Tomorrow welcomes the release of No One Lives, the latest flick from Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train) and WWE Films (See No Evil). In the film, a ruthless criminal gang takes a young couple hostage and goes to ground in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere.
When the captive girl is killed, the tables are unexpectedly turned. The gang finds itself outsmarted by an urbane and seasoned killer determined to ensure that no one lives.
We spoke to the film’s “killer,” Luke Evans yesterday – head inside for our brief chat!
Shock Till You Drop: What excited you about this project? Working in the company of WWE? Working with someone like Ryuhei Kitamura…?
Luke Evans: The script that brought me to it. I thought the story was interesting – not just a formulaic slasher movie. It had this underlying narrative that turns the revenge story on its head. The victim becomes the killer. I liked the character, you couldn’t tell he was scarred or mentally deranged. He was very normal. The thing about some psychopaths is they can be like that and blend normally into society. But under that normality can be a shocking personality. This character tests a moral compass and when I spoke to Ryuhei about the character, he was fascinated with the same subject matter and we immediately had an affinity for it.
Shock: How much fun did you have with the practical FX?
Evans: I loved it. It’s weird, I don’t really like watching horror films, but the gorier this got, the better. [There's a scene where] I’m climbing out of a body, he’s shaking and the first time I did that, I didn’t mean to make the body shake, it was just the quickest way for me to get the shell of the body – the skin – off of me. After we played it back, we saw the body shaking and it was like, “Dude, you have to keep that shot, it’s like the body is convulsing.”
Shock: How did you and Ryuhei find this character who has no name?
Evans: In the script, he was called Driver. I don’t know why, I guess it’s because when you first see him he’s driving a car, but that’s all you get. You don’t know much about him. Maybe that was it. As for the rest, I wanted to do a slasher movie. I wanted to see how I could play a scary film and character and how dark I could go. But it’s entertaining. It’s not supposed to f**k with your brains. It’s a gorefest and incredible. I was finding – playing the role – rather comedic, it wasn’t disturbing to me at all.
Shock: Is it something you’d like to revisit?
Evans: I’m not sure. Without giving much of the story away, there is scope for him to do it all again and for the plot to thicken and develop. But, who knows? Never say never…