Q&A with Ven Scott & Tracee Beebe, Filmmakers behind “Date From Hell”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Tracee: Ripley from “Aliens” (not Alien). Because she’s a friggin bad ass and kills it in a tank top. Also, the answer to any and all questions will usually default to JAWS. Totally sharks are her horror spirit kin.
Ven: with Terry from “The Gate”. The older kid who thinks he has a handle on things, actually expedites the evil take over then is lauded for having saved the day with his toy rocket. His spirit animal is totally Mogwai.

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?
Ven: Most of my ideas are bad to start off. I vomit out concepts either with friends or alone then find a sugar cube in the bowl of shit and develop that. One thought I had was based on a demon trying to sacrifice virgins on a college campus to raise Lucifer. His efforts were consistently thwarted because he was on a college campus. Where are you going to find a virgin?
Tracee: For a while I was dealing with my anger over the election results by coming up with concepts in which all men were evil. Some were cool and led to the bad guys getting eaten by sharks. Some were really bad and were just basically stories about assholes killing virgins.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
We are in a tiny, rural Texas town where the municipal community itself is so small that there isn’t much room other sub-communities. The online world, however, is vast and we hope to become part of any and all communities that will have us so we can all share.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Ven: My world inspirations flip, flop and flip back. “Date From Hell” was initially inspired by Llano, my (then) new home town. I wanted to film here and show the Texas film community the flexibility this location had to offer. Other stories are inspired simply by “wouldn’t it be cool if this thing happened in this place”, while other worlds develop based on what the characters need to move forward.
Tracee: I almost always start with character and then it comes down to “what’s the worse place/situation I could put my characters in.”

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Ven: Very easy. I would not kill or maliciously harm anyone. Simple rules keep me out of bad-day-Susie’s hands!
Tracee: Join forces with Susie for all of my aforementioned reasons (sans sharks)

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Ven: The Wishmaster, Julia Cotton, Freddy Kreger, The Nun, and Snake Plissken. I know – Snake is neither a horror dude nor a villain. But He’s Snake Plissken. That’s all the justification I need.
Tracee: I can’t answer this one cuz I only join forces with the good guys.
Ven: Then we kill Tracee. Short movie.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Tracee: Jason, King, Practical, POST Apocalypse.
Ven: Freddy, Lovecraft, 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?
So far – we hire better, smarter people to help us with that!

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Tracee: Jaws. 100%.
Ven: It bounces back and forth but usually I drop back to Hellbound: Hellraiser 2.