"Landgraves" by Jean-François Leblanc

A young journalist goes into the deep wood to interview the heavy-metal duo LANDGRAVES, who records an album for the first time since a murder imprisonment. His curiosity pushes him to follow the band deep in the forest, as a snowstorm arises.

"Landgraves" by Jean-François Leblanc

Check out our Q&A with the filmmaker below:

Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Jason ? I wasn’t really picked up in school, but I wasn’t the most popular. I wasn’t in the « cool gang » at all and I kind of grew up hated those people (don’t worry, i’ve matured a lot since haha). But I think the best explanation would be that I am realllllly afraid of water. I know how to swim, but, I instantly panic when I can’t touch the bottom of the ground. Jason drowned and I’m pretty sure, if anything of that exist, that I died by drowning in an old life.
 
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I’ve been wanting to make films since I was a young child. At 6 or 7, I was already creating synopsis for fake-movies. My first horror « script » was called « La Mousse » which would translate as the « The Foam ». It was the story of a young boy who forgot that the water was fulling his bath and went to play instead. The bath ended overflowing the house and the foam, from the bubblesoap, went everywhere and destroyed the whole city. At the end, the way of « killing » the foam was by putting asphalt over it. I even wrote a sequel where someone dropped a glass of water over a little crack in the asphalt, which made the foam ALIVE again. It was pretty silly. Maybe one day I’ll go back to that pitch?
 
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I think so? I have kind of a love-hate relationship with horror movies. I grew up with them, It was my favorite kind of movies. It is mostly the reason why I am a filmmaker now. But since I love them so much, I am very cruel towards them. In the end, on 30 horror movies that came out each year, I like only 1 or 2 of them. Most of the time, I even hate them. But since I’ve made my first genre movie with Landgraves, I’ve discovered the horror community and I fell in love with the fans. They are so supportive and will do anything for their horror movies. They are expressive and will make sure your film is seen by everybody. This is awesome.
 
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
In my everyday life and in news. It is mostly the conjuncture of both. As for horror movies, I really like to go towards childhood fears. I think that those are the most primitive fear human can have and they are so deeply rooted in us that they can’t be completely eliminated. Which makes them very « useful » in a horror movie.
 
 
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I’d be thrilled! When I was young, each birthday, when blowing the candles on my birthday cake, I was wishing that fictional characters became real or that I could go into a movie I like or that drawings of mine became real. So if I woke up in one of my movie, I would mean that my childhood wishes were finally granted!
 
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
I would the silent type that you never see coming. The one who doesn’t really talk and comes out of nowhere. I would be a Michael Myers type of villain.
 
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy is so much more interesting and charismatic! The movies are so much better too! But I grew up on Jason, so, I would go for Jason! I love hockey, what can I say?
 
I would say King because I enjoy its books better. I haven’t been able to enjoy reading Lovecraft. But I am a massive fan of everything that refers to Lovecraft in movies. Bodyhorror is kind of my favorite, so, as speaking of movies, I would say Lovecraft.
 
PRACTICAL! I HATE CGI in horror movies!
 
Pre Apocalypse! There is so much to do. Post Apocalypse always try to be smart or topical and it rarely goes in an interesting or innovative way.
 
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I go with talented people! Those people are geniuses, let them do their magic!
 
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
I think the main ingredient of a good horror movie is that you have to be afraid for your protagonists. You have to feel what they feel. You have to be anxious for them. So it is important to be able to translate their feels and to be able to relate to them. It is all about characters building..
 
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Hands down the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Outside of horror movies, It is even my favorite movie ever!