Has nasty idea for Scary Stories 2 Our interview with the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark director

Has nasty idea for “Scary Stories 2”: Our interview with the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” director

We had a lot of anxiety in “Scary Stories” – and spoke with director André Øvredal about what makes his film as creepy and weird ideas which he has left.

Do not worry, we spoil the interview no details of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”.

Do not worry, we spoil the interview no details of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”.

A notebook that begins to fill with spooky stories, which are then true: “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” is already on paper (Attention, ambiguous) damn scary – and director André Øvredal ( “The Autopsy Of Jane Doe “) staged shock moments in his film perfectly.

During the interview we did so well to know if Øvredal yet more horror stories from the extensive book template has in mind, he could implement in a possible sequel …

Sinister ideas for “Scary Stories 2”?

FILM STARTS: Before the “Scary Stories” movie you’ve read you in the books. Is there unverfilmte stories from the books that you want to adapt in a possible sequel?

Andre Øvredal: There are tons of great stories that we already wanted to take for the first film. I describe to you one that I find particularly scary that would make a film and I even had a good idea – it is called High Beam:

Other Øvredal:

There is an eerie sequence about a woman who drives the car. Behind her another car that gives you permanent headlight flash drives. She does not understand why, and then finds out that someone is sitting in the back seat behind her, trying to kill her. The whole scene was woven into the “Scary Stories” script, but we had to take out a few months before filming, because we have made some changes to a figure and suddenly the scene did not fit into the film. I would like to record in “Scary Stories 2” again.

FILM STARTS: Is there a way to bring back the dead characters in the sequel?

Andre Øvredal: We have deliberately left open. What was important to us: In the first film was really something at stake. We did not have a continuation in the head. We wanted to actually children die and disappear and life will be changed. Now that “Scary Stories” was very successful in the US, of course, voices are being raised for a sequel. Now we talk about it and ask ourselves exactly the same question as you: Can we bring back the dead characters? Then I can be no real answer to you unfortunately.

Other Øvredal:

FILM STARTS: But have you any idea where the missing children could be?

Andre Øvredal: I have an idea. What happened to them is ambiguous – and that’s just this way. This ambiguity should remain for the moment in the film. It is supernatural. To put it in logical terms, would feel wrong.

Other Øvredal:

Model Stephen King

FILM STARTS: You’re not grown up in Norway with the “Scary Stories” books. Are there any other stories or folklore that inspired you?

Andre Øvredal: With regard to this film, you can not deny the impact had Stephen King. The town and its relation to the world of Stephen King – and also to the world of Steven Spielberg, Amblin the world of the 80 – have inspired me to become a filmmaker. I read Stephen King then up and down, seen the movies and fell in love with each one.

Other Øvredal:

It’s a dream come true to be able to do this as an adult, a film like, can discover the children who are now as old as I was when I discovered these films for me. Apart from my own Norwegian fairy tales that’s my inspiration.

FILM STARTS: Speaking of Stephen King: You’re making a movie about King’s “The Long Walk”. What can you tell about it?

Andre Øvredal: I am very excited. It is a huge challenge. It’s such an intense, so a subtle film. We have a fantastic script, which was written several years ago by James Vanderbilt. He loves the novel, like all who work on the film. We adore this novel. We start hopefully in the next few months with the shooting.

Other Øvredal:

Horror in hospital

FILM STARTS: In “Scary Stories” there’s a great sequence in a hospital. In what kind of building you shot there? As this sequence came about?

Andre Øvredal: Because we shot in a hospital. It was a real mental hospital that was closed. The building was not used. It’s huge. When the camera rises to the top, you can see: It’s all real. No computer effect movies front. So many eternally long corridors, the whole construction was real. We just had to shoot there and move the whole crew of a corridor in the next and the next. It took so long. It was such a huge playground with a great atmosphere. The whole hospital was so atmospheric!

Other Øvredal:

FILM STARTS: What excites you about the horror genre in particular?

Andre Øvredal: In the horror genre I can use the language of cinema in the most creative way possible. I think horror is a genre in which it comes to building an atmosphere. This is different than anything else you see. In an action movie you need no atmosphere, it takes the action and characters.

Other Øvredal:

In a horror movie you need atmosphere and excitement than the sum of its parts. Figuring out how to produce it, is a really interesting challenge. It’s like a puzzle, like a piece of architecture. Each element must show some form in this direction. As the camera is positioned as the sound is employed, the spectacle each performer behaves. All this happened in order to create tension and terror and fear. Later, sitting in the cinema and watch with viewers as they cry or laugh because the voltage discharges, which is great fun. It is so satisfying to see after all the work, as an audience reacts.

Horror for kids?

Preliminary note: At the time of the interview, we knew that for “Scary Stories” the US Age recommendation has been targeted over 13 years. However, the German Rated then forgave the release from 16 years. As the director sees the violence in his horror film that is different from what the FSK thinks.


FILM STARTS: How do you manage to produce horror, the same time suitable for children and is violent? Was there in “Scary Stories” scenes that had to be removed subsequently because they are too hard?

Andre Øvredal: Basically not. We knew all the time what kind of movie we do. We made a PG-13 movie, we wanted that 13-year-old can see this film and can fall in love with horror movies. I wanted to make a film that is scary, exciting, scary, but never really cruel. There was a single setting in which we have thought that it could be too brutal. She was part of the Harold scene. The film works better without them. That she was too cruel, was not the main reason why we cut it – but that the movie works better without them.

Other Øvredal:

FILM STARTS: In the first shot we see of the hospital, in front of the building loud cars and all are blue. Chucks nightmares then have to do with the color red. What do the colors in “Scary Stories”?

Andre Øvredal: Color is very important in order to make the film into a unit. There are a lot of red in the film. At the beginning of red is used only sporadically, in the course of the action red is becoming increasingly important when it revolves around death. Guillermo del Toro is working itself much with colors. He has given me a lecture on the use of color. We had a great conversation about it. I wanted to go in a slightly different direction and incorporate bright colors in a very casual style in the film because that underlines the 60s feel and look. Each color in the film has been very carefully selected.

Other Øvredal:

Horror in the sixties

FILM STARTS: The film is set in 1968. Do you know if there was a discussion ever to locate it in the present?

Andre Øvredal: He was always anchored in the 60s. Guillermo it was very important to build this atmosphere. Originally, he had even intended to direct, together with the Hageman brothers (Dan and Kevin). He had nothing but ideas on how the film should look, even before I was on board.

Other Øvredal:

FILM STARTS: You were not even born in the 60s. How did you prepare to stage this time?

Andre Øvredal: I have prepared myself in my own way how I can do the atmosphere and tone. I always wanted to use very specific references, hernehmen photos as inspiration. And I wanted to shoot in a modern way the film still is not as if the film had been shot 1968th I also wanted that the 60s setting is rather trivial and not overwhelmed, is not intrusive. The story takes place in the midst of America. It is commonplace, not Hollywood, not fashion: just normal people on the street in any city in America.

Other Øvredal:

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” since October 31, 2019 is running in German cinemas.

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” since October 31, 2019 is running in German cinemas.