1. As many Lugosi Monogram films as you can lay your hands on. (Damn you if you have a copy of Return of the Ape Man!)
2. A steely nerve.
3. Roughly 700 cl of good gin - I recommend Gordon's London.
4. Sympathetic girlfriends/ boyfriends/ spouses/ housemates/ neighbours.
5. The kind of temperament with regard to low-budget horror movies that sees opportunities missed as, in some perverse way, opportunities taken.
See you on the other side!