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As we desperately await a glimpse of Alexandre Bustilo and Julien Maury's LIVID, check out some comments and design sketches from the filmmakers on their follow-up to INSIDE.
LIVID premieres at this month's Toronto International Film Festival as part of its Midnight Madness section, and the blog devoted to the fest has published a talk with the directors, as well as some concept art. LIVID sees "a young woman and her friends break into a decrepit mansion looking for treasure only to unlock a dark secret," and as the Bustillo and Maury explain, it isn't as intensely brutal as INSIDE, but possibly more inspired by some of the most classic horror.
"It is true that LIVID is less gory and extreme than INSIDE. We wanted to change registers. It reflects another aspect of genre that we also love. A more atmospheric cinema, more based on suggestion rather than demonstration. If we had to compare it, it is more old school fantastical more like Hammer movies. But we cannot change who we are and there are still some scenes that are quite violen!" they explain.
Also, interestingly enough, they also discuss their relationship with editor Baxter who joined the pair, as well as Alex Aja at the forefront of the French horror wave a few years ago. "For Baxter it is different. He is a tyrant! All that seems useless or is slowing down the narrative for him, he throw it away! This is extreme, but highly useful because the more the film progresses, the less we have a clear vision on our work. A fresh and objective glance forces us to question ourselves constantly and to justify all of our choices, even if sometimes we have to fight for it. If we were our own editors, Livid would be 2 hours long and it would be a mistake! Baxter is someone really precious for us because he will never try to spare us. He is very frank and if we do a bad job somewhere, he will tell us frankly! Sometimes he is wrong and we yell at each other, but he is always honest and recognizes when he was wrong! And believe us, in this business, that’s priceless!"
For the entire chat, head over to the Midnight Madness blog and help me pray we get a trailer immediately.
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