Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The Film That Changed My Life

HERO_FILM.jpg
HERO_FILM_2.jpg
HERO_FILM_3.jpg

Edgar Wright leads the cast of a new book paying tribute to the big-screen moments that most influenced those behind the camera.

EDGAR WRIGHT

An American Werewolf In London(1981)

“It’s one of the few horror-comedies that’s really funny [but] the thing that really marks it out is how scary the horror is. A lot of horror-comedies are written with stylised dialogue. What makes American Werewolf is that the reactions of all the characters feel real. That tone influenced Shaun Of The Dead. We made a rule that all the humour came from the reactions and the context. “It was directed by John Landis. People didn’t know how to take it as they were really scared by it [but] it was coming from the director of Animal House. “It can never be replicated — nor should it be. I’m always reminded every time I watch it of how much it means to me.”

JOHN WOO

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

“I truly love this movie. When I watched it, I thought I was James Dean. I combed my hair like him, but I couldn’t afford to buy wax, so I had to use water. I even talked like him. “I had a very miserable life when I was a kid. It was pretty tough to survive. I used to have to deal with gangs. They wanted me to join them, but I refused. Almost every day I had to grab some weapon. “I had a friend who was in trouble. I tried to protect him. It was a sad story. When I saw Dean, he looked out for his friend and I felt the same way. “[Dean’s death] was big in Hong Kong. It was a shock. He was a lot of young people’s idol. He not only changed our lives, but also changed our attitudes. He changed movies and how they looked.”

DANNY BOYLE

Apocalypse Now (1979)

“The greatest war movie ever made. There are greater movies that condemn war, but no film captures our abhorrence of war and yet the pleasure we get from seeing it depicted in the movies. That’s what’s extraordinary about it. “It’s obviously made at the absolute Everest of [Francis Ford Coppola’s] megalomania. The [extended] Redux will go away. The point of this film is that you trust the madness Coppola was in while editing it. What you don’t want is a re-examination of it from a more leisurely perspective. You want to see it edited by someone who is going insane. It fuelled my obsession with experiences in the cinema.”

The Film That Changed My Life is out now, priced £10.47

(Images: All Star)

Related

Shaun-of-the-dead-web.jpg

Exclusive Pegg/Frost Posters

danny1.jpg

Danny Boyle Interview

hero_movie_advice.jpg

100 pieces of advice from movies

Comments

More

Why Tom Hardy is the man the world needs right now

Politicians are lying to us. Brexit is dividing us. Donald Trump may be about to nuke us. But don’t worry, we’ve found a saviour

by Joe Ellison
24 Feb 2017

New Horror movie about racism is 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Rave reviews all round

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

Netflix picks up Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

Production is scheduled to begin next year

22 Feb 2017

'Star Wars' release the first cast photo from the Han Solo spin-off

You can't have too much Chewie

by Matt Tate
22 Feb 2017

QUIZ: How well do you know Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine?

As everyone’s favourite foul-mouthed mutant returns to screens in Logan, we put your knowledge to the test

21 Feb 2017

Guillermo Del Toro ends the speculation about Hellboy 3

Big Red fans, it's not good news

21 Feb 2017

The ShortList Alternative Oscars

The only awards that really matter

by Gary Ogden
20 Feb 2017

Is Love Actually actually shit or brilliant?

Two writers argue their case for the divisive 2003 rom-com

16 Feb 2017

The totally excellent 19 facts you never knew about Wayne’s World

No way? Way.

by Keyan Milanian
16 Feb 2017

Details of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer 'leaked'

If it's true, Star Wars fans are in for a treat

14 Feb 2017