Q&A with Joshua Giuliano, Director of “The Flesh of my Lovers”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
He isn’t necessarily a horror character, but Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. He drives a taxi; I deliver Postmates. He likes the color red; so do I. We’re “God’s Lonely Men.”
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I don’t really consider myself a part of any community other than maybe a general “LA filmmaker” community, but even that is up for contention.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
For The Flesh of My Lovers we consulted photos of serial killer Ed Gein’s home for our chief source of inspiration then filtered him through the candy-colored lens of Jaques Tati and Pedro Almodovar with a little Haneke austerity thrown-in for good measure.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I’d clean the shit out of that apartment — I can’t stand a messy place.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Hannibal Lecter for brains (no pun intended), the Xenomorph for muscle, Nubbins Sawyer for chow (he makes good head cheese), and Colonel Kurtz for group morale.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Michael Meyers, Stephen King, practical and more practical + some CG because let’s be honest it really helps, and I’m not generally a fan of apocalypse narratives — I find them rather dull.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
Well… when writing the mannequins I really just let my mind go wild. Then I gave the ideas to my production designer, Robert Brecko, who’s even more perverted than I am, and he let his mind go wild. And then he did all that stuff to those mannequins, collected barrel-fulls of garbage, bought some red meat and there you have it. Honestly, he should probably be locked away for a while.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974). Love the relentlessness of the terror and the simplicity of the narrative. Contains some of the most artful horror moments ever committed to screen.