Stephen Bradley talks BOY EATS GIRLdeadmanwalkin
Over at Movies Online, they got hooked up with an exclusive interview with the director of Boy Eats Girl, Stephen Bradley.
Here's a few hightlights from the interview:
For our readers who do not know about Boy Eats Girl, give us your take on what the movie is all about. It is being billed by many as a zombie movie, but it is much more if you ask me
BOY EATS GIRL is an Irish version of an American high-school comedy-horror. Ireland has had a massive economic boom over the last decade which has led to extraordinary culture change, part of which is an over indulgence in American media! This film reflects that change while retaining an edgy, peculiarly Irish sense of humour.
To be honest I tried to resist calling it a zombie film for a long time (in much the same way that Danny Boyle didn't want to call 28 DAYS LATER a zombie film). It's a film about infected teenagers with blood lust rather than lumbering zombies from beyond the grave, and since we've got to know them all as characters in their pre-zombie state a little bit of that character remains in their cannibalistic rampage.
I know that you worked closely with Derek Landy on revamping the script. Can you give us some insight on to how the story might have changed from its original concept to what is now the finished product?
The main way it changed reflected the financing journey on the film. Without giving too much away I can say that the original script I read only had one person still standing at the end - Jessica - the Samantha Mumba character. In other words, it was a pretty dark, bleak ending and left the love story in tatters. Nobody wanted to pay for that!!
So we really cranked up the comedy amongst the four school friends and kept them all alive, if constantly under threat, for a more up-beat and satisfying ending. A sequel anyone? We're thinking EAT THE PARENTS.
Do you have a favorite “Boy Eats Girl” moment?
Several: obviously the gory "grand opera" of the hedge-cutter sequence at the end and also perhaps two sequences when our hero's teacher, Craig, gets his come-uppance, first to become a zombie and then a mashed-beyond-recognition and out-of-action zombie, both of which reflect the comic-horror essence of the film......
For the full exclusive interview, head over to Movies Online (here).