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Q&A with Andrea Niada, Director of “Home Education”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level?
Danny from THE SHINING

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?
Probably the majority of ideas I’ve had started out as being a lot more bad than good and that doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily objectively good in the end! It’s more a case of moving from a place where you’re unhappy and frustrated with what you’ve put down, to a stage where you’re satisfied. Usually for me getting past the bad ideas is a process of re-writing and letting time pass to gain enough objectivity on what I’ve written. It’s very hard for me to be able to tell if something works immediately after I’ve written it. Usually, if I still like it after a few days or weeks, it means it works for me.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
No funnily enough. I grew up watching and discovering a lot of horror films with friends when we were younger for the excitement of it, but I’ve never been part of a horror community. This is also because I also love watching and writing other genres.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
My favourite kind of horror is psychological, the sort that taps into deep anxieties and dread. So for me inspiration usually comes from exploring that part of myself and how it perceives the world. When I’m writing, I tend to focus on how to amplify aspects of the every day to make them unsettling and uncanny. Essentially it feels like horror comes out when you distort reality enough in a certain direction to bring the darkness and dread in things to the surface.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Probably lock the other characters in a cellar and throw away the key. Or re-write myself as an invisible presence so I could observe the characters and world without getting hurt…

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Alien, The Thing, Michael Myers, headed by Hannibal Lecter and Al Pacino’s Devil from THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, Stephen King, Practical and Post-Apocalypse!

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
This is always a hard one so I’ll name a few! REC by Paco Plaza, TENEBRAE by Dario Argento, DAWN OF THE DEAD by George Romero, THE BIRDS by Alfred Hitchcock and THE GIFT by Joel Edgerton.