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Q&A with Marty Stalker, Director of “Safe Haven”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
R.J MacReady. There are times when all I want to do is lock myself away and get drunk!

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’ve never had bad ideas, just concepts that were over done at the time, so were rejected. Writing a horror story that hasn’t been seen or read before is difficult and sometimes its down to your skills as a filmmaker to turn a common concept into something special and fresh.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes, I’m lucky enough to have a few filmmaker and writer friends who like to swap horror scripts often. So we’re constantly providing feedback to one another which is vital to move forward from a writing point of view.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
For inspiration, I look to the work of Neil Marshall and particularly his film ‘The Descent’. He proved on a small budget that you can create a suspensful film through clever use of space, light and sound. Cast well, keep the rules clear and build everything else around that.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Well, I would make sure all the windows were closed for a start! Barracade the room and wait  for the ash cloud to pass. Then improvise, adapt, and hopefully overcome but that’s easier said then done. Surviving the ash cloud would only be the start as those Greys are ferocious by nature!

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The following villains had a massive impact on me growing up so inevitably have made my ultimate horror villain squad list: Freddy Krueger, Candyman, Pennywise (1990) and John Ryder from ‘The Hitcher’ (1986)

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

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
‘The Exorcist’ is my favourite scary movie of all time.