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Q&A with Marc Cartwright, Director of “We Die Alone”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Carrie.

How do you get past bad ideas to find your spark?
If I am really feeling like an idea isn’t working, I will put it in a file and come back to it later. OR I’ll try to combine ideas to see what new stories are born.
If I am really stuck:
– I look at news sites
– think about / expand on an issue that a friend is having OR
– Imagine stories based on people’s posts on Facebook or Twitter. You can find a lot of
characters on social media and fill in the blanks that you don’t know about their world.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes. I find the horror community to be the most supportive and loyal of any genre. I really enjoy exploring ideas with what seems to be a relatively open-minded audience.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Once I have an idea, I usually start by listening to cello music for an emotional base.
Sometimes I will drive to an empty road near the ocean, park my car and watch the waves crash onto rocks or near a cliff. There is something eerie about the power of the ocean when no one else is around.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Carrie, Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter, Samara and Gremlins

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

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
It can be scary to think about things people are capable of doing to others. Even those that may consider themselves to be “good people” can have questionable behaviors given the right conditions. I find the human psyche both fascinating and terrifying at the same time.
I enjoy telling stories about what people do when they are battling with their inner psyche.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Tie: Rosemary’s Baby / The Shining