Interview: Scream and Scream Again

Halloween has come a little early to Melbourne, Australia, with a season of horror films being shown at the Australian Centre for The Moving Image. Having started in April with Amityville 2: The Possession, Scream and Scream Again, hosted by Fangoria and Cinemaniacs will be showing various horror film sequels, finishing in December with Damian: Omen 2. We spoke to Lee Gambin who is running to event to get some more info about the films, his favourite sequel and how he got it running.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Yep! I’ve been writing forever really. I am a screenwriter, playwright, essayist and author. My new book Massacred by Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film is out now and doing well! I am a writer for Fangoria magazine and that is just a wonderful thing because it has not only been a life dream to be a key contributor to one of my all time favorite rags, but it has opened loads of doors and gotten me in contact with so many amazing people I grew up loving.

Take us through the genesis of Cinemaniacs. What made you want to start this? Why choose crowd funding?

Cinemaniacs, named by Lisa who is one of the group, started really a few years back. Well the seed was born a few years back. Me and my friend Ki Wone wanted to start-up movie screenings that were different to other kinds of movie screenings where we would use contacts and people who were directly involved in the making of these films to contribute. Ki is a big horror fan like me, in fact she cowrote my retrospective on The Howling for Fangoria a few years back. She and I gathered a group of people and we decided to get it happening.

Why choose crowd funding to raise the needed cash?

Crowd funding was something we thought would be a great idea to just cement our hiring fees etc. We are very thankful to all these beautiful horror movie lovers and movie lovers in general in Melbourne who have donated.

Why choose sequels for the festival?

It came as a default really. We had it planned that Mark Patton the star of Nightmare on Elm St 2 was gonna be in attendance, but he didn’t end up coming, not his fault at all. Even thought he wasn’t there (we had an in-depth Q&A with him planned and everything) people still came along to the screening! That was amazing and very cool! So after chatting with the group, we thought, hey let’s do a year-long of horror sequels! Just to continue the theme. Plus it let me indulge my obsession with Amityville II: The Possession.

For more information about Scream and Scream Again, checkout the ACMI site here and Cinemaniacs Facebook page here. Lee’s brilliant book Massacred by Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film is available from Amazon and Minotaur.

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