Unrestricted Views from Chad Sersen Writer and Director of Gunnysack

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Love Horror: Tell us about your film?
Chad Sersen: “Gunnysack” is a film that “rose from the ashes” of another film that wasn’t working. I raised money on kickstarter.com and after filming and editing I realized it wasn’t going to work. Instead of scraping the whole project, I came up with the story of “Gunnysack.” The film has been very well received and has won “Best Texas Short” at the Austin Revolution Film Festival. Needless to say, I’m happy I pressed on and turned nothing into something I can be very proud of.

Love Horror: How did you get into making horror movies?
Chad Sersen: The Horror/Thriller genre gives the filmmaker the most artistic freedoms of all the genres, in my opinion. The “mysteries of the unknown” (ghosts, aliens, afterlife, etc.) allow for filmmakers to explore their imaginations far deeper than any other genre. I’m trained in the fine arts so for me film making is just another medium to tell a story.

Love Horror: What is your view on horror in 2016 and how would you change it?
Chad Sersen: I’d like to see more creepy, slow building, throwback to 1980’s style horror. I grew up watching Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers. There hasn’t been an iconic “monster” in a long time. I made “Gunnysack” with that in mind!

Love Horror: What is your favourite horror film and why?
Chad Sersen: The Fun House (1981) was the first horror film I watched (I was 5 years old.) It’s creepy and effective and a kind of fun horror picture we don’t see anymore.

Love Horror: If Hollywood came knocking and gave you anything you wanted what movie would you make and who would it star?
Chad Sersen: I have two solid feature scripts that I hope to one day film so it would be one or both of those! I would love to discover my own star, someone out there who has yet to be found.

Gunny Sack plays at Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival at 5.30pm on 5th November. Find out more and book your tickets Here https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/uvhff-little-terrors-5/

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Alex Humphrey

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