“I was twenty-four years old when I made my first film, ‘Pusher’ (about the Danish drug underworld), and for it I stole everything I could, both visually and technically, from this film and ‘Cannibal Holocaust.'”
“‘Vampyr’ has always reminded me of a mysterious dream I once had when I was very little. The film has always stayed with me. I watch it before I make every film, and yet it still remains a mystery to me.”
Refn has also shared a few of his favorites with MUBI.
“It wasn’t until I was 14, when I saw ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ in New York, that film found me…I wanted to do what that film did. The whole film is just a total experience that goes beyond normality, sexuality, and is just a pure emotional ride of terror.”
“It’s such an incredible film,” Refn says of the movie he helped restore in 4K. “It’s great pop art, it’s very entertaining, it’s also very campy. It’s very colorful, the costumes are just to die for, and it’s pure leather fetish…in a way, it’s the creation of what is now modern science fiction.”