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Q&A with Natasha Pascetta, Director of “Road Trash”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
The “googly-eyed” gremlin from Gremlins 2: The New Batch is definitely my horror spirit animal. Like the google-eyed gremlin, I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time—but I’m going to do it and cause havoc!

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?
This doesn’t apply to film, but I once came up with an idea where people could “rent” cats if they didn’t want the full responsibility of being a cat owner. Wow, that’s dumb now that I write it out.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I love the horror community and definitely feel like I am a part of it. It’s the most welcoming and tolerant community I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of!

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I draw my inspiration from locations. A specific location informs everything from the film’s purpose to the atmosphere of the movie. In my short film, Road Trash, I started with a favorite hotel of mine, the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, TX. I knew I wanted to make a short around the Baker and the story grew from there. The buildings in my films are very much characters in their own right.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
If I woke up inside of my own film, I would be very upset because I die at the end!

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
My ultimate horror villain squad would be as follows: The Tall Man from Phantasm, Frau Brückner from Phenomena, Evil Ash from Army of Darkness, Angela Franklin from Night of the Demons.

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?
Etsy is your best friend. I needed a dead squirrel and a werewolf skull for Road Trash and found the objects I needed to create those props on Etsy. For example, I bought a taxidermy squirrel and a coyote skull and they worked out great! PSA: No living animals were harmed in the making of Road Trash.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
PHANTASM, boyyyyy!