On Saturday, October 15, 1993, the first episode of Ripley’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark aired on the PBS Channel.
It was a bold and risky move: The show was about a young woman whose adventures lead her to discover a deadly secret and eventually kill off the original series’ star, Ripley herself.
But as this year’s Halloween season winds down, the show’s legacy could be on the line.
It was an ambitious undertaking, even for the era, as it featured such familiar elements as the classic monsters and the infamous black hole.
In this retrospective, I spoke to author and director of the new Ripley movie, David Lynch, to learn more about the process behind the creation of this classic series.
What are you looking forward to this Halloween?
It’s a wonderful Halloween season for me.
It’s such a good time.
And I am so excited for the movie.
When I was growing up in the 80s, horror movies were a really big part of my childhood.
We were really into the science fiction movies of the ’70s and ’80s, and so there’s a lot of the same ideas in there.
And in that time, I think we really loved the idea of Ripleys scary tales and the kind of horror that was in them.
But I think the thing that I was especially excited about was that this time around, we actually had a director behind the camera and he was someone who had gone through the same thing that Ripley had.
So he knew the horror stories from the beginning.
And so it was really fun to collaborate with him.
What was it like to collaborate on this movie?
It was fun.
I have a lot to say about the making of the movie and also the making and working with the other writers, which is kind of like a dream come true for me and for everybody else.
So it was a really great experience to work with him, and I’m really grateful for that.
I mean, it’s like, this is a great collaboration, it was like a blessing.
And the fact that I got to work on it with him was just really cool.
What can you tell us about the cast?
How did you get on board?
We were looking for someone that was somebody that was from a place of authenticity, so it’s kind of a big departure from the usual, “I’m going to be from an urban setting” and “I want to be a guy who looks like Ripley.”
So that’s one of the things we really wanted to bring to the movie is the kind and the character that we felt was going to bring the character to life.
And that was just kind of something that we were going to really work hard on, to be honest.
And we had a great script that David wrote, and we were really excited to put that in.
What were some of the challenges and hurdles that you faced writing for this movie, and what was it about it that you liked about it?
One of the biggest challenges for me is that I love horror movies and I love the genre, and in the 70s, there was a lot more of that in the horror genre.
But in that era, there were a lot fewer big names that were making movies that were big and had a really interesting story and characters.
And then it was kind of really hard to figure out who that was, because it was just a really, really small number of films that were made that were scary and memorable.
And it was sort of a little bit like, how are you going to make it memorable?
And I’m not sure that there’s really a single answer to that.
So I guess you kind of had to find that out on your own, and that’s really what I found out on the movie, too.
I’m so happy to be able to do this, because I’m always really interested in what people are thinking, and it’s really great to find out.
What kind of actors were you casting for the part of Rip, and how did you choose the right ones?
It was really interesting, because in that moment, I had to decide who I was going in to do Rip.
I had a feeling that I needed somebody that I could kind of relate to.
I didn’t want somebody that is going to go in for the kill, so I really wanted somebody that would go in and play this character that I really felt like would be an amazing addition to this world and the characters.
I really loved Joaquin Phoenix, so we were looking to find somebody who was just like that.
And when we talked about Joaquin, I said, “Well, what if I told you that Joaquin is the son of Joaquin and his father is Joaquin?
And then I kind of put a mask on and he sort of plays the part.”
And then that was really important to me.
I wanted to make sure that this guy who had