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HB: In Vampires there is a character named Jan Valek who lived in the Middle
Ages in the Czech Republic. What is your relation with the Czech Republic, do
you have any experience with our country? You have many fans here. Do you have any
experience with Czech cinema?
JC: My movie VAMPIRES was based upon a novel of the same name. In the novel, the lead
vampire was Jan Valek from the Czech Republic. The screenwriters before me used this
character, and I followed suit. I have no experience nor relationship with the Czech
republic except what I see in the movies.
HB: My favourite scene in the Big Trouble in Little China is where Kurt Russell and
Dennis Dun witness a big fighting scene with rival chinese gangs in China Town. How hard
was shooting this scene?
JC: The Big Chinatown fight in BIG TROUBLE was actually fun to shoot, but time consuming.
From what I can remember, we spent 4 or 5 days filming the sequence.
HB: At the end of Prince of Darkness, by the way one of the best horror movies
I've ever seen, there is a moment where we see the whole dream sequence but
instead of a weird dark figure it's Catherine who is coming out of the church. There are
more interpretations of the end, which is one of the things that makes this a great
movie. I would be very glad to hear your interpretation.
JC: I resist interpreting my own work to some extent. I will say that the dreams in
PRINCE OF DARKNESS represent visual messages sent backwards in time from future
scientists warning of what will come. Catherine sacrificed herself to repell the anti-God
from entering our universe -- but in doing so, she perhaps became the dark figure
emerging from the church. Another way of putting it might be, dreams shift, reality
HB: Recently I've seen Ghosts of Mars again and I liked it even more than when
I saw the movie for the first time. I think it's not too different from Escape from New
York, the only big difference is that it takes place on Mars instead of the Earth. When
you were preparing this movie were you thinking about Escape from Earth?
JC: GHOSTS OF MARS has more in common with ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 than ESCAPE FROM NEW
HB: In the past there were talks about another sequel of the Escape from New York (Escape
from Earth). Will we ever see another adventure of Snake Plissken?
JC: In the movie business, one never says never about anything. In other words, we'll
have to see what happens.
HB: Halloween got a seventh sequel four years ago and the eighth (Rob Zombie's
remake) is being prepared. With regard to the fact that the first original Halloween was
made in 1978 it is pretty remarkable. Why do you think Halloween remains still so
JC: Actually, Rob Zombie is preparing HALLOWEEN 9. I'm flattered and gratified that my
original HALLOWEEN is still popular.
HB: From time to time you're classified into category of 80's movies. Do you
identify with this classification, is the type of movies that were made in the eighties
the most attractive for you?
JC: I'm delighted to be classified as an 80's director. As a matter of fact, I'm
delighted to be classified at all.
HB: The last movie you directed was made five years ago, it's the longest pause in your
film career since your debut Dark Star in 1974. What's the main reason behind the pause?
JC: After GHOSTS OF MARS, I decided I needed to take some time off from the movie
business. Directing movies is physically and emotionally challenging.
HB: How do you interpret that horror genre is becoming more and more popular?
JC: The horror movie genre has gone through rising and falling cycles of popularity since
HB: For a long time I was convinced that evil which a viewer couldn't see was
definitely scarier (and partly I still am). A japanese movie Ringu is maybe
the only exception to this rule because at the end it shows everything and it
is surprisingly very scary, not that the monster looks horrible but it also
works deeper on a psychological level. What's your opinion on the new Asian
horror wave that influences horror genre all over the world nowadays?
JC: I'm a fan of Asian cinema including many of the horror movies. As for seen or unseen
evil, I'm not completely convinced that not seeing something is scarier than seeing it.
HB: A year ago you were attached to 13th Apostle, is it still being developed? What about
the other movie your name has been attached to - Psychopath? What can we expect from this
JC: I'm currently involved with both 13TH APOSTLE and PSYCHOPATH. These projects are in
the very early stages of realization. 13TH APOSTLE is a thriller, PSYCHOPATH is a horror
HB: What caused that in the last years Hollywood movies lack any originality (almost
every second movie is a remake) and movies that are innovative are rather rare?
JC: Movies cost so much to make and about as much to advertise and distribute that
studios are looking for the sure thing. Sequels are an easy choice. Innovative movies are
more of a risk, but happily there are still many of them made each year.
HB: Thank you very much!
JC: Thank you for your questions.