Q&A with Kheireddine El-Helou, Director of “Drudge”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Freddy Kruegar. I’d consider Freddy the most creative of the horror legends and he always knows how to deliver a killer one-liner.

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 don’t know if there are necessarily “bad” ideas. I think there is always a version of an idea that can probabaly be turned into something great. People told George Lucas that ‘Star Wars’ was a “bad” idea… I think he proved those people wrong.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes. It’s a passionate bunch who aren’t afraid to celebrate the dark side of stories and characters. I’m one of those people and I feel lucky to be apart of the community.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I watch lots of movies, but I also find inspiration through images. I will jump into comic books, museum photographs, or fall down the rabbit hole of online image searches. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Freddy Kruegar, Pennywise, Leatherface, then each one of them riding a velociraptor from Jurrasic Park. That would be a beautiful and horrifying sight.

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’ve personally built every set piece and custom prop that’s featured in my films. I have no prior experience in set design or prop making, but I think that aspect brings a realisim to the items I create – they’re built from pieces I find in my house or purchased at a harware store. The goal is to make them feel relatable, but also push the design far enough that it becomes unfamiliar.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
The Silence of the Lambs.