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Q&A with Shiang-An Chuang, Director of “Mama Pingpong Social Club”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
The Jumping Man!! This character never stop his creepy jump, and is always singing the same nursery rhymes, but the rhyme is about a horror tragedy…

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?
To tell all the friend you wanna tell, but just telling as a joke, if this guy heard and just said, “hahaha” – OK. It’s a bad idea! But don’t give up, keep modify your setting and telling to your friend, until they say “shit..and then?” OK, you got it!

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Anything in real life, all the fear is from the human’s real emotion, you must tear the scar deep in their mind, and most of these come from their real experience.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I will regret why I didn’t write a beauty love story for me in this film.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Uncle Xi

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, Stephen 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?
The vampire story have so many rule can be follow, all we can do is make it happen in Taiwan, with a middle-aged woman.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
I have a true story really inspire me… When I was 15 years old, one night I was sleeping, but kept hearing the sound of breathing in my room. Every time I turned on the light, the breathing sound seemed closer to me – it sounded like a man! Finally, the sound was right near my ear and very rapid. I jumped out of bed and ran into my brother’s room. All night I was afraid to turn off the lights…

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