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Q&A with Mohamed Fakhro, Director of “Cloven”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Michael Myers

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?
Be honest and realistic with yourself. Most importantly go with your gut feeling.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
The film industry in Bahrain is pretty much non-existent. So no I don’t.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Other movies that I love. Mostly the ones I experienced growing up. (The Thing, Alien, Blade Runner, The Exorcist, The Omen, Predator, T2: Judgement Day, etc.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Piss my pants.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason, H.P. Lovecraft, Practical (always), 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?
By gathering enough money.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
A lot of things scare me. But I think what scares me the most, is fear of the unknown.