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Q&A with Freddy Chávez Olmos, Director of Shhh

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Freddy Krueger as you can tell by my name.

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 wanted to cast a 3 year old as the main protagonist for one of my stories. Having now a 3 year old of my own, I can see how disastrous and unpredictable that could’ve turned.
I believe it’s all about exploring different ideas until you find something that you love enough to develop and run with it.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I do. I really enjoy sharing ideas with other fellow horror filmmakers and get to know their process.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Real life. Most of my ideas are inspired by personal experiences, nightmares or something I see on the news. I love watching dateline shows and crime documentaries with my wife so a lot of the inspiration comes from real life monsters.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I have woken up to one of my films actually. My new short “Duermete niño“, which will be released this Fall, is inspired by a lucid dream I had when my first daughter was born.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Ash (The Evil Dead), Regan (The Exorcist), Gene Simmons (Kiss), Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy (of course my name says it all)
Stephen King

Practical with CG Enhancements
Pre-Apocalypse

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
For my latest short, “Duermete niño“, we had to create a vintage baby monitor as it was one of the key objects in the script. The first baby monitor was invented in 1937 so we used as inspiration. I needed something that felt unique so my production design team ended up building something from scratch that had some steampunk qualities but still fit in the era. It looked great!

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
The Exorcist and The Evil Dead