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Q&A with Josh Taube, Director of “Cat’s Game”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?

Jigsaw. He’s such a great teacher and only wants the best for his students. He definitely knows how to motivate people.

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?

I once thought of an idea that parodied “The Magic School Bus” and it involved the kids being shrunken down into Ms. Frizzle’s central nervous system. It wasn’t exactly a bad idea, but there wasn’t much I really wanted to explore there.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

On a local level, yes! Every year my team and I create a horror film for a festival called “Horror Film Roulette” provided by some great folks over at Th3 Studio. We actually created our film “Cat’s Game” specifically for that festival!

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

A lot of my inspiration comes from real life events and places. Sometimes I’ll be in a room and think to myself “what would absolutely scare the crap out of me right now?”

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

I would try to make the most of it as I know how my films typically end… (not well).

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

The Terrorizer, Joker (he’s a horror villian, right?), and gotta go classic Michael Myers.

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

Jason, silence is more terrifying. Stephen King, I know very little Lovecraft. Practical is way more effective. WAY MORE. Post Apocalypse, pre seems sort of meh.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

A lot of my props are simply purchased through Amazon or quick trip to a pharmacy. I’ll then have my incredible make up artist, Morgan Getty, apply her magic to them, whether it’s rust, blood, etc.

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

I’m sure you can probably guess by now, but it’s Saw. It’s always been Saw. It will always BE Saw. There is no atmosphere better placed. It doesn’t even feel like a movie at times. I feel like I genuinely have to escape before the movie ends.