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An Interview with Chad Ferrin, Director of Horse

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2012

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Your upcoming movie Horse - in a few words, what is it about?


A man seeks vengeance upon the men who murdered his horse.


What inspired you to write Horse in the first place?


I grew up on a farm and have always loved animals, hell, Iíve been a vegan for over 20 years. Anyway, I had rescued a wonderful little rabbit that was dumped on the street near where I live, and we became instant friends. It may sound funny, but we really had an instant connection. Well, unfortunately, he was killed by a neighbor's dog. I was devastated, but through that tragedy Horse was born.


Why a Western? Is that a genre especially dear to you, and your genre favourites?


Perhaps it was when I was kicked by horse when I was 10 or the countless times of watching The Searchers with my father, either way, the Western is my favorite genre, and one that Iím dying to explore.


Is there anything you can tell us yet about the look you will be going for with Horse?


Itís a very dark and claustrophobic story that I plan to shoot on film and in scope. Think the look of Nick Rayís Bigger Than Life as a Western set in a cave.


Over the decades, the Western genre has grown increasingly brutal and graphic ... and since you have a horror background: How far do you intend to go in terms of violence and gore?


I plan to portray the violence as extreme and realistic as possible. No CGI blood!


Anything you can give away about your cast yet?




It might be waaay to early to ask, but any idea when the film's going to be released onto the general puclic?


Hopefully before the end of 2013.


Let's go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


At 16, I dropped out of high school to work full time at a United Artists movie theater, started out as an usher and within a year I was asst. manager.

Learning how to assemble 35mm prints and run Ďem through the projector was best part of the job. Having films like Dances with Wolves, Body Parts, The Doors, Silence of the Lambs, Robot Jox, Popcorn and Barton Fink pass through my fingers and flicker up on that big white screen was truly a magical experience. From that moment on, the dream was realized and I began to reach for the silver screen. I got my GED and enrolled in community college while working nights at a video store. In my theater class I was able to write and direct a play about a homicidal butcher called Dead Meat - it was very bloody and received a standing ovation from the class. Actually, that experience was so electrifying that I packed my car and drove from Minnesota to Hollywood the very next day. Luckily, Lori, my babysitter growing up, was married to producer Mike Leahy (Pulse, Feast) and he gave me my first job as a production assistant on the film Back to Back starring Michael Rooker. Working on numerous productions over the next 2 years was my film school; I learned everything from loading a camera to cutting on an Avid. I just stuck my nose anywhere and everywhere, watched, listened and learned.


Your first feature was, I believe, Unspeakable. What can you tell us about that one, and how do you feel about it from today's point of view?


I sold my house to make Unspeakable and never saw a dime from Troma. During filming, half of the crew quit by the 2nd day, stealing film, lights and sound rolls along with them. Ah, it was a failure on many levels, but I learned a lot from my mistakes, so the pain is not all too soul crushing.


At the beginning of your career, you have also worked for legendary Troma quite a bit, right? What can you tell us about your time with the company?


Troma is awful and I prefer not to speak of them.


One film of yours has way too good a title to go unmentioned: Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!


A good title goes a long way.


As we speak, you're also in pre-production of another film of yours, Dances with Werewolves. What can you tell us about that one?


Dances with Werewolves is set during the Civil War, centering on Confederate soldiers having escaped a Union prison camp, only to be hunted by Native American shape-shifting werewolves. My producer Roham Ghodsi has been working tirelessly on raising the budget and itís on track to begin shooting in early 2013 thanks to his efforts. I'm very excited.


Other films of yours you'd like to talk about?


The great guys over at Cine du Monde have just put out a region free deluxe edition of The Ghouls thatís jam packed with special features that Iím very proud of.


Any future projects beyond Horse?


Iíve got a Sci-Fi project kicking around in my head that Iíll start writing soon.


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Boetticher, Peckinpah, Ford, Hawkes, Fuller, Leone, Welles, Bava [Mario Bava biography - click here], Bresson, Ray, KurosawaÖ ah, I can go on and on, the list is endless.


Your favourite movies?


Midnight Cowboy, Pickpocket, The Naked Prey, Videodrome, Wages of Fear, 7 Men From Now, Ed Wood, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The 7th Victim, Zeder, Electra Glide in Blue, The Culpepper Cattle Co. to name a few.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Some shit that comes to mind would be Centurion, The Raven and anything from The Asylum.


Your/your movie's website, Facebook, Kickstarter, whatever else?


Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


That about does it, thank you for the great questions.


Thanks for the interview!


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