Q&A with Michael Escobedo, Director of “The Daughters of Virtue”

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ALTER: Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Michael Escobedo: The Wolfman. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated and horrified by the concept of a decent man transforming into this terrible beast. It’s stuck with me every since. There’s something melancholy about this that I’ve always related to.

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?
ME: I’m not sure I’ve ever thought any of my ideas were bad. But there’s definitely been bad execution. I’ve written some really bad drafts of screenplays that will never see the light of day. They are shut away somewhere. Not even sure I could find them if I wanted to. The first movie I ever directed is a perfect example of this. I’m not sure I even have a copy of it anywhere.

A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
ME: I do. I love the horror community. Going to different genre fests through the country, I’ve met many wonderful people within the horror community. There’s nothing like it. Hands down, the horror community has the best people.

A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
ME: A lot of it is just my own taste in aesthetic. I grew up moving around a lot. Lived many years in Germany, so I love gothic design. I also have a fondness for old Americana. It’s a world that’s foreign to me and I like to explore things that are not of my own experience. Exploring things from my perspective.

A: What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
ME: Escape and go to a metal concert. I can’t imagine going to a metal concert in the 80’s. It would have been awesome.

A: Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
ME: Michael and Jason as a tag team duo. I grew up with those two. It’d be fun to see them in a movie.

A: Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
ME: Jason over Freddy. My love for all things Friday the 13th runs deep.
King; I never got into Lovecraft.
Practical effects will always be better than CGI. Once I know a horror effect is CGI, it usually ruins the movie for me. CGI blood, ghosts. I hate it.
Morbid curiosity would probably get the best of me, so I’ll go with Post-Apocalypse. I’m very curious as to what daily like would be like. On the flip side, I love my life, so Pre-Apocalypse suits me just fine.

A: And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
ME: If I had to pick one, it would have to be Halloween. I think it was the defining horror movie of my life. It’s influence on me is immeasurable. I love everything about it. As a kid, my brother and I would pretend to be Michael Myers and stalk each other in dark basements. Can’t really beat that kind of influence.