A desperate man, a derelict farmhouse, an ever-present menace: What happens when DARKNESS COMES?
"Darkness Comes" by John Marsh
Check out the Q&A with the filmmaker below:
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
The classic horror character I relate to is Lawrence Talbot aka the wolfman – I find the stuggle with inner darkness and torment really relatable and very ‘human’.
Also, Chief Brody (JAWS) – He’s a fish out of water everyman who’s as flawed as he is principled. When this ordinary man finds himself in an extraordinary situation, he doubles down and redefines what it means have grit.
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 don’t believe there are bad ideas, per se, just ideas that haven’t been explored properly. An idea is exactly that, an idea, it’s how it’s brought into the world that counts. There are certainly a lot of bad results based on good ideas, but sometimes it’s more a case of the first version of an idea being the one that’s executed – I believe in letting ideas grow, evolve and mature with time as the first version is rarely the one to run with.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I love watching horror and have a particual taste when seeking films out, but I hope to become more a part of the horror community as a filmmaker over time.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I think everything comes from exploring character. If you load your charactes up with beautiful flaws and human frailty, then the world kind of happens around them. You just need to introduce a horrific element into their world and the characters should respond accordingly. I guess I’m kind of obsessed with the darkness that resides in the human psyche.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Be much better prepared than this guy.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
A Xenomorph, The Thing, A Predator, Cthulhu, The Wolfman, Freddy Krueger and Dr Hannibal Lecter.
That way, I’ve got space, land, sea, dreams and night covered with some shape-shifting to boot and a human element in the form of the good Dr to keep the gang organised.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
We’re old school when creating props and sets and really try to keep everything as practical and ‘in camera’ as possible. Everything is also designed to serve the narrative – for example, every label on a can or bottle has been designed to serve the story it’s a part of. Every item in any given shot has a narrative significance, it’s never just there ‘because’. I love a good ‘Easter Egg’.
Making things relatable, but unfamiliar is, for the most part, what I love about good Science Fiction. Ridley Scott and James Cameron are masters of this – I simply try to follow in their footsteps and take things from the present that are very familiar and then simply tweak them a bit so they can inhabit the specific world I’m building.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
I really love John Carpenter’s The Thing – it’s one of my all time favourite films, let alone favourite scary movie.
I also really, loved Robert Eggers’ The VVitch – I wouldn’t class it as a horror film necessarily, but the sense of dread from start to finish incredibly unsettling … it was amazing.