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Q&A with Freddy Chavez Olmos, Director of “DUÉRMETE NIÑO”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Ash from the Evil Dead.

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?
At some point I wanted to make a film about home invasion where the only survivor was a baby. Then I realized I couldn’t make a 1 year old carry an entire film.
The idea evolved and I ended up using the “baby” theme as a secondary character in “Duérmete Niño”.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes, mainly through social media and festivals.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Real life and personal experiences.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
That actually happened when writing this film. I had a very weird recurring nightmare when my first daughter was born that inspired the idea of Duérmete Niño. At one particular moment, in my dream, the baby I was carrying in my arms wasn’t her. It was a horrific creature with multiple baby heads and limbs. It was a bizarre image that freaked me out for a while but I used it as an inspiration to write this film.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Ash, Jason and Freddy.

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

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I’m a big fan of antiques and weird vintage objects. There’s something unsettling about them. The majority of my past films have been period pieces so I always love the opportunity to create something unique for each of them. In my latest film, “Duérmete Niño”, a vintage baby monitor is the centerpiece of the story. It’s based on the “Radio Nurse”, the first baby monitor ever existed and I think that’s what makes it relatable.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Real life scares me and it has inspired each one of my films.

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