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" But no one should have the right to manipulate my films in the first place. "
" I've never gone into analysis. But Freud opened a door, I know. "
" It's incredible that they censor films. It's sad. "
" There's nothing gratuitous about my films. "
" You must push everything to the absolute limit or else life will be boring. People will be boring. "
" Even in the former Soviet Union, they have good copies of my movies. "
" The process of writing and directing drives you to such extremes that it's natural to feel an affinity with insanity. I approach that madness as something dangerous, and I'm afraid, but also I want to go to it, to see what's there, to embrace it. I don't know why, but I'm drawn. "
" If you don't like my movies, don't watch them. "
" I was very young, and I was on vacation with my family, and there was a retrospective of old films, and one of them was 'The Phantom of the Opera' with Claude Rains that was in color. It was something very important for my career because I began to follow these stories that were morbid. "
" But you know, as you say, the original versions of my films are getting out there, slowly. "
" When I was a teenager, I read a lot of Poe. "
" I wanted to get back to my style of 20 years ago after a long period of exploring horror and fantasy themes. "
" I went through a phase where I thought nostalgia was a bad thing. "
" So I haven't thought about the critics for a long time. "
" To try and raise a budget for a film that is strictly for adults and both strong and graphic in content is not easy, especially when there is pressure to spend serious money on good special effects. "
" When I was five. That's when I started to love film. "
" The Opera was a very cold film, a hopeless and dark film, no hope, no love. "
" If you make a film normally it's all right, the distributors are helpful and cooperative. But if you make a film that's a little stange, a little bizarre, then all the time it's a struggle with them. "
" Horror is the future. And you cannot be afraid. You must push everything to the absolute limit, or else life will be boring. People will be boring. Horror is like a serpent: always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back. It can't be hidden away like the guilty secrets we try to keep in our subconscious. "
" When I see a film I've finished, it's like another person made it. Like another mind. "
" Paradise is too perfect for humanity. "
" Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back. It can't be hidden away like the guilty secrets we try to keep in our subconscious. "
" I like films to have something inside, I don't mean a message, I mean something from the soul. "
" My life and career is my own adventure. "
" Maybe when I stop making movies, I'll understand my work better. "