Q&A with Izzy Lee, Director of “Rites of Vengeance”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Ellen Ripley. If only any of those guys had believed her, none of this would have happened. Good for us, bad for all of the characters in the Alien franchise. She goes from a regular strong woman into an utter badass whom I adore.

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’m not sure I want to! Everyone has ideas that aren’t fully baked. You just have to keep going and pushing and creating. Find something that makes you passionate. Peel back the layers and see what’s underneath.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Sure thing. Find me at film festivals hanging out with other filmmakers or online at

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Real life gives me plenty of terrible options, unfortunately.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
That’s a bleak prospect. I’d try to get out and find my way to the nearest tropical island before I got horribly murdered.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The Thing, Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, a grown Charlie McGee (Firestarter), and the Predator.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Man, these are hard choices! Leatherface. Stephen King, because his work is infinitely scarier due to so many relatable subjects. Practical — with a little bit of CGI for enhancement, because if you use a tool like that correctly, it’s seamless.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s pretty much a perfect film — the special effects, isolation, paranoia, story, characters, and nihilist ending all rock my world.