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Q&A with Matthew McGregor, Director of “Model Family”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
My horror spirit animal would have to be Freddy Krueger, because he’s got a twisted sense of humor. He can be scary or funny when he wants to be, but most of all, he’s relentless and something tells me that he’ll be around for a long, long time.

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 know it’s a “good” idea when something excites me and I know that the concept is something I would want to see on screen myself as an audience member! If I’m not excited by the idea then it’s not going to excite anyone else.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I consider myself a lone wolf usually, but I would love to be part of a larger horror community. I guess you could say that I’m just beginning to start my own horror community.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I read a lot of Stephen King and watch a lot of movies from my childhood (movies from the 80’s and 90’s). The worlds of those movies and books seem more fleshed out than some of the movies of today care to do.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would try not to upset anybody. Usually the characters in my movies are nice if they’re left alone. It’s when they are disturbed that all hell breaks loose.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
My ultimate villain squad would have to be a team up between the Aliens from “Aliens” and the Gremlins from “Gremlins”, I’m a sucker for creature features and I think those guys all together would be a menace you couldn’t ever beat.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
– Freddy
– Stephen King
– Practical Effects
– Pre-Apocalypse (I like dealing in OUR world)

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I like to do things as practically as I can. I find that prop replicas of everyday items or commonplace things rather than actually using the real thing, creates a feeling of being slightly “off”. For instance I had a prop beehive built on a movie so that we could blow it up. I would never use the real thing for something like that. Our fake beehive looked menacing too.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Hands down: The Shining.