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Q&A with Christoph-Mert Hagen, Director of “Lovers Never Say Goodbye”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
I’m still a big fan of Frankenstein because I love tragic horror characters. And I really like the transformations in horror too. I think the werewolf is my horror spirit animal. Or maybe the fly.

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?
Bad ideas are always part of the creative process. One bad idea was to make another zombie movie, there are so many out there. A good idea was to tell a tragic love story first and then use a post-apocalyptic zombie world just as a setting. That was the spark for me. It just happened.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I’m a big, big horror fan. But I prefer to see myself part of the film community in general.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Although my film is set in a post-apocalyptic world, I got most of my inspiration in our present reality: Abandoned buildings, broken roads, nature that recovers everything. I found all that close to my hometown. And I ended up building the world of my short film in these real places.

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

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The Alien. Chucky. Pinhead. The Thing.

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

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Currently still ‘The Witch’.