Q&A with the Stars/Producers and Writer of “Deep Dish Apocalypse”

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ALTER: Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
RON (Producer): Hmmm…that’s a toss up between Norman Bates and Annie Wilkes. Both have such a need to be loved and accepted that it draws them to insanity, and who hasn’t had love push them to the brink? (laughs maniacally) But, of course Freddy Krueger is really my all time horror spirit animal, but mainly because of his hilarious and over the top one-liners. He is the sassiest queen of queens! 🙂

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?
TREY (Writer): The worst idea I ever had was a story about a department store manager who launches a coup against the company’s CEO to preserve its founding values and culture in the face of greedy, profit-driven expansion. Yawn. But here’s the thing about bad ideas: lurking within them there’s often a good one that hasn’t quite blossomed—all that’s needed is some thoughtful re-examination, finessing, and maybe some spitballing with a few trusted collaborators. Being honest with myself, staying humble, open, receptive, all these things help me find my creative spark. Additionally, working with smart, like-minded creative partners is also an essential component. I consider myself fortunate indeed to have worked with the Bell-House team on Deep Dish Apocalypse.

A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
ALL: The filmmakers we’ve had the pleasure of meeting at horror film festivals have been so kind and have inspired us with their work. We’re new to the community but feel welcome here!

A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
ALL: Everything starts with the script. If you are lucky enough to get a brilliant writer, like we did with Trey, then that world is filled in for you. When looking for scripts to produce, we know we have found a winner when the world is so clearly articulated on the page that we say to each other “We HAVE to do this!” However, when we are writing we draw from lots of things around us, our relationships, the state of the world, and the fears we have about our own lives. The best horror movies are allegories for hidden simple fears we all share.

A: What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
EMILY (Producer): If I woke up inside our film, I would immediately try to find an abandoned mall, raid the Cinnabon, and bunker up in front of a 4K tv while I waited out the zombie apocalypse.
RON: If I woke up inside our film, I think I would at first love the idea of absolute anarchy. I would go get a ton of food, and wait it out for a couple of days while watching martial arts movies. Then I would arise as a superhero with six pack abs and start taking back the world. I would be able to do flips, kicks, and and use weapons to regain power. It would be awesome! Ok….this is fantasy right?

A: Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Pennywise and Freddy because they can morph into whatever your fear.
Norman Bates for his manipulation.
Michael Meyers for his sheer strength.
And Jaws…just in case you they think they can escape via water!

A: Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
ALL: Freddy (cause who can resist that fedora and those stylish gloves?). H.P. Lovecraft, for his love of unpronounceable monster names. Practical and Post Apocalypse!

A: How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
ALL: Because shooting on a real subway platform was cost prohibitive, we made our set out of cardboard and shot on a soundstage. Our director and DP, David and James Codeglia, were the masterminds behind this plan. They built the subway walls in their apartment and we assembled them a day before the shoot. The concrete pillar seen standing between Traci and Doug was made out of styrofoam, built by Andrew Lyons. The set was designed to look like an actual subway station here in Los Angeles, so everything down to the suicide hotline sign was a match to the real thing. That made cutting between a few green screen shots and our set more seamless.
The tennis racket was also handmade. Using liquid latex, cotton balls, fake blood and some hair from a wig, Emily was able to create the bloody racket she carried in the film. She tried to make it look as much like it would have if it had been used to kill a zombie, which dictated the direction in which the gore and blood splatter were applied.

A: And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
EMILY: I first saw The Shining at a sleepover when I was 10 years old. That was my first scary movie and it will always go down as one of my all time favorites!
RON: The Exorcist! Of course I wouldn’t say it’s a movie that I can watch over and over again. But, I was raised Catholic so it scared me like no other movie has. After watching it I was like, I want to scare people like that!