Ayvianna says, “I’ve always been drawn to the horror genre, it’s so versatile; there’s no limit to what you can do.”
The Shining – it’s a classic film, and one that’s always good to re visit. The Shining was the first horror film I ever watched, and I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the genre – it’s such a well-made film with amazing performances!
Little Joe – is one of my favourite films, it’s directed by Jessica Hausner and stars Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw. I’m drawn to the Kubrickian quality of the cinematography. What I love about this film is that it’s a slow burner, Hausner manages to build a growing sense of unease. The film is disturbing and unsettling and there is a question over whether the lead character, Alice, can truly trust her own perceptions.
Blank – a British film directed by Natalie Kennedy, about a struggling writer who tries to cure her writer’s block at a futuristic retreat, only to become trapped there. It is a two-hander about two people trapped together in an impossible situation from which there seems to be no escape. It is a great example of the genre; tight writing, two characters, one location. Nowhere to hide. A truly psychological horror.
Lamb– I love the A24 horror “Lamb” as I believe it did something really interesting with the genre; it was about a childless couple living in rural Iceland, and how their desperation for a child leads them down a strange path. The cinematography is beautiful, and it feels strange and ethereal; it blends horror with fantasy.
Wrath of Dracula and How To Kill Monsters– I’m including two recent films I star in here, How To Kill Monsters just won Best Feature at Dead Northern. If you are looking for a popcorn horror movie that’s a throwback to the 80s and 90s with plenty of blood and guts, this is it; I had great fun making How To Kill Monsters. Wrath of Dracula is a new feminist take on the classic Dracula story; in that the story is told from Mina’s perspective; she has a less passive role in this film than in the novel; she sets off to Transylvania herself to try to save her husband from Dracula’s clutches. There is also an action element to the movie; there are scenes where Mina learns kung fu! I play Maria – Dracula’s favourite bride!