When Elijah Wood isn’t walking around Middle Earth trying to dispose of the One Ring, he apparently enjoys violent, bloody horror movies.
So much so that he has launched his own production company, the aptly named Woodshed Horror Company. In an recent interview with the Associated Press the 32-year-old actor dished about his love of slasher films, his new project and his role in the upcoming movie, “Maniac,” in which he plays a serial killer. The entire movie is shot from his point of view, meaning the only shots of the actor during the film are of his hands and passing reflections.
“You go into (shooting from a point of view aspect) thinking,`It’s gonna be easy,’” Wood told AP about the unusual style. “It’s a single shot but you’re under such intense parameters that every scene became a puzzle.”
As for The Woodshed, the new company has three movies in the works. One of them, “Toad Road”, was picked from the horror film festival Nightmare City and will be released in October.
Asked about his love for the genre, Wood answered:
“I saw my first horror film when I was 5. It was a movie called “Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness,” and it was a VHS like direct-to-video horror film. Part of the reason I was excited about watching it, I remember, was I knew that I wasn’t supposed to. So that of course as a child you do all the things that you know is not… like it’s suddenly more exciting. But I love the movie.”
Read the full interview here.
They don’t look related. But iconic movie monsters like the Mummy, The Wolf Man, Dracula, and Frankenstein’s creature share parentage. Carl Laemmle, a Hungarian-Jewish immigrant, founded what became Universal Studios in 1912; under the aegis of his son, Carl Jr., the studio went on to introduce the most memorable monsters in moviedom. Another Jewish refugee, Curt Siodmak, wrote screenplays for Universal creature features including “The Wolf Man,” “I Walked With a Zombie,” and “The Beast With Five Fingers.” To celebrate the studio’s centennial, horror-culture bible Rue Morgue dedicated a special issue to Universal Studios and its founders. The Arty Semite caught up with Dave Alexander, Rue Morgue’s Toronto-based editor-in-chief, about the Laemmles’s legacy, the Jewish DNA of Universal’s monsters, and why so many Jews seem to make their bloody mark on the horror genre.
Michael Kaminer: Do you think the Laemlles’s identity as Jewish refugees played a part in their creation of so many iconic monsters? Did the monsters represent something bigger?
Dave Alexander: That’s a bit of a tough question, because it’s not always known for sure how much the producers had a hand in shaping the screenwriters’ story. What we do know is that Carl Laemmle wasn’t interested in the horror genre, but Carl Laemmle Jr. loved it and was the driving force behind the Universal monster cycle.
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