Q&A with Kheireddine El-Helou, Director of “Twinkle”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Freddy Kruegar. I’d consider Freddy the most creative of the horror legends and he always knows how to deliver a killer one-liner.

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 don’t know if there are necessarily “bad” ideas. I think there is always a version of an idea that can probably be turned into something great. People told George Lucas that ‘Star Wars’ was a “bad idea” … I think he proved those people wrong.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes. It’s a passionate bunch who aren’t afraid to celebrate the dark side of stories and characters. I’m one of those people and I feel lucky to be apart of the horror community.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I watch a lot of movies, but I also find inspiration through still images. I can easily fall down the rabbit hole of online image searches. A picture is worth a thousand words.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would be terrified, but I’d also try and enjoy the ride. I have an advantage knowing the rules of the film, so hopefully I make it out alive.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Freddy Kruegar, Pennywise, Leatherface, then each one of them riding a Jurassic Park Velociraptor. That would be a beautiful and horrifying sight.

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

And finally, what’s the horror movie you’ve seen the most times?