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Q&A with Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund, Directors of ‘Mystery Box’

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. Most people don’t know who the character is, but it’s a force to be reckoned with anyway. It has a weird but interesting appearance, and can do some real handy work. And it’s head is shaped like a pyramid, what’s there not to love?

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?
One idea we had wasn’t really an idea at all, just some dumb elements put together in a incoherent way. We shot it almost twenty years ago, and the cast included some actors that age-wise, had decades apart, but they were portrayed as friends. Nothing made any sense, but at the time we felt it was something special. It was just especially bad.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. We love horror, but sometimes we have a hard time to identify with parts of the scene.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
We take inspiration from everything in life. It’s there, if you are calm and look for it.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Get the hell out of there.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Leatherface, the Baker family from Resident Evil 7, Jim from our own film We Are Monsters.

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

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
We always shoot in real sets, and try to use as many real props as possible. It’s for us the cheapest and best option.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
That life can be over in an instant, that everything is so fragile.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
To name a few, The Witch, The Thing, The Others, Hereditary.