Q&A with Nick Jongerius, Director of “THE CURSE OF THE CRYING BOY”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
I don’t know if this is is a typical horrorfilm, but as a kid I wanted to be Mad Max. The hardned lone warrior who isn’t afraid of anyone really appealed to me. Seeking revenge is a theme I connect with I guess. Especially now that I have a family of my own. I also really digged the sawed off shotgun and cool black car. Also in terms of worldbuilding in my opinioun there is no better film. The film really inspired me.
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?
Honestly for me it works the other way around. I really love deepdiving the internet and looking for stories or concepts. Based on this method there are lots of idea’s floating through my head and I think some of them have potential, but the process of giving birth to a concept and nurturing into a script, for me is the hard part. Especially in horror. It’s hard being original, but it is also so addictive to work in this genre and find the perfect script to excecute to perfection.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
No I’m too much of a loner, but I don’t think there is a community. I think there is THE community. Horrorfans all over the world are more or less the same and they are the best. I’ve witnessed this upclose with the release of my feature debut The Windmill where I got to travel the world and be part of the releases in individual countries. The horror community is loyal to the genre, they want to be surprised and have so much enthusiasme.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Brian De Palma’s films between Sisters and Mission Impossible. This is the director I adore the most. There is no shot, no piece of art direction, no blocking where there is no idea behind it. His films are perfect and original in there execution. This is inspiring. You can argue about his taste and I too think some of his films (especcially after MI) are a bit over the top, but he is a true master and inspiration to me. A director who deserves more credit.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would try to set the damn painting on fire.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
My goal would be to assemble a ultimate squad that is in balance and can work together. I make Ripley the leader, Jason would be her perfect lieutenant. Anyone who argues to much with her gets it from him. Further I would like to add Ash for obvious reasons, because you want the nasrcist with a chainsaw attached to his arm. I would also like to add Tree Gelbman played by Jessica Rothe who is just so funny and fantastic in Happy Deaths Day. She is without fear and fierce as hell. Darkman needs to be in the squad because he is a genius doctor and can camouflage himself. And last but not least the Beastmaster, because you want a persons who can communicate with animals. I love Freddy obviously, but don’t think he can play nice in a squad. To much an individualist.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. King. Pratical. Post Apocalyse.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I just look at what scares me personally. For the Windmill I got the idea because I used to live close to a Windmill when In was young.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Everything scares me. I have anxiety attacks all the time. After evaluation of myself I think that’s the reason I love horror. Also the worldbuilding element. I guess I’m an escapist.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
How can you choose? There are so many…. The one that got me hooked on horror is watching Psycho when I was way to young. The last scene where Anthony Perkins as mother talks to us, gets my chills running through my spine every time.