Hey, my name is Pontus Sundström and I'm a horror enthusiast, doing a lot of short films and paranormal investigations on our YouTube Channel "Swedish Ghost Lovers".
What is the best thing about working in horror?
I think that the emotion of fear is an emotion that's easy to trigger, but the exciting part for me is to trigger that emotion in an unexpected way.
Can you say anything about your movie Atrophy?
As producer/camera/edit of Atrophy, it was a very exciting experience. The house we recorded the whole thing in was perfect. I'm pretty sure it was haunted for real and I'm not jealous of director Cindy Stenberg who had to sleep there 2 nights all by herself. Overall a great experience and I learned a good bunch of new stuff that'll be utilized for future short films.
Why do you work in the film industry?
It's where you can make your fantasies real. The thoughts in your head; the same process as a writer can put it all down in a book, the same goes with film. The only limit is usually what budget you have, but you almost always go further than you think with minimal budget.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
Besides doing ordinary content on "Swedish Ghost Lovers", I'm working together with Cindy for our second project called "The Dreamcatcher"/Drömfångaren. This short film will have a lot of "creature feature" content, which is something I personally love within horror.
What was the project you learned the most from?
Atrophy made me realise that time needs to be efficient at all times. We should have taken 1 extra day whilst filming, because we were so knackered and tired at one point I was almost going to faint. Atrophy was a great learning experience.
What is the last horror film you saw? What did you think of it?
I watched Color out of Space just yesterday, which was a great lovecraftian movie. The characters were a bit flat, but the visuals and creatures were great.
What is your favorite horror movie and why?
I don't think I can possibly choose only 1, but I have deep love for "Cabin in the Woods". I love when movies start out slow and casual, only to go compleatly bonkers at the end. I also love IT: Chapter 1, I saw it twice in the cinema.
How do you prepare for a movie?
I think preparation comes both mentally and physically, trying to sort everything out before the camera rolls and make sure everyone on your team knows what's up.
If you could work with any actors or actresses who would they be and why?
I'm weak for Johnny Depp, I think you could put some horrifying makeup on him and create a modern classic, if you play your cards right.
Where can we find out more about you and your work?
Check out "Swedish Ghost Lovers" on YouTube and you'll find a world of lighthearted fun mixed with utter horror!
"Swedish Ghost Lovers":
What is your personal definition of horror?
For me, horror is the fear of the unknown. And yes, I love to quote Lovecraft.
Who is your current inspiration?
I would say Guillermo Del Toro inspires me a lot, but also Andy Muschietti. I'm also inspired by Jim Henson, who created my favourite movie of all time; The Dark Crystal.
Favorite country or place?
Sweden, my home country. I might love this place a bit too much, since I'm not very fond of traveling at all.
Anything else you want to mention?
I think it's fair to say Atrophy wouldn't have succeeded in the way it has, if it wasn't for our incredible team. Everyone did such a great job and was so helpful. For example, Sanna Öhlund and Alexander Embretsén did a great job with the makeup on all actors and the actors themselves did very well. And just small positions behind the camera, like holding a flashlight or recording sound - everything was so important to the whole production. So a great shoutout to y'all, love you.
Atrophy short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zb6cTJtj7k