Q&A with Laura Moss, Director of “Fry Day”

Featured image

Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
I would swipe right on Hannibal Lecter’s profile. Excellent taste. Courteous, and responds to courtesy. Loves puzzles.

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?
In the original version of this short, people reveling in Bundy’s execution were unexpectedly killed one by one in horrific accidents. Not necessarily a BAD idea, but reflecting on how the film got from there to here I think it’s all about writing that vomit draft and then stepping back, looking at it, and being really honest with yourself about what it is that speaks to you in the material.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Definitely. I’m a woman who was attracted to horror because I didn’t fit in, and then struggled to find reflections of myself in the genre, and I’ve found a lot of community with other women in horror with similar origin stories.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I’m obsessed with recreating different time periods. This film takes place in 1989, and we traveled down to Starke, Florida, where the film is set, and looked at library visual archives of the place, yearbook photos for wardrobe reference, and talked to folks who had attended the Bundy ‘Barbecue’ to get a sense of their perspectives as well as the way they spoke. We also referenced the extensive coverage of the event, a lot of which can be found on youtube, when we were making our ‘Burn Bundy’ props and protest signs.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I feel like I live in the emotional climate of my film already, but if I woke up at the Ted Bundy tailgate party I would probably do what my protagonist does and take a lot of pictures.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
If I could roll with Serial Mom, Patrick Bateman and the Candyman I feel like I’d have my bases covered.

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

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
George Romero’s ‘Martin’