Q&A with Keith Adams, Director of “Chromophobia”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual / personal level?
It’s challenging to answer this question without sounding like a lunatic, but I definitely can relate to Jack Torrence from the Shining. He is a struggling writer, grappling with writers block and the fear of total failure. Any artist recognizes the pain of questioning your own talent and many experience the demoralizing reality of having to do unappealing work just to pay the bills. He is also a man with addiction problems and a lousy husband and father. He just isn’t equipped to confront those issues. I don’t drink with ghostly bartenders nor do I want to kill my own family, but the dark soul of that character is very relatable, which is one reason why The Shining has remained relevant so many years later.
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 had an idea for a dark comedy about a delusional man who becomes obsessed with his yoga instructor and kills her dog. I get overwhelmed with too many ideas at the beginning of a project and none feel good enough to me. To get through that creative noise, I decided that adapting and interpreting someone else’s story would give me the structure and inspiration I needed to make a good film.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I suppose I’m part of a non-community who enjoys good horror, but my taste might be a bit eclectic compared to most horror lovers. I think I am a bit of a lone wolf. Plus, I am not really into being a part of any organization that would have me as a member.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I look to other movies as a first go to, that is my visual language of choice and I can quickly figure out how a particular look may have been achieved and how I can try and do a version of that with my own spin. I also grab tons of random internet images and pull anything that interests me so I can show them to my collaborators. As a location manager for TV & Film I see a lot of interesting locations that give me creative ideas. Knowing that I have a tangible element such as a location, or an actor I’ve met, that I can actually get helps me utilize my resources and take advantage of what I can bring to the table.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
More than likely I would be a doctor in the asylum who you later find out is actually a patient. That describes my personality pretty well.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Jack Torrence, Hannibal Lecter, Anton Schigurh, and Patrick Bateman. I like the guys who can be on the subway next to you and seem fairly normal but underneath the veneer of normality they are super demented and dark. That is scarier to me than the bogeyman.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason – early Jason, first 4 films only!
Stephen King – no question.
Practical – show me any CGI that is better than The Thing (1982). Impossible.
Pre-Apocalypse – but it has to be just as the apocalypse is beginning, because that is when people begin to ignore societal norms and expectations, and the interesting drama starts.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I am a location manager so I find really cool locations that I think will deliver high production value and unique design for a price.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
It is most definitely the Shining. The Exorcist would be a distant second. They are obvious choices of course, but they’re amazing films directed by true auteurs that stand as film classics in ANY genre. To me the best horror is so good it transcends the genre and is just a great film.