He made his living as an art director on paranoid fantasies like Fight Club. But thanks to his directorial debut, the dirty-bomb thriller Right at Your Door (which won a cinematography prize at last year's Sundance), Chris Gorak now faces the very real willies that come from cinematically destroying the city you live in. ''If the atmosphere is right and there's a silence in L.A., you can definitely creep yourself out,'' the 38-year-old says after a 19-day shoot that left his cast drained and the lawn of a Hollywood Hills house coated in ''ash.''
Calling Door ''a disaster film from the inside out,'' Gorak fuels his post-9/11 worst-case scenario with an unrelenting feeling of dread. ''It might make people uncomfortable because they don't want to go there, but it's where we live.... So be not afraid of the film,'' Gorak laughs, before becoming appropriately paranoid, ''but know your enemy.''