"Nova" by David McAbee

Dr. Nova Thorpe only has a few minutes to warn everyone that the experiment went horribly wrong.

"Nova" by David McAbee

Check out our Q&A with the filmmaker below:

Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
How does do you narrow it down just one? I mean there’s Ashley ‘Ash’ J. Williams. Says cool shit and eventually wields a chainsaw hand. The classic underdog who’s pushed to his limit to save himself and the people he loves.
 
But then there’s Norman Bates. But the Norman Bates from Psycho II. If you haven’t seen it, please stop reading this, go rent it and enjoy one of the best sequels of all time. The quiet man with so much going on in his head. I think there’s something special and cool to that. Not the murdering of his mother. My mom is actually a badass and got me into horror. Nor am I into peeping on unsuspecting people in the shower (I feel like that should be said).
 
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 wouldn’t say it’s a ‘bad idea’ because it got made. But my first feature, well lets say, I would do a lot of things differently now. When you’re offered your first writing/directing gig, it’s hard to say no, even if the subject matter isn’t necessarily something you gravitate towards. There were a lot of conversations with the producers like, “I don’t think we need a full song and dance number this scene. It…just…doesn’t…work…”
 
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
There’s nothing I enjoy more (I mean other than hanging with my wife and daughter…) than attending festivals. Even if I’m not there screening a film, I LOVE IT. One of many reasons 2020 was a dumpster fire full of baby diapers was because we couldn’t attend festivals. You couldn’t sit in a crowded (or like my movies, not so crowded) theater and watch/experience something new. Something new with a strangers who were all there to do the same. Sure there were virtual festivals and those were great for the time, but just not the same. It’s just the most rad way to meet other horror nerds and watch cool stuff that you can’t see anywhere else.
 
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
It always comes from a different place. For Nova, I was inspired by the transformation scene from An American Werewolf in London. But it comes from everywhere, a song
 
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Well, shit…I’d be bummed because I’d know something real horrible is about to go down.
 
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
I wouldn’t need a squad. Just two people on a mission of madness. Freddy Kruger and Annie Wilkes.
 
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy (Duh)
Stephen King Rules
Practical with a touch of CG
Pre Apocalypse. It’s always scarier seeing what led to the apocalypse.
 
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
The idea of being forgotten while still being alive is the most terrifying thing ever (I should talk to my therapist about that…)
You can see some of that fear come out in Nova. Doctor Thorpe is doing everything in her power to not be forgotten. To get her message out.
 
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Psycho and Psycho II.