“THE RAID’s” Gareth Evans Talks Possible Horror Feature
With THE RAID and the forthcoming ultraviolent epic THE RAID 2, Gareth Evans has certainly cemented himself as a master of modern action cinema. Last year however, he also managed to blow audience’s minds with “Safe Haven,” a short horror film co-directed by Timo Tjahjanto, in found footage anthology V/H/S/2. The short focused on an Indonesian cult and revealed the same go-for-broke madness found in THE RAID movies, but tuned to a truly insane, Fulci-like dial. Naturally, we’re hoping Evans makes a return to the genre, and when speaking with the filmmaker about the intensely bloody THE RAID 2, FANGORIA asked if he’s inclined to make an all-out horror picture.
Excitingly, the answer is yes. “I have an idea for one,” Evans tells Fango. “I have one. I’m still working on it at the moment. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it. I don’t know when I’ll get to make that one, but it’s pretty fucked up. It’s sort of a little bit WICKER MAN-esque, to a degree. I already kind of pitched it to Aram [Tertzakian, producer] from XYZ Films, and he’s kind of stoked and wants to do it, as well. We’ll chat about it a little bit more later on, at some point. It’s dark, it’s really dark.”
On genre specificity, the filmmaker adds, “I fell into doing martial arts films. It was something I never planned on, it just kind of hit me. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with action and martial arts. In terms of my love of cinema, I love everything and I’d love to be able to have a crack at everything. I’ve got to make a kids film at some point, so my little girl can actually watch something I do. That’d be nice.”
No word just yet on what’s next for Evans after THE RAID 2 begins its roll out March 28. Keep an eye on Fango if it ends up in our wheelhouse. For more on THE RAID 2, see an exclusive talk with Evans in Fango #332, on sale next month.