Q&A with Mia’Kate Russell, Director of “Liz Drives”

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ALTER: Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
MIA’KATE RUSSELL: Great question. I like to say, my horror spirit animal would be some great final girl like Nancy or Sydney. But in reality I’d probably be the blonde, torn to shreds half way through American Werewolf in London.

A: 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?
MKR: Bad ideas don’t hang around long enough to get fully acknowledged, but I have a couple of unfinished film ideas I know i can make something of (if i can work out the missing ingredient).

A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
MKR: Absolutely, and I love it. The horror community is incredibly supportive and very, very cool. These are the people who really love film, and don’t just watch recent blockbusters.

A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
MKR: When I write I see the story in my head and my hand scribbles overtime trying to keep up with it. Kind of like a crazy old medium in a seance scene.

A: Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
MKR: My villain squad would be lead by Annie Wilkins from Misery (wielding a sledgehammer) behind her, the infected from REC stand swaying, and Dexter would lurk in the shadows.
The shark from The Meg would also be in our squad for underwater battles.

A: Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
MKR: Freddy
Stephen King
Pre Apocalypse