Richard Schertzer

Born in Washington D.C. in 1997, Richard has had a passion for film-making ever since he was young. He would make short choppy films when he was a child to challenge his film-making, which would eventually branch out into something bigger. Richard currently goes to school at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York working on projects in the film club.

Tell us why you decided to make a movie? What do you expect from this type of activity?

I made this movie as a class assignment with a few other people on the crew. I wanted to make this movie because I wanted to be able to breathe life into a dying genre at my college of Manhattanville which was horror. What I expected was that it wouldn’t go that far and I never expected it to win so many awards and premiere at so many festivals.

Your movie The Little Chapel was made in the horror genre. Would you like to develop further in this genre?

I would love to develop further into this genre. In fact, I am developing a sequel for this movie sometime in the future. I have always wanted to go to Hollywood and work on my own big-budget films and be able to get into Sundance Film Festival with one of my films and one day I will.

How do you feel about the modern concept of «post-horror»?

I think the modern concept is a lot scarier in post-horror than original and previous horror incarnations, not to say that earlier horror movies are not scary. They’re good for film education.

The world is currently experiencing a pandemic. A normal trip to the shop can be fraught with deadly danger. How will people perceive traditional horror movies in the post-COVIID world? People who actually survived the apocalypse will laugh at far-fetched horror stories, won’t they?

People will probably be desensitized to horror because of what they have probably been through. It depends on the person, though.

Would you like to make a feature film? Do you have any ideas? What genre will it be?

I would love to make a feature film. I always gear towards dramas mixed in with some horror elements and historical accuracies. I also have a few différent ideas. I also would love to remake films and do the right.

What films and directors have influenced you?

Some of the films that have influenced me have been Steven Spielberg or Quentin Tarantino films, but the movies that really have influenced me as a person have been horror movies. Dracula, The Wolf-Man, Frankenstein. I started watching those movies when I was in college and they just seem to grab my attention for whatever reason.

Do you read books? Do you have any favorite writers? Do you like Stephen King? He is very popular in Russia. We call him the «king of horrors». Is he really the most «scary » writer, in the world in your opinion?

I have read books, and with COVID-19, I should have plenty more time to catch up on that. I have read Victor Hugo and L. Frank Baum. My favorite book being “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Also I haven’t read Stephen King’s books but I do think he is the greatest horror writer of all time.

What would you wish to all independent filmmakers around the world in these difficult days associated with the pandemic?

If I could wish anything to all of the independent filmmakers out there, I would wish them luck and to keep finding a way to be creative. Happiness comes when you are on your purpose.