Our ongoing series of interviews with the Blumhouse crew continues, in which we share our collective passion for all things scary, discuss our personal and career histories in the genre we all know and love, reveal our favorite films, and maybe even share a few spooky stories.
Today we sit down for a Q&A with Alexz Renteria, Office Manager for Blumhouse Productions!
Since infancy. My dad was my best friend growing up. He was a DJ and breakdancer in the late 80/early 90s. We had monsoon season in Arizona and when the power went out, my dad would bring out his strobe light and break dance in the kitchen. That terrified me, but I thought it was so cool. He also shared his love for B-movies with me and introduced me to films like NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, THE BLOB and KILLER CLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE. I fell in love with the horror section at the video store and watched everything much too young. This initiated night terrors throughout my childhood where I died in gruesome ways. The doctor said it was caused by my fixation with scary movies. I was banned from viewing even shows like “GOOSEBUMPS”, but that didn’t keep me away from genre content. My night terrors continued because I read Stephen King novels before bed.
I am the office manager and internship coordinator at Blumhouse. My team and I manage reception and make sure all office tasks get completed as fast and efficiently as possible. We I also get to interview all the interns and work with them on various projects. We are currently planning the first Blumhouse Intern Film Festival!
What is your career background, training, school, etc?
I started college at 16 years-old. At the time, I focused on journalism and creative writing until I transferred out of state. I received my B.A. from Columbia College in Chicago where I studied film and music business. My favorite class was Grindhouse & Euro-Cult Cinema; I managed to get on a few micro-budget horror short and feature sets before working as the assistant to the Film Relations Coordinator at CIMMfest (Chicago’s International Movies & Music Festival). Our team got Goblin to perform a live score of SUSPIRIA! My first gig in Hollywood was being the director’s assistant to Ciaran Foy on reshoots of SINISTER 2. After that, I was lucky enough to land a job with my dream production company, Blumhouse.
What/who is your favorite monster and why?
Pennywise The Dancing Clown! Stephen King’s IT is my favorite book of all time. I love IT because it takes on your worst fears, but it’s favorite form is Pennywise. I have Tim Curry’s version of Pennywise tattooed on my arm.
Cyanide. I think there is something elegant about poison.
List five of your favorite horror films.
EYES WITHOUT A FACE
HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH
What was the first horror movie you ever saw, and what was your reaction?
EVIL DEAD 2. I enjoyed Bruce Campbell’s comical one-liners, even though they started the many years of my night terrors.
My favorite to date was the DIY Beetlejuice costume I wore to the Blumhouse Halloween Party last year. I thrift-ed every piece of the outfit, which took months to find and did my own makeup.
I would have said the Soska Sisters a few months ago because they are kick-ass female filmmakers, but I recently had lunch with them and picked their brains in a comic book store! So next on my list is John Carpenter. I love horror films and synth scores. He is a master of both. I hope to see one of his shows while he’s on tour this year.
Please recommend a recent horror film that you saw and really enjoyed?
I finally saw Ana Lily Amirpour’s A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. It’s a haunting, monochrome picture with a killer soundtrack. Go watch it on Netflix!