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Q&A with Maegan Houang, Director of “In Full Bloom”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Ursula from The Little Mermaid or Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven.

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’ve always wanted to take self-portraits of myself naked in my bathroom – that doesn’t’ seem like a very good idea. If I can’t stop thinking about an idea, then I decide it’s usually worth pursuing.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I took some seminars at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies which I loved. I’m also a huge fan of the two women who run the Etheria Film Night and Mondo Cult Film Festival – Heidi Honeycutt and Stacy Hammon. They have created an awesome community for women filmmakers interested in genre.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I wanted the home to have a surreal like quality so the production designer, Emmy Eves, and I looked at photos of homes of Vietnamese and Asian-American immigrants as well as different art created from trash. I also looked at photographers such as Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall and at images of the coffin homes in Hong Kong shot by Benny Lam.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would probably start organizing all of Cecile’s belongings and then look around, realize how much she misses her husband and start crying.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Logan Roy from Succession, Hannibal Lecter and Gene Tierney from Leave Her to Heaven.

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

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
For the worms, the stop motion animator Jason Whetzell and I

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
I was most recently terrified by the HBO mini-series Chernobyl, but probably because dying from radiation poisoning is such a gruesome death.