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Random-Ass Interview: Nathan Wrann

I met Nathan at the All Thing’s Horror Screening for his film, Burning Inside, which if you haven’t seen yet, you can check out he-are. Dalton Gang Productions Yet again, another person cool enough to answer the absurd things I came up with.
Nathan is currently working on an adaptation of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher.


If you ate very spicy latin cuisine, would you be Burning Inside?

No. I eat mexican food practically every day. Slathered with jalapenos, salsa and hot sauce. If it’s not mexican food it’s buffalo wings, so no matter how spicy the food I keep the heartburn down. How, You might ask? Mind over matter. And sleep on the left side.

See what I did there?
Yes, I do see what you did. Very clever.

What’s your favorite Poe story?
I’d have to go with “The Fall of the House of Usher” but I also dig on “The Raven” and “Annabelle Lee” and “Dream Within A Dream” but those are poems. “Ligiea” and “Berenice” are pretty killer too. So I guess if it has to do with a woman dying and coming back to life, I like it.

Favorite horror film?
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). No doubt.

What’s your favorite swear?
zounds, ‘swounds or ‘sblood. I’m old-school.

Favorite Power Ranger?
The Pink one of course. She was on Felicity.

Was your lady a little creeped out when you told her what your movie was about?
Nah. She only gets creeped out when she sees the execution. Primarily because I push things just a little out of the bounds of comfort. She’s a huge horror fan.

What can we expect from your adaptation of The Black Cat? Just kidding, I maka da joke, but seriously, what can we expect from your version of The Fall of the House of Usher? (truly sorry, that was terrible)
It’s a philosophical Edgar Allan Poe mashup. kinda meta. It’s gonna be awesome, dark and thought provoking. When someone watches it their going to say “What the hell?” and then watch it again. And then they may ask why I thought it was a good idea.

I haven’t weirded you out yet, have I?
No. These questions are tame.

Are you sure?
Yes.

If you could be any kind of monster, what kind would you be?
I would be Gaira the Green Gargantua.

Is it really still a random ass interview, if I ask the same questions in each one?
You ask the same questions in each one? How do most people respond to the “what can we expect from your House of Usher” question? That must seem pretty random. (It is Nathan, it is.)

Isn’t the very nature of the repetition between interviews enough to make the random aspect of the interview fraudulent?
I suppose the randomness is determined by how appropriate each question is to the interviewee, not by whether or not the interviewer has ever asked the question before.

If you could resurrect any one person to hang out with, and assuming they would be coherent and not have brains of mush, which person would you bring back from the dead?
Leonardo DaVinci.

What do you think of the phrase torture porn?
I think it’s a ridiculous over-simplification. It seems to get applied too often these days. I guess it makes it easy for lazy reviewers to categorize things. I should have said that The Fall of the House of Usher is going to be torture porn, just so it has a cool catch phrase. Is Cask of Amontillado the original torture porn? Now you’ve got me thinking.

What do you think of work that is classified as such, I mean do you enjoy super violent horror films?
I think all work should stand on its own merits regardless of how it’s classified. I love Hostel. I hate Saw 2-infinity. It doesn’t matter how violent the film is, what matters is how meaningful the violence is in the film. I saw a great film recently called Valhalla Rising that had these extremely violent outbursts, it’s by the guy who did “Bronson” also a violent movie, but the violence plays well within the context of the story. I was watching Gutterballs and turned it off after 20 minutes because it was meaningless. Violence without context becomes boring. In that sense maybe “torture porn” is the right term.

Do you have a cat?
Of course. Don’t all filmmakers?

Thanks for your time. Keep up the good work.
You too. Thanks!


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