Director and writer awarded in festivals like Sitges (Spain), Clermont-Ferrand (France) or PiFan (South Korea). Specialist in genre films and music videos, winner of VEVO AWARDS (2015). His latest work is the feature film VISITOR, which will premiere in competition at 54th SITGES IFFF.
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Rosemary Woodhouse (Rosemary's Baby - Roman Polanski), because I'm always seeing conspiracies everywhere. And some are real!
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?
I’m used to finding terrifying premises in almost any situation. What would happen if the supermarket butcher starts attacking all the customers with the knife? And what if your work colleague was an Illuminati? But only a few ideas end up being interesting. I like it when I get to a powerful or unexpected ending, and if there is a social background, the better.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I feel happy to be part of this great family that loves the horror and fantasy genre. Here in Spain, every year I go to the Sitges International Film Festival, where I can keep updated with the latest films and shortfilms that are launched all around the world. And I’m very fond of revisiting the classics whenever I can.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
In general, I keep my eyes open in my everyday life. I love to find ideas in peculiar situations that happen to people around me. And then, I try to stretch reality as much as I can.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
If I were in a limit situation, like in “The Cross”, I would try to hide my awareness, think about an escape plan and flee as soon as possible!! But unfortunately, many times the villains have more resources than we do. In the case of a fantastic cut story, I would always want to take the red pill, get out of the Matrix and know the reality, even if it’s painfull.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The devil from "The Exorcist", Norman Bates from "Psycho" and the shark from "Jaws".
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, Stephen King, Practical, 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?
In my last film "Visitor" the story takes place in a country house. We chose a natural location, but we wallpapered all the walls with the personality we were looking for. And the loft, which was one of the most important sets in the story, was an ad hoc designed set. In addition, as we played with alternative realities, the scenery of each reality changed according to the development of the lives of the characters on each side. I think that the sets should be one more character in the film whenever possible.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
The evil of the human being scares me much more than the misteries of the afterlife. I would never be afraid of aliens or ghosts, although I understand that the unknown scares the public. As I see it, horror surrounds us in the closest situations, and appears when we least expect it, as it happens in "The Cross".
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
There are so many! I wouldn’t be able to choose just one, but I can name "Rosemary's Baby", "Psycho", "The Birds", "The Exorcist", “The Fly”, “They Live”, and more contemporary, "The Witch", "Hereditary" or "Babadook".