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Q&A with Francis Galluppi, Director of “High Desert Hell”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level? 

Jamie Kennedy’s character (Randy) in Scream. The guy is obsessed with film and completely neurotic. I think most of my friends would say the same about me. He’s far from the coolest character in the movie, but I can relate. 

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’ve had so many bad ideas, it’d be too difficult to pick just one. I really don’t believe in writers block. I think you just need to be committed enough to sit down and write everyday. You get through the shit ideas until you eventually come up with something that excites you. 

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

Definitely. Horror is kinda what started it all for me. I have an extensive collection of horror memorabilia from blu rays and records to toys and posters. I attend the horror conventions every year and I’m always looking out for new horror films to watch.

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

Most of my films are period pieces so it’s a lot of research to try and get that aspect of the production right. I watch a lot of movies so it’s also very easy to get inspiration from the films that I’m watching. 

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

If I woke up in High Desert Hell, I’d like to think I’d be the first person to say “Let’s get the fuck out of here” but then what’s the fun in that?

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Norman Bates, Leatherface, Invisible Man, Hannibal Lecter, and Conal Cochran (the antagonist from Halloween III: Season of the Witch)

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

Freddy. King. PRACTICAL. Pre. 

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?

I probably write about loss in all my stories, even when it’s not horror. Whether that’s the overall theme or if it’s just something that the characters are dealing with throughout the story.

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

Rosemary’s Baby