Victoria Broom Interview by Dean Sills

vbheadshotVictoria Broom Interview by Dean Sills

Hello Victoria and welcome to UKHS. Before we begin I would just like to thank you for taking time out of your busy filming schedule to speak to UKHS, thanks!

 

 

Q1) You started out at the age of 3, singing in talent shows across the West Midlands and North Wales but how did you get into acting?

First of all, hello all at UKHS. I have always been a little performer, from a very early age my love was Country and Western music and I wanted to be the next Patsy Cline, but I discovered what acting was when I watched the movie ‘Hocus Pocus’, from that point on I knew I wanted to be on screen. I studied drama at school and joined a stage school. After that I was offered a scholarship at the Carlton Television Workshops in Birmingham and learnt the art of film acting from a very early age. I’ve never looked back since.

 

 

Q2) Which actor or actress inspires you the most?

I have always loved and continue to love Maggie Smith, she is a legend, a true British icon and one of the greatest stage and screen actors we have. I am a Daniel Day Lewis fan, I love the way he completely absorbs into his role, he becomes the character, he never takes on similar roles and his films are always meaningful and brilliant, he is the true meaning of the art of acting. Hillary Swank is another actress I truly admire. Her work is brilliant and like Day-Lewis she submerges herself completely.

 

 

Q3) How many horror films have you acted in and what would you consider to be the three main ingredients you need to make the perfect horror film?

A lot! My first ever horror was called ‘Slasherhouse’, I played a psychotic killer, this gave me a craving for horror movies and blood. This was back in 2005. After that and to date I’ve done 15 horror features. My recent ones include ‘Stalled’ , ‘Deranged’ and of course ‘Blaze of Gory’.

Three main ingredients, the actors are the most important part of a horror I feel. You need strong actors to carry the story and to create believable suspense, the lighting is a massively important factor, its dark but you need to be able to see what’s going on and a really good different script, I read so many scripts that are just dreadful, its the same story over and over again, create something different, something brilliant and something scary!

 

 

vbforestdamnedQ4) You have starred in many horror films including Deranged with Craig Fairbrass. What is the attraction of the horror genre and do you find them challenging?

I love horror movies, I think horror is one of the most challenging genres for an actor, your emotions are pushed to the limit, your nerves are on edge and you really have to stretch yourself emotionally and physically. I love it. I love running from a terrifying serial killer or a crazy flesh eating zombie. I love the adrenaline. I am a huge Korean horror fan, I think being in a Korean horror film would push me to the limits and I would love that!

 

 

Q5) The Photographer Paul Teverinni said this about you “She has such a dynamic face, you could fall in love and be terrified at the same time,” I do agree with him but what I love most about you is your trademark Auburn hair. I feel you should be doing adverts for L’Oréal. Do you feel you are the perfect package as an actress with your good looks, sex appeal and superb talent?

Ha! Now that’s a massive compliment. Thank you. Yes, I like my flaming locks too ha ha ha! I think to be successful in film/TV you need to have aspects of all you said but most importantly to me its about just being human. I meet so many people in this industry that are robotic and allow their work to shadow themselves. Its about getting the right balance of charm, talent and good looks. Just be yourself.

 

 

Q6) You recently worked on ‘Blaze of Gory’ did you enjoy working with ex-Coronation Street Star,Martin Hancock in your segment, ‘Monster’?

Working with Martin Hancock was great, he’s a brilliant actor and a charmer. Its nice to play opposite someone with such experience and he was a very generous actor, he gave you what you want and needed in the scene.

 

 

vbcloseQ7)Which character have you enjoyed playing the most on screen or stage and how long does it take you to get into character during a production?

I’ve played some incredible roles both on screen and on stage. I find joy in every role I play, as they are all different. I loved playing Silvia in ‘Deranged’, she was an emotional rollercoaster and the director Neil Jones understood my technique and allowed me to just be Silvia throughout the whole filming process, which was hilarious for the rest of the cast and crew. I recently played the lead in a new Sci-Fi film called ‘The Divorce’ the role and experience was brilliant, it was all CGI so we had no set, it was just a massive white studio. The other actor and I had plenty of rehearsals and preparation of where everything was meant to be. I loved it, we had nothing to act with and it was all very precise with movements. I can’t wait to see the final version with all the CGI. With regards to getting into character, I always do a lot of prep before every shoot, I understand my character inside and out. If its a particularly emotional scene I need to be alone for about half an hour to work up to the real tears that stream down my face. I do like to stay in character throughout the filming process.

 

 

Q8) At the age of 17 you held a black belt and National Champion status in Kung Fu, well done! Do you still practice martial arts and would you love to star in an action-packed fighting movie?

I still occasionally practice martial arts, not as often as I should. I do a fair bit of fighting in films now and again. I have been involved in an online superhero series which requires my fighting skills. I’m actually doing a new British superhero movie in November called ‘Powergirls’ where I play one of the leading roles of ‘Rush’, my superpower is that I am super fast, so be sure to watch out for some super fast fighting!

 

 

Q9) If you were stranded on a desert island, which three items would you want to have with you?

Ohhhh that’s a tricky question. Probably my iPad so I can watch my massive collection of horror movies and read all my books in my Kindle App. A hair brush, a must with my thick hair! And a bikini, its a desert island after all!

 

 

vbderangedQ10) Finally, You have expanded beyond acting into producing and so on. Where do you see yourself in five years from now and is your future just in acting or would you love to direct your own movie one day?

I’ve produced a few London Plays and have helped produce films. I prefer acting though and acting is where my heart lies. I think I would direct a play first, I’ve actually been thinking about directing a horror play in London for a few years now. So, watch this space!

Be sure to keep an eye out for my latest horror film, ‘Shadows’ a new supernatural horror filming in September, let the spooking begin.

 

 

It’s been a true pleasure talking to you Victoria, thanks again for your time and keep up the good work.

 

Pictures courtesy: Victoria Broom, ‘Deranged’ and ‘Forest of the Damned 2′

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Dutch Horror Director DICK MAAS Interviewed by James Simpson

Dick Maas is a Dutch director who has worked on music videos (for Golden Earring) to worldwide hit movies (Amsterdamned). In a career spanning nearly four decades he has become an icon of cinema in the Netherlands. With it being thirty years since the release of the ‘first Dutch horror film’ De Lift and August being UKHS ‘Foreign Language Month’ it was only right to talk with the man himself about his exploits. James Simpson spoke with Maas in an exclusive interview…

maasShootinginNYCforDown(Dick Maas shooting in New York for the film Down)

 

UKHS: De Lift has recently been reviewed on our site: how did you come up with the idea of an ‘evil’ elevator?

DM: The idea for The Lift, was inspired by a short story of Stephen King titled The Mangler. I always thought it was very strange that nobody had ever made a movie or wrote a story about a killer elevator. It would have been a perfect subject for Stephen King himself. So I thought the idea was brilliant. I copied the dramatic structure of Jaws and it worked. The Lift is considered the first Dutch horror movie.

 

 

UKHS: You did not have much time or resources to make De Lift, was that a challenge you enjoyed?

DM: The budget was around 300.000 Euro’s. We had a hectic 5 week schedule, no stunt people, and all the special effects we did ourselves. The whole post production was done in six weeks and I also did the score in that time.

 

MaasmakingTwilightZoneforGoldenEarring(Dick Maas shooting Twilight Zone with band Golden Earring in 1982)

 

UKHS: The film would be a hit in several countries, did this surprise you?

