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Q&A with Brian Lonano, Director of “GWILLIAM’S TIPS FOR TURNING TRICKS INTO TREATS”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Frankenstein’s Monster. He’s a big lumbering guy who is misunderstood and that resonates with me. I’m also afraid of fire.

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 thought about making a sequel to CROW HAND!!! called A MURDER OF CROW HANDS!!! But I talked myself out of it because I didn’t want to just repeat the first film.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes but I would say that I am probably on the fringes of the community. I don’t scare people but I have horrified some with my work.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I tend to look at Directors and films that are close to what I am hoping to achieve. I go to Sam Raimi’s films for a lot of inspiration. For Gwilliam’s Tips, I was also inspired by Gremlins 2.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I’d probably go trick or treating.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
They’re not famous horror villains but I think a gang of roving skeletons would be a cool villain squad.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. King. Practical. Post. Imagine chasing Freddy down the Fury Road in a souped up Christine?

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Cults scare me. I haven’t done anything yet with that but maybe in the future.

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