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 Jason Rostovsky, Post Production Coordinator for Blumhouse Productions!
How long have you been a horror fan, and what attracted you to the genre?
I would say I’ve been a fan since I was in second grade. My first real attraction to the genre came from watching BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER on TV every morning while eating cereal before I’d go to school. Quickly following that, I got hardcore into zombie films and odd Canadian horror like CUBE, all from browsing the genre section in the Blockbuster down the street from my childhood home. The thing that drew me to the genre the most is how it forces me to face death repeatedly and I can sort of imagine myself as this immortal being, desensitized to my own mortality. Although I think second grade me probably just thought the blood looked cool or whatever.
What is your role at Blumhouse Productions? Can you tell us a little about your job?
I am the Post Production Coordinator. That essentially means that I uh… coordinator post production? I basically manage, maintain, and create post workflow for our films, from pre-production through delivery. It’s a lot of stuff and things and emails and phone calls and more stuff. Don’t even ask me about scheduling ADR.
What is your career background, training, school, etc?
I got my B.A. in Screenwriting from Chapman University and interned my way through a few companies until I ended up here at Blumhouse. Meanwhile I wrote and produced a few shorts, all while raising a bearded dragon.
What/who is your favorite monster and why?
Bub from DAY OF THE DEAD, because he is everything.
What is your weapon of choice?
Obviously a flamethrower.
List five of your favorite horror films.
DAWN OF THE DEAD
What was the first horror movie you ever saw, and what was your reaction?
The first horror movie I think I ever watched was the THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. I remember wanting to watch it so badly, but I was so young and had to convince my parents I was brave enough to see it. I bought a tiny graphic novel of the film and they promised me if I read it and could still sleep at night, I could see the film. The book didn’t bother me, so I obviously thought I was ready to see it… I was very, very, very wrong.
Describe one of your favorite Halloween costumes that you’ve worn.
This past year I was Shogo Kawada from BATTLE ROYALE. I had this replica explosive collar from the film that I bought from Japan about 6 years ago, for way too much money. It sat on my shelf for the longest time, mainly because it’s impossible to find a tan Japanese school boy outfit. Luckily I remembered Shogo was a transfer student, and didn’t have a uniform, so I raided an H&M, tore up a Target undershirt, and covered myself in blood. Worked sooooo well.
I would absolutely die and come back to life as a zombie if I got to meet George Romero. I know, my joke is incredibly original. But Romero has been my inspiration since first discovering his movies.
Please recommend a recent horror film that you saw and really enjoyed?
KRAMPUS effing rocked.