Unrestricted Views from Sean Breathnach Director of Mother Father Monster

Returning to make the Halloween period all the more petrifying the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival is back running from the 28th October to the 3rd November, and so is our Unrestricted Views bringing you an insight to the people behind the fantastic fright fest of films on show.

Tell us about your film?
“Mother Father Monster” is a gothic horror in a similar style to “The Innocents”, “The Woman in Black” or “The Turn of the Screw”. I love those old gothic horrors and I’ve always wanted to make a film in that style. The film is about a man, Mr Wolsey, who takes up a position as butler and tutor with Lady Charleville. She has recently inherited an old castle, and there is much work to do. She warns Mr Wolsey against entering one particular room, no matter what he sees or hears – that is her one and most important rule. But what is it that she is hiding?

How did you get into making horror movies?
It was a very natural process for me. I read a lot of horror as a child. I devoured books by King, Herbert and Koontz in particular. Then, not surprisingly I guess, once I started writing scripts they always had a tendency to turn quite dark. I’ve made films in other genres, but most of those have a darkness about them also. I think horror is my natural home.

What is your view on horror in 2019 and how would you change it?
I think horror is in a very good place right now. There are some excellent horror TV shows on the go at the moment, there have been some great horror features on general release in the cinema and if you take a look around at the best horror film festivals, like the UVHFF in London, you can see the diverse range of horrors coming out at the moment both in short and feature format. It’s a good time for horror.

What is your favourite horror film and why?
Do I have to pick one? I think that’s a tough thing to do. There are several films that take that coveted top spot which change from year to year. Ringu is up there. In the Mouth of Madness. Sinister. Alien. The Thing. Right at this moment I’ll say Jacob’s Ladder – there are some horrific scenes in that film, Tim Robbins is amazing, and sometimes the scariest thing is that fear that you’re losing your mind. There’s an atmosphere in that film that is truly terrifying.

If Hollywood came knocking and gave you anything you wanted what movie would you make and who would it star?
I’m working on a horror feature film right now – and I would love for Hollywood to come knocking 🙂

Mother Father Monster plays at the  Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival which runs 28th October to the 3rd November. Click the link for info and tickets.


Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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