Alex Orr Interview
Alex Orr Interview
Alex Orr is an American indie filmmaker who has spent the past ten or so years working variously as a cinematographer, editor, producer, actor, writer, cameraman and director, on a selection of independent projects. Having released his comedy horror, Blood Car at the Edinburgh Film Festival back in 2008, the film is now on release across Britain, giving UK horror fans the chance to see his unconventional gore-fest on the big screen.

Talking to View’s Matthew Turner, he spoke about his inspiration for the film, his influences in the filmmaking world and just why you should head to the cinema to see Blood Car several times to really appreciate it. writer-director of Blood Car
What's Blood Car about and where did the idea come from?

Alex Orr

Blood car is about a near future where gas prices skyrocket. This geeky little guy accidentally makes a car that runs on human blood. The idea came from Adam Pinney, Hugh Braselton and myself sitting around, tossing ideas back and forth. That's what we do to amuse ourselves. We were talking about horror movies that were destined for the shelf of a video store. We came up with a car that ran on blood and we just laughed at all the possibilities for a nutty movie.
The mixture of gore and humour reminded me of Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson's early films. Did you have any specific influences, either films or directors?

Alex Orr

I love early Raimi and Jackson's films, they are just a blast. A big influence on the film was Roger Corman's films, especially a film called A Bucket of Blood. It's a terrible movie with an amazing structure about this guy that is killing people so they will think he's a cool artist. Piranha [the original], another one produced by Corman, has always been a big influence on me.

The fun that Joe Dante has unleashing piranhas on that camp of children at the end is really just amazing. The film has what seems to be this half baked plot to cash in on the popularity of Jaws, but the film really goes to great places. It's absurd and hilarious and gory - it's undeniably fun.
It was a sex scene in the bathroom, and she says, "Fuck that faucet, you faucet-fucker."
How difficult was it to strike the right balance between gore and humour? So many films get that wrong. How did you know you'd got it right?

Alex Orr

I don't have any idea how we got that right! We just did what we thought would be funny. I remember taking the film to Georgia State University for an impromptu test screening for about 30 students. We had no idea how it would play. When we wrote the film we started talking about making a horror movie, but the more we wrote, the sillier it got. I really just think it's a comedy that has some blood in it - but the blood and gore is really just another joke. All the actors are really funny people - Adam Pinney, who co-wrote the script, was also the DP and editor and he's really funny, so we just had fun and the jokes worked by dumb luck really.
What other challenges did you face in getting the film made?

Alex Orr

We decided to make the film for a tiny amount of money and a camera we had on hand. When we starting prepping, people found us money, gear, more people to help, free food - it was amazing. I think people wait until "they are ready" to shoot a film too much - just shoot it. It's not gonna be perfect. Even if you plan everything perfectly, it might rain or some actor won't show up and you'll need to make up something on the fly. So just act like you have it under control and carry on. I can't really tell too many stories about overcoming adversity, except for the fact that the DP was in a wheelchair and colour blind. That was kind of a drag.
You cast your real-life girlfriend as the female lead, but how did you come to cast Anna Chlumsky? Were you a particular fan of My Girl?

Alex Orr

I really was a fan of My Girl as a kid. I watched that kid get attacked by bees over and over. It made me laugh no end. But, seriously, I worked with Anna on a movie called My Sweet Misery. She was fun to work with on that so we called her for Blood Car and she was into it. And my real-life girlfriend is now my wife.
Do you have a favourite scene in the film?

Alex Orr

My favourite scene in the film was one we didn't shoot. It was a sex scene in which Archie and Denise are doing some strange shit in a bathroom and she gets him to sit on a sink with a faucet up his ass and she turns the hot water off and on. She says to him, "Fuck that faucet, you faucet-fucker." It would have been my favourite scene in any movie, not just this one. It still makes me laugh when I think about it.
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