Fresh off the success of his recently released Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick starring film Mr. Right, we caught up with the deeply engaging and down to earth Spanish Director Paco Cabezas who directed season 3’s episodes 5, 6, 7 and the season finale episode 9, to talk about Penny Dreadful, how it was like to work with Eva Green and what’s in store for him.
You’re no stranger to the supernatural and horror genre having written and/or directed The Appeared, Sexykiller and Invasión Travesti to name a few. How did it all come about for you in terms of getting involved on Penny Dreadful? Was it an easy decision to accept the challenge of directing back to back episodes?
I think it was my film “Neon Flesh” that got the attention of John Logan and the Producers of Penny Dreadful and that says a lot about the team cause Neon Flesh is not a horror movie but they were able to see through the style and camera work, that I had the right sensitivity for the show. Once we start talking and they find out I’m a hardcore fan of the show, everything was pretty easy. What I did on every meeting was to talk with an open heart about the show and why I love it and suddenly I was there, directing the episodes. After that to be honest, there was nothing too difficult. To me, it was a joy to shoot the episodes.
From Amando de Ossorio’s La Noche del Terror Ciego to Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s ¿Quién puede matar a un niño? to cult favorite Angustia by Bigas Luna to modern classics from Alejandro Amenábar, Jaume Balagueró, Juan Antonio Bayona and Guillem Morales, what is it about Spain’s connection and strength with producing quality horror films and directors that seems to be very transcendent and influential?
Probably there’s something about our blood. Our passion that transcends the celluloid. It’s hard to talk in these terms but I think when I watch a movie or a TV show, I don’t think in terms of genre. I think in terms of emotion. I want the show to make me shake in my seat. I wanna feel moved, thrilled, scared and above all have fun. To me, it has to be a rollercoaster of emotions. I think in the old Europe, we’re the ones who get the Latin connection, that sense that life’s too short and you gotta take the bull by the horns and just live as intensively as possible and that’s something that I think translates very well into Penny Dreadful. To me, filming is a joy and I love to cheer when I see a great performance or just jump around when I’m excited about killing vampires. I think that energy like what you said, transcends.
“Vanessa, played by Eva Green, has been possessed, hunted by witches, and battled her own demons. Yet Eva is always prepared and ready to work and has the biggest smile even after the most difficult sequence. In Season 3, we have truly pushed her beyond anything she’s done before, but she steps up and delivers every day.”
Read his full interview HERE.