Q&A with Rami Kahlon, Director of “Odd Girl”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Rami: What an interesting question! I’ve never thought about that before. My instinct is to say Rose Armitage in “Get Out” (minus the racism). But if I was evil, I would probably be the girl that charms you into a deadly trap. 😉
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?
Rami: I think the key is to just keep trying until you get something that’s “not that bad” and then turn it into “okay” to “decent” to “good” to “great”. I think change is incremental and if you expect things to go perfect the first or second time around, you’re going to be disappointed. As for one of my bad ideas, I scrapped an idea I had of creating a “Britney Spears Musical.” However, I just googled this and apparently there’s a popular “Snow Spears and the Seven Dwarfs” musical on YouTube and now I’m starting to think maybe that wasn’t such a bad idea after all.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Rami: Absolutely. I’ve been writing horror since I was 8 years old and have kept going despite strongly worded letters to my mother from my teachers. With “Odd Girl” I got to meet horror lovers from all over the world, and felt like I had finally found my type of people. Everyone in the community is down-to-earth, Halloween-obsessed, and has a morbid sense of humor. I definitely feel included in this community.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Rami: Music is a big part of my life and greatly affects my mood. I use the resulting emotion to later look for everything else, including visuals, dialogue, colors, etc. I either listen to a song that represents what I want on a loop or I repeatedly play a song on piano. It’s a bit weird to observe for an outsider, but it works for me.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Rami: Oh no, I’d be screwed! Now I wish I had built a world where the bad guys didn’t win…
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Rami: Definitely Wednesday Addams. She’d be #1 on the list. I’d let her pick the rest of the team. And then, I’d recruit Freddy Krueger. Addams can take the day shift, and Krueger’s got the night shift.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Rami: Freddy. Stephen King. Practical. Pre Apocalypse.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Rami: Honestly, everything scares me. I love horror and I make horror films, but I cannot watch scary movies by myself after it gets dark. But I think that my proclivity to being scared is what gives me so much inspiration to create these creepy, twisted stories. I have inspiration everywhere because I’m a bit of a chicken.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Rami: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”