DM: I knew I had made a good movie. When we took the film to Cannes, everyone wanted to buy it. The Lift did very well in Holland and it was the first Dutch movie that got a worldwide release through Warner Brothers.

 

 

UKHS: You would go on to use star Huub Stapel for some of your other movies: could you tell us your thoughts on Huub?

DM: Well he’s a very good actor and a friend. I more or less discovered him for The Lift, that was his first big movie and we did a few other movies together. Among them the Flodder series and Amsterdamned.

For a long time we didn’t work together. Our collaboration ended when he didn’t want to do the television spinoff of Flodder. And I didn’t have any parts that were suitable for him. When Sint came up I immediately thought of Huub. He had grown older, he was in his fifties, so he could play the older figure very well.

I have worked with Huub in five films. He’s a friend and when I have a part for him and he likes it we will work together.

DSC02967(150)(Dick Maas and Huub Stapel on the set of Sint)

 

UKHS: Why did you decide to remake De Lift in 2001?

DM: Immediately after I took the movie to Cannes, everybody wanted me to do an English remake. But I was busy on other movies at that time, like Flodder and Amsterdamned, so I didn’t see the point in making my movie all over again.

In the nineties I was approached again by Warner to do a remake and at that time I was open to it. I thought I could make the movie even more exciting than the original. Also the progress in VFX technology was a factor. So I could really make it bigger and better.

 

 

UKHS: Was it difficult having to alter your own work for a different audience?

DM: The script was totally re-written and you can consider Down more a sequel then a remake.

 

 

UKHS: A UK Horror Scene favourite is Amsterdamned. The idea, a killer hiding in the canals, is a brilliant way of using a location as an asset. Did you have to get various filming permissions from local authorities? 

DM: We had a very good cooperation with the Amsterdam authorities. It took us almost a year of planning and getting permissions, especially the boat chase through the canals.

 

maasstudent1975(Dick Maas shooting a student film in 1975)

 

UKHS: The speed boat chase is exhilarating and a stand out moment of the film. As a director how was it for you to create that scene?

DM: I consider it one of my best action sequences and one of the best boat chases ever filmed. We were allowed to go full speed with the speedboats in certain canals. I think we spend two weeks shooting the sequence. We had a very good stunt team. Stunt coordinator Dickey Beer did an outstanding job. Also, a nice to know fact, veteran stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong doubles for the diver at the beginning of the chase.

 

 

UKHS: Any plans to remake Amsterdamned, perhaps set elsewhere, like you did with De Lift?

DM: I’ve just been to Berlin and I thought that that would be a perfect city for a killer in the canals movie.

 

 

UKHS: You directed Sint in 2010. The film attracted some controversy due to its use of a killer Santa. How did you come up with an idea knowing it could upset so many people?

DM: I always wanted to do something with this cult figure. In Holland the St. Nicholas celebration is every year on December 5th and is the biggest yearly celebration. St. Nicholas is more popular than our king. He is always portrayed as a nice, child-loving guy, and I wanted to show his ‘dark side’. I started to work on the script about ten years ago and it went through several drafts before it hit its final form.

maasamasterdamned(DVD cover for Dick Maas classic slasher Amsterdamned 1988)

 

UKHS: You were taken to court due to the movies ‘scary for kids’ poster. What were your thoughts on such an overreaction?

DM: I thought it was very silly. In Holland and Belgium there are the Saint Nicholas societies and their aim is to protect the celebration of St. Nicolas and to promote it. They were protesting against the movie even before we started shooting because they didn’t want to confront the children with this evil character. There was also some commotion in Bari, Italy, where the relics of St. Nicolas are buried.

When we made the poster, a silhouetted St. Nicolas on his horse on the rooftops of Amsterdam, they went to court to prevent us from putting it up across Holland. They even tried to prevent us from showing the movie in theatres. They warned parents not to go, or to boycott the cinemas who showed Sint. Luckily they lost in court. All the turmoil was a great promotion for the movie of course, so I was very happy.

 

 

UKHS: Despite the public outcry are you glad you made Sint?

DM: Of course, it was a great succes all over the world. I’m penning a sequel right now.

 

 

UKHS: You are currently making Prey, could you tell us a little about the movie?

DM: Prey is about an escaped lion roaming the streets of Amsterdam. It’s violent, brutal, but also funny. I hope to shoot it next year and the movie is scheduled for a Christmas 2014 release.

 

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UKHS: Finally, which movie of yours do you recommend to our UK readers who may have never seen a Dick Maas film?

DM: Start with Amsterdamned. Follow that with Saint. Then try to get your hands on the Flodder Trilogy. Top that with The Lift.

One of the movies I consider my best, is Killer Babes (Moordwijven), a very funny black comedy. It’s a pity it hasn’t been released outside Holland. But maybe there is a clever distributor who reads this and is willing to give it a try!

Filmmaker Adam Lamas Interview by Dave Wain

This week I was fortunate enough to see the independent horror movie Empty Rooms directed by Adam Lamas which got its UK release on 5th August. In the world of indie horror where more often than not a number of directors tend to opt for the lowest common denominator, Empty Rooms proved to be quite the opposite. A thoughtful, well constructed horror film, I caught up with Adam to ask him more.

 

LAMAS1)        Adam, your second feature ‘Empty Rooms’ received its UK release this week. How does it feel? I can imagine it to be quite surreal for you to be in the US while the vast majority of people in the UK can walk into our equivalent of Walmart and see a dozen copies of your film in the DVD chart!

It’s rather like having a baby, dropping it into a basket, sending it down a large river and saying “Good luck, little guy!”.

 

2)        What is the current situation with distribution in the United States? Are you hopeful of securing something? 

We are working with a sales rep. He secured the UK deal. He’s apparently talking to people about distribution in many parts of the globe, including the USA.

 

3)        I thoroughly enjoyed your movie Adam, and as a person who sees and reviews the majority of horror releases, one thing that struck me for a film with a limited budget was that you weren’t afraid to take risks. I thought it was really bold to feature a mother and her autistic son, a move which no doubt required a great deal of research? What inspired you to make such a decision?

There was a treatment of the paranormal in the 1970′s that I was eager to see return. It was a realized sense of mysticism that didn’t ask too much of the audience when it presented itself on screen. Essentially,  I set out to make a retro haunted house movie with the understanding that I was going to have very little money to do it.  A lot of 70′s horror films tended to focus on a child and I thought working with a kid would be an interesting challenge. I love Charlie Koudsi’s performance in the film. He was mysterious without even having to try.

As I wrote the script, I noticed it was turning into more of a drama about 2 women and a child, which ultimately felt very 70′s to me.  As a director I was very interested in trying to capture authentic dramatic performances, so I focused the story more on how a haunted house could ACTUALLY affect a person’s life rather than be formulaic and generate drama with scene chewing scream queens and models getting killed by CGI, fleeing through showers of exploding squibs filled with corn syrup. I’m just not the market for that. I didn’t have money nor the interest to make a sensationalistic horror movie, so I made one that was more internal and drama focused.

BTW – Thank you so much for watching it and thank you even more so for enjoying it.

 

LAMAS-0024)        I know a lot of people have mentioned the score to you, but it is something that fits the film so well. You must be so proud that it worked so well?

I LOVE the score. Meredith gave me exactly what I wanted. Towards the latter half of our partnership, Meredith found herself having bit off more than she could chew with her schedule. After having about 50% of the music in place, she just started sending me brilliant scraps of music: atonal improvisations on her violin and theremin, some composed melodies, her choral stuff was the best, and lots of stingers and droning atmospherics. She then said to me “Go to town!”

