Q&A with Michael Panduro, Director of “The Sunken Convent”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Difficult question. Maybe Carrie. I read the book at a young age (probably too young) and certain things were very relatable, so the book and later the film resonated with me. I still love both.

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 believe that bad ideas can become good ones if used under the right circumstances, so I never dismiss an idea completely until I’ve exhausted it. But ok, once I did have one concept about a giant tongue slowly becoming human by licking and swallowing people one limb at a time – that might not have been the best of ideas. But I don’t think you have to come past bad ideas to find good ones. Ideas are ideas and you never know where they may come from and when they might make sense in a new context.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Definitely. Even though I personally am not the kind of horror fan who likes to dress up for Halloween or collects horror memorabilia, I still feel like I’m very much part of a community, both locally and internationally. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to visit a lot of film festivals all over the World, and I’ve built some long running relationships that I cherish a lot.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Mostly books, art, history, music and that place your mind wanders to right before you fall asleep. I rarely draw inspiration from films, actually.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
‘The Sunken Convent’ is in many ways a reflection of the World as I see it, so in some ways I wake up in it each day. Not much would change.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Of the classic villains Pinhead is my favourite. Gary Oldman’s Dracula and Viggo Mortensen’s Satan are also favourites of mine. That would be a pretty awesome squad.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy! I don’t think King and Lovecraft are comparable, so Lovecraft for the mythology and King for the scares. Practical! Pre-apocalypse!

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Probably ‘Hellraiser’ or the original ‘Pet Semetary’.