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Q&A with Dan Samiljan, Director of “The Sub”

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ALTER: Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit Animal?
DAN SAMILJAN: Jones the cat from ​Alien.

A: You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
DS: Bad ideas often seem to lead to good ideas, so I embrace my bad ideas. In fact, my movies are full of them.

A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
DL: Yes. We have adapted to a subterranean lifestyle. We have cylindrical bodies, velvety fur, and—oh wait, that’s moles. I consider myself part of the mole community.

A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
DL: I watch a lot of movies and borrow from those movies and hope that no one notices.

A: What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
DS: Call cut.

A: Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
DS: The librarian ghost from ​Ghostbusters, a gaggle of Gremlins, and Richard Nixon.

A: Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
DS: Freddy. King. Practical. Current.

A: And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
DS: I’m too much of a wuss to watch most horror movies. The scariest movie I’ve ever seen is Ernest Scared Stupid.