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Exclusive: Meadows Says Beware The Devil
Details on forthcoming horror and more

01 July 2009  |  Written by Sam Toy  

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We’re always happy to catch up with Shane Meadows, especially when he dishes out great news, which seems to be every time we meet. This year’s Edinburgh international Film Festival was certainly no exception, when at the end of a fascinating interview, alongside mate & star Paddy Considine, he was able to confirm a rumour which has been floating about for the last few months: his upcoming horror film will indeed be called Beware The Devil.

“Yeah, I’ve got the rights sorted now, so it’s not such a hidden thing,” he told Empire over the course of a long chat about his latest film and festival entry Le Donk & Scoz-ayz-ee. “It’s based on a book of the same name, based on the life of a guy who, by getting involved with ouija boards and the occult by trying to disprove it, trying to take the piss out of it, got possessed, had to be exorcised, and later became an exorcist himself. The guy it happened to has died, but his son’s a novelist, and he helped him turn it into a book before he passed away, and now I’m working with him to turn it into a film.”

Beware The Devil, though, which has previously been described to us by Meadows as “making Dead Man’s Shoes look like Play School”, is one of what the filmmaker is now referring to as his ‘bigger’ films (the inference being that he will be making more ‘smaller’ films as part of his Five Day Feature initiative, a la Le Donk & Scorz-ayz-ee) and is currently second on a busy production slate as director.

“Yeah, the big news is that we’re already thinking about doing another Le Donk. It’ll be another ‘Le Donk And...’, something completely not music based. We’ve come up with a few ideas, and we might just go straight back and do another one, because we had such a laugh doing this one. Not like a sequel in terms of trying to be like the other one, but he’s got his missus and his kid’s a bit older, and a whole different set of events. So maybe before I do this next big film, might just go out, grab five days somewhere and knock another out so we can come back (to Edinburgh) next year."

"So it’ll be something like Le Donk & The Tomb Of The Cursed Fanny,” and we’ll stress that title was right off the top of his head “and then Beware The Devil. Two complete poles apart opposites, but I think it’s important to keep people guessing a bit, rather than doing the sort of Mickey Shyamalan thing where he does eight scary ones in a row, with the spooky twist at the end.”

So there you have it, and we’re sure Shane will appreciate M. Night’s refreshing change of pace with The Last Airbender...


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I think one of the things that makes this guy so good...
Is that he seems to really enjoy film making. So many directors go to great lengths to show how they suffer for their art. He has a lot of fun playing around with the process and it transfers to the screen. His films are effortlessly watchable without being banal. I think he's an understated genius personally. More

Posted by albumental at 10:37 on 02 July 2009 | Report This Post

Meadows is our Scorsese, Eastwood and Peckinpa rolled into one, we have been waiting for a talent as unique as his for years. All of his films are complex enough and communicate well enough to traverse boundaries. I love his wit and humanity and unflinching truth. Whatever he does, he does well, even his misstep that was 'once upon a time...' is worlds better than most firing on all cylinders. Good luck Shane, and I cant wait for your next step towards deserved status as one of the greats. More

Posted by tobywan at 23:46 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

I love this guy!
Meadows is such a great film maker! He's versatile and his films generally manage to convey strong emotions. This is England is a true masterpiece. More

Posted by MrJinx at 18:57 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

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What's happened to the film he was doing with Considine about the gyspy boxing champ? I thought that was going to be his next film after Somers Town and now this Le Donk film is coming out. More

Posted by tftrman at 15:21 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

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Considering the effect both Dead Man's Shoes and This is England had on me, a Shane Meadow's horror will be absolutely brutal. Most excellent.  More

Posted by Ghost Mutt at 14:55 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

can't wait!! shane meadows is a great director and dead man's shoes is my favourite..so if it will make that look like play school..bring it on!! More

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