Cinematographer Maxime Alexandre masters
the art of the scare.
by Jennifer Walden
OK horror film fans, pop quiz time. What do The Hills Have Eyes, The Crazies, Silent Hill:
Revelation, The Other Side of the Door, and
Annabelle: Creation all have in common? It’s cinematographer Maxime Alexandre. While he never set
out to be a horror film DP, I think it’s safe to say
he found his calling. In fact, his next project is
The Nun (part of The Conjuring universe), which
is written by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote
Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation.
Here Alexandre talks about his approach to
shooting horror films, and how he worked with
director David Sandberg to make one of this
summer’s best horror films, Annabelle: Creation.
For those who haven’t seen the film, Annabelle:
Creation is a prequel to Annabelle. It’s the origin
story of a demon-possessed doll that unleashes
its incredible power on a house full of orphaned
You have a rich history of shooting horror
films. Is that your favorite genre of film to
Maxime Alexandre (MA): I have a lot of fun shooting horror movies, but it’s not my choice. My
first movie as a cinematographer was High Tension (2003), which had a lot of success in the U.S.
That’s how I started working in the U.S. Basically,
I got stuck in horror. After High Tension with director Alexandre Aja, I did some of his other films
like The Hills Have Eyes (2006).
I went through a period where I just felt like
I wanted to stop doing horror films and do something else. You can try to do other movies but
people will always look at what you did and so it
can be difficult to get out of that. I did it, though.
I was lucky enough to have had the chance to do
other films, like action movies or comedies. But I