Who the hell is Joe Cornish and what is 'Attack the Block'?

It's easy to imagine that's what most people have been wondering since 'Attack the Block' was met with almost unanimous adoration following its world premiere at SXSW less than a week ago. Those familiar with Cornish's work on British TV and radio may have been more familiar with the special blend of bemused horror in store, but for the most part no one had any idea what to expect from this Edgar Wright-produced movie about an inner city gang who fight off an alien invasion.

And that's the way it should be. There's no reason to know the film's plot intricacies going in. Just go in knowing that this is not your standard alien invasion movie out of Hollywood. This isn't a megabudget movie filled with name actors and huge explosions. This is a beast of a film all its own.

So don't worry, nothing in the below interview with Joe Cornish is spoilery. We don't talk plot or specific moments in the film, we just talk about tone, intent, and the kind of movies that, to use Cornish's own words, "blow your tits off."