I took the scraps and drones and layered them in the score and timed them to some of the scares. It was fun having that much freedom and control over the score, while at the same time access to such malleable and “right on the money” material. I feel the score really captures that 70′s atmosphere. I wish the distributor had purchased the dolby digital surround sound mix we made, because it really enhances both the score and the experience.

 

5)        You’ve taken your movie to a number of festivals in the US, and Empty Rooms did particularly well in Michigan at the Thriller Chiller festival winning ‘best feature’ What has the experience of taking your film on the road been like? 

Beautiful. I love showing this movie to a crowd of people who have no idea what to expect. The few times I have done it, the film was received very well. I find that non-horror fans gravitate towards the film the most, rather than the genre-obsessed who are expecting key bits of formula which I just completely abandon in favor of gripping drama. All in all “Empty Rooms” is kind of a sensitive movie about women rather than a exploitative tale that treats women as special effects. I think some horror fans really want the latter and I’m just not able to deliver that sort of shit.

 

6)        Which films would you say were your biggest influences when shooting Empty Rooms, and indeed who or what gave you the inspiration to turn your hand to filmmaking?

I was inspired by the pacing, authenticity and subtlety found in movies such as “The Exorcist” (the performances more than the effects) or “Don’t Look Now”. “The Shining” informed elements of the atmosphere as well as the child-centric plot, as did films such as “The Omen” and “Audrey Rose”.

As to what turned my hand to filmmaking, it was something I had been doing since I was 7 years old, having had access to my mother’s video camera on long summer days with nothing to do. Going to the movies provided me with a safe haven as a child during troubling times. I think it was my emotional response to Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” that really made me decide to focus my creative energy on filmmaking. I must have been 12 or 13 years old at the time. My mother had taken me to see it and I remember sitting through the credits, fighting tears and then telling my mother that I had to go to the bathroom. I charged into the men’s room, occupied the nearest toilet stall, locked the door, sat down… and just wept. I’m getting teary eyed just recalling it. I discovered in that moment that cinema could be pure catharsis: a tool to help us understand ourselves when everything seems incomprehensible.

 

 

LAMAS-0037)        How would you describe the current condition of the film industry in America for an independent filmmaker compared to say when you shot Cry Havoc back in ’98/’99? Finally, what’s next for you? How long will Empty Rooms be your focus with regard to promotion and distribution, and how much does that restrict you moving on to your next feature? Thanks again Adam.

The availability of the technology has changed everything. Cry Havoc was shot on 16mm film. There was no 24p video back then. Now everybody and their mother is a filmmaker.

As to what’s next, I have a number of things cooking. One company is in development on a big budget remake of “Cry Havoc” which I am to direct, and I have just finished the script to a black dramedy/suspense-thriller entitled “Nerd Rage”. The focus is a 30-something man-child-fan-boy and his temper and that’s all I am going to say about that. You’re gonna love it.

“Empty Rooms” is something I am saying goodbye to. Its done and getting out there and I am very proud of it, especially the performances.

Once again, Dave. Thank you for your support. Its reactions like yours that truly make this worth doing.

Interview with Scream Queen Diane Foster by Dean Sills

dfoster1Interview with Scream Queen Diane Foster by Dean Sills

 

Q1) First of all, can you please introduce yourself to fans of UKHS who don’t already know you and tell us how you become an actress and film producer?

 

Bloody Hello! My name is Diane Foster. The horror movie world knows me as Baby Sister Audrey Miller in the slasher film, “The Orphan Killer”. I am also known for my role as Donna Huffman in the feature film , “IOWA”, and as the Producer for both of those films. I grew up in New Jersey right outside NYC. I have a large family and don’t remember a time when I wasn’t entertaining. When I was 8, my family entered me into the local talent pageant which I won. Every other child had ballet tutus and tap shoes, and I had on a white tank top (guinea-T if your from Jersey) a pair of cool jeans and white cowboy boots. I probably won from sheer originality and that set this fire ablaze in me.

From that point on, I auditioned for every stage show I could, locally and regionally, and then started my quest for the stage in New York. I took lots of dance classes and worked at Dunkin‘ Donuts so I could pursue my singing and acting lessons. Then, I had a great opportunities in my senior year in high school. I was asked to perform in two Main Stage shows at the World Renowned PaperMill Playhouse and had been taking Conservatory classes there with professionals of film/tv/stage for 3 full summers. I received my first real acting award that would capitulate my dream even farther. I played Princess Winifred in the stage version of Once Upon a Mattress at my school in NJ. It was the third year of what is now a very established and prestigious state-wide awards program called The Paper Mill Playhouses’ Rising Star Awards. I won Best Actress for my role at age 18, so that really became my stepping stone for getting real work. I did a lot of Off-Broadway shows and some small TV work while in NY, but knew if i wanted to do film I would have to make the move to Los Angeles, which I did and have never left.

 

 

Q2) Which actor or actress inspires you the most?

 

I love lots of different genres and have respect for many actors. From vintage Hollywood I love Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Sophia Loren, Cary Grant, James Dean, & Steve McQueen. Additionally, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Marilyn Burns, Heather Langenkamp, Drew Barrymore, Chloe Sevigny, Virginia Madsen, Rebecca DeMornay, & Sharon Stone have all been influential in some way to me as far as women in film. I also love the work of Laura Donner as far as producing goes. Those are just several in a list of many that I respect and admire. I am a film fan, so I find myself relating to and appreciating the work of many brave actors and producers who take chances.

 

 

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Q3) You are an award winning American actress and producer but not many people will know you were actually one of the original members of The Pussycat Dolls. What can you tell us about the experience and did you enjoy it?

Many people probably do not know that. I had just come to Los Angeles and was a really hardworking dancer. I spent my whole childhood in a dance studio, and traveling around for dancing competitions. I had to make my rent when I first moved there as it was a very different experience having lived with my parents for 20 years to living on my own. I got a lot of music video work and took dance classes at the best dance schools in Hollywood. During a class one night, I met the creator of the Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin. She was enamored by my dancing talent and asked me if I wanted to be in her brand new show that was a vintage Variety Burlesque show. It came at a perfect time for me and of course I wanted to do it. We rehearsed for several weeks and opened at The Roxy in Hollywood to sold out crowds for several weeks.

The show had major celebrities in it including Carmen Electra, Gwen Stefani, Christina Applegate, Christina Aguilera, Brittany Murphy and Dita Von Teese doing her Martini Glass act. The celebrity guests would sometimes tell jokes or sing and then we would all dance and sing and each of us had something special we did with really hot, vintage burlesque style outfits and incredible doll face makeup created by the artists from MAC. The audience was jam packed every night with the likes of Cameron Diaz, Jared Leto, Marilyn Manson, Hugh Hefner, and all his Playboy Bunnies. I would greet Mr. Hefner with a kiss on the head when he came to the show. He liked that a lot. But his Bunnies liked it even more. It was very funny and sweet. I also made sure Christina Aguilera was always ready for the finale.

This was THE ticket to have in Tinseltown. It was an absolutely awesome experience that I am very grateful I got to have. It was with the success of the show, that the creator, Robin, took the group to the next level. At the time, they had asked me to be in the Maxim Magazine shoot they were doing with the group, but I had already signed on and wanted to fully immerse myself in my first starring role in a feature film called “IOWA” by Matt Farnsworth with Rosanna Arquette and John Savage. I decided the best decision was to focus on my film work. Those few moments in the dance studio that night turned out to be an experience I could have only dreamed of. I am proud knowing that I was a part of something that went on to be a multi-platinum recording artist girl group.

