Q&A with Andrew Rose, Director of “All You Can Carry”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal? MacReady from THE THING. I’m not like him at all, as much as I wish. But I just love that he speaks his mind every step of the way and that he has a very honest personality. He gets angry, flustered and confused sometimes, but that’s okay, because that’s how he works things out. He’s flawed, he’s human, and he still manages to do his absolute best to overcome the challenges before him. He’s the man.

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 think by working things out with your collaborators as much as you can. Two brains are always better than one. I also think it’s important to write everything down – literally everything. That’s been my strategy so far. I have a million lists: Story ideas, sound ideas, titles, names, lines of dialogue, lighting and shot ideas – I find it enormously helpful to have an organized record of everything I do creatively. That way, I have a better understanding of where I’ve been, why I arrived at these ideas in the first place, and most importantly, how I can improve on them in the future.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I do. Some of my favorite films of all time come from this genre. But I think horror films get a bad rep sometimes – often because so many devolve into guts and gore – which isn’t really my scene. James Cameron has a great quote: “You don’t create fear with gore. You create disgust.” I’d like to consider myself part of the horror community that doesn’t create disgust.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
On one hand I always look to my heroes. I look at behind-the-scenes making-of footage of my favorite films – that definitely excites me and helps generate new ideas. But on the other hand if you look too much into that stuff you end up making an imitation of your favorite movies, and that’s not good. So I think it’s a balance. I’ll turn to some of my favorite films, photographs, paintings and music at the beginning – but at certain point I love just talking and drawing things out with my closest collaborators. At that point your film starts to become your own.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
What a nightmare!! First, I would sprint to the nearest sporting goods store. Next, I would run down to the nearest grocery store and stay put. Forever.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
That is an interesting question. I have no idea.

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

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’ The Exorcist. Hands down.