Awi Suryadi Dishes Details on ‘Danur’ [Exclusive]
While Awi Suryadi probably isn’t a name that North American horror fans immediately recognize, it’s a name that you should remember. Suryadi impressed with his debut horror film, BADOET [Reivew], and now he’s preparing to release his highly-anticipated follow up, DANUR, in Indonesian cinemas later this month.
Given Suryadi’s eye for beautifully composed cinema and his ability to achieve his trademark aesthetic on a fairly limited budget, we’re expecting big things not only from DANUR, but from his future career in the genre space as a whole (and we know a thing or two about calling early standouts).
We were lucky enough to catch up with Awi earlier this week to talk about DANUR: I Can See Ghosts. Here’s what he had to say:
The trailer for your first film, Badoet, has received over a million views on Youtube. For those that have seen that film, what sort of similarities are there between it and DANUR?
Do you prefer to make films that stay in the supernatural realm as opposed to a more visceral take on reality?
In Badoet, you were able to cast Christoffer Nelwan in one of your leading roles, and that seemed to get a lot of people outside of the “horror bubble” interested. This time you cast Prilly Latuconsina as your lead actress. How did you and Prilly become acquainted and when did you know she was the right one for DANUR?
DANUR is based on the novel "Gerbang Dialog Danur". Is this a novel that you read and wanted to adapt or was it pitched to you by someone else?
Speaking of DANUR... what's up with that name? I hear it roughly translates to "corpse juice", and that's awesome... but super gross. Does that translation come into play in the movie itself?
Many people, myself included, feel like you have an eye that far exceeds your experience in genre film. How important of a role do you feel proper cinematography plays in horror films?
What kind of scares can we expect in DANUR and what rating do you expect the film to have when it hits theaters later this month?
You've been working a bit in the TV space as well. Do you prefer one production process over the other?
What are the odds that horror fans in North America can enjoy DANUR for themselves in 2017?
What's next for you?
You bounce around a lot between genres, which is uncommon for most people that make horror films. Do you feel that gives you an advantage? Do you prefer doing one genre over another?
Thanks, Awi! Lastly, I think you have a brand new poster for DANUR to share with us, so let's see it!