Q&A with Juan Bernardo Minerva, Director of “Nail”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?

Hannibal Lecter.


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 tend to write and try all ideas. If they take me to an exciting path then I keep thinking of them and working on them so they can evolve. If I don’t get too excited about the idea after I’ve given it a try, then I at least take a part of it that I think its worth using or adding to some other project. Could be a character, a setting, or a scene.

In my opinion ideas aren’t good or bad, it’s just that some don’t get along your skills and talents.


Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

Of course, and I work everyday to stand up from my seat as an audience and rather take the screen as my hostage.


When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?

Mostly from music or dreams. I have a dream diary and I write on it almost every day since I was nine. When I’m listening to music, many images, worlds, plots and characters unravel in my head. Sometimes I just think “I want to come up with a new idea for a story” and get into that mindset and suddenly many ideas for new worlds come into my mind, as if watching movie trailers on a screen.


What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?

I would be terrified so I would kneel down and cry.


Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Darth Vader. I think he is the perfect embodiment of mystical fear. I’ve dreamed about him chasing me since I can remember and those are kind of my worst nightmares as I can never escape from him. I can run and run but he always shows up…and I mean, he just walks towards me, that’s all he does, but that’s enough.


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

Freddy, all the way. He is the reason I had insomnia three years of my childhood.

Stephen King, he is a mentor and like a father to me in terms of story telling.

Practical. Always cut the hand and pluck out the eye for real.

Hmm, hard, as many of my dearest stories I’ve written are post apocalyptic, but I think it’s just in the middle of both in which the real flavor is. That moment when your characters are watching the wave coming, or the demonic fires from afar and they go “oh, I´m so very dead”….but then they survive, and I smirk.


How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

I learned very young while whatching Star Wars that what made it so effective was that the empire was the Nazi army, Darth Vader is a samurai, the star destroyers are WW2 war ships and that the falcon is a hamburger, so I realized that you must create your universe with things that you can relate to, otherwise you alienate the audience. For example, if I were to build a futuristic pistol, then I would go find old pistol parts and put them together. If I want to create a very civilized world, then I would go back to ancient civilizations like Babylon or Mesopotamia and borrow their architecture but give it all a more techy, futuristic feel.


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

I haven’t made it yet J