Interview With Robin Entreinger Director Of Sadik 2
By James Whittington, Friday 23rd August 2013

RobinEntreingerSadik 2 is a smart slasher that takes themes first seen in Scream and runs away with them. Smart and funny it’s showing today on the Discovery Screen at FrightFest. Here director Robin Entreinger chats about this inspired shocker.

HC: Who came up with the plot of Sadik 2?

RE: First, you have to know that the original idea was to do a fun slasher, old school style. I got the idea thinking about how to make a slasher movie that would be original, fun and never seen before. There are a lot of sequels in the genre. Screams, Saw, Paranormal Activity, and so on... And I thought what about doing the sequel first! We thought that was a fun idea, and we started writing with my co-author Jean-Nicolas.

HC: How long did it take to write?

RE: About two or three weeks, I guess... Yes, I know, it's very quick, but you have to understand the conditions! Jean-Nico and I where literally enclosed in his apartment, working day and night, with absolutely no day light at all. Just coffee, classic music and the sound of our fingers on our keyboards...

HC: Sadik 2 has a lot of humour to it, even in its bleakest moments; did you ever fear you were going too far with it at all?

RE: Not at all! This kind of humour is what I like the most. When you get an audience, and at a precise time, you get laughs from one side, and people hiding behind their chair from the other, so you know you succeeded! Before directing Sadik 2, I made Victim, a very dark thriller, not funny at all. This time, I just wanted to do something cool, fun, never serious.

HC: How did you go about casting the movie?

RE: Valentin "Kevin" Bonhomme, my good friend, was at the origin of the project. I wanted to have Marjolaine Pottlitzer too, and when I talked to her about the movie, I was wondering what kind of character she would play. It had to be fun... And she is not gothic at all! So, I imagined her with goth clothes, and that was it! The crazy guy who plays Marco is a good friend of mine too, he is actually a good director. The rest of the cast is either people I'd already worked with (Chloé Gallen, Guillaume Gamand), or people I met for the movie. Most of them come from an actors school in Lyon, called Acting Studio. And there is of course my buddy and 1st AD Guillaume Moiton, who appears in almost every movie I make!

HC: Did you have much budget?

RE: No. Sadik 2 is a really small budget. But still, if you have passion, and you want to do your best, and the team believes in the project and do their best too, so you can make cool things with almost no money.

HC: Unlike other slasher movies, Sadik 2 gives you time to really get to know the characters, was this important to you so it stood away from others in the genre?

RE: That is SO important... Especially in this movie, in which death is very violent and awful. That is why you actually feel something, because otherwise you would not care about the characters! In the first part of the movie, you get to know them, laugh with them, discover their little secrets, dance and party with them. And then, you abandon them to their death. Isn't that ... insane?

HC: Would you like to make another Sadik?

RE: Of course! I've some ideas. But, like Sadik 2, it will have to be totally surprising... Not so easy to do! I tell people that if I do another Sadik, it will be Sadik 5. Or maybe Sadik – The Origins.

HC: Are you nervous that it’s showing at FrightFest?

RE: Nervous? Hooo yes, of course. We all are. I really hope people will like it. I just want the audience to have fun, laugh and remember this movie, and chat about it with their friends after the screening... You know, when I made it, there was absolutely no promises of distribution or what so ever. So, Frightfest is a big chance for the movie to be seen. I hope the movie will be released in England (Cinema or DVD) and in other countries.

HC: Do you have a favourite slasher franchise?

RE: Not in particular. I like Scream, of course; I like slasher movies from the 90's like I Know What You Did Last Summer or Final Destination. I think Hostel and Hostel 2 are great, too. But my favourite one is Wolf Creek.

HC: What is the state of French horror cinema at the moment? Is it in good health?

RE: French horror cinema is shy, very shy. It's a shame, because a lot of people here like that kind of cinema. Some good French directors have left for Hollywood. Also, it's so hard to get money for horror stuff... But it's not totally dead, we had great French movies this last past years, and I hope it will increase!

HC: So what are you working on at the moment?

RE: I've just finished shooting what's gonna be my third feature film. The movie is called Eta Carina, it's not a horror/fantastic film but a dark and poetic drama. Like a lot of people, I've got two sides: a fun and cool one, that shows in Sadik 2, and a dark and more serious one, that shows in Victims or Eta Carina. I want to do a lot of things, tell a lot of stories, and direct a lot of movies. So, even if the money is very low, I'll continue doing what I like - making films, no matter the genre, with my own sensibility, my own humour and, sometimes, my own melancholy.

HC: Robin Entreinger, thank you very much.

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