Q&A with Laura Kulik, Director of “The Last Seance”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Hmm… this is a hard one. I’d have to say Samara from The Ring. When you first meet her, you think she’s a passive victim, but as the story progresses you realize she’s actually behind all the terror. Also, got to love that hair.

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?
I went through so many bad ideas before ending up with the final script for The Last Séance. In my initially draft, Anna and the Thin Man have a direct confrontation where she fights him with her spiritual power. But in a short film, you just don’t have enough build up for that kind of climax. It would have been too rushed. I think the final ending turned out way creepier.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I do consider myself part of the horror community! Every time I’ve gone to a horror movie festival or screening, the fans have been so receptive toward the film. I’m still in touch with a lot of the people I’ve met at these festivals and its been really great to see everyone’s work.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
The original idea for the film came from the story of the Fox Sisters who were famous mediums in the 1800’s. What really sparked my interest in their story is despite their wide-ranging fame, very little is actually known about who the sisters were as people. My desire to explore this was the inspiration for The Last Séance.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Honestly, I would love to be able to talk to ghosts so I think I would have a lot of fun. Although, hopefully, I would not have a demon after me.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
I’d definitely say Ghostface, the Nun, and Baghul.

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

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
In terms of the set, we were very lucky to find a house location that was not only fit the film’s vibe but was also willing to work within our budget. Without that location, I don’t think the film would have achieved same creepy feeling.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
My favorite horror movie is Lake Mungo. It’s a very low key movie but something about it just gets under my skin.