Q&A with Ciaran Lyons, Director of “The Motorist”

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


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?

My very first ineptly made short film was called The Infinite One Night Stand. It was about a couple of strangers who get trapped in a time loop with an infinite number of different versions of themselves, and then end up eating themselves. I really liked puzzly-time-bending things at that point… now, I do not.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

Not of a horror community specifically, but I do have a good bunch of folk around me at Forest of Black, the Glasgow production company I work with.

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

Folk tales, fairy tales, and writings on the occult.

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

I would like to think that I would get out of the car and face a potential beating, walk home for a good cry, then get on with my life as best as possible. I fear, however, that I would stay in the car.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Camiel Borgman, Delbert Grady, Il-gwang, and The Thing

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

Freddy. Stephen King. Practical, with CGI finishing. Post Apocalypse.

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

I created the sculpture in The Motorist myself. I felt that making something big and imposing, but with very limited technical skill would achieve the effect I was after.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?

The ruination of souls scares me far more than the prospect of bodily death or physical pain, and I do want to make horror stories that deal with this.

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

The Wailing.