Director Eskil Vogt Talks Creepy Kid Horror The Innocents

Writer/director Eskil Vogt knows he’s broken the two biggest rules of filmmaking.

“They say you should never work with children or animals”, he told Zavvi, “and I ended up writing a movie with four leads who are very small kids and a cat!”

Vogt, who recently was Oscar nominated for co-writing The Worst Person In The World, is discussing his latest project behind the camera: The Innocents.

The supernatural psychological drama follows a group of children from a Norwegian housing estate coming to terms with the fact they have superpowers.

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But as we know from comics, with great power comes great responsibility, with Vogt’s film exploring how they are not old enough to fully grasp the moral ways to use their powers. It makes for uncomfortable viewing – especially if you’re an animal lover.

For the latest edition of our free digital magazine The Lowdown, we caught up with Vogt to discuss the challenges of bringing this movie to life and why you shouldn’t, under any circumstances, call it the “Norwegian X-Men“.

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Read the full interview here.

The Innocents is released in cinemas and on VOD from Friday 20th May.

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Alistair Ryder

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