 

 

Q4) In the 2003 movie, “Descendant” you played Vicki. What can you tell us about the flick and was this your first acting role?

I had been working for the production company that made the film so I got an opportunity to audition. I had done small no speaking parts on TV and in films in NYC, but this was my first film role where I would have dialogue and most likely would not be cut out of the edit. This was the film I met The Orphan Killer creator and my producing partner Matt Farnsworth on. He was playing Katherine Heigl’s incestuous brother and my boyfriend. Jeremy London was the star of the film loosely based on stories of Edgar Allen Poe. It was a great learning experience and a good group of professionals to work with.

 

 

dfoster3Q5) You then played Donna Huffman in “Iowa”. You also co-produced this with Matt Farnsworth and you were awarded best actress at the Midwest Independent Film Festival for your role. How much fun did you have on-set and did you enjoy playing this character and find it rewarding also producing the movie?

“IOWA” was a project of passion. After I had met Matt Farnsworth, we decided to make this film he had been writing. We spent at least two years doing research on the topic of meth in the Midwest. Since I grew up in New Jersey, I didn’t have the knowledge of the problem meth was becoming in America’s heartland. Matt’s family is originally from there and he had seen first hand his Grandfather’s hometown deteriorate because of meth abuse. It was inspiring to me to try and make a film that could touch on a taboo subject. This was way before the success and concept of the show Breaking Bad. Matt and I were some of the first filmmakers to document the problem in Iowa. Since we were doing research for the film, we were lucky to get a contact to a girl who would forever change our idea of meth and what we would put on film.

The police department in Centerville, Iowa had us meet Amber McNealy from Ottumwa. Amber was burned over 60% of her body in a rolling meth lab. That means a meth lab in a van. She had been dealing meth and doing it for years and one night an explosion blew the van up she was in and the chemicals exploded all over her. She explained to us that she was literally pulling her skin off as she was tearing off her clothes from the explosion. It left her what she called a Meth Monster. She was so intriguing upon our first meeting, that we documented her and her family’s life over a year period. That research became the documentary, “Dying For Meth”. It was nominated for a Beverly Hills based Prism Award along side the famous NBC’s “The More you Know” and CBS Cares campaigns for our outstanding service to the public in our quest to gain meth awareness. That was a real honor. “Dying for Meth” ran exclusively on Current TV which was ex-Vice President Al Gore’s network at the time. We were ready then to take on the responsibilities of a feature. Making “IOWA” was surreal. John Savage, who I idolized from the Deer Hunter played my father and Rosanna Arquette, who I idolized from Desperately Seeking Susan played Matt’s mother. It will forever be the greatest learning experience I have had on a film. We had a big crew of about 60 and several celebrities in roles, so as producers and stars ourselves, there was a tremendous pressure to get the job done properly, on time and on budget.

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It was a time of change for me, as i learned on the first day of Principal Photography and my birthday that I was pregnant with my son. I had an extremely difficult role in Donna Huffman going from naive girl to full on drug user. I was really young and had horrible morning sickness. It certainly worked on the days I had to play strung out, but the straight days were a lot harder because I felt like total shit. Luckily, it ended up beautifully and I got a lot of great advice from Rosanna. “IOWA” was selected as an Official Selection at Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Film Festival and was the “Must -See” movie of the festival. It premiered to sold out screenings during the festival and was very well received. It was released in theaters in NY, Chicago, and Los Angeles. It is a film that I am very proud of to have made and been a part of. It was ahead of the curve as far as subject matter and completely original. I have heard many times that it made people think twice about using meth. I knew then, that I had done my job.

 

 

Q6) You now have huge cult following based on your performance in “The Orphan Killer”. Please tell us all about this film, Diane and how much fun did you have playing Audrey?

What a trip this has been. I have always been a horror fan, but I never knew what an impact this film would have on my life. The Orphan Killer is a cult slasher film that has amassed almost 400,000 Facebook fans and legendary status. It was a concept creator Matt Farnsworth had wanted to do since we made IOWA. He grew up watching the 80′s slasher flicks and was told after IOWA he should make a horror film on the advice of the Cuban brothers of Skechers, Dallas Mavericks, and Landmark Theaters fame. The film itself was a complete struggle to make having shot for six weeks and scrapping most of it only to go back and shoot another four. It took almost two years to put together after we finished shooting and it was in the second edit process that we knew we had something special and that it was the movie for fans of classic slasher and gore.

Matt was very clear about making sure all the money was put on screen and that most of it went to creating the kills. From the start, he wanted to make it an homage to the slashers we grew up idolizing but having Marcus Miller stand on his own as a NEW vision for the Slasher genre. The story is about two kids who watch as their parents are violently murdered one night. They go to live in an orphanage and the sister is adopted while the brother is left to rot at the hands of the nuns and priests. The brother comes to find his sister years later killing everyone in his maniacal path. I play Marcus Millers’ baby sister, Audrey, whom he is hellbent on capturing to teach her family loyalty in cruel and unimaginable ways. Audrey is a very strong female role and also a very physical one.

I did all my own stunt work which was very demanding. I also suffer through a grotesque amount of pain and suffering. I have stated in the past, that this role changed me as a person and I stand by my conviction. It was a metamorphosis for me as an actress and a woman. Beside my starring role as Audrey, I produced the film. We shot most of it in my hometown of Union NJ and the surrounding areas. Everyone opened their arms to us and was happy to have us shooting there. We had some incredible locations and beautiful helicopter shots to tie all that gore in a bow. After we finished the film, we thought it would be fun to have The Orphan Killer start his own page on Facebook. Originally TOK, which is what we call The Orphan Killer for short, began posting pics of his murder from the movie on FB. People thought this guy is a nut. He must be real because I have never seen this before. Before you knew it, the page had grown to 11,000 fans wanting to know what these gory pictures were from.

We decided we would release a limited number of DVDs and Blu-rays to test the market. The results were astonishing. People bought the movie and we were sold out of the Blu-rays before you could blink. The thing we didn’t realize was that online piracy would take over quickly. We have over 2.5 million illegal verified downloads of the film. Because we are completely indie and not a studio, it is incredible that so many people have cared to watch it even if it is illegal. I don’t condone stealing artists work whatsoever, but with the changing times and the internet, we don’t want to take for granted that people have so many options to watch now and the fact they watch our film is tremendous. It has made TOK a social media monster and for that aspect of it we are grateful.

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Q7) I believe the film is banned in Germany, what do you think about this and will it make people want to watch it even more just out of curiosity?

I believe that the film became banned in Germany from the internet as well. We received a letter from the German government stating we would be arrested if we tried to sell or proliferate the film in any way and that TOK was being banned for “glorification of violence”. It may also have something to do with Marcus burning a picture of the Pope Emeritus. With the ban, it has catapulted the film onto a level that many independent films don’t ever get. It is banned in Germany along side some of the greatest in the genre including Dawn of the Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Hostel 2, and The Evil Dead. To say we are honored would be an understatement. I am pretty sure that today there is no other completely independent horror film that has been banned in a country they were never released in.

 

 

Q8) If you were stranded on a desert island, which three items would you want to have with you?

Easy! My husband and two children. We are a fun and crazy group and would spear fish together to eat.

 

 

Q9) What are you currently working on and when will we see you again on the screen as a sexy, Scream Queen?

