ZD: Where did the idea for this film originate?
EQ: I was very interested in the NO-DO concept. NO-DO were the old newsreels produced during the Franco regime in Spain, something like the “March of Time” or “Movietone News” newsreels audiences watched in Spanish movie theaters as complementary programming before the actual features. I found it very interesting, and explored the concept of NO-DO crews filming inexplicable phenomena all over Spain for 40 years, documenting miracles for the Vatican authorities with the aim of making Spain a destination for pilgrims. Some of this really happened, and some secret footage is said to be hidden in secret Vatican vaults so to mix reality and fiction was intriguing.
Midnight Spookshow interview with Elio Quiroga about "The Haunting"