right? ;) With Dark Awakening, we entered
psycho-territory - quite a challenge, but who dares wins. Happy times
though, unfortunately shorter than usual ;)
can you tell us about your production company Infernal Films?
Founded in 2004, Infernal Films
was concieved as an idea by five horror film fans, Christian Reckert, Ramon Kaltenbach, Martin Rüdel, and
the brothers Lars and Marc Rohnstock. Our first film Dungeon of Evil
was released soon after inception, and thanks to the priceless support of Yazid Benfeghoul and Peter Beppler
Promotion), it became a big success, for which I cannot be grateful
enough. Over the years, Christian Reckert has left the company and Dominik
Ruf has taken over his spot - well, the times they are a-changing, and so
is Infernal Films.
now, we can call ourselves lucky to have several freelancers working on our team, because without people able to tackle things head-on, we
wouldn't be able to make a single film. So thanks to our team currently
consisting of Timo Fuchs, Mario Zimmerschitt, Nadine Trautwein,
Thomas Sender, Dirk Glücks, Alexander Scheiber, Martin Rothbarth und
Besides your own directorial efforts,
you have also worked on films by other people in various capacities. What
can you tell us about this aspect of your career?
hard to do, because over the time, I've worked on quite a few. Suffice to
say, I enjoyed every sinble one of them and have fond memories of them
much all the films you have worked on are horror movies. Is horror a genre
especially dear to you, and why?
Besides science fiction
and fantasy, horror is one of my favourite genres. These genres fascinate
me because they are so incredibly versatile. Pretty much everything is
possible, and the less realistic, the better!
Directors who have influenced
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Oh God, there are way too many, would take too long to
list them all. But it all started with the good old monstermovies by Jack
Arnold, that's for sure!!!
Again, answering this question could take a while. There are just
too many and it's difficult to be selective now! ;)
and of course, films you really deplored?
and your films website, Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you are dying to mention I
have merely forgotten to ask?
I want to do a shoutout to my
team and horrorfans the world over! ;)
Thanks for the interview!
And thank you!