I am currently working on the worldwide release of The Orphan Killer in proper channels. We want the fans and new consumers to be able to find the film where they live and in their stores so that they may enjoy it and share their enthusiasm about the movie with their friends and family. We have an incredible Special Collectors Edition coming out in Switzerland and Austria that avid collectors any where in the world can buy. It has a lot of special features including a gorgeous media book filled with incredible photos and a hand written letter in blood from creator Matt Farnsworth and much more. We plan on doing several of those Special Editions.

While the film is being released, I am also working on Special Features for a near future release of the Behind the Scenes of TOK (Behind The Murder). It’s coming together brutally and I am getting really excited about releasing the footage of the hard work it takes to make a film and how we did it. We are not sure of a release date just yet but we will keep everyone posted. The Official Mask by Trick or Treat Studios is hitting stores this month like Hot Topic, Morris Costume Shop and Spirit Stores. It‘s a Killer mask that is completely original.

The fact that it’s new means you will be totally unique at your next Halloween party and there are going to be a lot more TOK’s trick or treating this year! Additionally, the murder crew is in talks about the sequel to The Orphan Killer. We are very aware and happy that the fans want more TOK bastardizing their psyches and we want to bring it. You will be sure to see more cruelty from the remorseless one. Check out www.theorphankiller.com and JOIN so you can win free stuff and make sure you keep up with all the news from the TOK murder crew.

 

 

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Q10) Finally, Where do you see yourself in five years from now and is your future just in acting and film producing or would you love to direct?

I see myself having made at least another film which most likely will be TOK 2. I see having two children who are five years older than they are now and that is kinda crazy! I look to be making lots more films that I act in and/or produce. I am not really sure about the directing aspect yet. I am sure I could engage that part of me already being a creative producer. Ask me in five years.

 

 

Thanks again Diane. I really appreciate your time and this opportunity to interview you for UKHS. Keep up the great work and good luck for the future.

 

And cruel thanks to you Dean for asking me such great questions and for your interest. I really appreciate it.

 

 

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Interview with Damien Colletti by Dean Sills

damienc1Interview with Damien Colletti by Dean Sills

It’s a real honour to interview USA, Indie actor, Damien Colletti, since he turned down his last three interviews, he was more than happy to say yes to me, which is just fantastic! Thanks Damien.

 

Damien is another great actor working on the new indie horror flick “Blaze of Gory”

 

 

Q1) How did you get into acting?

Acting was something I always thought about and wanted to do when I was younger. Several years ago I decided to just do it! The first film I ever worked on was Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg. My first day on set I got to meet and talk to Mark who’s a great guy and a class act. After that I knew acting was something I wanted to do. It just felt so right and like I was meant to do it. Soon after that I started studying classic actors like: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Steve McQueen, and Marlon Brando.

 

 

Q2) So far, your film credits include No Strings 2: Playtime in Hell, Law Abiding Citizen, Bloodbath in the House of Knives plus many more. Which film have you enjoyed working on the most and why?

That’s really a hard question to answer since I had so much fun working on so many different films and TV shows. I’ve made a lot of great friends along the way too. TV wise would be when I played Officer Daniel Devito on the soap opera As the World Turns. Most of my lines and scenes were with Emmy Award-Winning Actor Michael Park who was great to work with. We filmed it in Philadelphia, PA near City Hall. It was just an incredible day and so much fun. As far as my favorite film to work on I greatly enjoyed working on all the ones you mentioned and more so it’s hard to say which one the most!

 

 

Q3) What actor or actress inspires you the most?

I enjoy seeing great acting from a lot of different actors and actresses. I look for dominating performances that leave lasting impressions since that’s what I try to do myself in films. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are definitely two of my favorite actors. I’ve also enjoyed performances by Edward Norton, Mickey Rourke, Kate Beckinsale, and Robert Kazinsky.

 

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Q4) What made you want to be a part of the “Blaze of Gory” horror series?

I really liked the concept for the series that David VG Davies created. To have several of the best Independent horror directors come together as one to form an incredible horror series! Our episode is the only one being filmed in the US which I felt was an honor too. Also I would get to work with two of my closest acting friends Italian actress Anne Reiss and director Robert Noel Gifford. We all worked together on No Strings 2: Playtime in Hell which was a lot of fun. I’m also looking forward to working with Vania Bezerra in the film who was in No Strings 2: Playtime in Hell too but we didn’t have any scenes together.

 

 

Q5) In “Blaze of Gory” you play a character called Victor (segment Masque of the Red Rape). What can you tell us about him and when will you start filming your segment in it?

Victor has a lot of psychological issues due to a lot of pain and suffering he’s had in his life. He’s not in touch with what’s real and what’s not which includes his wife, or ex wife? Who’s alive, or is she? I’m hoping our episode can be more of an artistic one in the sense of how Alfred Hitchcock does his films. Our episode is less talking and more visual with emotion. We are suppose to start filming in 1-2 months I believe.

 

 

Q6) I only started acting in films last year, what acting advice can you give me and would you consider working with me in the future?

I would say if your heart is in it and you love acting never give up! Stay focused but understand there will be highs and lows on this roller coaster ride called acting but the highs will definitely outweigh the lows! I would definitely work with you sometime Dean! You seem to have a lot of enjoyment and positive energy towards film and acting which is important. Those are the kind of people I like to work with!

 

 

Q7 You are an American so you must love sport? Which is your favourite sport and do you support any teams?

I used to play sports a lot growing up. I mostly played basketball followed by football, baseball, and tennis. I mostly watch football with the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers being my favorite teams. I will watch the big Italy futbol games though when they’re on TV and Gianluigi Buffon has been a beast in the net for many years! I also think David Beckham is a class act and I love how he’s always helping others. He has been great for the sport for many years and we need more people like him in the world!

 

 

damienc3Q8) You live in Pennsylvania, USA. What would scare you the most? Seeing the Jersey Devil, Bigfoot or some kind of giant snake in one of your lakes?

Lol, funny and the US does have some crazy creatures of superstition now that I think about it! Although I’m not sure where they currently reside I think the Loch Ness Monster or Creature from the Black Lagoon would probably scare me the most! The Swamp Thing was a movie that used to scare me growing up with all the crazy looking creatures they had in the film. I used to watch it with my friend Mike Ray growing up when I went to his house because it used to always be playing on his TV!

 

 

Q9) What will you be working on after “Blaze of Gory”?

I have a lot of films I’m cast in that I hope to start filming soon so it’s hard to say which one will come up first. I’m cast in the feature films Rendezvous and Huntington with my good friend (and fellow Broncos fan) Alexander Emmert so I’m really looking forward to working with him for the first time. Also there’s always new films coming up all the time that directors discuss with me about being in. I do always look forward to working on new and exciting projects along with great directors and actors!

 

 

Q10) Finally, You have expanded beyond acting into writing and so on. Where do you see yourself in five years from now and is your future just in acting?

I hope to keep progressing with acting like I’m doing meaning bigger roles in bigger projects. I do enjoy doing all aspects of filmmaking and I hope to do more writing and directing in the future but acting is definitely what I’m interested in the most.

 

 

 

Thanks for the interview Dean, it was fun!

 

 

 

Thank you Damien and good luck for the future.

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Interview with Blaze of Gory actress Susan Adriensen

SA1Interview with the stunning, talented “Blaze of Gory” actress, Susan Adriensen.

Q1) How did you get into acting, Susan?

I certainly didn’t get into acting overnight. Like any art, it was a process… and still is for me. My acting process happened to be long and ongoing. Acting will always be a part of my life. Even if I start a new job or career, acting will always fit into my life.

