Manson makes debut at Berlin fest

Eternal teenager Marilyn Manson stepped into the wonderland of the Movenpick Hotel’s banqueting room to give journalists and distributors a glimpse of “Phantasmagoria,” his first outing as a feature film director and lead actor.

The pic, which Manson hopes will “redefine the horror genre and put it back to where it once began with people like Roman Polanski” will tell the story of Lewis Carroll, the creator of the children’s classic “Alice in Wonderland.”

“It’s more of an intellectual and arty version of horror and it’s very exciting,” added Brit fashion model Lily Cole, who was also present at the press conference and who is set to play Alice. Manson himself will tackle the role of Carroll.

Wild Bunch, which is putting together the pic and which has been encouraging Manson to take the director’s chair for the last five years, showed a short teaser, that Manson and his co-writer Anthony Silva had helmed. 

The short clip featured the usual mix of sexual deviance and beautifully lensed gothic aesthetic, which Manson has become known for.

Wearing black lipstick and looking and sounding a lot like Edward Scissorhands, Manson says that his fascination with Carroll stems from the many parallels he’s discovered between the writer and himself.

“A lot of people think of Carroll as a paedophile but he was actually a man tied to his childhood, and when he realized that he had nothing left that was linking him to his childhood, he died.”

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