Inside the craziest horror movie of the year

sYou probably won’t see a more divisive horror movie this year than Rob Savage Dashcam. If the zeitgeist seize HostRecorded entirely on Zoom in 2020 during the first COVID-19 shutdown, it was best watched alone in the dark at home, Dashcam He is just the opposite: he screams to be seen on a Friday or Saturday night alongside a crowded crowd ready to be frightened.

glorious crazy thrill ride, Dashcam’s The unusual heroine is Annie, the badass, the MAGA hat dealer and the anti-compliance and the dealer. Fed up with COVID regulations in California, she visits the UK to ostensibly visit her friend Stretch (Amar Chadha-Patel) but unwittingly ends up in the middle of supernatural threads involving an old woman named Angela (Angela Inahoru).

The lead is played by podcaster, freelance rapper and Giant Drag lead, Annie Hardy. “I [playing] Correct alternate version of myself. reassure me NME During a Zoom chat with her manager to discuss their gory fun. What it is, though, is a whirlwind ball of energy that delivers a solid performance in satire of bad taste. Imagine an inappropriate stranger from the movie Harmony Korine or John Waters parachutes into a found horror shot, and you’re halfway there. As viewers will discover, there is no such thing as going overboard Dashcam. Well, there is no line.

key to understanding DashcamMad Magic through its roots in popular 1980s horror sequels, such as Evil Dead 2 (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988). These films spoiled their creepy and intense original predecessors, making them caricaturedly bold and captivating audiences. “I wanted this movie to be in the context of ’80s sequels that take an original upscale movie and produce a very understated, big, loud, kind of comedy sequel,” Savage explains. “That’s my country Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. “

Savage makes strong reference to the rich heritage and tradition of horror cinema that excites audiences. The manager is not particularly worried Dashcam’s critical reception or taken the wrong way, either: the film doesn’t necessarily condone what it portrays.

“I think if any species has to push the boundaries of being abusive, that’s horror,” he offers. “[By] Pushing people into uncomfortable places, horror reflects the world as it is. What I want to say when people are offended is like a quote poster from The last house on the left: “Keep repeating to yourself: It’s just a movie, it’s just a movie.” It’s really supposed to be a fun movie for beer and pizza, where you laugh and gasp, and maybe if it bothers you, that’s a good thing.”

“If a Dashcam annoys you, that might be a good thing.” – Director Rob Savage

The pandemic has been a miserable and traumatic time for many of us, but it has given Savage the opportunity to establish himself as a leader of goosebumps and excitement. 2020 Host, presented as a computer-screen horror movie (an aesthetic offshoot of the found footage subgenre), has achieved the mark due to its classic approach to ghost story telling. The movie struck a chord at just the right time, as Savage made the leap to Hollywood and landed a deal with Blumhouse Productions (best known for supernatural activity And disinfection privilege).

The film maker is still amazed today by the reception of word of mouth Host It was received: “Host I felt really low pressure. I felt like we’d get points for trying, even if the movie wasn’t great. I thought people might find it a fun distraction during lockdown, but there might be a little snobbishness about it, and it was pushy and eye-catching – which it is – but the response…people get together and celebrate this movie, it was really a surprise. “

Savage did not originally plan to make horror films. Growing up in rural Shropshire, he set his sights on being the new Andrea Arnold or Lynne Ramsay, and saved money to make his first advantage by working in a variety of jobs. “I grew up in the countryside, so the film industry felt a million miles away,” he recalls. “I was so naive about the path to take to make a movie. You make [film] And maybe BFI will support you, and then five or six years after you create a feature, and if it’s good, you can create another. I didn’t know any of that.

“Dashcam” Director Rob Savage (Image: Click)

It was my first movie chains،This is a stern relationship drama that I made when I was 17 or 18 years old [2012]. I learned filmmaking quickly: I was my own editor, my own cinematographer, doing all these different roles. The movie is good – it’s pretty much a 17-year-old’s film.”

chains Savage won a BIFA (British Independent Film Awards), which enabled him to get an agent – and so began his journey up the ladder. Five years later, he realized that he should spend his time promoting films that people wanted to see rather than trying to make “Arthouse films” in his own words. The switch to horror proved to be a smart move as Savage positioned himself, in the space of two films, as an exciting new voice in the genre. “I’ve always loved horror,” he admits. “I admire Lucio Fulci as much as I am Michelangelo Antonioni.”

‘Dashcam’ and ‘Host’ are polar opposites – Savage

Fusing iPhones, Dashcam Simulates a live stream (the accompanying text seen on the left side of the frame throughout the movie was masterfully achieved with a computer program). The root of the project, and the inspiration for all the carnage and madness that followed, lies in Hardy, who hosts car squad on Periscope. The online show usually showcases her driving around Los Angeles and the freedom to drive, while her followers interact with her along the way. DashcamAssociate writer Jade Shepherd, who produces the Hardy podcast empath least resistanceShe has a simple idea: car squad Like a horror movie.

