The ABCs of Death 2 opens in theaters on Halloween, this Friday, October 31, featuring shorts by 26 well known horror directors offering their own take on death. Well, 25 well known directors. Chris Nash was a bit of a wild card. He’s made his own shorts, but contributing to The ABCs of Death 2 was a chance to put his filmmaking on the main stage.
We’re still not spoiling which directors made which films, but Nash’s is based on a difficult letter of the alphabet, which narrows it down considerably. It involves a pregnant woman prolonging her pregnancy well past nine months via a magical root. This likely won’t be the last you hear of Chris Nash.
Nuke the Fridge: Where did the mythology of your film come from?
Chris Nash: I don’t know. I guess I didn’t look at it as mythology.
Nuke: At least the idea that there’s a root that can prolong pregnancy.
Chris Nash: I don’t want to burst any bubbles but it was just a device. The whole movie started, in my mind anyway, the first thing that I got was the profile shot. So I kind of built the story around that, reverse engineered it from that. The whole idea of getting a baby to be big in there was like, let’s just say a root. Why not? I’m sorry.
Nuke: That’s what we call a Maguffin.
Chris Nash: It was a big Maguffin, yeah. No science needed. But, I tried to at least keep to that rule of that’s going to be the reality. That could happen and that could lead to that. Everything else is real.
Nuke: Did you volunteer for the letter you received?
Chris Nash: No, I didn’t. I kind of wanted something in the middle. They just gave it to me. I was like, “All right, I guess you’re thinking if anyone’s going to walk out, they won’t have to witness this one kid they’ve never heard of.”
Nuke: So did you have other words in mind if you were assigned a middle letter so this story would still work?
Chris Nash: No, not really. I’m happy that the word seemed to fit, even though it is a bit of a tenuous grasp. I thought for a while, because I’m friends with Steve Kostanski (http://nukethefridge.com/2014/10/13/the-abcs-of-death-exclusive-steve-kostanski-on-champions-of-zorb/), we both shared the same producer for our shorts, Peter Kuplowski. I thought they were actually going to get Steve and me to switch letters and switch words because it just sort of fits better I think. It kind of works, I don’t know. Anyway, we’re close enough together that the whole movie works well.
Nuke: How did you apply for ABCs of Death 2?
Chris Nash: I replied by writing them an e-mail. I wrote some of the producers an e-mail as soon as they announced that they were doing a sequel. I entered the first ABCs of Death 26 directors contest. That’s actually how I first met Ant and Tim because when they premiered at Toronto, they were really nice and they got in touch with a lot of the 26 Director contest entrants that lived in Canada and said, “We’re premiering in Toronto. If you want to come to the premiere, we’ll get you a ticket and come to the party and stuff.” I’m like, that’s really nice of your guys, thank you. So yeah. When they made the announcement, I sent an e-mail and asked to be a part of it even though nobody knew who I was. “I can only promise you that I will put forth a lot of effort into this if I get selected. Otherwise, no hard feelings.” The whole thing was, even if I didn’t get selected based on that e-mail, I was still going to enter the new 26 Directors contest anyway and try my best there.
Nuke: Did you release your short for the first contest?
Chris Nash: That short’s still up on my Vimeo page. People can watch it and I think they’ve reposted it a few times as a way of saying to the contest entrants, “Listen, if you don’t win the contest, maybe you’ll impress us and get on the next one.”
Nuke: Do you have any features in the works?
Chris Nash: Yeah, my producing partner, Peter, and I have been working on a feature in preproduction for a little over a year now. We’re just seeing how that goes. That’s been a long, hard road too but we’re just hoping that through any kind of momentum with this, a little more notice comes are way. I guess that’s what everybody hopes, right?
Nuke: Would it be an independent feature?
Chris Nash: By default, I think, yeah. I don’t think any studios are going to be handing over the keys to the kingdom based on what I did.
Nuke: What genre is your feature?
Chris Nash: We’re calling it a Poli-sci-fi. It’s kind of a science-fiction film that plays a lot with small town politics. It’s kind of a satire but also really heavy sci-fi.