FIVE & FIVE with director Johannes Grenzfurthner, director of MASKING THRESHOLD.
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐚 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦. 𝐖𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞, 𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝/𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠?
That was one of the initial ideas, even before I had a story or plot points. I wanted to create a Lovecraftian film that doesn’t shoot itself in the face with dismal tentacle monsters. The most essential part of Lovecraft’s fiction is the indescribability of the cosmic doom his protagonists encounter. My film is very explicit, body-horror-wise, but not on the level of otherworldly creatures. The horror is in the protagonist’s head. You only witness his struggle to describe what he sees (or believes in seeing) and what it makes him do. But that’s how all good weird fiction toys with you.