If you were asked to write a script for a new horror movie, what would the plot be ?
Plot, vital to a mystery, is unimportant in a horror film. Situation is important. I would write relatable characters, in an isolated setting, barred from their goal by a GREAT evil. It would feature a half-dozen scares (three worth talking about when the lights come up) and be set in a location I would like to visit (at the producer’s expense).
How long do you think you would last in a horror movie ?
I died in all three films listed on my IMDB page, but only one was a horror film. I’m one for two in horror. As an actor turned horror writer, I now know the tropes and, in theory at least, should last until the end credits. I won’t answer the phone. I won’t wander off alone. If the windows are covered in flies, I won’t rent the house. Once sure the villain is dispatched, I’ll still hang on to my weapon. I’ll get to the sequel somehow.
What’s the creepiest question you’ve been asked by anyone ?
"Don’t you think there’s already enough horror in the world?" asked in unison by two Jehovah’s Witnesses wearing matching smiles. (On second thought, the question was fine; it was the smiles were creepy.)
Finale question. if you’re feeling adventurous you can answer both.
A, Your writing at your desk when a zombie apocalypse breaks out, your weapon is what ever is directly to your left. What is this weapon ?
An eight inch tall aluminum coffee mug. Not the original blunt instrument, perhaps, but it’ll do. (And there’s coffee!)
B, As a child did you go trick or treating ?
Also can you remember what you were dressed as ?
I did; twice memorably. As a low-budget ‘ghost’ parading from classroom to classroom in grade school, I stepped on my bedsheet, fell (losing my candy), and split my head on an upright iron heat register. And, as a young adult, managing my own service (petrol) station, I made myself up as a chimpanzee from Planet of the Apes and came out of hiding to wash the windshields of unsuspecting customers. The first memory, with the laughter of the other children still ringing in my ears, did more to shape the man I would become than the second. (Cue ‘Psycho’ theme!)
Thanks so much, Susie.