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Q&A with Emily Bennett, Director of “LVRS”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Thomas in in The VVitch. I had a very religious upbringing but everyone looked at me funny because I always wanted to talk about ghosts and witches all the time. Also, I can fly. So there’s 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?
I thought about shooting LVRS on location at first. We were going to set up in Chicago on Lake Michigan for one scene. In February. FEBRUARY. My crew was so sweet. They let me finally come to the conclusion that was cruel and unusual of me. Then I got the projector idea and the film fell into place after that.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Now that I’ve been to several festivals as a horror filmmaker, kind of. But I feel like I’m a very new member to the club.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Paintings by artists I love. My own dreams. And conversations with my mother help a lot.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Technically I lived my film for a couple of years, so I woke up in it every day. If I woke up in it now, I’d take his mask off, punch him in the face and run.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Ann Dowd from Hereditary, because she could make anyone trust her. Hannibal Lecter, because he’s smarter than everyone else (and oddly quite dreamy). The Witch from The VVitch because she’s a shape shifter and a badass lady. And for kicks, I’d take the girl from The Ring. I think this would make a lovely family portrait.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. King. Practical. Apocalypse Now .

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Impossible. I’ll give you 3. The Shining. The Thing. Hereditary.