Q&A with Joseph Brett & Rebecca Boey, Filmmakers of “Hit”, “The Plumber”, “Tracks” and “The Wave”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
RB: Tangina from Polergeist.
JB: If it’s near the end of a deadline, probably the stone totem from Hellraiser 3.
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?
RB: There was a terrible one about getting a P&O ferry to the underworld. Also lamprey body snatchers on the Thames foreshore.
JB: Sadly, I think I spent most of my teen years making my bad ideas into films. The one about a nightmare escaping was pretty bad. I don’t think you should avoid your bad ideas, because sometimes they’re what develop into good ones.
RB: Yes because the initial idea is just a starting point and if you have an instinct for story you can end up weaving together a really great thing from what seemed like a silly idea.
JB: Ghosts with leprosy who come in the fog to get their gold back is a terrible idea, but I love that film.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
RB: We have a some horror friends but I don’t think we’re properly a part of the wider horror gang yet.
JB: I think the whole online community makes it easier to be aware of what’s going on, but it also makes it easy to feel more like a spectator until you have something to contribute.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
RB: Folklore books are often our starting point. And watching old horror films.
JB: Definitely old films. Also music. I find it easier to build on an idea if I can get a feel for it’s atmosphere early on.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
RB: Be vigilant.
JB: Look behind me.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
RB: Alice Lowe’s baby giving instructions to Lord Summerisle…
JB: … Who is running the house from The Haunting as a Susperia-style dance school (the Argento version) for the kids from the Village of the Damned. Michael Myers is the Caretaker.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
RB: Jason. Lovecraft. Practical. Post.
JB: Jason. King. Practical with CGI fixes. Post.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
RB: The Wicker man.
JB: Either Near Dark or The Thing.