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Q&A with Ludvig Gür, Director of ‘The Outsider’

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
That is a very good question. I can relate to Director Higurashi in One Cut from the Dead for obvious reasons. A more recent example would be Justin Benson’s character in the excellent film The Endless. Having grown up as a twin myself, I absolutely saw myself in both the lead characters in the film.

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 usually tell people that I try to turn the “bad ideas” into “good ideas”. My method of writing is essentially that I come up with a concept, and then try to create a storyline and characters based on that. My upcoming short film is based on a feature-film I wrote a while back, where the concept was great but the story was silly to some extent.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Absolutely! I try to seek out all the indie horror films at festivals, connect with the filmmakers etc. Although there are a lot of films produced in the genre, the community isn’t as large as you may think. I always end up having mutual friends with people whose films I’ve admired.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Everywhere. Recent events in the world, every day occurences, books, music, films etc. Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time, all you need to be is prepared to take notes.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
If it was The Outsider, I’d probably check myself into a mental institution.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
I like well-crafted horror villains. Jigsaw is certainly up there, Norman Bates as well.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
It all depends on what day you ask me. I grew up with Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft I became obsessed with much later. They both have extraordinary qualities about their writing. The Body is probably my favorite King novella (which was later made into the famous film Stand By Me), one of his non-horror stories (of which there are many). I don’t think Lovecraft lived long enough to be compared with him. Both have been HUGELY influential in literature and film.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Humanity scares me. Not to say that I’m a pessimist, I actually believe most people are good, have great intentions and would never want to hurt someone. However, some people, although very few, are not. It disturbs me to think what some humans are capable of. It is a big inspiration in my storytelling. However, I’m not one to write stories about serial killers, child molesters and horrible people. The Outsider shows a very ordinary aspect of human behavior, and so will my next short film.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Toon many to count, but I’ll try to name a few different ones. Evil Dead 2, Hereditary, Mulholland Drive, Kwaidan, The Wailing, The Phantom Carriage and MANY more.