Favourite SF/ fantasy Film
Creature From The Black Lagoon, Invaders From Mars, Forbidden Planet… I was very much a fan of ’ 50s science fiction. They all seemed kind of seminal. I guess you wouldn’t put Psycho in that batch, but it was terrifying. Murdering Janet Leigh early in the film… Hitchcock did so many things where you were like, “This movie might do anything.” You didn’t know what it would do next. That’s my favourite film. And certainly 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Favourite SF/ fantasy TV
Buffy and Angel of course! [ laughs] I wasn’t a big horror, sci- fi guy until I met Joss Whedon and discovered the metaphors that you can do in genre. For example, you can have an Invisible Girl who feels so invisible that she actually turns invisible, which you couldn’t do in a so- called “normal” story. People can relate to that on a very deep level and yet they’re removed from it at the same time. Of course I like The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone – where, again, anything could happen. I liked The Dead Zone a lot too. Anthony Michael Hall sniffed around Grimm. We settled on David Giuntoli, for the part, but he’s a great guy, a really nice guy…
Favourite SF/ fantasy BookS
Anything by Stephen King… The guys I grew up with were Vonnegut and a guy named Richard Brautigan, who nobody knows any more. But he was a big deal in the ’ 60s and early ’ 70s and he wrote a book called Trout Fishing In America. When I went to college I found that I was attracted to these writers who were funny and original and fresh, but they weren’t really studied in academia. That’s when I realised, “I’m probably a showbiz guy.” The stuff that I liked was a little more entertaining. The Buffy producer and Angel co- creator now makes the dark magic of Grimm