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Q&A with Robbie Barclay, Director of “Backstroke”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Martin Brody from JAWS is definitely my spirit animal. Full of fear and totally outmatched yet unwavering in his quest to do the right thing.

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’ve had so many it’s hard to pick just one. My bad ideas are usually a product of trying to think about what other people will like instead of making something that I genuinely care about.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I don’t but that’s mainly because I was always too afraid to watch scary movies but I’m catching up! Some of my favorite movies from the past few years have been horror films and it’s definitely an exciting time for the genre.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Dreams, music, literature, friends, other filmmakers.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
You mean Backstroke? I’d never go in the water that’s for sure.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Norman Bates, because he’s technically two people.

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

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
If I say SCREAM is that pandering?