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Q&A with Trevor Dillon and Ian Hock, Director’s of The Vicious

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
We gotta go with David from An American Werewolf in London. Just stuck in an endless cycle of nightmares and lycanthropy. Everything is either terrifying or confusing. That’s basically our day-to-day feelings.

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?
Okay…just one bad idea…we wanted to make a musical about a toxic creature from a lake. It was kind of an eco-friendly horror movie. The Shape of Water ruined everything for us, though once the friendly monster falling in love thing won the Oscar for Best Picture…..wait…maybe that wasn’t a bad idea…

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Absolutely! We love being a part of such a kind and inclusive group of people like the ones that are in the horror community. There seems to be so much more positivity surrounding fellow filmmakers here than in other film communities. Less toxic for sure.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
We really romanticize the classics. Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, The Innocents, Black Christmas, etc. We just try to find out what truly makes these films so scary on a primal level. What do audiences really react to? And then we blend it with either something personal to us or just a story that we want to see ourselves.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Stay away cannibals.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The Wolfman, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Ghost Crew of the Elizabeth Dane, Leatherface, Black Phillip, and a Xenomorph.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason. Freddy got a little too silly and self-aware.
Lovecraft.
Practical. We’d love to hear someone’s argument for CGI, though!
Pre-apocalypse.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Trevor: John Carpenter’s “The Thing”
Ian: Bob Clark’s Black Christmas