“My favourite scary movies are the ones that operate mostly on a psychological level – the ‘elevated horror’. Some great new innovative horrors came out in the last few years, such as IT FOLLOWS, DON’T BREATHE, GET OUT and LIGHTS OUT. They all strike a successful balance between jump scares and creepy suspense, without skimping on story. These are horrors with a strong thriller element, inspired by the old classics such as THE SHINING, HALLOWEEN and ROSEMARY’S BABY, with interesting stories that keep you engaged and invested in the characters.
“I’m interested in Hitchcock’s definition of suspense. Creating a sense of horror in the viewer’s mind, of something evil that can’t be stopped. Manipulating the audience into believing something awful is about to happen, even when it might not. What you don’t see is what’s scariest. I want to give the audience a feeling of distress and haunting contemplation. Creating tension is key, but the momentary fright is equally important.”