Hello ghouls and skeletons, zombies and witches and other Halloween creatures of darkness.
Welcome to the House of Horrors.
Each year we like to get in touch with our disruptive, playful side and get in the Halloween mood. The first year we celebrated Halloween there were zombies giving us a helping hand, the second year we had the gruesome guts. Last year we had a choir of creeps and this year... a house of horrors.
For those of you who joined us between 7-9pm Wednesday evening thank ou for joining us and it's really awesome to hear you've enjoyed this years Halloween video and and gives you goosebumps and chills.
If you're new to the thread and missed the preview, the video is live again so please do enjoy and discuss what you like about it in this thread. It's a little scary so it's rated "15" by the BBFC. Please don't play it if you're under 15.
Edited 29th October 09:30: We have some stills for you all to enjoy and share. You can upload and edit them with the
and maybe make them your avatars for Halloween.
You'll find them in the spoler below:
to watch the behind the scenes for our Halloween House of Horrors video. Hope you enjoy.
Edited: 30th October 16:20: Good evening... are you frightened Halloween is getting closer? We would like to treat you with a fantastic interview with Ninian Doff the director. Please click the spoiler for the full Q&A.
Q&A with Director Ninian Doff, giffgaff House of Horrors
What initially attracted you to this project?
I was already a big fan of giffgaff's annual Halloween films so from the moment I saw the subject line of the email I knew I wanted in.
The concept for the “giffgaff House of Horrors” was based on giffgaff members’ real
fears (of which there were many), what made you decide on the fears that feature in
In the list there where obviously all the "normal" fears too - scary clowns, ventriloquist dolls, horror films etc. - but in between it where surprisingly dull day to day things that people listed as fears. I thought that was really interesting and so chose to only focus on them and try to turn those fears into real monsters.
Do you share any of the same fears featured in the film? If so which ones…
The voicemail man is my fear. I have no idea why but I hate seeing a text saying I have a voicemail and put off listening to it for days. Literally no reason as the voicemail isn't bad news. I just ignore them and let them build up till their months old without listening - and then I get more stressed about how many un-listened voicemails I have. I clearly need serious therapy for this.
What horror genres/ films inspired you for this treatment?
What was super fun was how many horror styles we could merge together in this and so purposefully kept switching style. There's a bit of 80s slasher films, Nosferatu, Blair Witch, Hitchcock, Saw, Pan's Labyrinth, Nightmare of Elm Street and then lots of just weird creepy horror that is from its own unique world!
You created some pretty crazy characters – an Old Man Voicemail Guy, the crazy,
creepy, Contract Girl, what inspired you to create these? And how did you develop
As mentioned earlier I liked the challenge of taking the most day to day mundane fears and making them play as horror scenes. How do you make loads of voicemails from your mother visually into a horror? It's a really fun challenge, and realising a voicemail icon could be a pair of bizarre upside down glasses was the first step in creating that character.
What's maybe most worrying is how easily all these characters came to me. Effortlessly popped right out of my brain! It was all lurking there...
Of all of the characters which was your favourite?
The Contract Girl I think. I knew I was onto a winner there when she walked onto set in full costume and make up and the whole crew slowly turned to look at me with a slightly terrified and concerned expression. Also she literally haunts me, at the most random times of the day I catch myself quietly singing "you'll never leeeeeaaaavvveee..."
We heard that you shot this all in one single location in Beckenham Place Park. How
did you manage to create all the different location scenarios?
It's a beautiful big building that has had very little love for many many years now. Sad for the building but a gift for us! Instead of having to age rooms, or build huge sets, we had all these amazing terrifying rooms already waiting for us. The biggest challenge was actually the opening room as we had to work to make one of the rooms not look ruined and scary.
The film is all shot from the first person. How did you maintain that feeling throughout
The current trend for 1st person filming is to actually attach a small camera to someones head and have them run around. I purposefully didn't want to do this though as nearly all the classic slasher and zombie films would do a 1st person but always shoot it on a steadycam. So although it a less modern way of shooting it I knew it was the way to make it feel right - it just somehow captures that more old school cinematic horror feel. Made life a lot harder though as an actor had to twist and contort his body to make his limbs be in the right place in shot.
What was your favourite part of the overall process?
I always love the edit in any job as you have the peace and time to play around and make mistakes. The actual shoot is amazing and a thrill but you don't relax for a second!
It's all been good though, this sounds corny but this has been one of those rare jobs that've been fun from start to finish.
You play a lot with sound throughout the film, are there any moments that you’re
particularly proud of?
Well, it'd have to be my director's cameo in this as the voice of the Baddy who's trapped the girl in the dying phone battery trap... powerful, powerful voice work. I expect it to be the start of a new career.
What are your favourite moments in the film and why?
That's like choosing a favourite child! I can't! Each character and scene is my favourite for their own reasons.
We were very lucky to have Matyas Ederly as DOP on this - he's a bit of a genius really. So there's some shots I just love - particularly the Voicemail Man walking towards us in silhouette with just his glasses lighting up his face.
It’s Halloween coming up, what are your top 5 horror films?
Shining, Psycho, The Ring, Pan's Labyrinth (if that counts as a horror)... I was going to then say "The Exorcist" but a more honest but far less credible answer is "Night Mare of Elm Street". There's actually some really brilliant scenes and visuals in that even though it's so cheesy.
If you had responded to the original Facebook post that said “…what spooks you?”
what would your answer have been?
Long nails freak me out. Not as in weird claws or anything logically scary... literally just well manicured long nails freak me out. Especially if they're being casually drummed on a table or clicked. I feel nauseous just typing that out.
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