Love Horror: Tell us about your film?
Nathan Shepka: Essentially Snapshot came about whilst I was between films and Kevin Slater, who I had worked with previously in an acting capacity had come up with the concept and fleshed it out a little into a three page treatment. I thought the idea for the story was too good to pass up on so I brought director Michael Kelly in and we got to work on it.
The idea behind the film is that it is both a homage to some of the old noir-ish mystery films of the 40’s and 50’s but also a film that embraces the recent ‘zombie’ culture in a certain way too. We feel it brings the best of both eras of horror together.
Love Horror: How did you get into making horror movies?
Nathan Shepka: This was our first horror film! I’m just about to start work on a horror/action movie a little like Deliverance meets Cape Fear, which should be interesting. Horror is a genre that I’ve always been interested in, I think people are fascinated by the idea of what makes them scared and pushing their fears to the limit.
Love Horror: What is your view on horror in 2016 and how would you change it?
Nathan Shepka: I think horror has almost become a bit of a parody of itself, you have various send ups of familiar concepts, particularly the ‘zombie’ craze that seems to be never-ending at the moment, you’ve got the found footage style horror which is slowly dying out and then you have ‘mainstream’ horror like The Conjuring 2. Unfortunately a lot of the time now horror films seem to all merge into one, featuring a haunted house with a past and a possessed child in some way. The recent examples are countless. I wish they’d bring back some of the gothic vibes of 70’s horror like The Omen and Don’t Look Now and the 80’s slasher movies seem to have all but disappeared. Few gems recently though, It Follows was a great understated little horror.
Love Horror: What is your favourite horror film and why?
Nathan Shepka: Difficult, very difficult. I’m a fan of older horror movies. Not 1920’s Universal, not quite that far back. I have to go with Psycho I think. Probably one of the all-time quintessential horror movies. The setting, the characters, the twists. All very creepy. Genuinely didn’t see the twist coming first time, and those final shots – brilliant. You can shoot me for saying this but I think Hitchcock was overrated, but Psycho is definitely his magnum opus. Simple and intriguing.
Love Horror: If Hollywood came knocking and gave you anything you wanted what movie would you make and who would it star?
Nathan Shepka: I thought the last question was difficult. I’d make a big budget gritty buddy cop movie. Something like the original Lethal Weapon. Not sure who it would star but it’d have to be a couple of heavyweights as the leads, Margot Robbie (wow) as the love interest and a great villain that could kick arse – maybe Dolph Lundgren? Horror movie wise, I’d have to do something gothic, haunting. It’s not all about the money, it’s just about people having the faith in you to make something good, no matter whether they bring their talent or their money to the table. Both are always welcome.
Snapshot plays at Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival at 9.30pm on 4th November. Find out more and book your tickets Here https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/uvhff-little-terrors-2/