Q&A with Heidrik á Heygum, Director of “Guilt”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Grace from The Others. Being isolated and surrounded by fog all the time and trying to keep sane, even though you know you’re about to lose it. A lot like living on the Faroe Islands haha
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?
Bad ideas…I think horror is such a difficult genre that it’s difficult to come up with something original or something really makes you scared. So, I would say most of my ideas are not good, but what you see on screen are those I thought were decent…
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
No, I don’t know really what that is. I don’t like gore or slasher movies, so I guess that writes off 90% of them. I like horror that goes under the skin and scares you just to think about it. For me true horror is all about your imagination – what is not seen, but makes you imagine or believe.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I looked at things that fascinate me and what scares me. For me, it was a period of time in the Faroe Islands. The transition from being cut off from world and modern times, and that was as recently as the the 1950s and 1960s. People were still very superstitious. Again, I really think horror is in your mind. Nothing external. So, I watch a lot of documentaries about different mental illnesses and what people do when an illness takes over. And back in the day, often these illnesses couldn’t be explained so there was just some superstitious explanation for it.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Go to the doctor with our main character.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
I work alone.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Not a fan of either. H.P. Lovecraft. Practical mix with CGI. Post
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
The Shining and The Others.