As far as I can remember, I always wanted to act. As a kid, I used to put on fake plays, TV shows, and silly commercials with my friends. I even used to make wacky shows on a tape recorder (remember those things?) and I’d play various characters in different voices. Once, I came home and my mother was at the kitchen table with her friend listening to one of my tapes about a person turning into a cockroach. They were hysterical. I was mortified that she found that tape and I ran into my bedroom. … but I got over it quickly as I loved to make people laugh and still do. I’m a “Ham.”
Regardless of all these “performances” I did, I didn’t take theater classes until I was a senior in highschool because I thought I’d get stage fright. I enjoyed the classes and, soon after, joined the highschool theater. I was naturally nervous, but didn’t have stage fright. I regretted not joining earlier. Anyway, from there I took acting classes in college, performed in other students’ video productions, and, after college, I took various acting classes in New York City. Acting came in dribs and drabs because I never quite pursued it. Today, I don’t even audition as people ask me to be in their projects and if the script is good, I usually take the job. However, if I want to take my talent outside of the horror genre, I expect to pound the pavement.

Q2) You appeared regularly on the TV-Series “Steampipe Alley” in the USA. Was this your first appearance on TV and what do you enjoy most about this?

Yes, it was my first appearance on national television as it was syndicated throughout the United States. I really enjoyed the characters I got to play and I adored the production staff and the star of the show, comedian, Mario Cantone. It was family!

Q3)What actor or actress inspires you the most?

I was always a huge fan of Carol Burnett as a kid. As I became a young adult, I liked the “crazies.” I admired (and was obsessed) with Jack Nicholson in “The Shining” and later Anthony Hopkins in “Silence of the Lambs.” Why did male actors like these inspire a feminine petite blonde woman? I have no idea. Maybe I was a psycho actor in a past life…. I even have photos of me from my highschool graduation holding a knife and cutting the cake with my mouth wide open like a psycho. I think I had Jack in mind.

Now back to comedy actors, anyone who knows me well, knows I’m a HUGE Seinfeld fan. The entire cast has such great comedic timing. (I’m waiting to get a group of people together to play the Seinfeld board game. Anyone interested?

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Q4) In “Blaze of Gory” you play a character called Reyna in the segment “Snow“ What canyou tell us about her and did you enjoy working with the director David V. G. Davies?

 

I became so excited as I was reading the script for “Snow” for the first time. I just loved the concept of a modern day “Snow White” story and me playing Reyna, the evil stepmother. I loved the character’s lines and monologues. I started reading them aloud and loving the sinister voice coming out of me. Later, as the character developed for me, I made her less sinister and more human. Of course, the character is a psychopath, but even psychopaths have feelings.

David V. G. Davies! What a guy! And what a pro! He totally gave me freedom with the character and I appreciated his trust. Despite the harsh conditions of Norway, he and the rest of the cast and crew were real troopers! And we genuinely had a great time. I hope to work with all of them again.

I would also like to give a shout out to the writer of the original “Snow.” She’s a young woman who wrote the short story when she was a pre-teen. Her name is Blaize Alix Szantos.

Q5) What was it like filming in Norway and what did you enjoy most about the experience?

The most enjoyable thing filming in Norway was the fun I had with the director and the cast and crew. We got things done efficiently, but had time for laughs.

The other enjoyable thing about filming in Norway was … the beauty of the countryside. We filmed in Kongsberg. We were in a cabin by a lake. Mind you, it was January and there was snow ALL OVER. It was damn cold and we even got stuck on the ice driving up to the cabin, but we made it through, had laughs, and enjoyed the breathtaking views.

Q6) I only started acting in films last year,what acting advice can you give me and would you consider working with me in the future?

I’d love to work with you. How can we do that soon?!

Well, I can only give you the advice I give to myself if I were to go outside the horror genre … and that’s to have TENACITY! Besides having updated headshots and a great resume and reel, I think the other piece of advice I can give is not to take the industry too seriously, but take your ART very seriously. Have fun at auditions. Enjoy meeting new people. The production may not want you for a particular role, but if the audition went well and you’re friendly, calm, and composed, they may remember you for a different role in the future!

Q7) You have starred in many films including “Sculpture” and “Under the Raven’s Wing”, which you also directed. Which one is your favourite film and what do you love most about doing horror flicks?

It’s hard for me to say which is my favorite film, especially when I wear different hats for them. When I acted in “Sculpture,” I wore the hat of actress, playing the role of “Rose Steele.” The hours were long one evening, but I was with a great group of people, including my friend, Marv Blauvelt (who played “Frank Steele” my abusive husband … we had fun with the scene!), and Pete Jacelone, the director. But my only responsibility was to act and give it my all. Yes, it was emotional and the scene was physical and tiring, but … I went home several hours later and my job was finished. When I made my own film, “Under the Raven’s Wing,” I wore so many hats that my head spun … not literally! I wrote it, produced it, directed it, and edited it. It went on for months and months. However, it was gratifying. But the role of filmmaker and actor are so different for me that I cannot compare.

As for “Under the Raven’s Wing” it’s about a young filmmaker who documents the murder confessions of three young women who seduce him into their strange world of spiritual “dimensions” and “transcendence.” The ringleader, Raven, holds everyone in her psychological grip, until her secret is exposed and a power struggle ensues.

If I may, I’d like to give more “shout outs”. Brian Jude, my producer, and Kimberly Amato, my actress, helped tremendously with the production! I appreciate the help from my entire cast and crew. You can see them all on the movie’s IMDB page. Please check it out.

If you check out my IMDB page, you’ll see that there are many other films I act in and I don’t want to play favorites as to which films I enjoyed working on the most, but I think the filmmakers know who they are!

Oh, one production that is not on IMDB yet and that I’m very excited about is the “In Fear Of Series.” I was in the “Scotomaphobia: Fear of Blindness” episode for Season 2. The film was produced by Scott Perry, directed by Jeremiah Kipp, and shot by Steve-Mark Glassner.

Although “Fear of Blindness” and “Under the Raven’s Wing” are not horror flicks, they have some very disturbing scenes and images. I like the raw aspects of films like these. Horror and thriller flicks send chills up your spine and I like the feeling that I get when I watch them and when I act in them. It’s a crazy joy ride!

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An alien mothership would scare me more. King Kong is one big ape and I love animals. … but then again, aliens can be cute and lovable too….

Q9) Do you have any pets at home?

Yes! Two turds! … uh … birds! Parrots to be exact. I have a Green Winged Macaw and an African Grey. They are a handful. If anyone is interested in getting a parrot, be sure you’re ready to dedicate yourself to another family member. They are flock animals and demand to be a part of the family. If they are neglected, they will scream and /or pluck out their feathers, or worse. My two girlie birds are loved and spoiled and are all around good girls.

Q10) Finally, You have expanded beyond acting into directing,producing,writing and so on.Where do you see yourself infive years from now and is your future in all of these?

I’m in a bit of a life transition, but I assure you, I’ll still be acting. I also see myself performing outside of the horror genre. I see myself making another movie with a partner(s) … they know who they are…. I also see myself doing more work with animals and parrots. In general, I see myself MOVING AHEAD! And I hope your readers keep on movin‘ too!

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Thank you Susan for an amazing interview and good luck for the future.

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Interview With Actress Nicole Elise Cinaglia by Dean Sills.

nec1Interview With  Actress Nicole Elise Cinaglia by Dean Sills.

