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Q&A with Andrew Montague, Director of “Blackwood”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?

I’m always looking over my shoulder so id have to say the “It” from It Follows.

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 seem to have a new idea every week, but unless it kinda burns in my mind I don’t usually pursue it. That is actually the hard part, finding something that keeps you inspired all the way through the process, even when it evolves.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

I like to think I have an affinity with horror fans, but what I love most is how passionate and responsive the horror community is. For that I am thankful!

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?

I do loads of research before I shoot. I like to look everywhere; films, books, art, architecture. Anything that ignites something in my imagination.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?

Who is to say I’m not already in it?

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Annie Wilkes and Esther from the Orphan as a mother-daughter tag team.

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

Freddy. Stephen King. Practical. Pre Apocolypse.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

Well for this last film, I had to create a creature. My rationale was make it kinda like a human but then start to make it feel “wrong” so it became unsettling. I was looking for things that had long limbs and moved oddly. So I dove into some pretty disturbing art and photography. By disturbing I don’t mean blood and gore, more like things that unsettle you but you can’t say why. For example I kept going back to The Rollers from “Return to OZ”, they always freaked me out. I could not afford practical but because my background is in VFX, I knew I could create something that way. Then I took them all and started to design a creature. In the end I found a creature from an artist called Torstein Norstrand, who had made one very close to what I was moving towards.

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

Right now, It has to be Hereditary. There is so many layers to that onion!