Q&A with Tiago Teixeira, Director of “Wrong Number” and “A Quiet Room in Walthamstow”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
I like the alien from John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ because its ultimate goal is to end humanity. I can relate to that.

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?
There is not enough room of all the bad ideas, I like to note down every random one I get. It’s funny when you go back to your notes and see how the spark of an idea originated in the past. It usually looks pretty stupid.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I like horror films authors like David Lynch, Kyoshi Kurosawa, Carpenter, Cronenberg. I think my films don’t usually fit on the horror community and I’ve been accused of working on ‘elevated horror’ films in the past. I don’t like the term, but I understand that the genre is very plural and there is room for everybody. I personally can’t stand anything with torture or humorless gore.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I always go back to the same filmmakers. I think the best way to learn is to pay close attention to the work of the great masters of the genre.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Go back to bed.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
I think we just need Cthulhu. Nobody else. Just Cthulhu will do.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, because he has a sense of humour. Lovecraft (minus the racism?). Practical. Pre Apocalypse – Or during the Apocalypse.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
The Thing, by John Carpenter.