Q&A with Dark Corner, the filmmakers behind “Special Day”

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ALTER: Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
TEAL: I guess anyone who gets lost and disappears into The Gloom (or The Twilight) in the Night Watch movies.

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?
NICK: I think, especially when you’re dealing with concept-driven horror, you gotta churn through a lot of monster gimmicks before finding a good one. So you sit around going – fatally bad breath monster, can only see you when you’re yawning monster, farm equipment come to life monster, etc. And there’s no real shortcut – you just keep your mind open all the time, and devote the hours to brainstorming.
TEAL: Hey, wait a minute, the yawning thing. I think there’s something there.

A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
TEAL: Yes, absolutely, although we like to call it the genre community. And the cost of membership is that most of us had weird childhoods.

A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
NICK: Teal and I want our work to be very much of a time and place, to resonate with what’s happening in the rest of the world, and even ideally to shine a spotlight on a commonly unseen community or issue. And so for inspiration we look to our own lives, to the news, and to our families and friends.

A: What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
NICK: I’d eat as much of that birthday cake as possible before I die.

A: Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
TEAL: I’d like to drop a Quiet Place monster into a giant horde of Train to Busan or World War Z zombies, just to see what would happen. That shit would be nuts.

A: Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
TEAL: Freddy because he actually has a personality.
NICK: Lovecraft, but only because I got a bone to pick with Stephen King. You know what you did, Steve.
TEAL: Practical.
NICK: Mid-apocalypse? I just wanna be the kid on the swingset when the nukes go off in Terminator 2.

A: How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
NICK: Our sets are born out of numerous trips to numerous Goodwills, as well as incomprehensible sketches we share back and forth. And “relatable but unfamiliar” is a great phrase – we think horror exists best when the comfortable / familiar is only slightly perverted. We want people to start with a mild sense of unease, that something here is wrong but they can’t quite put their finger on it.

A: And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
TEAL: Probably the most disturbing picture I have ever seen is Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.
NICK: I just want to chime in here and say I think Teal’s answer is insufferable.