Q&A with Marc Roussel, Director of “The Last Halloween”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
There is a part of me that can relate to every one of the kids in The Monster Squad. Those kids were my friends and me. We hung out in a cemetery near our houses, played in the woods, and sneaked into abandoned house in the hopes of stumbling upon our very own monsters.
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?
There are too many to list, but I do find that you have to explore the bad ideas long enough to figure out they don’t work, and when that happens you put it aside in the hopes that maybe you can salvage it one day or repurpose a nugget of it into something else. The good ideas usually come when I least expect it, when I’m not looking for it.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I’d like to think so. We’ve got a very talented pool of horror filmmakers here in Toronto.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
For “The Last Halloween” my DP Michael Davidson and I studied The Warriors, Escape From New York and Halloween. They were our guideposts for mood and atmosphere.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
If I woke up inside the post-apocalyptic world of “The Last Halloween” I’d make sure I had something… anything, to give the four trick-r-treaters.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Pinhead and his fellow Cenobytes, Pumpkinhead, Xenomorph from “Alien”, Michael Myers
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, Stephen King, Practical & Post Apocalypse
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
Hire the very talented Ashley Corley and Allie Thompson like we did on “The Last Halloween”.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
John Carpenter’s The Thing