I interviewed Gigi Saul Guerrero on the phone a coupla days ago.
For the unaware, Guerrero is a Vancouver filmmaker who's fast making a name for herself in horror circles.
She's caught the attention of such Hollywood heavyweights as Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions and hotshot horror director Eli Roth. In recent years she's written and directed feature-length shockers for Hulu (Into the Dark: Culture Shock) and Amazon Prime (Bingo Hell).
At one point in the conversation I asked Guerrero what the last horror movie was that blew her away.
"Oh man—there's a few," she replied. "There's many. But the last film before the pandemic, the last movie I saw in theatres before everything went kaput, was The Invisible Man. It was awesome! It was exactly what a theatre experience should be watching a horror movie. It was incredible.
"And definitely the movie that scared me the most during the pandemic was Host, a horror movie on a Zoom call—'cause we all know what Zoom is like! I fooled my parents into thinking it's a Zoom masterclass on how to use Zoom, little did they know that they were in for the scariest movie of the year.
"So those were the two that I'm gonna give a prize right now."
For more from Guerrero—including that time when she was a horror-curious kid and stole a VHS copy of Child's Play 2 from a Mexico City Blockbuster—see the story in next week's issue of the Georgia Straight.
Read it on paper for that old-school Chucky vibe.