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Q&A with Alex Horwitz, Director of “Alice Jacobs Is Dead”

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

Ever since I became a dad, horror movies play very differently for me.  The archetype of the competent parent is what I aspire to, if not relate to.  Brad Pitt in World War Z.  Sandra Bullock in Bird Box.  John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

These days, during COVID, aren’t we all?  Between the Jaws-like debate over economics versus public safety and the pseudo quarantine that takes a page from John Carpenter’s The Thing, it feels like we’re all just now realizing that horror films are just metaphors for the world we’re living day-to-day.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?

Ursula K. Le Guin’s introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness.  All you need to know.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?

Stock up on supplies and lock myself indoors. So, I’m pretty ready right now.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Cthulhu and the Blob.  We’ll consume everyone’s minds and then their bodies.  Nothing left.

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

Freddy, Lovecraft, practical, and I’m increasingly uncertain of the difference.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?

Like my first answer, parenting changed things for me.  Children in danger is upsetting on a visceral level, especially when their grown-ups are ill-equipped to help.

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

That’s a pretty dead heat between Alien and Carpenter’s The Thing.  Ok, fine, it’s The Thing, which really has become a documentary, hasn’t it?