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Q&A with John Lynch, Director of “Eddie”

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ALTER: Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
John Lynch: Ash from Evil Dead 2. I’m always biting off more than I can chew but going along with it. I also shout “groovy” a lot (I don’t).

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?
JL: I have at least 100 bad ideas a day. On the set of Eddie I had my fair share of them. The original shoot we actually filmed quite a different final act to the film and when we got to the edit I realised that it just didn’t fit. I took on the advice and opinions of my collaborators, we organized a 1 day re-shoot and the film is much better as a result.

A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
JL: London has a pretty good horror community actually! Check out the London Horror Society!

A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
JL: For me it’s about authentic atmosphere more than exact details. I also like to subvert and merge genre in my filmmaking. So I pull powerful elements from many different areas. For instance, Eddie has some obvious sci-fi/horror inspirations like Alien or Day of the Dead, but it also has some pretty left field ones too, like Henri-Goerges Clouzot’s unfinished experimental new wave film L’Infer.

A: What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
JL: I’d like to say I’d work out what was up and take down the faceless corporation treating me like ginuea pig… but being British I’d probably more or less convince myself everything was fine and ignore the impending doom. I think most people would. That’s mainly what the film is about!

A: Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
JL: Jason and H.P. Lovecraft for sure. Practical (where practical). Pre-apocolypse is always more interesting to me.

A: How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
JL: I was lucky enough to find a real life 24,000 sq ft nuclear bunker for the film… so I guess just do that?

A: And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
JL: Controversial maybe but I think Alien is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.