Horror-on-Sea interview with Nécrologies writer-directors Fabien Chombart, Guillaume Defare, Nathalie Epoque, François Message, Alexis Wawerka

Nécrologies (2018)

 

Horror-on-Sea interview with Nécrologies writer-directorsDirectors: Fabien Chombart   (segments “La Bête”, “Nécrologies”)

Guillaume Defare (segments “L’oeil de Taal”, “Nécrologies”)

Nathalie Epoque    (segments “Appel Mortel”, “Nécrologies”)

François Message (segment “Le Retour des Hommes-Lézards”)

Alexis Wawerka (segments “Une affaire d’enfer”, “Nécrologies”)

 

Writers: Fabien Chombart (segments “La Bête”, “Nécrologies”)

Guillaume Defare (segment) (segment “L’oeil de Taal”)

Nathalie Epoque (segment “Appel Mortel”)

François Message (segment “Le Retour des Hommes-Lézards”)

Alexis Wawerka (segments “Une affaire d’enfer”, “Nécrologies”)

 

Stars: Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Sophie Jarmouni, Francesco Porcelli, David Faure, Sabine Rosoli

After getting into a cemetery to take pictures for his website, Ludovic is caught by the old grave keeper. Waiting for the police, he shows Ludovic his book of tombs inside which are the most bizarre and intriguing stories he’s witnessed.

Date & Venue: Saturday 12th January 15:00hrs

Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-, Church Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL, UK

Nécrologies is a clever new fantasy-horror anthology film from writer-directors Fabien Chombart, Guillaume Defare, Nathalie Epoque, François Message, Alexis Wawerka, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival. I got a chance to ask them a few questions about what we can expect from the film.

Horror-on-Sea interview with Nécrologies writer-directors Fabien Chombart, Guillaume Defare, Nathalie Epoque, François Message, Alexis Wawerka

Q. Nécrologies is a new horror anthology which has been selected to play at Horror-on-Sea, what can we expect from the film?

There are many different styles into this movie, so you can expect anything! Some pieces are frightening, others are comedic, you can be thrilled, scared or amused, but overall it is a kind of homage to vintage horror movies Creepshow (1982) style.

 

Q. The film has five different writer-directors who have completed their own segments of the story. How did the idea for the anthology come together originally?

Fabien, one of the directors, had this dream of directing an anthology movie with his friends for a long time. He shared this dream and we all agreed it was a good idea, and two years later, with a lot of work and determination, it became Necrologies. We succeeded to fulfil his vision in the way that each segment had to be very personal and reflect its author’s mind.

Horror-on-Sea interview with Nécrologies writer-directors Fabien Chombart, Guillaume Defare, Nathalie Epoque, François Message, Alexis Wawerka

Q. Each story looks to have been created in a very different style. Did each writer know what the others were writing?

Absolutely! We shared our ideas, worked together on every script, we wanted the movie to be a whole and not a bunch of short movies put together. Everything was intentional. Even if we wanted at first to show more interconnections between the segments, after editing it is not so obvious. Secondary characters often disappear for rhythmic reasons. There is still a connection left, let’s see if the audience can see it!

 

Q. What were the inspirations for the look and style for each segment?

Each segment is very different visually, so even if some of the crew is the same from a segment to another, they all look very different to agree with the director’s ideas. The first one is inspired by Italian giallos, the second one is inspired by David Lynch for the mysterious tone, Russian and Polish cinema for the visuals and some horror films of the 70’s. The third one is heavily mockumentary-inspired with movies as The Conspiracy (2012) or Troll Hunter (2010) as first references. The fourth one is a homage to those puppet monster films like Gremlins (1984), Critters (1986) and The Ghoulies (1985)and the last one is mostly inspired by German expressionism and various myth and legends.

 

Q. What makes Nécrologies stand out as an anthology film?

First, not every anthology is thought out as a team movie, often it is more like every director do its own thing and we put it together later. Here, every director was involved in all the segments. Also, it is unique for a French film because there are very few examples of self-financed horror features, it is even rarer for anthologies, and to our knowledge we are the only team-made movie of this genre. Secondly, it is a very low-budget with a lot of passion and as we intended it to be international, we tried our best to put our French culture inside it.

 

Q. Did you come across any issues during filming where you had to make changes from your original script?

Of course! It is quite common to give up some scenes when you direct a movie, for economic reasons, or rhythmic reasons in the editing. But if you read the original script, you’ll see that the movie is still very close to it.

Horror-on-Sea interview with Nécrologies writer-directors Fabien Chombart, Guillaume Defare, Nathalie Epoque, François Message, Alexis Wawerka

Q. What were some of your favourite moments during filming?

We all have our favourite parts, but overall the best moment was the shooting of the scenes with Jean-Claude Dreyfus. It is not common to have the opportunity to work with someone who starred in outstanding movies from Jean Pierre Jeunet like Delicatessen (1991) and The City of Lost Children (1995). It truly was an honour and Jean-Claude is an amazing actor and a wonderful human being. The movie wouldn’t be the same without him.

 

Q. One of the most surprising castings in the film is scream queen Linnea Quigley. How did she become involved in the film?

Linnea is a close friend of Alexis Wawerka, one of the directors. So, when she came to Paris to see him, she agreed to be a special guest in our film. She is very kind and we had a lot of fun together!

Horror-on-Sea interview with Nécrologies writer-directors Fabien Chombart, Guillaume Defare, Nathalie Epoque, François Message, Alexis Wawerka

Q. Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?

We all have different projects, but not together right now. We all want to direct different things, thrillers, dramas, horror movies and maybe we will work together on another horror anthology film one day. If Necrologies is a success, who knows?

 

Q. If someone was looking direct their own horror film, what advice would you give them?

In France, you can often hear this saying: “A Short movie is a sprint, a feature is a marathon”. It is kind of true, the energy you can put in a movie is tremendous, and it can be frightening at first. If you work methodically, never give up and put your heart into what you do, nothing is impossible!

Horror-on-Sea interview with Nécrologies writer-directors Fabien Chombart, Guillaume Defare, Nathalie Epoque, François Message, Alexis Wawerka

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Philip Rogers

Philip Rogers

Published in various websites, Philip is a reviewer who is best known for his interviews and media coverage of independent projects including; films, books, theatre and live events. Always on the lookout for something different to cover!