From starring in the cult hit TV series Lost to the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, actor Dominic Monaghan has achieved things many of his peers only dream of. This week, Monaghan can add another jewel to his impressive crown, as he's been named the official ambassador of this year's Screamfest Film Festival.
In the years since his breakout hits, the actor has gone on to star in genre films like I Sell the Dead,
"I think horror movies have a special place in the industry, because they tend to be one of the areas that gives great new opportunities to burgeoning writers, burgeoning filmmakers, actors that maybe haven't had an opportunity before," Monaghan told PopCulture.com about what he loves about genre movies. "It's a place where people can cut their teeth. And we have to remember that these are the people that might be the new Duncan Jones, that might be the new Edgar Wright, that might be the new Rian
Monaghan knows this from experience, as Lord of the Rings director Jackson began his career with films like Dead Alive and Bad Taste, which are both filled with gore.
"I mean, Peter Jackson started his career in horror movies, in schlocky B-movie horror movies," Monaghan noted. "Because that's where he learned to be such a master technician, you know? So, the horror movie genre is a place where these people that, in the next 5-10 years, will be the new Christopher Nolan, will be the new Peter Jackson."
Despite his many accomplishments, given Hollywood's current obsession with remakes and reboots, the actor confessed he'd love to help bring a set of '80s fantasy films to life.
"I know that they were talking about, not necessarily a sequel, but a re-imagining of the world of Labyrinth, which I was really interested
These films might have been geared towards younger audiences, but their surrealism strongly impacted its viewers.
"Dark Crystal was terrifying when I was a kid," Monaghan admitted. "You know, when they drained the essence of these little
Screamfest Film Festival kicks off tonight in Los Angeles. You can get more information by heading to their website.