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Q&A with Hector Bell, Director of “Coming to Light”

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

The round guy with the goggles who stands next to Pinhead in Hellraiser. I like how he’s just a spectator with that creepy smile.

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?

The notes on my phone are jam packed full of really dreadful ideas! These are just a taste:

“A film about a boy who’s a die hard Maradona fan. Just that.”
“A film about a person who believes all their shortcomings in life are down to their abnormally large nose.”
“A guy who looks like the Stalker in the film Stalker. But they’re a really amazing dancer.”

When you see them laid out like that it becomes pretty clear they’re not going to work. But I still have to write them down. Then when you go through your notes and you find one that still might not be any good but it makes you ‘hmmm’ on it for a bit longer than usual, then it might be worth building on!

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

I’m really new to the world of short filmmaking so I guess not. I also didn’t set out with the intention of making a horror, the idea of living with your monster is what came first then I suppose it just naturally became a bit scary and we ended up with a horror film. But having said that the people behind Nightmares Film Festival do a really good job of building a community of filmmakers that everyone gets involved with.

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

I think It’s really important to try and get inspiration from things outside of films. Something I really love is when a film is rich with smart, real-world observations. It’s something I definitely wish I did more of in Coming to Light. If you build the world with details you picked up on from your own observations and thoughts it will be more original and help you to develop a more unique voice as a filmmaker I suppose.

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

Pick up the phone three scenes earlier.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Pinhead (played by a David Bowie look-alike in this version)
That 8 foot monster from The Descent 2
Fluffy the three headed dog from the first Harry Potter
Then maybe the Orc from the Lord of the Rings that says the line about meat being back on the menu, he’s gross.

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

Jason. I haven’t ever seen the Freddy movies.
Stephen King, although I’m not really in a good position to answer that having never read a book by either of them.
Practical, it’s always scarier when what you’re watching is physically real.
Pre-Apocalypse, normal life feels post-apocalypse enough right now.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?

Open water, the sea is massive and terrifying. I don’t think it inspires any storytelling for me, definitely not literally anyway. I couldn’t imagine writing something about the sea or boats or anything. Although the idea of being stuck in a big empty nothingness is really scary and would be cool to have a think about.

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

Hellraiser. Obviously.