Q&A with Andrew Hunt, Director of “Frost Bite”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level?
“The Monster” in Frankenstein. I’ve always been drawn to the tension between the creator and his/her creation.
Who is your Horror spirit animal?
The Werewolf. The duality of man verse beast is another theme that I find myself pulled towards.
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?
The only territory I would find myself in at times is landing in the world of cliché. To me, this is the biggest challenge one faces when telling a story. Constantly asking the question, “Has it been done before?” If the answer is, “yes” then you must deviate from that path and stroll out into the unknown. This, to me, is the most exciting part. And this is also the are where you get to discover what your film is truly about.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Not particularly. I tend to attempt to weave several genres into one film. I’d like to think that Frost Bite is more of a drama with elements of horror, comedy, and suspense. One of my goals when telling a story is not to be beholden to a specific genre and its tropes. I find a tremendous amount of freedom not abiding by the rules.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Wildlife documentaries. When it came to the behavior of the zombies in Frost Bite we wanted to explore an “Alpha” type behavior when it came to (2) Zombies fighting over a meal. But once we have more than two Zombies, we transition their behavior into more of hive mentality that you find in insect colonies.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
First I make sure to find a warm jacket and some good boots. Then grab a copy of Max Brook’s The Zombie Survival Guide and pray that I can out run the dead.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Freddy, The Thing, The Blob and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Freddy or Jason? Freddy
Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? King Practical or CGI? Practical
Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse? Post
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film?
I wander around Home Depot for hours, imagining I am the characters inside my film. Then I unleash my inner MacGyver and go to town.
How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
First you find an object that an audience can identify with. Once they understand the purpose of that said object, then you can make it as simple, complex or as wild as you want. But first it must serve a purpose for the characters.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Schindler’s List. As frightening as serial killers, monsters, haunted houses or space aliens movies are… nothing terrified me more than witnessing the horrors on how trivial the Nazi’s were towards human beings.