Q&A with Oliver Park, the Director of “Vicious”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Norman Bates – there’s always much more bubbling away beneath the surface but I’ll play along and be whoever you need me to be until Mother feels otherwise.

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 trust my gut. I don’t think any ideas are ‘bad’ – it’s all a matter of opinion. Once I have an idea that I think others might respond to, I will carve at it until I find what it really wants to be.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I do. The horror community is very welcoming of anyone who appreciates horror and the best part is, whatever you’re a fan of within the genre, you’re welcome and loved for your similar fascination.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Everywhere! It’s in the feeling that I am trying to evoke that I spend most of my time. I’ll look for visuals, sounds and any ideas that will deepen the sensation I want my audience to feel.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would know that it wasn’t me that the monster is after. I am lucky that in Vicious, whatever is hunting our lead, it’s after her and only her. I do have nightmares where my own monsters exist and sadly, I’m yet to find a way to escape them, but in Vicious, I’d be safe.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Those who can’t die would be my first port of call! Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and the Parasite from ‘The Thing’ most likely. However, one would also need a decent plan so for that, I’d go with Hannibal Lecter. He has taste.

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

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I knew exactly what I wanted for Vicious. For the claws of the demon, I tried to find them to buy but couldn’t find the right ones, so I made them out of lightweight clay. I molded the actor’s fingers using blue-tac, then shaped, carved, sanded and painted each of the 12 claws (spares) then on the day, attached them to the ends of his fingers. I still have the claws.
Every other prop in the film was carefully chosen. Even the painting, I gave my housemate at the time a collection of images that I wanted him to get the tone of, then mid-way through production, I drew in the figure. Even the images on the fridge tell a specific part of the story however the scene where that would have been seen was never shot due to time constraints.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
It’s a difficult one as even though I loved them, most of the ‘greats’ didn’t scare me. Either I was desensitised by then or was too young to understand the true nature of the fear in the story (for example, I was too young to truly understand The Exorcist or The Shining and therefore neither really unnerved me until I was much older).
I was lucky enough to see The Blair Witch Project at the cinema and it terrified me. I also saw Ringu when I was very young so overall, I’d have to say Ringu had the greatest effect on me because of my age and that I hadn’t been desensitised by then.
There are simply too many great films to mention but here are a few of my personal favourites: Night of the Demon, Ringu, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, The Exorcist, The Blair Witch Project, Saw, The Omen and Candyman.