Following Passion : A Conversation with Mathieu Ratthe
What scares you most? For me, it’s the unknown. If Freddie Kruger, Jason Vorhees, or Chucky showed up at my door, I’d have to check my underwear. But at least I’d know how to defend myself. The first step to conquering a fear is facing it. But what about terror you can’t see?
Combating the invisible threat in The Gracefield Incident is like fi
ghting UFC mixed m
artial artist Conor McGregor in a tunnel.
The new feature, written, directed, and produced by Mathieu Ratthe, transforms a peaceful getaway into a paranormal terror. Matthew and Jessica Donovan (played by Ratthe and the multitalented Kimberly Laferriere) enlist four comrades to spend a weekend at a cabin in the wilderness. However, the sextet is soon spooked by inexplicable activity, after a rogue comet crashes into the woods. Trey, Jessica’s brother (played by Alex C. Nachi), is hypnotized into a zombie and goes missing. That’s when the nightmare begins. As soon as I thought I had everything figured out, I was forced to think twice.
I had the opportunity to chat with Mathieu a week before the wide release of The Gracefield Incident. We discussed how problem-solving led to an innovative way of telling the film’s story, his transition from short films to features, and what it takes to make it as an independent filmmaker in 2017. Having never gone to film school, he opens up about following his passion and being determined to realize his dreams. In a time of creative sterility, as STEM-focused education is supplanting arts programs, it’s inspiring to hear a professional tell young artists to listen to their hearts. His words inspire the liberation from logic that’s necessary to facilitate ingenious art.
The Gracefield Incident deserves 4.5 out of 5 hairpieces for building tension and raising fear with unique storytelling methods. Horror fans with respect the film’s attention to detail, while casual viewers will relate to the love story at the movie’s core. Make sure to check out the film when it hits theaters, VOD, and digital On Demand platforms July 21st. You can also follow Mathieu on Twitter (@MATHIEURATTHE), Instagram (@mattratthe), and on his Facebook page.