Our culture has become overprotective over the years. Do you think it has something to do with that?

Yeah, and at the same time it spins out of control in terms of violence and other things. They complain about movies but you read less about the effects of technology and Facebook and computers where you can sit endless hours of the day killing people in a video game. To me there are many more potentially culturally damaging things that people don’t talk about as much as they rag on movies - which are probably the safest form of entertainment you can get. I remember I watched movies like The Brain that Wouldn’t Die on a Saturday afternoon and the guy’s arm gets ripped off and he’s running his bloody stump down the wall. And I’m alright; I mean I’m still a functioning member of society to some degree.

Do you think it’s just that your films feel unfamiliar or new and that those fairy tales are more classic and known and so the familiarity makes people take the darker elements for granted?

Honestly I just find it fascinating. The best thing I could think is the protection thing. And fear. That’s why I like the idea of not getting so involved in technology. Instead of going online I’d like to just go look at the clouds for ten minutes and let your mind wander. Especially as an adult when you’re forced to be more responsible, and have a family. It does kind of take you away from your simple, emotional creative life. No matter what you do. It’s important for everybody to have at least a moment to just meditate or whatever you do to space out.

That definitely ties into the film as well, because you have the scene where all the parents are complaining about the teacher, about Mr. Rzykruski, and his “dangerous” methods. It’s progression.

Yeah, yeah. And also it’s like when people get all up in arms about something. The best way…and it’s something you try to tell your kids - you see your two kids fighting. Well why does it work? Because one has an effect on the other, and if you just let certain things go. It’s like the religious thing, when they start complaining about something and it just makes the other thing look better. It doesn’t actually do the purpose. If you actually just let things go and let issues… just keep it personal, don’t make such a big deal out of it because if you make a big deal out of it then you’re not necessarily achieving what you want to achieve with it. It’s kind of a stupid thing. I don’t know. I just find all that stuff shocking and amusing and scary at the same time [laughs].

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