Q&A with Heather Harris, Director of “Crush”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
I relate to the protagonist Nina (Natalie Portman) in Black Swan as she is a perfectionist and this drive to achieve perfection leads her to experience a lot of anxiety, inner strife and a very complex and scary inner dialogue.

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?
CRUSH originally started with the concept of two women in a relationship, one with the desire to murder someone and one with the desire to end her life. I think the approach I had in writing it was a bit tacky and on the nose so I pivoted around and watched a lot of films about doppelgängers until I formed the story that is the film you see today.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes most definitely! Horror and psychological thrillers are usually the only films that interest me. I do also like children’s media/animation/cartoons too though.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Before pursuing film I started out as a painter and writer so I love looking to classical works of art for inspiration as well as poems. I love Goya’s artwork. Charles Bukowski and Harmony Korine’s poems are also great to draw inspiration from.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Oh god I don’t know, that would be a nightmare. I think I would end up taking my life or if I had enough self awareness I would try to get out of that house and seek help or check myself into a psychiatric ward.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The girl from THE RING for sure, although I think I’d be too scared to be around her. Would also love to have the woman/alien from UNDER THE SKIN in my squad as well.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
I’m going to go with Freddy. I truly adore both of these authors but I’m going to go with Stephen King. Practical when done right can be very mind blowing and eerie but I do love some good CGI as well. Hmmm I do like the suspense and anxiety of Pre Apocalypse life just like the world we are living in right now with COVID-19!

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
I am very scared of the human mind, and the idea of your own mind playing tricks on you. I have been in a situation where I have not known whether what I am experiencing is real or not and if I should trust my mind. CRUSH is based largely off of this experience. I really love the complexities of the human mind so it definitely inspires my storytelling.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
My favorite scary movie is IT FOLLOWS.