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White Spaces on the Map
Vacation & Bones of the Earth on Fangoria Online
RS / Suicide Girls
Richard Stanley / Espoo Ciné
Machines, Nazis, Witchcraft, Science & Religion
Focus on Evil
White Darkness interview
Island of Lost Souls
Total Abuse
RS: Case Study
Offscreen
In the Belly of the Beast
Massacre of My Movies
Island of Lost Opportunities
Kinokaze
Left in the Dust
Blow up a Storm
Dust Devils in the Wind
See you later, Terminator
Making of Hardware
Cyberpunk on a Shoestring
On Robots and Ratings
Hard and Fast
The Nuts & Bolts of HW
Various HW articles
 

Interviews

White Spaces on the Map by Tom Huddleston. Originally published on Notcoming.com, September, 2007.

"Richard Stanley's strange and tortuous career seems in many ways to typify the erratic trajectory of an artistically inclined genre director struggling on the fringes of the mainstream. His edgy, self-serious but steadfastly entertaining apocalyptic narratives resist easy categorisation, as do his playful, shambolic documentaries. His eccentric manner and idiosyncratic mode of dress have surely marked him as an outsider to those in power, and for the past decade he has been scratching out a living on the outer reaches of the industry."

Vacation & Bones of the Earth on Fangoria Online by Nicanor Loreti.

Fangoria discusses with Richard Stanley on upcoming projects Vacation and Bones of the Earth.

Dust Devil director Richard Stanley by Daniel Robert Epstein. Originally published in Suicide Girls, Dec 12th, 2006.

"When South African filmmaker Richard Stanley’s low budget science fiction horror film Hardware was released in the early 90’s many people heralded him as the new face of the genre. That is until his second feature, Dust Devil, was released in the States to dismal reviews and returns. Though Stanley’s director’s cut of Dust Devil was released in many other markets around the world, after many years Stanley’s director’s cut of Dust Devil has been released in the United States in a massive five disc DVD set that includes the director’s cut, the original US theatrical release, the soundtrack to the film and three of Stanley’s most controversial documentaries."

Richard Stanley / Espoo Ciné by Lauri Löytökoski / Between Death and the Devil.

Richard Stanley visited the Finnish film festival Espoo Ciné in August 2004, presenting all of his major works (two feature films, three documentaries, and one short film) during a three-day retrospective. I first met him during the second day of the retrospective, when he was about to screen The White Darkness and The Voice of the Moon. He was gracious enough to agree for this interview.

Machines, Nazis, Witchcraft, Science & Religion by Tuomas Riskala. Originally published in Hohto Magazine 2/2004.

Interview with Richard Stanley, translated from Finnish.

Focus on Evil by Ken Hechtman. Originally published in Montreal Mirror, 2003.

"Filmmaker Richard Stanley brings his explorations of human malevolence to Fantasia.

Richard Stanley is best known to Fantasia audiences as the sci-fi/horror director of Dust Devil (Fantasia 1997) and Hardware (Fantasia 1998). This year, he's bringing three documentaries, two of which have never before been shown in North America. Voice of the Moon (1990), his first film, chronicles the defeat of the Afghan mujahideen in the 1989 Battle of Jalalabad. The White Darkness (2002), an investigation into Haitian voodoo, was shot during the 1994-95 U.S. intervention there. The Secret Glory (2001) tells the story of a Nazi occultist's search for the Holy Grail. The Mirror spoke to him from his home in London."

The White Darkness interview. Originally published at thewhitedarkness.com, 2002.

"In The White Darkness anthropologist and cult film-maker Richard Stanley documents the practice and the oppression of voudou in present-day Haiti. In the tradition of his descendent Henry Morton Stanley, explorer and journalist who found Livingstone, but with the advantage of the hand-held camera, he presents an unflinching look at the often shocking practices of voudou."

Island of Lost Souls by David Hughes. Originally published in The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made, 2001.

"The strange and terrible story behind Richard Stanley's The Island of Dr. Moreau."

Total Abuse - Richard Stanley and the Devil by Gene Gregorits. Originally published in Sex & Guts Magazine #3, 2001.

"I saw Hardware about ten years ago. It's mix of sci-fi standards with genuine subversion, perversion, and putrescence left me with a raging curiosity about its director. Richard Stanley. He certainly wasn't easy to find.

Hardware is a post-apocalyptic, sociopolitical, and sociopathic nightmare. Its themes are dually romantic and political, a rarely successful combination of elements. The critics slagged this film off as a Terminator rip-off. The critics were numbskulled sonsofbitches who took the film as a cheap entertainment with nothing to say."

Richard Stanley: Case study by Chris Jones & Genevieve Jolliffe. Originally published in The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, 2000.

Q - I don't want to dwell on Hardware or Dust Devil too much because it's Dr. Moreau... that I am most interested in, but as back history, how did Hardware come about?

Richard - I made some obscure shorts in South Africa and wanted to make a feature. I had designed Hardware as a commercial film, a simple script, the only time I have written anything that unambitious. I actually set out to create a series of reliable clichés, a catalogue of scenes like gas explosions followed by a cliffhanger sequence followed by a shower scene. It's riddled with it. It was mostly shot in the Roundhouse in Camden with the very beginning shot in Morocco for a week.

Dust Devil, Tarkovsky and God: A Richard Stanley Interview by Donato Totaro. Conducted on August 11th, 1997.

"The inimitable Richard Stanley's films thus far include the cyper-punk cult science-fiction film Hardware (1990), the poetic experimental documentary on the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, Voice of the Moon (1991) and the oneiric horror film Dust Devil (1993)."

