Even Monsters Can Be People is the third film by the Nordic storytelling collective from Västernorrland, Sweden. The collective is a team of like-minded filmmakers determined to make professional films with or without a budget. Films are opened and selected by the team. Production roles are often switched from film to film to allow members to try new areas of filmmaking.
Director Kevin Gater told us “The original concept for Even Monsters Can Be People was triggered after hearing it.
David F. Sandberg reviews his brilliant, terrifying short film “Lights Out”. “
Kevin continued “I wanted to write a horror short film and was excited about the idea of not being alone in the house.” What better way to explore this than from a child’s perspective, I thought. A child with a dysfunctional father. The genre of the film is quite difficult to categorize as it draws a fine line between horror and comedy. I thought it would be fun playing with classic horror tropes, slowly building the tension, and working towards a big reveal. The story takes a plausible scenario and dips it twice into the horror genre. I wanted the audience to be somehow guided by what they understand from the characteristics of the horror genre and thereby meet their expectations.
After recently becoming a father myself, I became obsessed with the idea of being a father. Especially the crazy stories we tell our children to understand the world better or to keep them from being scared. The ridiculous ways we try to protect them from the real horrors of the world by talking to candy-covered kids.
The film tries to counter the pressures of parenting, and the horror genre seems like the best vehicle to add to the fear that comes with it.
The film was financed by Film Västernorrland with a budget of 35,000 Swedish kronor (3,500 euros). The budget included the actors, the food and the set. The majority of the crew volunteered to work on the film for free. This is the first project for which a production has been funded by Nordic Narrative. The ability to hire professional actors made a huge difference to the bottom line.
Production was postponed a couple of times while we waited to see if we could afford actors, and then 2020 happened.
One of the biggest hurdles was securing a location with access to the ground floor. The movie takes place at night, which means the windows are blacked out to control the lights.
After all, we filmed on two hot summer days in August 2020. We were lucky enough to have a large outdoor area to soak up the sun, take off our masks and breathe. Indoors, we followed the pandemic guidelines and wore masks when necessary. The film was completed in late 2020 and has now started releasing it at festivals in 2021, starting in India and the US.
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