I had the privilege of being able to conduct an interweb interview with Hammered Horror film director Kensington Gore.
JW: First I would like to say, thank you for this opportunity.
KG: My pleasure to help a young lady out. Thank you for wanting to promote my work. I wish you all success in film and following your dreams.
JW: Tell me about your book. What gave you the idea to do a book such as this?
KG: My Diary, Another Year Closer to Death you mean? Available on Amazon via this link viewBook.at/B00AG0BBFM
I wanted to give the common man, or woman on the street an insight of my world. 2012 was a big year for me and for London, I came out of retirement and started working on my last great horror film. Werewolves Of London. The Queen celebrated her Diamond jubilee, I like a good knees up and was at her party.
Also London had a bit of a games thing going on the city was awash with and I just had to do some filming, it really felt like the centre of the universe and I had to capture it in film and in print.
JW: How did you get the name Kensington Gore?
KG: I was kind of stuck with it from birth.
Seriously, I was named after my great, great grandfather for whom the famous street just off the Royal Albert is named after. The street on which I live in fact. He was famed in the theatre world and fake blood was named after him. Blood seems to follow me around.
JW: How did you get involved into such a genre as horror?
KG: It was in the blood so to speak, if you pardon the pun. I was surrounded by horror as a child. I loved going to the movies seeing the great horror films of the likes of James Whale, Frankenstein’s Bride being my favorite. I got jobs in the theatre tried my hand at acting but I kept tripping over the words and the leading ladies but that’s a totally different kettle of fish. So I tried directing and got work on British TV shows my first movie was The Quatermass Xperiment (The Creeping Unknown in the US) as a clapper boy, nearly lobbed stars Brian Donlevy’s finger off on the first take. But went from strength to strength and got into horror and the studio system side like a duck takes to water and the rest is biology, I mean history.
JW: How do you feel the genre of horror has changed? For better or worse?
KG: All movies have changed so much in recent years not just horror. I think there is some good horror out there and not given enough credit. A lot of the stories have been done that is the problem and it’s hard to be original and unique. I’m an original and I am unique. But I am also very much old school. The style of Hammered has been hammered into me. To me the story is everything, that and then characters. A lot of films the story could be written on the back of a postage stamp.
Too many sequels I think and movie series like the Saw movies had an interesting idea or two at first but they’ve been done to death. Some are almost glorified torture movies and the story is meaningless. One of the reasons why I’m back in the director’s chair.
JW: What advice would you give for independent horror film makers trying to make it?
KG: The only advice I ever give is, don’t listen to advice.
In other words follow your own path, nobody else can be you and you have to do it, as Frank Sinatra said in “Your Way!” or was it “My Way?!” No, don’t all do it my way as that would be plagiarism and I can’t sue everyone.
Make your own mistakes and follow your dreams and goals and always try to keep a bit of Gore in your life but do it with a sense of humour and style.
I’d like to thank Kensington Gore for taking the time out to do this interview for me and wish him the best with his reemergence into the field!