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Q&A with Max R Lincoln, Director of “There Can Only Be One”

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

JAWS. I used to be massively into sharks and you can’t get finer than Jaws. They just love swimming and eating. Its not there fault that a whole town decided to go swimming and smell so delicious.

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 spent a lot of time thinking about Murder She Wrote and how that is basically a horror as wherever Jessica goes people die. It’s not necessarily bad but completely wrong for a short under 4 mins. I guess I get fixated on an element of an idea and then keep drawing Mind Maps till some of the words start to resemble a plausible story direction.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

I’d very much like to be. Most of my concepts so far have had a darker edge to them but until now I’d not really explored the genre. I’m going to be further pursuing it for my next short.

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

I have an ever growing reference library of various images I’ve found interesting. Most are completely wrong but occasionally some send me in the right direction. I’ve also written down every film I’ve watched for over 7 years so I have a look through that to see if any give me inspiration.

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

I’d definitely try and kill them before they got me. I’d like to think I would pick up ALL the weapons and have a decent chance of survival.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

I’d have Jaws covering the water. The creatures in the Descent would deal with making underground traps. While Mother Suspiriorum, The Pale Man (Pan’s Labyrinth) and I would hang out on the surface getting up to general horror.

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

Freddy, HP Lovecraft, Practical (every time), Post 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 also work as an Art Director and I’m really into background visual humour (that’s never commented on by the cast). Having a few weird and off kilter aspects in the background heightens the world of the film by making things feel a little more unreal. For example in There Can Only Be One, our lead has created pleated curtains around the bed using plastic dust sheets. That’s super weird (though cool to light through) but if you’re about to murder someone it makes loads of sense.

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

An American Werewolf in London