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Q&A with Troy DeWinne, Director of “Boy’s Club”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Shaun Riley from Shaun of the Dead. That dude knows what’s important at the worst of times.

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 about a father that contracted a virus that slowly turned him into a rock. The film would have been obnoxiously gory and would have been filmed incredibly serious.
The best way to get past bad ideas for me, is to get them out of my head. I do this by simply posting them on an idea board or writing them down in a notebook. If I write them down, I don’t think about them as much.
I keep doing that till I get something that sticks!

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Unfortunately not!

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
For this world specifically, I spent most of my time focused on the bunker, getting inspiration from movies like The Road (2009), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), and a hidden gem I highly recommended called Hidden (2015).
Additionally, we used heavy inspiration on the lighting from It Comes at Night (2017) for their use of lanterns. We even messaged the cinematographer of that film to see how they did it!
The world itself started out as a classic zombie apocalypse taking the look of the monsters from 30 Days of Night (2007) as a big inspiration. We finetuned the monsters to be one monster, BUT there is still some vampiric inspiration on the monster itself.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I’d try my best to find shelter, but there is not doubt in my mind that I’d be so horrifically screwed.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
It, Freddy Krueger, Goat from The Witch

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy Krueger – you can’t stay mad at that face
Stephen King – Gotta respect his tenacity
Practical – unless it’s subtle CGI
Post Apocalypse of course!

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Cockroaches. Never. I don’t want them near me or my films.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
If I didn’t say Young Frankenstein then the countless times my family watched it on Halloween would be for nothing. The weirdness of that film was such an inspiration when I was a kid.