Director Can Evrenol has been on the horror radar since his incredibly shocking film Baskin was released in 2015 (his short film of the same name came out in 2013); and his latest project, Housewife, promises to raise more than a few eyebrows this time around.
We were able to grab him for a few quick moments to discuss the film itself as well as what he’s constructing in the works down the road, so park yer buns, read on, and enjoy!
Brainwaves: Can you give us a brief description of the film’s premise and how you came up with the story?
Can Evrenol: When you watch Housewife, you dip your eyes into the soul of a woman, trapped in some serious family issues, a la 70’s Euro horror mindset. After my first feature film, Baskin, I wanted to adopt another short film I did in 2010, titled To My Mother and Father. I wanted it to be dream logic, female, offbeat, inspired by Cronenberg, Lovecraft, Lynch, Argento, Fulci, and Todd Haynes’ Safe and Bava’s Shock.
BW: For the people that might be new to your work, can you tell us how you got your start in the business?
CE: I applied to Columbia University’s MA for film. They asked me to write a one-page, no-dialogue short film script, which starts with: “A boy has a box in his hand. In front of him, across the street, is a house. He knocks on the door, and an old lady opens the door.” This was the assignment. I wrote something and didn’t make it to Columbia. Then I said, “Fuck it; I’ll shoot this short film on my own.” The result was my first horror short, Sandik/The Chest. It’s online, you can check it out.
BW: Whom do you look to for inspiration – any favorite directors?
CE: Verhoeven, Lynch, Cronenberg, Carpenter, Kawajiri, Ceylan, Argento, and of course Kubrick.
BW: After the release of Housewife, what’s coming up next for you?
CE: The horror anthology The Field Guide to Evil is screening at festivals. I directed the segment “Haunted by Al Karisi, The Childbirth Djinn.” I am currently in post-production of my third feature film, Girl With No Mouth, a journey film about four kids in a wasteland.
Housewife, starring Clementine Poidatz, is out on DVD tomorrow, October 2nd. Pre-order it now!