With the rest of the film industry struggling in the quagmire of the Covid-19 pandemic, with cinemas shutting down and release dates pushed back indefinitely, British filmmaker Rob Savage found a gap in the market and turned it to his advantage.
Taking the horror market by storm when he had millions of viewers as a captive audience in lockdown, Savage released the quarantine film host in July 2020. The actors were guided remotely and taught how to set up their own cameras, lighting and stunts. Savage’s techniques were robust and original, with the final film being something of a revival of found footage for a subgenre that has long craved innovation.
Two years later and Savage’s latest release from dash cam caused a similar storm of interest. Shot largely with the title camera lens of a car’s dashcam, the director’s latest film proves divisive, thanks to the MAGA-loving protagonist conducting the film with overt arrogance and undeniably quick wit, escaping the unusual entity that chases them through the backdrops of rural England.
We sat down with Savage to talk about the insanity of his latest film, talking about the special effects genius that went into the horror film and the filmmakers who helped make his vision a reality. To wrap up our chat with the filmmaker, we asked Savage about his picks for his three favorite horror films of all time, with his response covering several basics of the wide horror landscape.
“Sam Raimi is a big one, Raimi and his evil Dead Movies are huge to me,” Savage told Us earlier in the interview, with his first of three picks going for the iconic comedy sequel, evil death 2. Released in 1987, the humorous sequel to the more linear original film, evil death 2 is a far crazier version of the dark evil that has possessed a group of young people in the rural Tennessee woods.
Savage’s second choice, which brings us to a slice of classic horror cinema, is the 1961 Jack Clayton film The innocent, with Deborah Kerr and Michael Redgrave. “I think this could be the greatest horror movie ever made, it’s just so impeccably directed, from the direction to the actors to the nuances and subtexts of the script,” Savage praises, with the film often appearing in lists of the Best recorded horror movies of all time, including our own.
Having made his living in the found footage horror subgenre, it’s no wonder Savage’s final choice falls on a cult favorite of the movement, the 2008s lake mongoose. Calling the film “probably one of the greatest horror debuts of all time”. dash cam The director adds, “This guy only did this one movie, and I think it’s the most brilliant loneliness horror movie ever made. It’s one of the greatest films about alienation, and it’s bloody creepy.”
Rob Savage’s three favorite horror movies of all time
- evil death 2 (Sam Raimi, 1987)
- The innocent (Jack Clayton, 1961)
- lake mongoose (Joel Anderson, 2008)