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Q&A with Alex Salkicevic & Bryce Kraehenbuehl, Director of “Carrie’s Doing Great”

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

Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) in The Lighthouse. Guy was kind enough to cook for the both and gets insulted straight up like that. I would also curse anyone to Poseidon for disrespecting my effort of a finely cooked lobster dish; do you know how expensive lobster is?

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?

We have absolutely had some terrible ideas in the past. I think one that really tops for this film was in the initial cut of Carrie, we had a 10-minute-long conversation scene in the mist of a 20-minute horror; nearly half the original cut was dedicated to that scene. After many test screenings, we realised there was no way that it was working and massively bogs down the film. So, we cut a lot of it, condensed it down to the point where it wasn’t terrible and moved on.

The best way we get past the bad ones is we play ‘no shit ideas’. Which essentially means we exchange a bunch of ‘encouraged’ terrible ideas, the worst we can possibly think of; lay them all out on the table. Once we get on a roll, we often accidentally discover a tiny golden nugget which starts us down a rabbit hole and expands into an actual fully formed ‘not shit’ idea.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

Absolutely! I believe the horror community in general might be one of the most inclusive groups of any culture. They embrace the strange, weird, uncanny aspects of the human condition; so, no matter how strange you are as an individual, you’ll always be part of their club.

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

We find the best inspiration for our films is always our everyday lives; the horrors surrounding us are often the easiest to incorporate/articulate in your films. Growing up in a place like Adelaide, located in the south of Australia for all you non-Aussies, really shaped our love of the suburban horror. So, when we write, we often sit and reflect on our weeks, what we have seen and what local horrors are beginning to unsettle us. Also, I know everyone says this about their hometown, but there truly isn’t anywhere like Adelaide; for better or worse.

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

Grab everything we have and catch the first bus straight outta that town!

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Leatherface, Alien, any evil from the Necronomicon and Regan MacNeil

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

Freddy! HP Lovecraft (the hardest question), Practical (not even debatable), Post-Apocalypse

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?

Existentialism is the most horrific train of thought and plagues my being on a constant basis. It is pretty much where all our horror inspiration stems from, who we are, what we inspire to be and how flawed we are as an individual. Nothing scarier than yourself.

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

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