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All stories should have some honesty and truth in them, otherwise you're just playing about.
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Big Brother sounded like a silly stunt and that's what it is.
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Certainly, it isn't a ghost story where people go into a haunted house. There have been two or three made on that basis, but I didn't want to do that.
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Consequently my early work like The Creature was wiped. It is a horrid experience to find that your favourite piece has gone.
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I always put humour into my stories because if you construct a horrific scene of some kind you have to balance that with an equal quantity of humour.
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I don't judge other people's work and I don't see enough of it either.
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I like inventing stories. Very often it's exciting to write about an imaginary future based on trends, you work out what things could wind up as.
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I made a rule for myself that the only television things I would do would be my own stories.
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I never really saw myself as writing science fiction anyway.
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I prefer doing original scripts because I totally control the story - it's all mine. Films don't work like that but television does.
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I reckon I closed down at least two films companies, one of which was in Ealing in the mid 1950s.
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I wanted to write a story that demanded the viewer's attention.
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I'd never seen any television before I started.
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I'd written a book of short stories that had won the Somerset Maugham prize so I was respectable, but there was no money in short story writing.
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I'm in my 80s and not a keen television fan.
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It would have been the only good Halloween film too. What they put into it was slashing and cutting of eyebrows and all the standard crap for a horror movie, precisely the stuff I avoided. They shortened the thing by about half and everybody hated it. But that's show business I suppose.
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It's a bit close to home this one because my wife is a refugee from Nazi Germany. She got away by one day (the day before Hitler got in as Chancellor).
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Nothing could be recorded in those days except by aiming a movie camera at the television screen. It was at least another 10 years before they had any kind of recording medium.
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People who believe in flying saucers are the scrapings from the bottom.
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Real horror movies are dead easy.
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Something like The Haunting is not worth the slightest consideration from me.
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The only folk I can judge are people like Woody Allen who I think is a genius, largely because I think he has beaten the system. He has his own company, and his films are all his own ideas. It's his direction, and so it comes out the way he imagined it.
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The trick is the paradox - turning your story inside out. Now if it is something that appears to be of total normality and then suddenly turns inside out and is a different thing all together then that's fun to write.
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You get to Hollywood and you are in the land of big money where they don't like to see only one screenwriter's name. It's much better if you've got four or five.
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You set up a story and it turns inside out and that is, for me, the most exciting sort of story to write. The viewer thinks it's going to be about something and it does the opposite.
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