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Q&A with Alex Haney, Director of “The Night Bell”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Ellen Ripley from “Alien”!

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?
One morning I woke up and opened up my notes app to see that I had typed an idea up in the middle of the night. It was two words: “floating zombies.” Definitely not my best. To get to the “spark” idea, I’m always daydreaming about the different concepts I have, adding different layers, exploring different possibilities, until that “this is right” feeling comes along.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
What I love about horror is that it comes in so many forms and is connected to so many different communities and influences – so yes and no!

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I always create playlists for my projects and listen to them as much as possible when I’m going through my day. I also do deep research digs on the films or works of art which are the core inspirations for the project, and watch and re-watch them to find deeper levels of meaning.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Escape!

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
The Nameless Nemeses: “It” from “It Follows,” “The Thing,” and Stephen King’s “It”

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

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Monsters are terrifying, but a monstrous human à la “Misery” takes the cake. I love stories that use the genre to explore people.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
The Shining!