Creepy Countdown: Violence, Virgins and Big Narstie - An interview with Double Date's Benjamin Barfoot
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In anticipation of his comedy-horror Double Date being released this Friday, Benjamin Barfoot took some time to talk to The National Student about his debut feature. The film follows twenty-nine-year-old virgin Jim, played by the film’s writer Danny Morgan, who, with the help of his friend Alex (Michael Socha), is set up on a double date with sisters Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lulu (Georgia Groome). Little do the pair know that the sisters are in fact serial killer’s intent on murdering them for dark purposes. On the nature of the film’s origin, Barfoot points the finger at writer Morgan saying “I think all of it stems from Danny’s fear of women in his twenties. He was a bit shy and nervous of girls, a bit terrified of them maybe, and he just came up with this idea that what if there were two girls, and what if on the night that he conquered his fear and went out with these two girls - they were actually trying to kill him." As its comical set up would suggest, Double Date is far funnier than it is horrifying and Barfoot commented on the challenges of balancing the film tonally. “I suppose it’s a bit like chemistry,” he begins. “A lot of it just happens in the editing... I mean you have an idea of how you want the fighting, and the action, and the violence, and the horror elements. But then you also know that you’re doing a comedy and it's written there, on script, and I'm kind of using improv and letting actors run with it."
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