Makinov, the mysterious masked director behind the new horror feature, Come Out and Play (2012), says he has a message that everyone needs to hear. His short YouTube video entries, known as the ‘Makinov Manifesto’, are starting to draw real attention.
For Makinov, his horror film, Come Out and Play is a story about a deeper story. In one of his manifesto shorts, the masked filmmaker says, “I had a friend once, but when the wolves ate my dog nobody came to the rescue. That’s what the film is about.”
Makinov’s manifesto is a mystery in itself and has both film fans and filmmakers wondering whether it’s real or some kind of publicity stunt. Because Makinov apparently never takes his red hooded mask off and has no identification, he doesn't travel much and couldn't make the screening of Come Out and Play, at Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘Midnight Madness’ 2012 event. The Makinov Manifesto was sent in his place to introduce the audience to this self-described, hermit. (Watch the two minute Makinov Manifesto here.)
“For a time now I have been torn and disgusted of seeing stupid modern life.”
“An old proverb says that it is better to murder during time of plague. I would say the same when we talk about cinema. People watching stupid heroes saving the world when the world is surrounded by pain: What a joke.”
“I present this film as a stand against your so called superheroes. The images you seem to worship. I’m sorry to break the news for you people, but there is no god and there is no superheroes. There’s no one to protect you.”
“I leave you to watch this film and I hope it will make you think of death and the meaninglessness of your lives.”
The creative filmmaker not only directed “Come Out and Play” but was also producer, film editor, and videographer. And in the midst of juggling everything he never took his mask off.
Supposedly Makinov was born in Belarus and later moved to Mexico to study. While he was there he shot two documentary films on Huichol shamanism and after a near-death-experience he started a new life, with a new name: Makinov.
In an exclusive interview with Kai B. Parker, known as Kaiderman from ‘Man, I Love Films’, Makinov was ask the question, “What inspired you to want to make this specific film as your first feature film?” to which Makinov replied, “It is not my first film, but I was inspired because I wanted to see children taking over and killing all the adults. When you have those fantasies it’s safer to try to make a film about them.” -Source: Kaiderman/Interview Makinov (MILF)
Reviews of Makinov’s film, “Come Out and Play” are mixed. Many film critics are tired of remakes and, Come Out and Play is a remake of the 1976 Spanish cult, “Who Can Kill a Child?”, others give this director great praise for taking a horrific story idea that has been done in films like, “Children of the Corn”(1984), “The Brood”(1979) and “Village of the Damned”(1995) and brought it back to life in a new and creatively artistic fashion. Whether rave reviews or grave reviews, Makinov has everyone talking.
The mysterious masked filmmaker know only as 'Makinov' has creatively made this dark feature film, and his manifesto, to share a much bigger story about, “The Martyrs of Stalingrad”.
One of the mysteries in the film itself is its dedication at the end of the credits, to “The Martyrs of Stalingrad”. This dedication may not reveal who Makinov’s identity is, but it does tell more about the “story that everyone needs to hear” according to the director.
In an article by Bill Bateman (Works World), Bateman shares the role that Stalingrad played in the final defeat of the Nazis during World War II, “…no single victory was more important than the Battle of Stalingrad, which ended in a decisive defeat for Hitler’s Wehrmacht forces exactly 70 years ago.” Bateman goes on, “The entire world watched with bated breath as the battle to control this major city on the Volga River raged from July 17, 1942, until its conclusion on Feb. 2, 1943. The fate of humanity and the outcome of the war were decided there.” Bill Bateman/Workers World
July 17, 1942 marked the begging of the end of Nazi terror but the story of the battle at Stalingrad and of the many people, who died to protect their homes and way of life; in a fight that led to the end of the war, is relatively unknown in the west. According to Bateman, “In the United States, neither the media nor the education system give more than scant mention to Stalingrad, but in the rest of the world it became a symbol of staunchness and determination, bravery and heroism, sacrifice and martyrdom.” – Workers World
It’s not new at all to use film as a platform to shed the light on injustice. In 2006, the feature film “Blood Diamonds”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, and Jennifer Connelly carried the fight to stop the violence caused by the purchase of ‘Blood Diamonds’. Because of the film’s success and the light it shed on where and how these diamonds came into the country, it helped bring change to the diamond market in the United States.
Although Makinov didn't make his film about the Stalingrad battle, by dedicating the film to "The Martyrs of Stalingrad", he has people interested, and Google Trends verify. Just type in 'Stalingrad' and 'The Martyrs of Stalingrad' pops up as a suggestion quickly.
Makinov, however, is still a mystery. He’s a talented filmmaker, a man with a cause, and he knows how to tell a frighteningly scary story.
For more information:
- Check out Kaidermen’s entire exclusive interview with Makinov
- “Stalingrad, July 1942 to February 1943: The battle that turned back Hitler” by Bill Bateman. The Martyrs of Stalingrad.
- Watch the “Makinov Manifesto”, Makinov “Presents, Come Out and Play…” & “Makinov On Being Released & What it Really Means”
- Follow the mysterious masked director on Twitter™ (@OneGodMakinov) and Tumblr™
What do you think about this mysterious director only known as Makinov: Is he someone to fear? Is he a marketing genius? Is he a man on a mission, or is he just crazy?
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