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Q&A with Maarten Groen, Director of “Salvatore”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Stripe, the main villain in Gremlins.

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 am full of bad ideas! One time I directed a drama about a five year old child who lost her pet hamster, driving her towards a failed suicide attempt. That movie was so bad, we never released it. I felt really sorry for all the cast and crew, but soon after we made Arret Pipi together and they all seemed to forget.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Absolutely! There is a dedicated horror community in Amsterdam, most of it centred around a few of the Dutch horror film festivals. I became part of the scene when I married the biggest horror fan I know.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Photography is often my main source for inspiration. I can get really inspired when browsing through the pages of a photobook.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would punch the nurse in the face, spark up a cigar and listen to some classic LP’s with Salvatore.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Black Philip, Leatherface, the Alien and all of the Cenobites (Hellraiser).

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.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I love working with Horror propmaker Rob’s Prop Shop. He’s an absolute legend who loves the genre. This is a guy who studies fatalities to see how people decompose. He also has the absolute best recipe for (fake) blood. In Salvatore we used 50 liters of it 🙂