Thursday, April 28, 2016

'Don't Pander to Genre': How 'Lavender' Became a Character-Driven Horror Movie

One of the scariest films at Tribeca this year wasn't your typical horror movie.

According to Director Ed Gass-Donnelly, there are scary movies, and then there are "horror films with a capital H." His film, Lavender, which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, is of the former variety. Even though it capitalizes on all the tropes—jumps, terrifying little-kid ghosts, and even its own variety of the hedge maze—Lavender is a bona fide psychological thriller.

The film ventures deep into the mind of Jane (Abbie Cornish), a young mother whose repressed memories of her family's brutal murder literally come back to haunt her. Taut with tension and striking visuals, Lavender is a thoroughly satisfying twister that manages to avoid the pitfalls that beleaguer other films with similar stories.

No Film School caught up with Gass-Donnelly and producer Dave Valleau to talk about avoiding cheap scares and how to stick to your guns while remaining adaptable.

"We wanted it to be a terrifying experience, but it was much more driven by theme and character."

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