Stoke Newington star speaks about new horror flick – and plans for a musical

Adam Deacon

Adam Deacon - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bafta-winning actor Adam Deacon has spoken of his desire to strike fear into his audience with his latest release.

The Stoke Newington-born star, who burst onto the scene with his leading role in hit British movie Kidulthood in 2006, is determined to scare viewers who watch his new movie.

The film, which is titled Comedown, is a horror set in an east London council block. It has just come out on DVD after missing out on a full cinema release.

Mr Deacon, 30, who attended Stoke Newington School in Clissold Road, said: “They call Comedown a horror, but I think it’s more of a slasher movie like Saw and Blood and Guts.

“I just hope people get scared from it! I think horror has always got a really strong fan base and I hope I can bring my fan base and give them something quite different.”

Comedown is firmly rooted in the actor’s native east London and some of it was shot in Hackney by the Regent’s Canal.

It tells the story of a group of friends who want to set up a pirate radio station in a condemned tower block. Unfortunately for them, it also houses a bloodthirsty psychopath who seems less than pleased about their arrival.

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Mr Deacon, who last year clinched the Bafta Rising Star Award, is most often associated with gritty portrayals of urban life such as Kidulthood and its sequel Adulthood. His other credits include Shank and the 2010 comedy Anuvahood, his directorial debut.

Speaking about why he made the switch to horror – albeit in a similar urban setting – he said: “Part of it was because director Menhaj Huda [who directed Kidulthood] was working on it.

“I really trust what he does and how he films things. He knows I’m all about trying to make his characters as real as possible. Also, it felt like it was a good change.”

His next project is likely to involve another change of direction. He said: “I want to think out of the box. I’m right in the middle of a writing a musical which is hopefully different from what’s been done before.”

He was keen to give “a big thank you” to fans who supported him at the Bafta’s, saying: “I feel that I get so much support in Hackney.”