FEAR HAUS Q & A

by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"

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Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon" interviews Blair of FEAR HAUS

 

Dark Comedy:

Firstly I have to say I am a huge fan of Fear Haus! It's a fantastic way to not just bring to light really great Horror Short Films, but to bring new artists to the attention of the masses! So what started your love for the horror genre and when did it start?

 

Blair: 

For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to the horror genre. When I started learning the skills to make my own movies, they almost always incorporated something horrific (starting as young as 6-years-old). It's in my blood, I guess. 

 

Dark Comedy:

What is the one horror film that inspired you most to pursue filmmaking?

 

Blair: 

Either The Exorcist or The Shining. I saw both of them when I was fairly young and I was always fascinated by both of those films. When I realized I could make a living creating movie-magic, I made it my mission to figure out how to do so. Both of those pieces suspended my disbelief for the first time. 

 

Dark Comedy:

"Kitty, Kitty" was a short film you wrote & directed back in 2013 - What are some important things you learned during the making of the film, and what are some experiences (good or bad) that presented some lessons to you?

 

Blair:

Pre-production is the most important stage of filmmaking. Always have a very concise budget and leave room for a contingency plan. We ended up shooting that film twice for various reasons, but what we ultimately created I am very proud of. Of course, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to make 'Kitty, Kitty' if it wasn't for so many people devoting countless hours of their time. I am eternally grateful for the experience. 

 

Dark Comedy: 

What fueled you to start Fear Haus?

 

Blair:

I've gotten to see ALOT of short horror films through my work in the genre. I felt at the time there wasn't a centralized location for all of these works to go, I wanted to create that. Thus I built a "home" for my favorite indie-horror shorts. I thought a cool format to showcase said films would be through an anthology series. Luckily, I was in the perfect place to do the show. I can't thank Atlanta and the team that has helped me so far enough. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Comedy: 

In Indie Horror, who are some artists that you really respect, admire and that are really making waves in the circuit?

 

Blair:

Through FEAR HAUS and Spooky Empire FF, I have gotten the distinct pleasure of meeting some incredible filmmakers. I am in awe of some of the films out there. My list of inspirations are endless, but anyone out there making the movies they want to make, regardless of the obstacles has my respect. 

 

Dark Comedy: 

What are your thoughts on Mainstream Horror vs. Indie Horror?

 

Blair:

How many more Friday the 13th's do we really need to see? I know so many talented filmmakers that work within the genre and have fresh ideas. Horror should be telling stories of the unknown, how can we truly be afraid of something we've seen a million times over?

 

Dark Comedy: 

Do you have any favorite films outside of the horror genre that have always stuck with you, and what are they?

 

Blair:

Mrs. Doubtfire is the first to come to mind, as it has been one of favorite movies since I was 4. I can quote the entire film. I also love Steel Magnolias or any film set in the South. I just love movies, if it's fun to watch, doesn't matter what genre it is to me. 

 

Dark Comedy: 

If you could work with anyone - Filmmaker/Actor or Actress, Living or Dead - Who would they be?

 

Blair:

Firstly, Rob Zombie as an art director would be very cool. He has an ability to create really gritty yet colorful worlds that I love about his films and music videos.  I wish I could've shadowed Ridley Scott on Alien, Kubrick on the Shining, and Carpenter on The Thing. Also, the moment Rob Bottin comes out of retirement I am hiring to make a monster movie with me. 

 

Dark Comedy: 

What is something about yourself that people may not be aware of - A part of you that would surprise people?

 

Blair:

I love to laugh. Being dark and brooding is fun and all, but giggling and putting a smile on someone's face is just as great too. 

 

Dark Comedy: 

Could you give us some insight as what you've got planned for 2016 with Fear Haus and other projects you may be working on?

 

Blair:

I just want to be constantly creating and supporting the horror genre. Whether that be through running the Spooky Empire Film Festival, introducing folks to new horror films on FEAR HAUS, or directing a new film myself. I've only just begun, take that to the grave. 

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