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Q&A with Fernando Perezgil, Director of “Mateo”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
The Crites (from the film Critters, 1986). Those small furry aliens with carnivorous behavior.

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 keep all the ideas, good ones, bad ones, it doesn’t matter. At some point you may need them. A bad idea may not become the plot of a movie, but it might be useful in a scene. So, don’t get rid of bad ideas, it may find its place in the future.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes I do. Monsters have always been my fascination. In 2009 I founded Dystopia Films, a film production company based in Mexico, with the intention to create a brand for my horror films. Now Dystopia has become into a full production house (not only horror films), but that first fingerprint will never disappear. My true only purpose is to make horror films.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I like to find inspiration in images of imaginary worlds (dystopian ones are the best), then I imagine how life was there, how people lived and behaved, and what they did in those places.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Wander and wander to the last minute of my life. I mean, I can’t do anything else.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Pennywise, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Chucky and a horde of crites.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
– Jason Voorhees
– H. P. Lovecraft
– Practical
– Post Apocalypse

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
I think reality is scary enough… and yes, it does.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
As Above, So Below. Maybe “film critics” don’t think the same but… that found footage film creeps me out!