"Pelican Milkshake" by Marcus Newman

"Pelican Milkshake" by Marcus Newman

A killer disposing of her victim is caught off guard when a drone witnesses the burial. Covering up her crime just became a lot more bloody complicated.

Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
 
I think Sam Neil’s character John Trent from ‘In the Mouth of Madness’. A truth hunting skeptic spiralling towards insanity.
 
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?
 
‘Genetic scientists accidently create a new breed of vampire while attempting to stop the red-head gene from dying out. Now fire resistant red-headed vampires stalk the shadows, eating tanned skin and building their own army. Only a sharpened carrot through the heart can stop them.’
 
I always try to ask myself ‘have I seen this before?’ and then the spark comes from other people. When I have an idea I can’t stop thinking about and sharing it with friends makes their eyes light up, then I know it has potential.
 
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
 
I think I need a few more horror films under my belt to confidently say yes. But appreciation of horror is definitely the common element for the filmmaking teams I’ve been part of.  
 
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
 
Often it starts with a dark question. For this particular film I was inspired by drone technology. A little flying camera in the sky that gives unprecedented access to the world… what if something messed up in that realm?  
 
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
 
I would probably hide inside the boot of one of the junk yard cars for about 2 days until I was sure the crazy lady was gone.
 
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
 
- Scary dude in the painting from Ghostbusters 2
- Singing gremlin with glasses on from Gremlins 2
- The thing from The Thing
- Keifer Sutherland’s voice from Phonebooth.
 
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
 
Jason, King, Practical and Pre Apocalypse.
 
(If applicable) How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
 
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
 
It’s funny, I think the supernatural freaks me out more but in my own writing I’m drawn to plausible scenarios. Twisting something relatable from the everyday world. I love taking something normal and asking “what if something horrible happened?”
 
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
 
The Thing!