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Q&A with Clifford Miu, Director of “Bargain”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Sidney Prescott from Scream.

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?

There is a version of BARGAIN in which the spirit jumps out and kills our main character… It’s a pretty lousy and derivative idea if I may say so myself. I think in the end going from bad ideas to better ideas really depends on taste and judgement. I try to avoid executing ideas that I think are either too cliched in an uninteresting way or doesn’t add much to the story. In this particular case, I thought having such a “spelled-out” ending not only didn’t add much to the story, but also devalued some of the more subtle nuances in the script. Especially with endings, sometimes it’s better to leave certain things to the audiences’ imagination.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I like and make films of many different genres, and thus I’m hesitant to consider myself exlusive to a specific community. But I do greatly appreciate the horror community and plan to make more films within the genre, so if I could be part of more than one community, than I would like to think of myself as also being in the horror community among other communities.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I often start with the news, because I find the most horrifying scares to be the ones that people can relate to, and those are often real scares that can be found within society. The basic story of BARGAIN (a girl moving into a home only to discover that it was the site of a recent homicide) is also inspired by the news, and that was a news headline that I found rather terrifying because I started to imagine what I would do if I were in that situation. It’s quite an unpleasant thought.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I think I would do exactly what my main character did: call a friend, panic, pray.

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, Ghostface would like to know What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Sixth Sense.