Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters.
What happens to me is that I am first and foremost a film geek.
I see horror as part of legitimate film. I don't see it as an independent genre that has nothing to do with the rest of cinema.
When I was a teenager there was no video in my country. Betamax came to Mexico very slowly.
But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic ghost story like The Others, Devil's Backbone and The Sixth Sense. It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling.
I think there is a very quiet power in things that are not on screen.
For Devil's Backbone I loved it but I felt very pressured but so I was neurotic on the shoot.
I'd grab the camera and tell people what to do, and when I was 14, someone told me that it was called directing.
The other thing that I started doing for myself was, I went through my diary of ideas that I keep and made sure that the translation of the comic to the movie was good.
Hellboy is the first movie where both ends of the spectrum are combined.
It's only in modern times that we have come to glorify vampirism.
There are two levels of vampirism: one is the regular vampire, which is just like it has always been; and then there's the super vampires, which are a new breed we've created.
For eight years I did effects for other movies until I got my movie made.
I like actors that are good with pantomime and that can transmit a lot by their presence and attitude more than through their dialogue.
I like John Carpenter. I like some of his films more than others.
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