Q&A with Andre Dixon, Director of “The Haunting of Pottersfield”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Father Merrin from the Exorcist. Dudes courage was on an insane level battling a powerful demon from hell that’s possessing an innocent child. Most people would be afraid, but he stood his ground until the very end. That’s admirable.
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 don’t know if I’ve had any bad ideas per say, maybe a few I didn’t think would be overall marketable. I try to think of ideas that would make an immediate and long-term impact. My spark comes from trying to stay ahead of the curve and not just settling for an idea just because it came to me. If it’s not something I can fully flesh out I will move on from it.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes absolutely. I love everything about horror films. I’ve been a fan since I was a child, and I support my fellow horror filmmaker friends as well as those currently in the industry.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Horror video games! They are one of the best references a horror filmmaker can use. Whether it’s mood, atmosphere, tension or camera angles, everything you need to draw inspiration is there.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Fly like a bat out of hell towards the nearest exit!
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Reagan from the Exorcist, Carrie, Michael Myers and Leatherface
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy by far. Stephen King is a damn genius. Practical it did wonders for John Carpenters “The Thing”, Post Apocalypse all day so I can drive around in a suped-up car with my dog and shotgun while looking for gas and water.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I try to do things are cheaply and practical as possible by finding what I want for cheap and modifying it to what I need. As far as sets I try to find them as relatable and dressed as possible to save money.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Well from a horror film perspective the supernatural used to scare me. Now I’d say its horror engrained in realism. Things that can happen in real life that are translated on the screen scare me. I think that’s what makes Michael Myers one of the best horror icons of all-time because anyone could walk around in a mask on Halloween and be a killer and no one would even know it.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favorite scary movie?’
Halloween it my all-time favorite scary movie. It’s damn near perfect!