Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Chan-Wook: I don't like scary films

Filmmaker Park Chan-Wook confessed he can't watch horror movies

Park Chan-Wook has revealed that he gets too "scared" when watching horror films.

The Korean filmmaker's movies tend to feature gory violence and while he enjoys watching thrillers, he admitted he gets a fright when he has to watch horrors.

"When I was poor and only had a small-screen TV with a VHS deck, I could enjoy watching horror films. Even back then, I couldn't go to the cinema to watch horror films in their big screen glory and loud sounds," he said.

The director has made his English language debut with tense thriller Stoker, which stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode.

He continued: "The only reason I could stand watching horror films was because the picture quality was pretty poor on my small-screen TV and I would be less frightened. Even now, I can't go to the cinema to watch horror films because I get too scared."

He added: "There's a big projector at home with a pretty good sound system so nowadays I can't watch horror films because they are too effective and too scary. In the broader sense, I enjoy watching thrillers and romantic comedies are not my thing."

:: Stoker is in cinemas now.

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