When Jay, a nineteen-year-old fashionista is left home alone, she discovers that not all of her clothes are quite as harmless as she thinks.
"Material Girl" by Kris Carr
Check out our Q&A with the filmmaker below:
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level? Probably ‘It’ from It follows (not ‘It’ the clown). I too like to get my steps in, but I’ll be honest it probably puts my daily step count to shame. I also think it makes a lot of good arguments, and really is just a bit misunderstood.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I find bouncing ideas off other people is usually the best way to weed out the bad ideas. If they seem to really engage with you and start adding to the idea or talking about different ways you can take it - there’s probably something to it. If there’s a pause, there’s some ummming and errring then they say “yeah, that’s ok” they’re probably just being polite and it’s actually an awful, awful idea that you should be embarrassed you said out loud to another human being. Talking to other people usually helps you clarify the idea in your own mind too. Up until then it’s just been you and your idea alone in your head, which is a very scary place to be.If they’re not into it, you can keep it in your back pocket to re-work, twist or mould into another idea that doesn’t completely suck.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I do. That’s it. That’s the answer.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Not to sound cliché, but I find inspiration usually strikes when you're not looking for it. Me and my writing partner have spent days sat across from one another trying to force a good film idea into existence and nothing comes. But then we’ll go for a walk, or to the pub, or for a walk to the pub and POW - ideas come flooding out of nowhere.I think that did end up sounding a little cliché. Damn.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Probably spend a lot of time naked. (This answer will probably make a lot more sense if you have seen the film)
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Alien (From Alien)
Aliens (From Aliens)
The Thing (From The Thing)
Predator (From Predator)
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (From the movie of the same name)
The mothership from Independence day (I know that’s not strictly a horror film, but the Earth being invaded by a technologically advanced alien race is a pretty horrifying situation - I mean c’mon - also I seem to have a sci-fi theme going with this team and I felt like keeping that going).
I’m also gonna say chucky (From the original Child’s play, not the one with Mark Hammill doing the voice - not that the new one isn’t a good film, I personally just prefer the original - also let’s be honest Chucky would probably be more of a team mascot with this many Killer Aliens around, but honestly I’m ok with that.)
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Now Jason has a pretty cool mask for sure, but Freddy can literally go into people’s dreams and kill them in their sleep. I’ll let you decide which is better (like it’s even a competition).Steven Edwin King. Apparently he has a cool dog too. Which I like.Practical. (Has CGI ever been scary? I guess I found ‘The Mummy’ a bit scary when I was Younger? Maybe?)Post-Apocalypse Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Pre-Apoc the rest. My reasons are my own.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Things I find scary: Mummies. Zombies. Vampires. Spiders. Creaky doors. Twins. The 2008 housing crisis. Hyper-inflation. Finding out it’s actually ME who’s the clone. People who wear flip-flops with jeans. The inevitable heat death of the universe, and the fact that I grew up thinking I was special and was going to do something really special and impactful, but the longer I keep on living the more I realise, nope i’m actually just a normal person like everything one else… I think that list got away from me a little. Sorry.I think you could probably make a horror film about just about anything - lots of things can be twisted or made creepy. Just to back up my point - i’ll point out they made a horror movie about a sentient rubber tyre that has psychokinetic powers. I think there are so many horror films out there these days it’s more a case of how you approach a topic rather than what it is you approach. It’s all about having a fresh take on something, or a new spin - not just repeating what’s come before. If you have something new to say, I think people will respond to it.Also Moths. I’m afraid of moths.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Ahhhhhh. Evil Dead II? It Follows? Evil Dead II? It Follows? It’s definitely one of them. I don’t think I can choose between them - I’m not going to choose between them AND YOU CAN’T MAKE ME.