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Q&A with Khaled Ridgeway, Director of ‘Night Diner’

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Candyman. The guy really knows how to make an entrance!

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?
A trio of strippers hunt down and torture the Doc, who gave them botched Brazilian Butt Lifts. It’s OK to let your imagination run wild lol but bring it back down to earth. The best horror has some sense of reality, although botched Brazilian Butt Lifts are like a real thing.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yeah, baby.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Places that I’m already familiar with.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Go back to sleep.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Candyman, Michael Myers, and Mrs. Voorhees.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy (sorry Mrs. Voorhees), King, Practical, Pre Apocalypse.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I usually start with the color palette, depth cue mapping, and then build from there. I like to hide things in plain sight with my set pieces and design. Upon first glance, it may seem ordinary, but the second time, you may find something else.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Home invasions. There’s genuinely something fascinating and frightening about being caught off guard in the one place that’s supposed to be safe.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Demons (1985).