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Q&A with Grace Quilligan, Director of “I Am Not A Monster”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
I’m not sure about relating to her on a spiritual level, but Carrie White has always been my favourite.

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 can’t think of one specifically off the top of my head. In general, I think a lot of bad ideas can have something in them that can be developed into a good one but it’s just identifying what that is and then going with that.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I consider myself part of the genre community as a whole, but not one specifically.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I look at a lot of other art forms; paintings, photographs, music and other films, as well as buildings and locations, and try and find tonal and atmospheric elements that I like from them and use them as inspiration for the world of the film.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Try and excuse myself before dinner.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Carrie, Jigsaw, Pennywise, The Thing, Freddy.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. Stephen King. Practical. Pre 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 sourced as much as possible from the house we were filming in itself as it was more authentic to the world of the film, and brought in most of the elements for Ambrose’s room, the art department making those. The key part to selling the world of I Am Not A Monster was making sure Ambrose’s ‘growth’ was as realistic as possible. I worked with a concept artist to show the make up artist what I envisioned the face to be like, and we then collaborated on her own concept designs along with reference photographs so that the final prosthetic was something we were both happy would be both horrific and believable.

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