If you were to make a list of the scariest places in the world, let alone the best spots to set a horror movie, it’s unlikely The Netherlands would rank particularly high. And yet, its capital city, Amsterdam, is exactly where The Windmill (AKA The Windmill Massacre) is set.
Following a group of unlucky tourists, who find themselves at the mercy of the sinister (but funny-sounding) Miller after getting stranded on the side of the road, the flick breathes considerably new life into the slasher sub-genre, reinvigorating our love for people being chased around and hacked to bits in spectacularly gory fashion.
Jennifer is an Australian girl on the run from her past who washes up in Amsterdam. In a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, she joins a coach-load of tourists embarking on a tour of Holland’s world famous windmills. When the bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere, she and the other tourists are forced to seek shelter in a disused shed beside a sinister windmill where, legend has it, a Devil-worshiping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain. As members of the group start to disappear, Jennifer learns that they all have something in common – a shared secret that seems to mark them all for doom
The Windmill stars Waterloo Road‘s Charlotte Beaumont as Jenny, alongside Fiona Hampton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Patrick Baladi, Ben Batt and many more. The movie was helmed by Dutch director (and windmill enthusiast) Nick Jongerius, from a script by Chris W. Mitchell.
Wicked Horror caught up with Jongerius and Mitchell at Frightfest 2016 to discuss inspiration, gore, the legacy of slasher movies and why Holland is such a great location for a horror movie.
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Interview conducted by: Joey Keogh
Camera: Mark Vessey
Editing: Richard Waters