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An Interview with Chad Ferrin, Director of Parasites

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2017

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Your new movie Parasites - in a few words, what is it about?


Parasites is about a three friends that get lost in the seedy streets where they encounter a crazed gang of vagrants that seizes them and kills all but one man. The surviving man escapes on foot, naked and unarmed, with the pack of depraved transients in pursuit, and only seconds away from capture.


Parasites is said to be inspired by true events - care to elaborate, and how closely did you stick to the facts, where did you deviate?


It's my take on Cornel Wilde's The Naked Prey which is based on the amazing true story of John Colter's Run. It sticks close, I just replaced Blackfoot Indian pursuers with a band of homeless bums and threw in a dash of social commentary.


Other sources of inspiration when writing Parasites?


Walter Hill's The Warriors was a huge influence as well as the works of Carpenter and Romero. Some other films of constant influence are Street Trash, The Tall T, Exorcist III, Sorcerer, The Steel Helmet, The Browning Version, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Rio Bravo, Winchester '73, Emperor of the North, Hard Times, Night of the Demon, Zeder, Lawman, Lifeforce, Black Sunday, The Wild Bunch, and The Thing.


At least for me, Parasites has strong sociocritical undercurrents - was this at all intended, or did that just happen along the way?


The current climate of what's going on today with racism, homelessness, class struggles, police shootings, corruption and duplicity at every level all helped shape it. But I don't feel it comes across as heavy-handed exploits of those themes, it just shines a little light.


Parasites is a quite action-heavy movie - so do talk about the stunt and fight work in your film for a bit!


All the actors did their own stunts which is the main reason we shot the script in sequence, so that if anyone did get hurt it worked into the story. Luckily, I had a great cast and crew who trusted me. So when I asked Sean Samuels(Marshal) to run naked through the LA river, jump out of the way of a moving train, be shot with paintballs... he says “Okay, no problem.” No fear or hesitation, just a great let's do it-attitude.


For all the gorehounds among my readers, you also have to talk about the bloody bits of Parasites, and how were they achieved?


Crystal Nardico and Melanie DuBarr were recommended by SFX master Gary J. Tunnicliffe, and they did a fantastic job on the bloodshed. Crystal was not only fast, but she came up with a great Scatman Crothers Shining-style death for Joe Pilato on the spot when the original death scene would have taken too long. It's that kind of on-your-toes thinking that got us through the 9 day, ten pages a day shoot.


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


I often go  to extreme lengths to get the desired realism. For example, a lot of the homeless wardrobe was clothing that I had worn out or found over the years. It had been exposed to the elements, pissed on by my rabbits, baked in a hot car... it was gross. So when you see Marshal sitting next to a dumpster contemplating his situation, I assure you, he not only looks like a bum, he smells like one too and those little details go a long way for me.


The $64-question of course, when and where will your movie be released onto the general public?


It'll be available on all VOD platforms on January 24th .


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Parasites yet?


When it played the FantAsia Film Festival in Montreal, it garnered some of the best reviews of my career, which quickly got it picked up for distribution by 108 Media. Which is a BIG relief when you make a film with your own money. On the flip side, it got rejected from numerous European festivals that deemed it racist. Unfortunately, some might see it that way. Society has become so sensitive and politically correct that I'm sure it'll offend someone, but as long as it makes a lasting impression, mission accomplished.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I'm gearing up to do Horse this year [Chad's Horse interview - click here]. It is vengeance/siege/chase/masculinity/morality packed into one hell of an action-driven western about a lone gunfighter seeking vengeance upon the men who murdered his horse.


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I'm really excited to see what the world thinks of Parasites, it was a true labor of love. Thank YOU!


Thanks for the interview!


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