STRAIGHT FROM THE MANN

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - The keep -

Nowa­days Mann doesn’t say much about The

Keep but at the time of its re­lease he was a lit­tle more vo­cal in his support for the surreal shocker. Speak­ing to Film Com­ment in De­cem­ber 1983, he said, “The idea of mak­ing this film within the genre of hor­ror films ap­pealed to me not at all.” In­stead he in­sisted that he had cre­ated some­thing “very dreamy, very mag­i­cal, and in­tensely emo­tional.” Sub­tly al­lud­ing to some of the pro­duc­tion trou­bles, Mann ad­mit­ted that he “sto­ry­boarded ev­ery­thing. Then I threw it all away”, de­scrib­ing The Keep as “a re­al­ity that’s not part of every­body’s every­day re­al­ity; it’s a dream… a pen­e­tra­tion of psy­cho­log­i­cal re­al­i­ties.” No, Mann prob­a­bly didn’t have a clue what to make of the fi­nal film ei­ther…

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