Fantastic Fest Interview: Alexandre Aja On Directing Daniel Racliffe in ‘Horns’ & Horror


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With directing credits that include HIGH TENSION (2003), THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006), MIRRORS (2008), and PIRANHA 3D, filmmaker Alexandre Aja is likely best associated with horror. His latest feature HORNS, which held its regional premiere at Fantastic Fest, shows Aja continuing to make a name for himself within the genre.

Fresh Fiction sat down with Aja at Fantastic Fest to talk about his new film HORNS, directing Daniel Radcliffe, the horror genre and what it takes to scare people these days compared to earlier days.

Our Interview:

0:26 | Aja’s inspiration and fascination of the horror genre
2:46 | How the horror genre is constantly reinventing itself
5:18 | The things that happen when you’re young that stick with you for a lifetime
7:00 | On directing Daniel Radcliffe, breaking away from HARRY POTTER

HORNS opens in theaters October 31.

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.