 

This interview is extra special because I get to interview my favourite actress, the lovely Indie Horror actress, Nicole Elise Cinaglia

 

Q1) You are beautiful, have gorgeous brown eyes and a stunning figure plus you have a pure natural talent as an actress, expressing great emotion in the characters you play. How hard is it being a professional actress in Los Angeles and do you feel you’ve changed as an actress since you first started acting?

 

Well thank you Dean for the kind words and compliments. I appreciate it. And thank you so much for wanting to interview me, this is absolutely wonderful and extremely flattering.

Since moving to LA it’s been exciting, as well as, challenging. It’s a lot different from Philadelphia. It’s hard to have access to larger roles without good representation. I’ve learned fast that a lot of it has to do with who you know. The most I can do is do my best, give it my all, and let the chips fall where they may.

 

Q2) How did you get into acting?

 

I’ve been acting since I was little. I took part in my first grade play “The Popcorn Parade” where I was a featured kernel. I did two musicals in the 4th grade “The Piano Man” and “The Artful Dodgers.” And from that point on I did two musicals a year until I graduated from high school. College was where I discovered musical theater was not the route I wanted to take. I only made a couple small projects which at the time was very discouraging. So I dabbled in student films and fell in love. If you take the home videos I used to make and the pretending every mirror was a camera focused always on me, you could say I got into acting right out of the womb and acted any chance I could.

 

Q3) What actor or actress inspires you the most?

 

Well I think Meryl Streep is absolutely phenomenal. I aspire to the careers of Rachel McAdams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Anna Kendrick.

 

 

Q4) Your film credits include “You’ll Know My Name”,”Alpha Girls”,”Six

Degrees of Hell” plus many more. Which movie have you enjoyed working on

the most and why?

 

Well “Six Degrees of Hell”, “You’ll Know My Name”, and “Dead TV” were all very enjoyable and special to me mostly because I got to work with close talented friends of mine. Over the course of 4-5 years we accomplished 3 feature films, and that is quite remarkable. We are a family and we grew together.

“Alpha Girls” was one of the most efficient and tightly run sets I’ve ever been on; everyone was extremely wonderful to work with and very professional. I can honestly say that every set I’ve been on has been unique and enjoyable in its own way. I have made tons of memories and lasting friendships from each experience. I am extremely lucky!

nec2Q5) You are absolutely awesome as Adrienne in “Dead TV”.What can you

tell us about this film and the character you play?

 

Well thank you! Adrienne was fun to play. She was very different from previous characters I’ve played. She has many layers and they all unravel one at a time. I can’t say much more then that, you’ll just have to wait and see! “Dead TV” is a fun mystery thriller! I think everyone will really enjoy it!

 

Q6) “Six Degrees of Hell” comes out to buy on DVD in September in the UK. I can’t wait to see you in this. How much fun did you have working on this one?

 

I had waaaay too much fun working on “Six Degrees of Hell”. You should already know, and if you don’t, you’re in for quite a surprise, because we filmed in a real haunted house. The Hotel of Horror has so much history; it’s fascinating. If you check out the website www.sixdegreesmovie.com you’ll find a little back story on the property. It was fun getting to know the cast and crew that work at the hotel too; they are wonderful people. Each has their own tale to tell about the strange occurrences that have happened to them while inside the Hotel of Horror. We had a lot of night shoots inside that hotel, and I have to say once it hit the witching hour, things got a little creepy. I will confess, I didn’t go anywhere by myself while inside the hotel (laugh).

 

Q7) You recently moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia. What do you love most About L.A. and what do you miss most about Philadelphia?

 

Hands down, the weather. It is absolutely beautiful out here in LA. I love when I talk to my family, they always ask how the weather is and I respond the same way, “oh you know…bright, beautiful and sunny, I’m in shorts, its disgusting! Lol.” And it’ll be snowing there or raining. Yeah I rub it in a little. And the most missed thing about Philadelphia, aside from my family, is the food. I miss cheese steaks, pizza, and Water Ice. Mmm, mmm, mm!

 

Q8) If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?

Water. Sunblock. And a giant hoagie!

nicnicQ9) You are a true scream queen of Indie Horror films, are you currently working on any new horror movies or any other projects which you can tell us about?

 

Besides waiting for “Dead TV ” to be released this fall I recently shot an episode of “Wicked Attractions” for the Discovery ID channel. I’m super excited about it! The series is based on true stories of real couples who go on killing sprees. The role itself was challenging due to the wide range of emotions I got to play. It was interesting to learn about the cases and fun to re-enact them. Other than that I’m submitting and auditioning and awaiting the next opportunity! Feel free to follow my fan page for what’s next on the agenda! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicole-Elise-Cinaglia-Fan-Page/313358972013326

 

10) Finally, Where do you see yourself in five years from now and is your future just in acting, doing model work and film producing or would you love to direct?

 

It was an honour to get an associate producer credit on “Dead TV” for helping out behind the scenes; so producing is already in the works for me.

Down the road I see myself wanting to try the whole directing thing but I still have a lot to learn yet. And right now I am so in love with the art of acting that this is what I want to focus all of my time and energy on. I love the training and the homework, and the development of my craft. It’s so rewarding and challenging all at the same time. It is indeed my passion. I see myself doing this a long, long time.

 

Thank you Nicole, I really appreciate your time and effort. You are a true star.

 

Thank you Dean! My pleasure.

 

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The Brood – Candice Carveth 35 years on. The Cindy Hinds Interview.

The Brood – Candice Carveth 35 years on. The Cindy Hinds Interview.

 

brood2With Second Sight films releasing David Cronenberg’s classic The Brood on BluRay (see my review HERE), then I wanted to do something a little different here at UKHS . When I think of The Brood there are two images that stick in my mind , one is of Candice being led down the long desolate snow covered road and the second is Candice with her back against the door screaming in terror whilst “The Brood” are trying to break it down to get to her .

Now both images feature Candice (played by Cindy Hinds) and on the BluRay there is an interview with Cindy (and Art Hindle) where she describes some of her experiences on set. So I got it in my head to try and find Cindy and maybe ask for an interview!

Now what could be easier than trying to track down a child actor that has not worked in film or TV for nigh-on 30 years?

Well completely out of the blue (or as luck would have it) Cindy then actually got in touch with me, she wanted to scold me for my misspelling of her name in that recent Brood review. So tail between my legs I sheepishly asked Cindy for a quick interview and here is the result!

 

Hi Cindy and please can I firstly thank you for taking the time to speak to me here at UKHorrorScene.com !!

 

How did you get into acting at such a young age? Andy, it’s truly my pleasure. What fun I have been having reminiscing about my childhood acting days and visiting with old friends. Thanks for being such a good sport about my name teasing. I got into acting when I was 4. My Mom, brother and I were shopping at The Bay, a well-known Canadian department store and it was local “Bay Days”. They had a guy dressed up as “Bay Man” and he approached my Mom about getting us in to acting and modelling. My Mom took him up on it, met up with an agent and the rest is history.

 

Your first film was the Brood , how did you ever get such a part? I was called in to audition. The role was quite serious. I know there was concern about a five year old being able to handle the part. I was eight but looked very young for my age so I think between my scream and looking a bit like David’s daughter, it all worked out rather well for me. It was my first movie roll and all very exciting for me.

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David Cronenberg had previously released Shivers and Rabid. Were your parents aware of his work and was there any reservations about letting you work with him at such a young age? At the time, David was just coming into his own. My parents didn’t really know much about him at the time. My mom, whom I was living with, did do some research though to find out more about him and I guess since I did the movie, she was happy with what she discovered. I’m not sure any parent could have been sure what I was about to get into.

