Q&A with Iago De Soto, Director of “La Guarida (The Den)”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Ash from Evil Dead. For me the trilogy and the character means all the fun horror can be. When I was little I couldn’t stop watching those films, and probably they are (along with Sam Raimi) one of the seeds of my passion for cinema and genre films.
Another character that struck me a lot when I was a child is Candyman. It was probably the first time I really felt fear with a movie. I remember being really afraid of looking into a mirror and saying the name 3 times. I couldn’t help doing it, hahahaha.

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?
For me bad ideas do not last long. I move more for interest. Almost every day I can think of ideas that I discard because I don’t like them or they don’t interest me.
Sometimes I start to develop one and I leave it not because it is bad but because it stops being interested or blocked me at some point, and after a long time I recover it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about new ideas and discarding them for all the reasons mentioned until suddenly I find one that I fall in love with immediately and I know that it will be the one I fully develop.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I consider “La Guarida” a thriller but also it is considered as an horror film. And in Spain I’ve been very fortunate to be part of the horror community. In fact now I’m working in a horror movie, not a thriller.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
It depends on the project. The idea comes by itself, but when I develop it I use to watch a lot of films (from the 70’s), read looking for background and I listen a lot of music all the time, I create a list with the music that exists in the world that I am creating.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
It’s a question I asked myself many times throughout the process of creating La Guarida. So I identify myself with Mario, the main character, so I would act like him. I’m not proud about that but I think almost everybody would do the same.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Some Lon Chaney character (probably the one from The Unknown), Candyman, Captain Spaulding and Leatherface. And Ash is not a villain but I would love to see with them.

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

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
What scares me the most is the human being and his repressed violence.
And yes, it inspires me a lot. Not only in La Guarida but with new projects.
I think that the more the audiences identified with the world and characters you show, the more they will suffer.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
“Rosemary’s baby”.
But I would also say “The Exorcist” and “Alien”.
Both are a masterclass of horror and how to shoot it and create and amazing atmosphere.