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Q&A with Lin Tu, Director of “Sports Day”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
The mother in The Babadook. Spirit animal is the baseball bat boy in Paranoia Agent by Satoshi Kon.

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? A love story with a happy ending? Lol. A good story-teller can always tell if there’s something missing with an idea, I think. And for spark-finding: coffee, alcohol, travel, certain locations, and sometimes, extreme exhaustion.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Actually, I rarely watch horrors, lol. Don’t hate me. But for maybe 27 years of my life, I couldn’t watch horrors because they scare me too much. And then I kinda realized that I wasn’t scared by the movies but the image that I thought was going to pop up in my head. And then horror just naturally grew out of me. I’m still too scared to watch some of the really good horror films nowadays. I know, it’s insane.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Mostly my nightmares.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Oh, probably kill all the monsters, bathe in blood and win.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Can I choose the black sheep from The Witch.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Haven’t seen that film. Lovecraft is god. Whatever works. Post.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
My sets and props are daily life-ish. Daily life is scary enough for me.

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