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Q&A with Matt Devino, Director of “Last One Screaming”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Ash from Evil Dead – anyone that can have their hand become possessed, cut off that hand, then fight that hand by replacing that hand with a chainsaw is hero in my book.

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 once started writing a feature about a paranormal investigation TV show crew doing a shoot in the New Hampshire woods about an old vampire legend from the 1700’s. The set up basically gave away the creature and the ending immediately which completely takes the suspense out of the film. I abandoned that script at around page 15, but took the original opening scene I wrote which took place in the 1700’s, and turned that into a complete different film which I really like and hope to make soon.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Absolutely, I’ve made so many incredible friends through the horror community between film festivals, screenings, social media, and hanging out at events like the Rated R bar in LA.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I mostly find inspiration through my own life as well as elements of films that I love. I just want to make the kind of films that I enjoy watching, and using my own experience as a jumping of point for the story seems to work well for me. That’s probably why most of my scripts take place in New England where I grew up, I don’t think there’s a scarier place on the planet than the New England woods during the fall or winter. Just ask Stephen King, or Robert Eggers.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Probably lose my mind, then find the nearest chainsaw and try and survive the night… then attempt to explain that to the cops.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, Stephen King, Practical, at the moment of the Apocalypse.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I work with a super talented art director named Tyler Rosen, who own a company called Whalefilm that can create literally anything you can imagine. Being friends with talented people definitely has its perks!

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Donald Trump. I try not to think about it too much.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Alien.