Q&A with Ciara Boniface, Director of “Skintight”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
A horror character I relate to… more so when I was younger it was Edward Scissorhands because he was just portrayed as this really nice person but had times where people saw him as an outcast because of how he looked and acted. I could relate to that because there were certain points in my childhood where I felt like an outcast and it brought me down. I think almost anyone can relate to him and how he’s portrayed.

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 involved trying to create a short film that was based off of this music video I watched. I basically wanted to re-create the entire video and try to add my own ideas to it. But, it ended up being really terrible and looking back, I can’t believe that I even wanted to make it. I get past the bad ones by trying to critique my work and having others critique my work. Then, I also just work on trying to improve as a writer and see how I can adjust this story to be a stronger one. Overall, it just takes time and trust in myself to progress my stories.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I’m just now, sort of starting to see myself a part of the horror community. Recently, a lot of horror films such as Hereditary, Conjuring, and Get Out got me interested in the genre. So, now I’m starting to look more at the classics and the original films that may have inspired those. As I start to learn the history and make more horrors then I’ll really picture myself a part of it.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
When I build the world of my film usually I look to inspiration in photographs or music. I think they both have the ability to inspire me, visually and tonally. Music is really important to me as a filmmaker and I love having the idea of a song in my head because a lot of times it’ll help me amp up some of the core emotions in the film. Aside from those two, I also look to my setting as inspiration. If I’m in a small town or big city, I like to immerse myself in that setting and it’ll help me get the feel for the kind of film I want to create.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
If I woke up inside of my film I’d be very scared and freaked out. Mainly because I know how the film ends, and most of the time it’s not a happy ending. Also, I put my characters through a lot of tough situations and I don’t know if I could handle it like they could.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
My ultimate horror villain squad would include Dracula’s Daughter, possessed Annie and the cult from Hereditary, Jack from The Shining, and the kids from Village of the Damned. It’s all really random, but they are all some of the most interesting and terrifying characters I’ve witnessed in horror. Especially when I first watched each of them it just left me so shocked and disturbed.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, because he scared me more, especially as a kid. Stephen King, because I’ve seen most of his work and I admire it. Practical, because it amazes me what could be created with only practical effects. Post-apocalypse, because I survived and need to learn how to adjust to this post-apocalyptic world. Pre-apocalypse would be scary because you don’t know what’s coming and its all just complete chaos.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
My favorite scary movie would have to be this film called Audition (1999). It’s about “a widower that takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all”.
The film was not what I expected, and it really freaked me out. To me, this film was everything you want a horror movie to be. It wasn’t focused on paranormal entities or creatures, but it just showed how terrifying humanity can be and a lot of times that’s even more frightening than these more traditional horror film creatures.