Shane Black

The Preda­tor star and writer- direc­tor of Iron Man 3 is a fan­boy at heart

SFX - - Red Alert - Shane Black is cur­rently script­ing an un­ti­tled Preda­tor se­quel and is set to write and di­rect a Doc Sav­age film.

Favourite SF/ Fan­tasy Film

My favourite genre film is The Ex­or­cist, and it al­ways has been. It doesn’t age a day. It got me to make movies. I saw it and was trans­ported by it. I was thrilled by the depth to which it shook me, and the amount of re­al­ism. Ev­ery­thing I ever wanted to do in movies was in The Ex­or­cist.

Favourite SF/ Fan­tasy TV Show

I re­mem­ber The Night Stalker hav­ing the same ef­fect, the [ TV film] that Richard Mathe­son wrote. It was ev­ery­thing I’d never seen, which was this fu­sion of hor­ror and pro­ce­dural and a funny lead with great wise­cracks. And here’s a guilty se­cret — I’ve watched ev­ery episode of The Vam­pire Di­aries [ laughs].

Favourite SF/ Fan­tasy Book

The best genre book I’ve ever read is Robert McCam­mon’s Swan Song. I lived that book, man. As far as other hor­ror things go, I love this Bri­tish guy Gra­ham Master­ton. He’s a lit­tle pulpy. I’d prob­a­bly rec­om­mend Prey, that’s his Cthulhu redux.

Favourite SF/ Fan­tasy He­roes

I read Doc Sav­age end­lessly and fan­ta­sised about be­ing one of the mem­bers of his team. But re­ally it was this con­cept of friends un­der fire. The Kirk, Spock and McCoy thing. I re­mem­ber rush­ing home to watch Star Trek in syn­di­ca­tion. I went to Star Trek con­ven­tions in Pitts­burgh when I was 12, 13 years old. They had reels and they would show episodes on the wall in one of the rooms of the ho­tel. I was like, “I’m in fuck­ing heaven!” As a kid, Star Trek was ev­ery­thing.

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