Q&A with Bas-Tzion Baehan, Director of “A Death Story Called Girl”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Roddy Piper in “They Live”. He’s a lawless son of a bitch.
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?
The only way I know something has legs, is by talking about it out loud. If it sucks, I know immediately, “Oh that won’t work.” It’s not grounded enough, or it’s rooted in too much fantasy etc. Or, my husband will straight up say, “That’s dumb.”
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Hmmm- I am not sure……. I like to read about the community. For example, in Fangoria. But I am not sure I am part of something. I live in a bit of isolation. Which I like.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Right now, for the film I am developing, I’m diving into a lot of mysticism. Kabbalah, Paganism and Alchemy in particular.
But anything usually works. Music, books, people, art, old films.
If I am open enough, then anything will inspire me. It’s mostly about just doing the work to stay present. That’s the hard part.
If I’m going through a nihilistic closed cycle, where I hate everything and everyone and feeling lost, inspiration is just a word.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Oh, that would be shitty. Maybe find a gun or a priest?
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Leatherface, Michael Myers, and The Thing from The Thing.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre-Apocalypse?
Freddy for sure. He literally destroyed any chance of sleep I had when I was 8 and accredit him to the beginnings of my insomnia. H.P Lovecraft because I feel like I am living in At The Mountains of Madness every day. Practical 1000% and Post-Apocalypse Cyborg vibes all the way.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
It’s definitely different for each film. I think the objects are chosen by the characters themselves. Some characters don’t need much. Just the right light or the right victim is enough. In Death Story everything was hyper minimalist because Bambi just wanted blood.
In Essere, there was a lot more symbolism and objects; a few more layers needed to tell the story.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Mental illness scares me, being locked inside a thought or idea, without the recognition of the normalcies of everyday life. But one of the darkest thoughts I have, usually revolves around death. We all have to die, and no one talks about it. Thousands of people die every day and we walk around pretending like it won’t happen to us.
I try and keep that in mind when I write in particular. The fragility of life is real.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favorite scary movie?’
Oh, too many to name! Does Old Boy count? If falling in love with your father not knowing he’s your father and then having sex with him isn’t horrific I don’t know what is.
But if not, then probably be Return of The Living Dead. Dan O’Bannon is a fucking legend.