Q&A with Colin A Borden, the Director of “The Herd”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
There’s probably always a soft spot in my heart for the likes of Mr. Hyde. Not for the things he did, but the metaphor there. There’s a little spark of malfeasance in all of us that we’re perhaps afraid to investigate or let out into the world. We’re all at times the hero and villain of our own story. One of my favorite interpretations was from the Hugh Jackman Van Helsing. I dug the urbane take on the hulking beast; he lost most of his wits, but not his class.
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?
The bad ideas are the spark! It’s hard to answer this question because there truly are no bad ideas; it’s all part of the process. You have to begin from somewhere, right? And even a goof that makes it to the final screening is a lesson to be learned. I love bad ideas and mistakes; they make you stronger and smarter.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Thus far, I would consider myself on the fringe of the horror community. I actually designed THE HERD as a family drama, which is what I think helps sell the tension and relate-ability of it. Had I gone for straight thriller or horror in the approach, we may have landed somewhere significantly different. I do love the feeling of making an audience squirm, though, so perhaps I’ll keep sliding further down this horror hole…
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
For THE HERD, I looked chiefly to the photographs of Dorthea Lange. We wanted to ground our little post apocalyptic family into a realistic lifestyle, and where better to look for starving farmers than the Dust Bowl? From those silhouettes, we eeked out into more junkyard chic, using zip ties to sure up shirt seams, and human flesh for candle wax. We wanted a sense of cohesion to the design, while still looking slapdash and ‘take what you can find.’
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
For starters, I’d like to hope I’m waking up as a human, not a cow, but in either instance I’d go look for a bowling league to join; we’re going to need friends in the impeding post-Grey Out future and I pray bowling is still around to facilitate.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Are we bowling or murdering? Maybe a little of both? In which case, I’d just bag the whole gang from A Clockwork Orange. We’d paint the town red.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy! King! Practical! Post Apocalypse! Shew.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
To be honest, I am a totally weenie when it comes to horror movies, Ghostface. But since you said, ‘scary’ and not, ‘horror,’ IDIOCRACY is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.