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Q&A with Michael May, Director of “Initiation”

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ALTER: Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?

MICHAEL MAY: I relate to Frankenstein’s Monster. I think we can all feel like outsiders, and I do most of the time, where I want to relate, empathize, or communicate with those around me…and I feel like I fail mostly.

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?

MM: I like to say there are no bad ideas. There may be poor execution, something may not be entirely thought out or researched, or you get lazy with an idea. I think the only way to get past “bad” ideas are to not worry if they’re bad and just go for it if the idea speaks to you. Failing is learning and it’s through the struggles and failures that you find your spark. “Initiation” is a weird movie and I thought no one would like it but we’ve had a surprisingly good response…I made this short literally thinking it would be a failure.

A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

MM: Yes and No. I co-founded a horror company which keeps me involved with genre filmmakers, but I don’t seek out horror movies when I’m watching films. I also don’t seek out horror filmmakers, selectively, if I’m trying to learn more about someone’s work. I just like good stories and I like bold filmmakers in any genre.

A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?

MM: This depends on the script. I’m a big researcher. I let the tone, style, writer, etc. influence where I turn for inspiration or information, and 100% of the time I find myself influenced by something I never expected after I spend a lot of time researching.

A: What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?

MM: I’d try to find a way to turn off that damn old timey radio that keeps making weird noises.

A: Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

MM: Just that assassin from KILLING EVE. I know it’s not a horror villain per se, and it’s a tv show, but man I love her ego, skill, and Hannibal Lector-esque mental games.

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

MM: Freddy, King, Practical, Post Apocalypse.

A: And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’

MM: Silence of the Lambs