Brian F. Otting

Brian F. Otting was born on February 3, 1976 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He is a writer and director, known for It Came Nameless in Spring (2019) and Prom Car ’91 (2021).

Alter Films


Q & A

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

The Frog Brothers from The Lost Boys. I was their age when I first saw the film. The idea that they could use a comic book as a monster manual to successfully hunt vampires was very exciting.

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 like most writers, I question myself constantly throughout the whole process. At the end of the day, if it’s something that excites me, I just try to go with it. My job is to write what’s inside of me and hope it leads to something that resonates with others. You never know what that’s going to be.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

Yes. The festival run we had with It Came Nameless in Spring was both fun and rewarding. I saw great films and met other filmmakers that I hope to follow for years to come. Our community has a lot of enthusiasm for new ideas and respect for old ones. I love that.

Where do you look for inspiration?

For horror, I look at myself and write what I’m afraid of. The characters in my stories are unfortunate enough to find themselves facing my fears for me.

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

This is where things get a little surreal. I wrote this film a few years ago out of my anxiety over a possible pandemic in Los Angeles. Now I’m literally in lockdown, living through a pandemic in Los Angeles. Thankfully, my worst fears from the film haven’t transpired, and as of this moment, there is no Lovecraftian Outer God floating over downtown.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Dracula is the ultimate horror villain. You put Jack Torrance, Herbert West, and Annie Wilkes on his team, and you got yourself one hell of a villain squad… Throw in a Graboid from Tremors and you’re really f*cked.

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

John Carpenter’s The Thing.