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Q&A with Enock Carvalho & Matheus Farias, Filmmakers behind “Room For Rent”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
The Werewolf from “The American Werewolf in London”, because sometimes we both feel like there is a beast inside us getting ready to come out and attack everything and everyone around.

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?
We like to talk and discuss the ideas for a long and long time before even writing the idea itself, just to prove ourselves that it is worth it or not. That’s how we work as writers/directors. The good ideas could have been not so good in the past, but we make sure to refine it before spread it out.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes, of course.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
We look for films, stories, directors that have inspired us in all these years that we have been watching films, reading stories and seeing good images. Sometimes a very good image stays up in our mind for a long time before come out as a good scene or a moment in our films.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
In some ways we live part of our films in real life already.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The witch from The Witch. And maybe the villain from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (he probably would do a great job).

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy.
Stephen King.
Practical.
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 go through our references from films and stories we have contacted in our whole life. We imagine the sets and props as part of the universes. We start creating the univers that our film fits in and then we start thinking at the objects and props… like the Grandmother’s portrait of “Room for Rent” – that came up after a long searching for references for the character itself… We searched lots of pictures to know how she would be like, and then, wow, the portrait itself come out and sounded like a good idea… a key for a time-travel inside our story (not literally, but yes).

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Watched in a 4K restoration at the São Luiz Theater, in Recife, Brazil. Thanks to Janela International Film Festival of Recife.