Richard Stanley in the Belly of the Beast by Alex Chisholm, at the Fant-Asia film festival, 1997.

"In July 1997, the Fant-Asia film festival in Montreal presented an international section of fantasy, horror and action films. Directors from around the world were invited to present their films, greet their fans, face their critics and share stories. Richard Stanley is presenting the "director's cut" of Dust Devil, his second feature."

The Massacre of My Movies by Andrew Worsdale. Originally published in Electronic Mail & Guardian, May 3rd 1997.

"South African-born Richard Stanley was fired as director of The Island of Dr Moreau after four days on set. Andrew Worsdale asks him why."

Island of Lost Opportunities & The Madness of Moreau by Dave Hughes. Originally published in Fangorias #156 & 157, 1996.

"Richard Stanley, writer/director of such cult genre films Hardware and Dust Devil, had a dream. A virtually lifelong fan of H. G. Wells's classic novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, in which a ship-wrecked sailor washes up on a South Seas island only to find it populated by ghastly human/animal hybrids created by scientific genius, Stanley felt that neither of the previous cinematic adaptations - Erle Kenton's subversive 1933 The Island of Lost Souls and Don Taylor's mediocre 1977 remake with Burt Lancaster and Michael York - had done justice to Wells's prophetic 1896 fable which was originally banned for being blasphemous and later repudiated by its own author. Accordingly, Stanley set out to try his own hand at turning one of his favourite books into a screenplay worthy of both its subject matter and its illustrious history.

He succeeded."

Kinokaze - Report from the Underground by Paddy's Pain. Originally published in Kinokaze #1, 1994.

"Richard, besides your Super-8mm films you've directed three films so far, Voice of the Moon, a documentary about Afganistan in 1988, Hardware, your first feature in 1990 and Dust Devil released in 1992. Although essentially different types of films, to what extent would you say that these are really westerns in disguise?"

Left in the Dust by Mark Salisbury. Originally published in Fangoria #125, 1993.

Director Richard Stanley reveals the trials and tribulations of bringing his new shocker "Dust Devil" to the screen.

"I wanted to make a serious horror movie on something totally mad, something totally weird," says Hardware's wunderkid writer/director Richard Stanley of Dust Devil, his second feature. "I believe in a lot of this stuff, and there's no reason why a black magician or a shapeshifter shouldn't be the subject matter of serious movie."

Blow up a Storm by Mark Kermode. Originally published in Sight & Sound, September 1992.

"Richard Stanley talks to Mark Kermode about his desire for an 'extended cut' of his film Dust Devil to be given a chance in Europe."

Also included: a set visit.

Dust Devils in the Wind by Mark Salisbury. Originally published in Fangoria #117, 1992.

The air here is quicksilver. A rippling curtain across the morning. You see him first, conjuring himself from nothing, a dancing ghost walking in the white line, warping in and out of a shape as if crossing from one world to another, a solitary traveling man. A white man.

See ya later, Terminator by Cathi Unsworth. Originally published in Sounds, February 23rd 1991.

"What do you do with a dusty, chaotic rock star who looks like the Grim Reaper?

Why, cast him as himself in your movie and send him to the Sahara desert of course, which is exactly what the makers of Hardware did to Fields Of the Nephilim's Carl McCoy. Cathi Unsworth gets the low down about his first big screen role."

The Making of Hardware by Rob Dyer. Originally published in Dark Star #8, 1991.

"Hardware is the first feature from 25-year old Richard Stanley. Born in South Africa where his mother took him to see films like Dracula and King Kong, Stanley was studying physiology and anthropology when he came across the films of Dario Argento. This channelled his interests "in the middle ground between science and magic" towards amateur Super-8 movies."

Cyberpunk on a Shoestring by Brooks Landon. Originally published in Cinefantastique, 1991.

"Richard Stanley's directing debut cyborgs together ultraviolence, a compellingly wasted future, uniformly twisted characters, and an all-pervasive bad attitude."

Also included: a set visit and a write-up on SHOK!.

On Robots and Ratings by Philip Nutman. Originally published in Fangoria #97, 1990.

"It is a rainy Thursday evening and I am seated in The Nellie Dean Pub in London's West End, reading a book on addiction while waiting for writer/director Richard Stanley to appear. The choice of reading matter is apt: nearly everyone in Hardware, his debut feature, is on something, and in his bleak future vision Stanley seems to be saying, "Tune in, turn on, drop dead." He is half an hour late."

Hard and Fast by Ian Calcutt. Originally published in Samhain #21, 1990.

"Ian Calcutt previews the eagerly awaited British horror film Hardware, and speaks to its director Richard Stanley."

The Nuts and Bolts of Hardware by Philip Nutman. Originally published in Fangoria #92, 1990.

"With the decline of Hammer films in the early 1970's, low-budjet filmmaking in Britain all but disappeared. Only bargain basements directors Norman J. Warren and Pete Walker continued undeterred, struggling against the system with films like Satan's Slave, Prey and House of Whipcord. By the early 1980's, the situation was bleak, and it was until Hellraiser went into production in 1986 that Britain had a horror movie to call its own. Now, fortunately, there appears to be life beyond Hellbound. Hardware, a $1,5 million science fiction/horror rollercoaster ride is a step in the right direction."

Various Hardware articles

Hardware had some trouble finding its way to the theatres past the publishing house Fleetway and the MPAA. Here are some articles of that period.

 
 
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