“Show me good car squad And he said, “This would be a great setting for a horror movie,” Savage remembers NME. “We put ideas around, and we came up with Annie picking up an old woman who has to carry her from one point to the next. Something resonated, the old woman being the victim and the counter. At this time, the end of 2020, Boris Johnson was saying: “Don’t go out. Otherwise you will kill your grandmother.’ It felt like something to do tongue in cheek.”

Annie Hardy in the movie Dashcam (Image: click)

He was shot in Margate, Norfolk and London at the end of 2020, mostly Dashcam Impromptu, especially her dialogue. A short, edgy movie that runs at a breathless 76 minutes, Savage and Hardy talk about the fun the movie was making (Savage remembers how some of the best days of filming he shared, Hardy and their producer running around the woods “just making shit”). With a rough outline guiding them each day, the heavy nature of the production allowed them to review and rework when needed. Hardy was a game to embrace the grotesque guerrilla style of filmmaking, even though she was made to shoot several shots, which the star jokingly says was a bit too much.

“We shoot a lot, because Rob makes you do that a lot. Me? I usually do what I do best,” Hardy stated. “The thing is that the first and second shots are not the same as each other, because you didn’t do the same thing twice,” the manager bat replied. “The reason I did a lot of clips is because you did something completely different each time and it would inspire me to do a third and a fourth take. It just got better and better with every shot.”

“People may not realize that ‘Dashcam’ is fake” – Annie Hardy

Hardy was shot abroad, and also found time to focus on her creative output. “The British people are my people,” she says. “I always say in America I’m a Budweiser, but for you guys, I’m an imported beer. I think Budweiser is a beautiful beer! I thought it was great [shooting in England]However, it was very cold. I got to see Margit for the first time and stayed at The Libertines [The Albion Rooms]It is a hotel with a recording studio. It was like an all-inclusive resort: I didn’t have to leave or do anything, and I was recording an album.”

Hardy has done some acting before, but not at that level – understandably, she was a bit apprehensive. She says, “The first day I was like, ‘Can I act? ‘, prompting Savage to interject: ‘You are a great actor! “I’ve been acting like a human for all these years,” she joked. “Hardy sure was reluctant to play someone who looked like her, share her name and career, but it’s a little more political than that. I almost regressed,” Hardy explains. “I said [to Savage]: “I feel like you’re going to make me look like an asshole.” “

Dashcam (photo: click)

Was she worried that people would confuse Annie in the movie with the real Annie? “They already have it. Everyone has black and white thinking these days, and [Dashcam and her character] It is in a gray area. The character’s name is my name, but there are some aspects and things [in the film] I will never say [in real life]. It’s a movie. But people no longer understand the whole concept of movies, they think that this is real life. So maybe they don’t realize it’s fake.”

Hardy then adds, however, that she really is the perfect star of a horror movie because, in her view, “my life felt like a real horror movie at times”. How is that? “I had stalkers telling me they would come to my house and commit murders and suicides. I imagine there would be an increase once the movie was shown,” she notes, somewhere between exhausted acceptance and joshing.

“I have been told by stalkers that they will come to my house and commit murder and suicide.” – Hardy

Many of today’s horror directors have simply forgotten the art of horror or thought it was a cheap hoax, treating it instead with borderline contempt. However, Savage knows how to deliver the goods. With HostCreate suspense and tension out of thin air by subtly guiding the viewer’s eye around the different frames. at Dashcam, on the other hand, emits jerks and jumps with a circular abandon, and by its closing stages knows there is no such thing as overtaking the top. Both styles suit their individual films and show the diversity of the filmmaker.

“There is a cadence to a horrifying spectacle,” Savage explains, addressing his intense dedication to scaring the audience. “And I know all the tricks and tricks, because I love and study horror movies. I take them very seriously.”

Dashcam (photo: click)

and then Host And DashcamHave you finished your computer screen horror? “I will go back to [the aesthetic]if there’s a good idea,” he says, although it’s clear enough that he likes the idea of ​​these two films being about a certain point in time—and likely not to be repeated—, adding, ‘I think these movies are polar opposites and it’s fun to do with it Hostwhich everyone seemed to join in, and then DashcamWhich was a little more divisive.”

To return to the director’s own words DashcamPossibly offending political grounds, it’s meant to be seen as a “loud movie you watch with a crowd.” In warmth to the topic, he continues: “It’s drunken cinema. Host It was the movie you watched at home alone under your sheets. [Dashcam] It’s my drunk, loud, screaming movie on screen.” Do yourself a favor: go and see this crazy, blood-soaked horror. You won’t believe your eyes or your ears.

Dashcam will be released in cinemas on June 3

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