Q&A with Philip Hardy, Director of “Moose Limbs”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
I class the creatures in various Spielberg movies as horror characters and I always related to the T-Rex in Jurassic Park (1993). It’s just happy to be out and about, having fun, it only eats one lawyer and ends up saving the day. It has a positive mental attitude that I think we should all strive to emulate.
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 had an idea for a story about a private detective who was a dwarf. The idea was that because they were small they could track their targets easier as they were harder to spot. Then I realised I had absolutely no detective story ideas and no personal experience/insight into what it’s like to be a little person. It was just a high-concept idea for the sake of it and it didn’t ignite any other ideas I had floating about. A real spark sets a whole bunch of other ideas you had alight and brings them all together.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I’m on a few Reddit pages and follow the more creaturey, alieny, communities.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
With MOOSE LIMBS, I wanted to make a “movie, movie”. It’s an exaggerated version of the real world; which probably comes from my love of Joe Dante and Coen Brothers movies. You always know you’re in a movie with those guys.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I am inside my film! It’s just an exaggerated version of my reality. And the thing I’ve done in this reality is make a film; so if I woke up in MOOSE LIMBS, I would make MOOSE LIMBS again, then I would show the characters in MOOSE LIMBS the movie and then the world would explode.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The Blob from The Blob (1958) and Henry from Henry : Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986). They’d have an interesting dynamic.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, King, Practical, Pre.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
All my shorts have taken place on location. The props and creatures have been created by very talented people who I think have enjoyed the chance to make something themselves as a freelancer rather than as part of an FX company.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Something bad happening to people/characters you genuinely care about is scary. Playing with that is a bigger part of the scripts I write now.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Jaws is the greatest movie ever made.