Q&A with Jon Rhoads & Mike Marrero, Director’s of “Riley Was Here”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Jon & Mike: We agree that Ash from the Evil Dead series is our spirit animal!

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?
Jon: Had an idea about a grandma who haunted her grandchildren through the family piano, it’s called Gramadeus.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Jon: For sure, travelling around to festivals with our last couple short films, you get to meet so many awesome people. The horror community is super welcoming and warm, my favorite people.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Jon: We are from Florida, which presents plenty of real life scariness but also inspires us to make horror that takes place in the sunshine.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Mike: Try to get drunk as soon as possible.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Mike: Lon Chaney’s Werewolf, Xenonorph, the creepy bed-ridden woman from the original Pet Sematary, and that severed head from Re-Animator.

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

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
Mike: We definitely go the low budget route. I’ve done a lot of theater and photo work so you learn to make something look good even if the off-camera side is held together with duct tape and paper clips.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Jon & Mike: We totally agree that Alien is the best scary movie ever!