Q&A with Ivan Villamel Sanchez, Director of “Mr. Dentonn”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
I really like the werewolf at an internal level, because it is a being that always has a conflict between its animal part and its human part. And I feel very identified with the wolf on a spiritual level of horror, a noble animal but with a wild character inside.

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?
It’s very easy to think of bad ideas, and writing stories is always a fight to overcome those bad ideas. In any case, I can’t remember any bad idea because I forget them very fast, luckily! I think the key to get to a good idea is to find a story that has something of yourself, that you can identify with the idea you want to express or with a character and its internal conflict.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I consider myself part of the horror community because I have been lucky that my works have been very successful, and I love fantastic and horror films. But I also consider myself part of the film community in general, because I’m a fan of all kinds of genres. Horror is the genre that I have felt most personal to tell my stories now, but perhaps in the future I will tell my stories in other genres, not only horror. Who knows…

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
My main inspiration is the cinema itself. I am a very cinephile person since I was a child and I really like to mix influences from all kinds of genres and movies of all ages. Personal experiences are also a great influence as a starting point to develop a story, but mainly my influence is all the cinema I’ve seen in my life.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would probably have many problems, because the characters in my stories go through very hard and difficult experiences, which usually do not end well. I would try to get out alive, just that haha

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The Dracula of Christopher Lee, I’m sure he would be the leader of any group of villains. I love him.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy (the best modern villain) / H.P. Lovecraft (my favorite horror writer) / Practical and Post Apocalypse

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
The props are a mixture of influences from other films, literature and my own imagination. Since I was a child, I have always imagined very terrifying objects and I love them. I think we should never forget our children’s part, because in children there is the most inspiring imagination. The child’s gaze always knows how to turn around the most common things in our daily life.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
“The Exorcist”