Caleb Slain is a director and editor, known for Demon (2018), Enough. (2021) and It Ain’t Over (2012).
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Wish there was one. Could be why DEMON exists. The character of Marco represents a part of me and a part of everyone— maybe a part of everything—that I feel compelled to dig into.
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?
Shooting a 24 minute film in one night under a full moon in the desert is a bad idea. It will never stop being a bad idea.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I consider myself apart of the make-groundbreaking-films-that-tango-with-truth community.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
You don’t have to look far. Questions about culture and human nature are innumerable. Does a system breed mutation or do mutations compel their systems? Where do the limits of perversion and redemption intersect? Do they recede into different horizons? Who decides? Is morality just a useful virtual reality? Will it ever not be? After a hundred years of cinema, the most perilous quest we still embark on is that of a tough question.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Probably try again.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The thing from The Thing and Lars Von Trier.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 2. Lovecraft for primordial eeriness but King is an infinitely better writer 3. Impractical 4. Apocalypse Now
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
Hammers, nails and eBay. But the real goods can be found on the page.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favorite scary movie?’
There Will Be Blood