Q&A with Mateo Marquez, Director of “The Invaders”

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

Jack Torrance from Kubrick’s The Shining. Everything has to be perfect and I am almost always losing my concentration.

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?

One of my bad ideas specifically for The Invaders was having Jayla the main character run up to a random suburban house window and slam herself against their living room window. They would simply ignore her and close the blinds. I felt that this ultimately was a bad idea because it was too on the nose for the message I wanted to invoke. This bad idea however did lead me to the final choice to add “ordinary citizens” into the story for an effect. I feel it’s the process of all storytellers; bad ideas that lead to good ones.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

I do feel much more part of the horror community after the festival run of The Invaders. It was amazing to see all the stories and human truths horror can portray. It is has been a wonderful experience to become a part of the horror community.

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

I look to the world around me and the things that bother me, especially the things I cannot explain or understand. This sets the tone for the environment my story and its characters will inhabit.

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

In a sense the film was born from a reality not so far fetched. If I woke up in my film I believe I would not be able to tell the difference.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Michael Myers, Xenomorph, Pennywise, Freddy, Jigsaw

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

Freddy – H.P Lovecraft – Practical – Post Apocalypse

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

The Shining by Stanley Kubrick