Tell us a bit about your award winning film Vicious. Where did you get the idea for it?
Vicious was born from wanting to tell a story that is both horribly tense yet looks beautiful – something that could happen to any of us and that the audience could take home with them afterwards. I wanted to make a short film that was in the league of all these incredible three minute scare-shorts, but one with a meaningful story behind the tension.
We all have moments when we’re alone in the house. We all have moments when we get up in the night, so it was easy to fill 12 minutes with a story like ‘a woman comes home one night to find her front door unlocked’. In fact, I had to cut most of the ‘scare moments’ from the original drafts as there were too many.
Has horror always been the genre which has captivated you the most?
Definitely. I was born in the 80’s, so grew up with stories by M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King. Then, when I discovered horror films I quickly fell in love with films by Carpenter, Craven, Kubrick, Romero, Cronenberg, Russell, Barker and of course – Hitchcock (to name but a few). I remember being terrified by those stories and I would regret them every night as I was lying in bed unable to sleep!
You say that you prefer to creep, rather than horrify people who watch your films. What’s your reasoning behind that?
It’s personal taste. If I am horrified by something in a film then my reaction is to look away. I don’t want anyone looking away in my films. The longer I can get someone to stare at the screen, the deeper the image is engraved in their mind.
What do you enjoy about filmmaking?
Everything! I love working with people, being creative and developing something beautiful. The main reason is I am a huge fan of film – especially horror and I miss the stories that really get under your skin.
Who are some people in the industry you have been inspired by and why?
Hitchcock and Polanski mainly but also the ones mentioned about and more modern filmmakers like Leigh Whannell and James Wan, David Robert Mitchell, Tomas Alfredson, Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza and of course Hideo Nakata and Takashi Shimizu (among many, many others).
You’ve got some upcoming projects. What are they about and when can we expect to see them?
There’s lots of horror coming your way! My next horror short ‘Still’ is currently at festivals all around the world and will be released publically around Feb 2017. I’ve got several feature scripts that I am now developing and there will hopefully be news of a Vicious feature coming very soon. Vicious was only the beginning and I don’t intend to slow down any time soon.
How can people keep up to date with your work and projects?
www.Facebook.com/OliverParkHorror is the best place to find updates. My website www.oliverpark.co.uk is mainly for acting but I am developing it for both acting and filmmaking. I am also on twitter @Oliver_Park