TV FEATURE (UK): MARTIN KEMP STALKS HORROR CHANNEL
LATEST INTERVIEW WITH ACTOR/MUSICIAN MARTIN KEMP WHO TURNS HORROR DIRECTOR
Martin Kemp, the famed actor/musician has turned his hand to horror, bringing us his impressive directorial debut STALKER. It’s not often that a woman stalks another woman in this genre and here Jane March, who found fame in ‘The Lover’, plays the part of a psychotic female to chilling perfection. Kemp talks about being a horror fan, why he prefers directing to acting and compares his experience in the Celebrity Big Brother House to ‘The Thing’.
Interviewer: You wrote the screenplay for Stalker, where did the inspiration for the story come from?
Kemp: Jonathan Sothcott, the producer, came to me asking me to rewrite the seventies movie ‘The House On Straw Hill’, but after looking at it I decided to just take a seed from it and send it on to a different journey, but the basic principle is still there.
Interviewer: Are you a big horror fan?
Kemp: Love horror, from the moment I saw Boris Karloff in The Mummy, to The Omen… They keep me on the edge of my seat.
Interviewer: How did you go about casting the movie or did you have people in mind whilst writing?
Kemp: Casting was easy as we always knew we wanted Jane March and it was a matter of fitting the other parts around her.
Interviewer: Did you have a large budget to play with?
Kemp: LARGE! I wish. This was tiny even compared to tiny budgets…..but we made the most of what we had.
Interviewer: The film has a gothic chill to it and a bloody climax, are you happy the way the film turned out?
Kemp: As happy as you can be! always when you make anything you wished you could go back and shoot it again, or paint or make it again…its only natural!
Interviewer: Did you have to cut any scenes due to time or budget restrictions?
Kemp: We cut the most expensive scene as it goes because it ended up looking to Dr Who rather than gothic horror!
Interviewer: What was the atmosphere like on set?
Kemp: The atmosphere was great, but it has to be on low budget, everyone has to chip in….it’s the only way!
Interviewer: Stalker is getting its UK TV premiere on the Horror Channel, how do you feel about that?
Kemp: Thrilled it’s on the Horror Channel….it’s the home of all great horrors!
Interviewer: Where are you at your happiest when working? Is it acting, playing on stage, writing or directing?
Kemp: I am by far at my happiest directing….it encompasses everything I love…Music, drama, photography and people!
Interviewer: If you were given the chance would you like to tackle a remake of a classic horror? If so which one would you choose and why?
Kemp: A remake of a classic Horror…I would love to make ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ – a great mix of horror and romance.
Interviewer: Will you be directing more horror movies in the future and what projects are you working on at the moment?
Kemp: There is a fantastic project I’m working on at the moment, but you know what it’s like ….I will tell you about it when it’s signed and sealed
Interviewer: You’ve recently come out of the Big Brother house, that must have been a bizarre experience? Did this give you any inspiration for a movie?
Kemp: A couple of times it was like being on the set of The Thing….. it was fun.
Interviewer: Martin Kemp, thank you
Kemp: A pleasure.
Stalker premieres on the Horror Channel Oct 19 at 10.55pm