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Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

onsdag 21 februari 2018

SWEDISH AUTHOR/DIRECTOR MAGNUS BLOMDAHL!


We have just discovered author and director Magnus Blomdahl whom we think is an interesting person and we would like to get to know him a bit better. He's most famous as the man behind the camera in the documentary Revisiting Melancholi Der Engel (2017) and we got the pleasure of joining him in an interview.

DATE: 2018-02-21 | WRITER: SEMENYA FRENJANI ADDITIONAL STILLS:

Hello Magnus, we're not very familiar with you yet but we would love to know you even more, and since you recently have become, and still are, an important position in the underworld of extreme cinema, it's fun to get a broader picture of who you really are both personally, but mainly as a director and author. Can you give us a short biography; who is Magnus Blomdahl?

  - Born and raised in Sweden. Always been interested in horror. You know, the usual: American slashers, Italian giallos, German gore and artsy experimental stuff. Today I'm into anything that makes an impact. Other than that I'm freelancing as an editor/writer.

What was it that caused your interest to start seeking through the truly dark part of cinematic art and what movie was it that started this ongoing machinery in mind?

  - My interest for dark cinema has evolved over the years, from Cannibal Holocaust to Nekromantik and so on, but I've never really reflected over my obsession until I started to write books, a way of mixing soul searching and journalism I guess. The film that triggered the whole thing was Lucifer Valentine's 'Slaughtered Vomit Dolls'.

Sadly, your coveted books "True Horror" Pt. 1 & 2, haven't yet received any language translations, they are only available in Swedish, which I think may have affected your access gradually. We have understood that you have had broader coverage with an Austrian collaboration with Thomas Binder and Black Lava Entertainment and a good friendship with Marian Dora. But do you think your books will get an English translation in the future? It would have been very fun to read them.

  - Well, the plan was to translate it all to English, but as always with plans it didn't turn out the way I wanted it too, so for now that project has been put on ice. About my collaboration with Black Lava they've been great, the release of RMDE went super fast and smooth. My friendship with Dora, if you can call it that, is for now limited to a few e-mails now and then.

When we're still on the subject of True Horror, can you tell us a bit about your work, how did you make the interviews? Did you ever meet someone, Lucifer Valentine for example, in person or were everything done via e-mail?

  - The ultimate interview is made face to face, though sometimes you'll have to settle with phone or even e-mail. Like with the Valentine interview. I'd love to meet him, would be fun. The thing with meeting someone in real life is that you have so much more to write about, you have the tension, the frights, nervousness, the surrounding trip. Every interview has it's own blessings, although they're all frustrating and damaging to me.

How did you feel when you started the project, and was there anything you especially doubted about before you put the work in use?

  - When I started to write True Horror 1 it was mainly as a fanzine thing, never meant to be released, but all of a sudden I got a publisher and everything got bigger. At that time I had recently gotten my second child and I felt like I was loosing my self a bit, writing got me on track again. Doubts? Oh, no, they came later on, after the first book.

Two of your greatest interests have been focused primarily on Lucifer Valentine and Marian Dora, can you tell us a bit about your opinion about them? What's so adorable about them, both as persons and the kind of movies they create? What was it that brought your interest to them?

  - I've always been fascinated with fiction/reality, you know, movies dealing with crossing the line between these two elements. My problem with fiction is the surrounding machinery. Someone has actually made everything up, someone has payed for it all, actors have rehearsed scrips on their own, there's a guy/girl holding a camera and they have mapped the camera positions. All of this makes it hard for me to forget that I'm watching a movie. It's fake. Sometimes it works (like in A Serbian Film for example), but often it gets boring. When it comes to Valentine and Dora you really don't know what to expect. It's not easy to offend and at the same time make great art, but they're both masters of their trade.

When you wrote the second part of True Horror, you were at the same time involved with a documentary about director Marian Dora (Cannibal, Reise nach Agatis, Melancholie der Engel etc.) A very interesting trip, as many of us appreciated that you made. Can you tell us a little about this trip, and first of all, how did you perceive Marian Dora when you got to know him at the root?

  - I interviewed Marian for my book True Horror 2 and was all happy and cheerful, but then on the flight back home to Stockholm I realized that I'd lost myself in Dora's company and that I had even more questions than before. So I reached out to him once again proposing a documentary and he accepted. Dora has always been very friendly to me, he's a living dictionary when it comes too obscure cinema, trash, horror, you name it. On that level we connected. But we spoke about everything. It would have been unbearable otherwise, three days in a car with a stranger could have been hell.

Do you have any fun or interesting anecdotes to tell us about? Did it happen anything strange, or was everything in its correct order during the trip?

  - Many strange things happened, or strange anechdotes about directors like Deodato and Jess Franco, also stories I couldn't integrate in the film as well as in True Horror 2. Other than that Marian all of a sudden suggested that we would visit Carsten Franks home, I didn't really want too, but accepted. Luckily, or not, he wasn't home. The weirdest thing happened on the way back home though, when I missed my connecting train and got stuck somewhere in Germany at midnight, seven hours before my flight. It was almost 0 degrees and no incoming trains. Battery on my cell: dead. Hopeless! Unfortunately I did see another lost soul, hiding in a dark alley, after some hesitation I confronted him and it turned out that his friend was a cab driver! Two hours later (and a lot of "please slow down" plus two missed exits from autobahn), I checked in at my airport-hotel.

You are currently working in putting together ideas for an upcoming project that we think you have been working for quite some time now, namely True Porn, a project focusing on new porn. Does it have any similarities with True Horror? Can you tell us more iniovatively about it?

  - Well I might as well call it True Horror 3, since it deals with the same subjects: Fiction/reality, sex and horror. Although this book is a bit more into the extremes of new porn. I'm fascinated with stuff by the likes of Daikichi Amano, Marco Malattia and projects like Inside Flesh. Porn that doesn't focus on excitement, but visuals and mood.

And recently, we noticed that you are working with german producer and director Réne Wiesner, and you will edit your alternative version of documentary Addio Uomo - The Last Road of Man. By picture we can see it's about the darker (or maybe brighter?) side of Thailand and their cultural conservation of dead children. What is it really about, can you please tell us?

  - RenŽs been active promoting my doc RMDE, so when he asked me to edit his take on the mondo genre I accepted, my cut didn't really fit the profile though, so there will be two versions: The RenŽ cut, and The Blomdahl cut. Addio Uomo is kind of an anti tourist film for Thailand, a follow up to the tsunami catastrophe. You can sum it up with one sentence: "the beauty of decay".

What do you think about the future? Do you have more projects you want to tell us about, or do you focus on one thing at a time?

  - Right now I'm just trying to find money and time for True Porn, that's it.

It was great fun to get acquainted with you a little more, and we would like to thank you for your participation. We will definitely return to your continued projects and keeping promote you. Do you have anything more to add before we finish this little piece?

  - No, not really, thank you for reading!


Find out more about Magnus at:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8598947/
https://www.facebook.com/RevisitingMelancholieDerEngel
https://www.facebook.com/aktaporr/






SEMENYA FRENJANI:

Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. French Canadian weirdo, lives in the past, afraid of the future, but curious about what to come. Beginner in extreme horror and visual arthouse, and finds it exciting to discover the world down under. Growed in the 80's and discovered cheesy classics, among others John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon. Live for electro, rock and metal music and have a long story full of concert memories. This is the first time he takes the interest in writing about what he is experiencing.
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