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Q&A with Phil Bucci, Director of “Paul’s Bad Day”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level?

David Kessler. The idea of one incident coursing through you like an infection, changing everything about you, causing you to lose control of your life. The internal struggle of self preservation vs the greater good. Plus wolves! Love em!

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?

I think you can find a kernel of good idea in all ideas. But yeah some times you just go down  tangent with friends and it’s fun even though you know the idea is crap. The other night a friend and I were craping up at the idea of a Werepire. How it could come to be and more importantly what the howl would sound like. I was adamant it would be a mix of a howl and The Count’s laugh from Sesame street.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

I would say I have more then a toe dipped in the horror pool but I pale in comparison to my friends who could school me on horror all day long.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?

I wouldn’t really say I look for inspiration. If I see or hear some thing that sparks my interest ill write myself a note. When I go back to them maybe that one note or a combination of notes will spark an idea to come forward. 

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

Sadly if I woke up inside of Paul’s Bad Day I would probably go about my day not knowing anything was wrong until it was too late.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Freddy, the Alien from Alien, Jack Torrance, Jaws and I know it’s not a horror movie but The Nothing.

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

Freddy all the way. There is a character there, a dark sense of humor, some thing that feels real. SK or HP…both! Practical with CGI enhancements. When you can get some thing real on film it’s better for the actors, audience everyone. If some thing reads fake it just knocks me out of the film. There’s never enough during apocalypse. As in seeing society break down. There’s the notion that a major city is 6 days from chaos if electric power is lost. That’s a fascinating thought to me. How close we are to the edge at all times but it’s not a daly concern on anyone.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

I work closely with my friend and production designer Brett Hatcher. Now I wouldn’t say the props in my films have been very unfamiliar but our process has been to try and make every prop as real to our world and lived in as possible. 

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

An American Werewolf in London. My father showed me this movie when I was 6 under the pretext that is was a comedy. Now as an adult yes there is plenty of comedy but as a 6 year old I was terrified, couldn’t move, couldn’t speak. I don’t think I watched it again for 10 years!