INT: Andreas Prochaska

The Austrian slasher DEAD IN 3 DAYS (aka In 3 Tagen bist du tot) took 3 years to get to America, but it's now finally out on DVD for all to see via DIMENSION EXTREME (GET THE DVD HERE). Director Andreas Prochaska recently parachuted down to the AITH headquarters to talk 3 DAYS shop, its already in the can and released in Austria sequel and beyond! Get all the juice below!


Why do you think it took so long for Austria to have its first horror film?

Honestly I don’t know. I always wanted to make a Horror Movie, because for a film director it’s the most cinematic genre. Most Austrian movies are art house films or comedies. Maybe nobody dared to make a genre movie, because you are always in competition with US Movies, and in terms of money and know how we are more third world than first world.

How was the film received in your country? Well enough to have more horror films come out of Austria?

It was really a tough job for the marketing guys to convince the Austrian audience that the prejudice, that Austrian movies are not entertaining, is wrong. Word of mouth finally made the film very successful. I shot the sequel last year, and it was almost as successful as the first film. But I don’t know if there is going to be another Austrian Horror film. I hope I encouraged other film directors to do genre movies.

In your opinion, what are the key ingredients in making a solid slasher?

For me “Dead in 3 Days” always was a kind of Austrian cover version of an US slasher. I put classical elements like a group of friends, a graduate, etc. into a small Austrian town by a lake. And I focused on the authenticity of the characters. They speak an Austrian dialect, so that even a German audience might have troubles understanding everything. Usually in this kind of movies you watch actors that are a bit too old and too attractive for the parts they are playing and I wanted to give the Austrian audience the possibility to identify with the characters. The Kids on the screen are like the boys and girls next door.

Now you had a hand in the screenplay of the picture; when writing it, did you look at a lot of American slashers for inspiration or did you avoid them?

I watched films like Halloween, IKWYDLS, Texas Chainsaw etc. And I must admit that the screenplay is the weakest part of “Dead in 3 Days”, but as I said before the ambition was not to give the genre a new impulse, it was more of an experiment if a story like this would also work in a specific Austrian surrounding.

Did the script change much throughout production?

We had a period of rehearsals where the actors got to know each other and during this process we modified the script, but during the shoot we pretty much shot the things written in the script.

It’s said that the film was co-directed by Stewart St. John. What was the nature of this collaboration? Did it work for you?

This information is wrong, I don’t know any Stewart, and I directed the movie alone. ARROW NOTE: Somebody get that clown's name OFF the IMDB listing for the film...bugh...

What would you say was your most arduous obstacle during the shoot? How did you overcome it?

Time. We just had 29 days for the film, and a lot of locations over water, under water, difficult lighting set ups, and I did not want to make any compromise. So we shot 14-18 hours almost every day. Fortunately I had a very enthusiastic team.

The movie was fairly violent; did you have any trouble with the Austria censor board? Do you wish that more gore had made it on the screen?

No, not at all. There was not more gore in the script, and I believe that it is not necessary to show everything.

Many have compared the film to I Know What You Did Last Summer, do you think the comparisons are warranted?

I can live with that, but I stole from many films. And honestly, I didn’t really like IKWYDLS.

DEAD IN 3 DAYS PART 2 was already released in Austria at the end of last year; does the film continue the storyline of Part 1 with the same characters?

There are not many surviving characters ;-) In the Sequel we start one and a half year after the incidents of the first film. Nina - the main character of the 1st film - is now in Vienna and she gets a disturbing phone call from her friend, crying for help. She tries to find her, and its a quest that leads her to a remote farm in the snowy mountains. Its not one of those sequels that’s just a variation of the original, it’s a totally different story, a mix of road movie, mystery thriller, snow western and pure survival horror.

Is the sequel more violent and smuttier than the original?

Definitely. But the violence is always emerging out of the situation and not self purpose. I hate all those films where violence is used in a pornographic way.

It took DEAD IN 3 DAYS three years to make it to the USA, will the sequel reach our shores earlier? Any word on its US release?

Hopefully you have the possibility to see the sequel sooner. But I have no information.

DEAD IN 3 DAYS PART 3? A possibility for you?

Not yet. But you never know.

What’s next for you as a writer/director? What project can we look forward to?

I’m working on a comedy, its work in progress so I don’t want to reveal too much.

What was the first drink you consumed at the DEAD IN 3 DAYS wrap party?

It was a long party, so I don’t remember all the details, but I think it was a beer.


Source: AITH

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