Cybersurfing: DreadCentral interviews After.Life director

Christina Ricci and Liam Neeson

Christina Ricci and Liam Neeson

DreadCentral.com has posted an interview with Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, the female director of AFTER.LIFE, the independent horror film starring Christina Ricci and Liam Neeson, which will receive a limited platform theatrical release from Anchor Bay this Friday. As far as in-depth information, the interview’s blood runs a bit thin, but Wojtowicz-Vosloo does have a few interesting remarks about what she was trying to achieve with her film, which follows a woman (Ricci) who wakes up on an autopsy slab, where she is confronted by a mortician (Neeson) who insists that she is dead:

“I thought a lot about what happens to the body after death, what happens to your soul, or even what stages your consciousness goes through,” explained Wojtowicz-Vosloo. “I wanted to go beyond this idea of death and look at the human experience as a whole. If someone is physically alive but moves along like an empty vessel, is that person truly alive?”

Wojtowicz-Vosloo cites Kubrick’s THE SHINING, Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY, and Cronenberg’s DEAD RINGERS as major influences, and she notes that AFTER.LIFE does not fit comfortably into the current horror landscape, which is littered with remakes, sequels, and torture porn:

“I’m not quite sure that audiences are ready for After.Life since there aren’t a lot of distinctive horror films that make it into theaters these days,” explained Wojtowicz-Vosloo. “Horror fans are smart so I think they will like After.Life if they give it a chance, but I am aware of what we’re up against.”

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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