Unrestricted Views from Roshni ” Rush” Bhatia director of Plasmid

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?
Plasmid is a horror sci-fi short film I finished earlier this year with a group of passionate filmmaker friends. Inspired by films like Aliens, Terminator and Blade Runner, I was already aware of the kind of visual mood I was going. Keeping that in mind, I challenged myself to come up with a simple yet compelling story, one that could be told in less than 15 minutes. Plasmid is about Jessica, a young nurse, whose house has been invaded by an unearthly intruder that wants to kill her. With no chance of escape, Jessica must make a difficult choice when she has to protect someone she loves.

How did you get into making horror movies?
Growing up in Mumbai, I always enjoyed films like The Exorcist, The Omen, Alien, etc., and although these films kept me up at night, it was the curiosity of how these films were made that eventually lead to the pathway of filmmaking. From simply enjoying and getting freaked out to analysing and asking questions as to why these iconic film worked, made me realize how much I appreciated horror. I began to understand that to watch a movie is one thing, but to watch a movie – be invested, enjoy it and still have it lingering in your mind afterward is the most rewarding part. This is the motivation that led me to the United States in 2018.

What is your view on horror in 2019 and how would you change it?
Each year, we see a ton of innovative movies with a different story to tell. There are also a ton of films that feel too familiar. But it is this diverse range that appeals to certain types of audience. Some times I like to walk into a predictable movie just to be scared, other times I want to learn something new.

What is your favourite horror film and why?
In recent years, my favourites have been Babadook and A Quiet Place. I appreciate both films for their distinct storytelling techniques. While Jennifer Kent’s psychological horror unfolds the story from Amelia’s point of view, John Krasinski’s horror-thriller pulls off a feature with minimal dialogue while using the character’s emotions and actions as the driving force. Each one works in their own way and I think they both prove that horror is a constantly evolving genre.

If Hollywood came knocking and gave you anything you wanted what movie would you make and who would it star?
My goal would be to do what James Cameron did with Aliens and Ridley Scott did with Alien by upending the genre and making it bigger.

Plasmid 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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