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Q&A with Sebastian Lagerkvist, Director of “Boy Gets Eaten”

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

Probably Ash in Evil dead. Guy just can’t catch a break. 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?

Most notably I had a lot of ideas that just wasn’t right for the short format. One involved an old man sitting alone in a cabin, waiting to die. The story was an allegory for suicide, which was really deep and scary, but it would have required a feature length for it to work. So not really a bad idea, just not the right one.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

No, not really. But I would like to be in one.

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

From movies I’ve seen and my own personal fear. This particular short (Boy gets eaten) was inspired by my fear of intimacy and films that I love, like It follows and The Conjuring.

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

Move to a sunnier place!

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Jason, Michael Myers and Chucky. Jason and Michael can’t be killed and Chucky can be the brains (and the mascot) of the operation.

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

Freddy! He is the more evil of the two I think.
Stephen King. He is the better storyteller, even though Lovecraft deserves praise for inventing an entire subgenre.
Practical as a base, CGI for enhancing.
Pre Apocalypse. The anticipation is everything.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

I’m not an effects maker, but I think going for theme is important. If the theme is fear of the dark for example, make everything reflect that. Darkness everywhere etc. As for objects that are relatable but unfamiliar, I think it is the same deal. Anchor the object in the story and the theme and use your imagination.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?

Almost everything scares me one way or the other. I think human behavior can be a lot more evil than any monster. The unknown also scares me, since I’m a bit of a control freak…

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

Oh goodness. Hard to say. The latest horror film I saw that I really liked was the new Invisible man. But the one film that I come back to mostly is probably The Shinning. It just can’t be beat.