Q&A with Peter Huang, Director of “Sleepless”

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

Matthew Lillard’s character from Scream. I really loved that movie as a kid and thought he was hilarious.

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?

Just keep writing through it. And then fix them after it’s done. Usually a good idea starts with the ‘bad version.’ When I collaborate, we often use the term, ‘okay so I don’t know what the idea is exactly but here’s the bad version…’

A bad idea… hmm. I just pulled out a little notes document I keep with one liner movie ideas. And I went back a few years and found this. “A man invents artificial intelligence in his basement. He winds up speaking to it and befriending it, teaching it like raising his own child. Then it turns out he’s crazy in the end.”

Which actually… if you think about it, there’s a good version of a movie somewhere in there…

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?


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

The rest of the world. Or history. 

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

Aren’t we all living in our own films? Don’t we all think we’re the main character in our own film?

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

The girl in the closet in the Ring? I feel like she makes good conversation.

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

Freddy, because it’s more creative than a standard slasher. King, because I grew up reading the guy. Practical, because that’s obvious. Pre-apocalypse, because the most interesting part of an apocalypse movie is when the world is in the midst of falling apart (usually the first ten minutes).

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

I actually think THERE WILL BE BLOOD is a horror film, just listen to the soundtrack. But for a more traditional answer, THE CONJURING.