Q&A with Nathan Crooker, Director of “Playback”

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ALTER: Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
NATHAN CROOKER: It would have to be Pinhead. We both always dress in black. We’re both quite witty with our choice of words. Lastly, as he states about himself and the cenobites that they are, “Explorers in the further regions of experience.” I like to think that I am as well.

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?
NC: I don’t think any idea is totally bad. I’ve had ideas that appear to be bad, but I always feel there’s a reason for it coming to me. Something within the idea, the core essence of it, is usually what is resonating with me. So most of the time I strip the idea down and then build it back up supporting it with a stronger narrative. Sometimes, I’ll go back to a “bad idea” I had years ago and because of something I read,  saw or experienced I’ll infuse that into the idea, and it is resurrected into something new and fresh that I want to work with.

A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
NC: I wouldn’t consider myself part of a horror community yet. I do hope that in making my future films, I will be graciously invited in.

A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
NC: I look for inspiration in what is happing in the world around me. Some of my best ideas are born from a kernel of something I’ve read about that is happening in the world or have experienced first hand. I like my films to have a strong statement about what is happening in society.

A: What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
NC: I would throw my TV out the window!

A: Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
NC: If I had a horror wrecking crew it would be Pinhead, Leatherface, Michael Meyer’s, Norman Bates,  the Brundlefly, Candyman and Ichi the Killer.

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

A: And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
NC: It’s a toss up between The Exorcist and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original). Depends on which side of the coffin I wake up on.