Q&A with Ben Schwartz, Director of “Polaroid”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
I think I’d have to go with the monster from John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic, The Thing. An absurdly ugly and ravenous shape-shifting organism that will stop at nothing. I’ll 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?
I’ve been making short films ever since I was little, so you could say most of what I made was a ‘bad idea.’ Finding my spark was just learning through failure and teaching myself how to improve with the next.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Although I have yet to watch most of the classics, I can tell you I’m a big fan of the horror genre. Nothing better than sitting alone in a dark room with headphones on watching the latest Ari Aster film.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
When trying to make something truly terrifying, I would suggest a realistic approach.
Horror movies that really get to me are the ones that portray the best illusion of the reality that we’re already in.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Considering if I had already done the deed? Probably nothing else do but huddle in a corner and cry.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Jack Torrance, Jigsaw, and Pennywise, I believe would be a fantastic murder squad.

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

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
A recent favorite horror movie I saw in theaters was Hereditary.