Connor O. McIntyre
Connor Osborn McIntyre is a writer and a director currently residing in Los Angeles, California. A military brat raised all over the world, Connor was drawn to film throughout his childhood and eventually studied film production in Colorado under the guidance of leading experimental filmmakers. Presently, Connor is in studio development on a tv show of his own creation and he works to create films and stories that draw from his personal experience that connect with the visceral aspects of human experience.
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Weirdly, Shelley Duval from The Shining. She tries her best to stay positive in the light of so much negativity. We spend the film empathizing with her as we see she is doing all she can to keep her son happy; to keep her husband happy. Her release of that dedication to her husband and breaking that cycle of fear he instilled in her at the end is always a powerful moment. Plus, Kubrick put her through hell during that shoot and I think she’s wonderful in the movie.
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 first script I wrote when I was 14 or so was called The Fleshman, it was a beat by beat rip-off of The Evil Dead about a group of kids that go to a cabin and are terrorized by this monster that drips flesh. Turns out the monster was a kid that drowned in the lake and his goopy skin was the result of water decay. Then some witches show up. Why? I do not know. But our character battles the witches to release the fleshman from his curse. It is… not good.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Definitely! Through my friendship and creative partnership with Ethan, he’s introduced me to this deep rooted community of horror hounds and gore geeks. It’s massively supportive, and has introduced me to the potential of horror beyond bubble-gum, roller coaster scares.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I think in terms of the changes Ethan and I made once we linked up on this film, was looking at certain relationships I’ve had in the past. I think we both wanted to look at gaslighting and how that can occur without much effort. We also watched and talked about a lot of movies, as Ethan mentioned, that worked within the same realm.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Eat some of those eggs!
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Michael Meyers, Annie Wilkes, The Thing, and Leatherface.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, H.P., Practical, Post-Apocalypse
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
My constant fear is that I’ve already lost my mind but just don’t know it. The thin-ice of our mind scares the hell out of me, easily shatterable and irreparable without a moment's notice.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
The Thing. Rosemary’s Baby. Carrie.