CLASH WAR

Crispian Mills takes us baCk to Class for his CoM­edy-hor­ror slaugh­ter­house rulez

SFX - - Slaughterhouse Rulez - James Mottram Slaugh­ter­house Rulez is in cin­e­mas from 31 Oc­to­ber.

I’m not a mas­sive fan of re­ally fright­en­ing movies,” laughs Crispian mills. “i’m too sen­si­tive!” still, that hasn’t stopped the former Kula shaker front­man-turned-di­rec­tor from con­fronting the “hor­ri­ble stuff of night­mares” as he puts it, for his new movie, Slaugh­ter­house Rulez. set around an elite pub­lic school, it be­gins when a frack­ing com­pany’s nearby drilling cre­ates a sink hole that un­leashes some vi­cious mon­sters.

the script, co-writ­ten with former film critic henry fitzher­bert, was orig­i­nally set in amer­ica when mills first joined the project. “i re­ally liked the idea for lots of rea­sons,” he says. “it had a slightly zeit­geist-y feel to it. in the same way godzilla was the re­sult of Cold War and nu­clear para­noia, we had these frack­ing mon­sters com­ing out.” the film’s set­ting was even­tu­ally re­lo­cated to an english board­ing school.

fea­tur­ing asa But­ter­field, hermione Cor­field and finn Cole as the school pupils fac­ing off with these car­niv­o­rous crea­tures, the cast also in­cludes an im­pres­sive ar­ray of adult stars “who are there to get in the way of the kids,” says mills, in­clud­ing si­mon Pegg and nick frost, who are on board as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Slaugh­ter­house Rulez marks the first film for their new com­pany stolen Pic­ture. “i think the film has a Shaun Of The Dead vibe, but we also have to be care­ful that it’s not that,” says frost, cit­ing edgar Wright’s 2004 zom­bie com­edy that broke frost and Pegg into the big-time. “in­evitably there will be com­par­isons. But if you make some­thing that’s hon­est and fun and fright­en­ing and a bit gory and sick, then i think it will stand up on its own.” While frost plays an anti-frack­ing pro­tes­tor, Pegg – who pre­vi­ously worked with mills on 2012’s A Fan­tas­tic Fear Of Ev­ery­thing – co-stars as a new teacher at the school, run by michael sheen’s head. frost and Pegg also get to re­unite on screen – the first time since 2014’s Cuban Fury. “it’s just a lit­tle scene, smok­ing a bit of weed,” he grins. “not real, ob­vi­ously. that time has passed now.” mills may not be so keen on gory hor­ror but he is look­ing to ramp up the scares – not least in scenes shot in Chisle­hurst Caves. the mon­sters are played for real, rather than re­alised with Cg. “i re­ally was very keen to get that bal­ance be­tween prac­ti­cal crea­tures and im­per­cep­ti­ble mag­i­cal Cgi,” says mills. even so, he doesn’t want it to look too slick. “some­times i like see­ing there’s a bit of rub­ber!”

Peo­ple kept ask­ing them if they were part of the Harry Pot­ter con­ven­tion.

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