Actor and writer, ‘Psychoville’, ‘The League of Gentlemen’
‘You wouldn’t wish the fates of horror film victims on your worst enemy so why do we upset ourselves so wilfully? Some of the best horror films shake you out of yourself. They shock you in a galvanising way that makes you more alive than you were when you went in. You come out a bit giddy, legs shaking, hair ruffled, but exhilarated. And all from a place of safety, knowing it’s not happening to you.
‘We enjoy the misery of others. Nothing makes people laugh more than seeing someone fall over on “You’ve Been Framed”. The next step is to see them fall over and their head come off. Happy Halloween!’
Scariest film: ‘I always have to feel especially brave before I embark on “The Exorcist”.’