Q&A with Elwood Quincy Walker, Director of “The Rule of Three”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Duncan Michaels from The Final Girls! I’m just a super passionate & overly excited horror fan. Or maybe Lola Stone from The Loved Ones because I’m very fortunate to also have very supportive parents. (Maybe not in the same way though)
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?
An idea has to stick with me & make me so passionate & excited enough that I’m more than happy to spend every second of every day thinking about that film until the day it is done.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes! I celebrate halloween & all horror related things 24/7 no matter what time of year it is. Its a lifestyle at this point & there is no turning back. I love going to all the different conventions with my friends & even participating in horror themed art shows at The Mystic Museum.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
The movies I love. I try break down what it is about them that makes them so special to me & draw from those feelings to inspire me. I also like to surround myself with art from the films I love. I have tons of posters, VHS tapes, & art pieces all around my apartment. Pretty sure I’m the only person who sleeps below a Hereditary/Midsommar crossover poster, dollar tree pumpkin lights I keep up year round, & a record player right next to my bed that is solely devoted to playing the Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping original vinyl soundtrack.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I actually did! We shot on location & spent the night in the cabin from the film. It was kind of like going to a summer camp for the weekend, minus the campfire story about a camper that tragically died & is hellbent for revenge & wants to kill you. More the setting & being surrounded by good friends. The cabin was extremely cold & I spent most of the night afraid a bear would come in. But it definitely helped set that claustrophobic & senseful tone I wanted to achieve.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Michael Myers would be the team captain leading my ultimate squad consisting of Ghostface, Pennywise, The Blissfield Butcher, Audrey II as our surprise weapon, & of course Ma. She really knows how to party & is GREAT at the robot.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason because I, too, am a mama’s boy. Stephen King, he is the pinnacle of the horror genre & I would love to meet his pet Corgi Molly, aka The Thing Of Evil. Practical all the way, some of the most fun I have making a movie revolves around dreaming up a fun practical effect for my FX team to pull off. Pre Apocalypse, tired of living in this current apocalypse & dying to go back to movie theatres!!
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
The props, sets, & overall production design is always a huge part of my films. Which is why I also take on the role of the production designer in addition to directing, writing, & producing the film. I think you can tell so much of the story, especially in the horror genre, visually just through the setting & props the character interacts with. They work together to create an atmosphere, tone, & feeling. In The Rule Of Three, I spent months looking for that perfect claustrophobic warmly lit log cabin isolated in the middle of the woods, to establish a sense of dread & paranoia in Aly’s home before any of the horror actually happens onscreen. I also work closely with my makeup FX team Ryan Ward & Salina Kyle from Little Shop Of Gore to help bring my ideas to life. They made the terrifying dripping ink masks the three wear, the cut hand prosthetic, & splattered lots of blood.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Absolutely. The Rule Of Three all started when I began to second guess if I had actually locked my door at night. I found myself in an obsessive pattern checking it & even experiencing intrusive thoughts over it. The idea of waking up in the middle of the night & discovering an intruder in my home terrified me. All of which eventually led & inspired me to create the film. I guess sometimes your greatest fears can also turn into some of your biggest successes in a strange way.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Hereditary. Toni Collette deserved an Oscar for her performance. I will never forgive The Academy for it.