Q&A with Jaime Herrero, Director of “Rito De Paso”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Sutter Cane from “In the mouth of madness”

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?
Usually I don’t realize a bad idea until I have other people’s feedback, sometimes when the film has already been released. Years ago, I had the bad idea of making a feature film with almost 0 budget and a crew of 2 people. The film has good parts, a lot of bad parts and some very bad parts, but until it was released, I didn’t realize that this wasn’t the way to make a feature film.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
If loving horror films is considered being part of a horror community, yes, I am.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Whenever I make a black and white film, as most of my work is, I get inspired by looking at creepy photos from the early XIX century, by re-watching Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Vampyr”, David Lynch’s short film “The Grandmother” and the magical films of Georges Méliès

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
If I woke up inside of my film I will close my eyes and woke up in another place, a world without a voice where everything would be easier, and in that world everything would be fine.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
All the crazy monsters from the Kuei Chih-Hung’s “Boxer’s Omen” and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu, the zombies from Braindead aka Dead Alive and the lovecraftian god from Eugenio Mira’s The Birthday

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
-Lovecraft to read, Stephen King to be my friend
-Practical with a bit of CGI -Pre Coronavirus

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
We were mainly inspired by a XIX century photography book called “Dissection” by John Harley Warner and James M. Edmonson. Based on this, we designed the costumes and the setting, but not putting the film in any specific period of time. For the GGI effects, we tried a more handcrafted look, where we’ve used real effects like drops of ink falling into a bowl of water

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
As a child I was very afraid of aliens and catholic religious sculptures, but now I ́m a Macho Iberico and I’m not afraid of anything. Joke aside, when I try to create a horror story I trust the most in what scared me when I was child, rather than in what may I think scares other people.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Well, apart from the old classics, I’d rather say the last horror movie that entered my top: Liam Gavin’s “A Dark Song”.