Horrorcon UK 2015: Ken Foree interview

Posted 7 July 2015

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This weekend, Hollywood stars and hordes of horror fans will descend on Yorkshire for the first ever HorrorCon UK at Magna.

The event is a must for Horror fans with special guest appearances from:

The Godfather of Gore, Tom Savini (From Dusk Til Dawn, Django Unchained)

Iconic Leatherface actor Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

Bill 'Chop-Top' Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, TCM2)

Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead)

Caroline Munro (Hammer's Dracula AD, Maniac)

Martine Beswick (Hammer's Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde)

Dacre Stoker (Dracula: The Undead)

We are hosting the official after party event at the Showroom, curated by our very own Celluloid Screams which will feature music in the bar, a mad scientist triple bill, and  (if we’re lucky), some special guest appearances.too!

Celluloid Screams director Rob Nevitt caught up for a chat with Ken Foree, star of George A Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, before his appearance this weekend.

Ken Foree

(Image: Ken Foree as Peter in Dawn of the Dead)

Rob: Dawn of the Dead is one of the most iconic horror films ever made – was it clear at the time that you were making what would become such a cherished classic of the genre?

Ken: No, we had no idea that it would have the impact it's had. It was a chance to act for all of us. I was just excited to work.

Rob: Do you have any recollections or stories from the shoot?

Ken: It was terribly cold in Pittsburgh during the shoot. I knew Duane Jones so I had some reference to the genre and I was a fan of Night of The Living Dead. There were so many interesting stories about that shoot, I wouldn't know where to start. Let's just say there really wasn't a dull moment, some exciting nights for sure.  There's a picture of the four of us sitting on a long bench in the mall between shoots, a very long night.

Rob: Dawn of the Dead continues to have an enduring popularity with fans worldwide. Why do you think that is?

Ken: It's simple, it was the seventies and we'd just had a decade or two of complete social unrest. The generation asked questions and demanded an answer and change. Dawn of the Dead was a low budget film that captured some of the themes of those turbulent times into a film crammed full of the bloodiest gore viewers had ever seen. It was a shocker, a blood bath in colour. 

Rob: I see that you worked with our friend Olivier Beguin (who brought his first feature to our festival in 2013) on his horror western short Dead Bones. What was that like?

Ken: He has stolen my sword and uniform, and I want them back!

Rob: Zombie cinema is as popular as it's ever been right now, with movies and TV shows such as The Walking Dead. Why do you think zombies have such staying power in the hearts and minds of the fans?

Ken: Every year investors, production companies, and sellers and buyers of films have told me that zombie films are out. It was said constantly year in year out. During this time of course we had Zombie Land, Walking Dead, World War Z, etc  Enough said!

Rob: Tell us about some of the new projects you have coming up...

The Rift. Hope it's good. I'm co-producer, and I haven't seen it because it's still in post in Serbia. Pressure baby. 

Rob: If you had to pick, which of the horror films you've worked on would you consider your favourite?

Ken: Not going to fall into that trap. Let's just say I've enjoyed working and can't pick the best.

For full details of Horrorcon UK,

www.horrorconventions.co.uk

Celluloid Screams returns to The Showroom on October 23-25 for three days of the best new and classic horror cinema, with premieres, special guests and more.

For programme info, tickets, details and more information, visit

www.celluloidscreams.co.uk

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