Krisstian de Lara: A Quick Chat

Krisstian de Lara

We spent a short time with Krisstian de Lara, director of INVESTIGATION 13 (now on DVD and VOD). Nice chap.

There’s many different types of horror films – where does Investigation 13 fit in?

I want to say that Investigation 13 fits a specific type of horror film but it doesn’t. In a way, we let the characters and the story dictate many of, if not all, aspects of the movie and we dive into a unique innovative way of storytelling. For example, the animation. I have friends reaching out to let me know that they haven’t seen anything like this before.  And, to be honest, neither have I, and I am a fan of horror as well. It’s exciting to say that we might have created something new and that’s very special and gratifying.

Meg Foster really adds gravitas to the production as the caretaker. How long was she on set? Was she good to work with?

Meg Foster is such a phenomenal human being. Due to budgetary constraints she had limited time on set during production but she made sure I knew, whatever I needed, she was there for me. That, to me, is something very honorable as an actress of such weight in the industry and it made me respect her even more. I felt great that we had not only become friends on set but that she was also dedicated to the project as much as I was.

Is it hard to ground a horror movie?

Not at all. I’ve always enjoyed dramas and raising the stakes in this film through drama made it easy to make it believable. I do believe this could happen in real life.

How important is the sound in this film?

Visuals is only fifty percent of the film, getting to experience it with the outstanding original music from Maxwell Sterling, has really turned it into an immersive one of a kind experience.  The music is catchy, scary, and it gets you exactly where you need to be: there with Melanie Gates, the gang, and… the Mole Man.


What’s the scariest moment in the film – are you willing to reveal

Haha! I think the entire movie. After Act I, the investigation escalates until it reaches a big climax. I really feel sorry for them.

What scares you?

Aside from meeting the Mole Man in real life, meeting an alien from outer space. That would be terrifying.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.