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Q&A with Joe Price, Director of “VW”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Probably Candyman. I’m not gonna get up from what I’m doing unless you call out my name at least 3 times. Just ask my wife. She’ll tell you.

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?
I can’t think of anything specific, but I’ve had a lot of bad ideas. But sometimes there are bits from those bad ideas that you can take from and make one really good idea. So, I never look at bad ideas as wasted ideas.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Not really. I know a lot of horror filmmakers and horror fans, but I’ve always just done my own thing. I’ve never thought of myself as a horror filmmaker. I like to mix a lot of genres together which doesn’t always have a horror tone. So, I don’t even really know if a horror community would fully embrace me as one of their own.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I look at what’s going around me and how it affects me personally. I take my feelings towards a situation and build from that.

What stands out in your movie the most?
The genre/tonal shifts. I wanted to make a movie that could go from one grene to the next without it being so jarring. I jumped from suspense-thriller to mumblecore comedy to horror, and I think it works. I feel the ending is a surprise for the audience, but not in a way where it makes them feel tricked. I think it’s a fun way to approach filmmaking.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Patrick Bateman, Hannibal Lecter and The Wolfman: Beauty, Brains and Brawn.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy.
Stephen King.
PRACTICAL!
I like stories where the apocalypse is currently happening. So “Present Apocalypse”?

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
It’s a tie between The Exorcist or The Shining. The Exorcist was the first movie I watched as a kid and was frozen in fear. The Shining is a film I love more and more as I get older.