Even though I managed to cover the majority of the films that played at Blood in the Snow, one film that I sadly missed was the short film Insane. However, that didn’t stop me from having a few words at the festival with the film’s director Adam O'Brien.
Sean Kelly: Describe the film.
Adam O'Brien: Insane is about a young director going on a location scout in an abandoned hospital and unfortunately wakes up a ghost and everything breaks loose after that. That is pretty much what it is about.
Sean: What are some of your inspirations behind the film?
Adam: Well, I wanted to do something based on true events, so I took three different parts of stories that were real and just put it together and I made the script with that.
So, it’s basically based on a true story of a nurse, her name was Mary Weaver, who committed suicide in 1925 in a sanitarium, because the doctor killed her baby. Another story was about another doctor, who performed a lot of experiments in the sanitarium and another sanitarium was haunted, so I just put it all together.
Sean: What was the most challenging thing about the production?
Adam: The cold. I shot it in Montreal, it was -40° outside, it was cold as hell, and it was challenging. Even if everything was shot inside, because it was abandoned, there was not full heat everywhere. So, it was very, very freezing inside.
Also, trying to do a twenty minute film in three days was another challenge and using the schedule was a little crazy. When you are in an abandoned hospital with a lot of windows, you cannot start at six in the morning and just say “OK, let’s do that”, because there is too much light. I would need to start at 3pm and finish around 3am, so that was tough.
Sean: What’s one thing you want people to know about the film?
Adam: It’s just fun. It’s just having a good time. I hope people get a good scare at a certain point, but most of it has been more about entertaining the audience.
Sean: So, what are your thoughts on the film screening at Blood in the Snow?
Adam: Well, it’s a great opportunity. Seriously, it’s very awesome here. People are great. I think it’s a very great festival, for its second [sic] year, it’s amazing.
What I love about this festival? They care about you. They care about your film, they promote your film, they promote yourself, and they love horror movies. And it’s Canadian! Every movie’s Canadian movies here, so it’s fun!