Q&A with Vidar T. Aune, Director of “Creaker”

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Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Absolutely. I have always been an avid horror fan since I was little and my fascination with the genre has just grown with the years. Now I follow Facebook and Instagram pages about everything from Gothic oldies, Hammer Horror and haunted house films to Italian giallos, 80’s slashers and newer horror films. I find that among all of the film and literary genres the horror community is one of the most joyful and engaging, with lively discussions and enthusiastic recommendations.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
For Creaker I put together a ‘mood piece’ for the crew to watch before production, with a compilation of Mike Flanagan and James Wan scenes, as well as that bedroom scene in Darkness Falls (2003), which scared me a lot as a young teenager. It’s a fun, underrated film. That being said, I wanted to avoid specific and obvious references and tried to implement various inspirations and elements in a more subtle, natural way instead to not take focus away from the action as the film is only 4 minutes long.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Call out for someone seems like the most logical thing to do.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecra? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason, Stephen King, practical effects with subtle VFX enhancements, and 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?
Knowing what I wanted the film to look like very early on, and because of a limited short film budget, I collected and borrowed a bunch of free stuff over a long time before the production
began. I wanted to recreate the classic ‘horror movie child bedroom’ we’ve seen a hundred times, in part to play it straight for a while and have fun with expectations.

What scares you?
Cannibal babysitters, Donald Trump and goats.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Martyrs (2008), the original French one. Utterly disturbing, but in a good way.