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Q&A with Eren Celeboglu & Ari Costa, Filmmakers behind “The Bride”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?

EC: I probably have two, but for different reasons—Clive Barker’s Pinhead from Hellraiser, and Jack Torrance from The Shining. Pinhead, because he is inescapable and strangely moral and just diabolical. And Jack Torrance because he reminds us all of how fragile we are as human beings, and just steps away from insanity.

AC: Mike Myers from Halloween probably, because I also do not condone premarital sex.

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?

AC&EC: Probably the worst idea we had was to make the Bride a non-speaking symbol in earlier drafts, but it led to us treating her like a locked tower, and not knowing who she really was. This ultimately led us to re-cast and re-shoot all the Bride stuff, and that led us to casting Folake…and the minute we saw her read…her character just opened like a blast furnace filled with emotions and we wrote the hell out of her.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

EC: This is honestly the first recognition by the horror community that we’ve had, so it’s very nice. Even after we finished this film, we were pretty surprised by how polarizing the response was, so for Alter to embrace The Bride with open arms is very validating.

AC: We plan on doing a lot more in the horror space and hope to become more immersed in that community. They are the people we truly look up to, some of our all-time idols, to be around them would be good company.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration? AC&EC: The real world and all its horrors. This film was inspired by Apocalypse Now more than anything else in that the notion of what humans do to each other in war is far more horrible than anything a slasher might do to you.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?

AC&EC: We would bow down to The Bride…

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

AC&EC: Pinhead, Leatherface, Pennywise, and Gary Oldman’s Dracula.

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

AC&EC: Freddy, Stephen King, Practical, and Pre.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

AC&EC: On the Bride we were lucky to work with an amazing artist named Sioux Sinclair who dreamt up all of our amazing blood rigs, including the blood vomiting gag that took her almost three months to build. But ultimately, we dreamt up these insane gags and then let Sioux do her thing, and it is such a pleasure to work with artists who take your ideas and just make them better, and constantly surprise you with their craft.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’

EC: I think as far as Classics are concerned, it’s The Exorcist. And from the new breed, it has to be Hereditary for me.

AC: Rosemary’s Baby. And new breed, The Witch.