 

How was David as a director? David was absolutely wonderful! He was kind and thoughtful. My well being and safety were always his number one concern. He was always joking around with me. I have very fond memories of working with him and the entire crew.

 

You worked with some huge stars on The Brood especially Oliver Reed , do you have any memories or stories you would care to recollect and what was Oliver like to work with? He was a unique individual. He wasn’t one to hang around the set. The scene we had together was quite intense. He was great though. He made sure I wasn’t afraid. Between the gun and the blood is was quite gory. I do remember him getting upset because the shoot was going very late and he didn’t think it appropriate that a bunch of children should be working so late especially doing that scene. He definitely was pushing to get it done quickly so that all us kids could get some rest. I also remember him being quite the character at the rap party. He definitely liked to have a good time.

 

In the Brood you play Candice who is in a custody tug-of-war with her parents (played by Art Hindle & Samantha Eggar) , you had a lot of on-screen time with Art , but I believe you never actually had a scene with (your mother) Samantha Eggar. Did you even meet her on set and if so what was she like? I didn’t actually meet Samantha until the rap party. I remember meeting her and thinking how funny it was that I never met my mother. We chatted a bit but it was more pleasantries than anything.

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How long did you film , and did you have to take time out of school? I believe I was out of school off and on for about 6 weeks. My teacher, Mr Graham, was awesome. I was a good student who did well, but I also had a wonderful teacher who supported me academically. My mom always made sure I did my school work. Doing well has always been important to me, even as a young child.

 

You had some really very intense scenes in The Brood, how on earth did you handle them? I don’t know how to answer that really. Now, as a grown woman, I think about that and ask myself that very question. I’m stong willed, I know that. I always have been. I’ve been through a lot in my life. My childhood wasn’t easy. I had a lot of things going on “behind the scenes” so to speak. (but that’s for Oprah) LOL. What I was experiencing in my acting was a breeze to what else I had going on so maybe that’s part of it. Truthfully, nothing I did in The Brood really ever fazed me. Not much did with any of the acting jobs I had.

 

The film was filmed in Toronto & Mississauga (I believe) , and looks very cold. Was it as cold on set as it looked ? It was colder! We filmed in a small community North of Toronto called Kleinburg as well. They had lots of blankets and hot chocolate for us. I got to wear that toasty snow suit so I wasn’t as cold as many.

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After filming when was the first time you saw the film ? David held a private screening for me and a couple of the other kids so we could see it.

 

I believe you were around 8 at the time of filming , what did you tell your friends at school ? As I expect none of them could see the finished film for a few years 🙂 I didn’t say much. To be honest, I kept it as quiet as I could. I was ridiculed a lot in school and made fun of. A lot of school mates thought I was making it all up so I learned to just stop talking about it. That’s part of the reason I left the industry. I preferred people to not know about it. Even to this day, it’s only just recently that I have let people know about my past. I haven’t even shown my husband or kids any of my movies or shows. I know that sounds silly. The support and kindness of a handful of people recently are the only reason I’m even talking about it now. When I do tell people all that I did as a child actor, they are shocked. Initially they thought that I just did a couple shows and a movie. They didn’t realize that in the 70’s I was “in demand” as they say as a child actor. Especially when it came to the horror genre.

 

Please can you tell us all at UKHS what your lasting memories of the whole Brood experience ? I have so many fond memories. Many that have only recently come back because I have been talking about it so much lately. It was a true blessing in my life. I realize that now. I didn’t appreciate it then. I met and worked with incredible people. They all treated me incredibly well and for that I am forever grateful. I have had the incredible fortune of spending time with Art lately and I really hope to spend much more time with him. He is such a lovely man and so much fun to be around! I hope I get the chance to see David again too and any of the other incredible people I worked with on the set. It was an incredible experience.

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(Cindy recently with her father from The Brood – Art Hindle)

The Brood wasn’t really well received on it’s initial release (Roger Ebert’s review was especially scathing) and also was victim to the censors scissors. However now almost 35 years on it is seen as a seminal work of psychological horror and often appears in “Top Horror Films” lists . Why do you think that is? You got me there. I would like to think it’s because people see the incredible depth and intelligence of David in this early work and appreciate what he was trying to do by going outside the box or what was considered “appropriate”. He truly was a pioneer with an incredible vision.

 

After your debut in The Brood you only appeared in a handful of other releases (including Cronenberg’s Dead Zone) then stopped. Was there a conscious decision to leave acting? As I mentioned, I did do a number of other things. I did a lot of television shows, commercials, modelling, radio, etc. I did do another horror movie called Deadline in ’79, Directed by Mario Azzopardi. I was hung in that one…a couple of times. That movie was much more intense and hard to do than the Brood. I also did a television mini series called Tales of the Haunted, in which I had the honour of working with Jack Palance. Dead Zone was actually the last acting job I did. I decided to step out for personal reasons and then never really had the opportunity to get back into it.

 

The majority of your roles were in the Horror genre. Why do think you were picked for these roles and do you yourself enjoy watching Horror films? I’ve gotten boring in my old age. Funny as this sounds, I’m not really a fan on the genre. I did love horror when I was younger, but grew away from it as I got older. My 12 year old daughter is forever trying to get me to watch the new horror movies that are out. I keep telling her that she needs to watch Freddy, Jason and Chucky from the ‘80’s if she wants a real good scare. Of course as she tells me, I have no idea what I’m talking about.

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(Cindy with her husband Luc )

You are now a successful realtor and have a family. Do you have any plans to one day return to acting as either a career or maybe a cameo? I have no current plans to return to acting as a career anytime soon. I have a busy family that I adore and who need me. I have a 12 year old daughter and a severely physically disabled 10 year son who, along with my husband and 2 teenage step sons, are my world. A busy career in real estate along with being in the initial steps of opening up my own restaurant and being very active in my community doesn’t leave much time for anything else at the moment. I have to admit though that this has definitely been an enjoyable few months and should the right project arise, I think I would be hard pressed to say no. I truly did love acting when I was a kid and have always continued to follow what’s been happening in the industry. Maybe someday.

 

And finally are there any last words to the readers of UKHS? Just THANKS! Thanks for supporting the launch of the BluRay and for allowing me to share with you some of the great moments I had. I hope you all enjoy it. Thanks to Chris Alexander of Fangoria for tracking me down and thank you Andy for being so kind with your review and having a great sense of humour!

 

Well that is it. Thank you so much for your time Cindy , it has been a pleasure and indeed an honour to speak to you. The Brood is one of my personal favourite films and your performance is THE outstanding one from the film alongside Oliver Reed . Thank you for the interview AND thank you for The Brood .

 

Andy Deen (UKHS)

 

Since the interview , myself and Cindy have corresponded and become (I hope) friends. She sent the more recent pictures and has told me about her plans to open a restaurant which she and her husband are building themselves. She has a wonderful family with strong support and a very busy life. I want to thank Cindy for the interview and being such a warm and generous person to deal with.

Since I began writing about my love of horror I have tried to contact many people. Most do not reply , some do and kindly offer to help and some go out of their way to help and take time out of their busy schedules . Cindy is definitely in the latter category and for that I will always be grateful , especially as I am such a huge fan of The Brood and her performance. Cheers Cindy !!

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White Settlers – Pollyanna McIntosh & Lee Williams interview !

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White Settlers is an exciting up- coming British suspense/ thriller/horror film from director Simeon Halligan (who previously directed Splintered and also runs Grimm Up North – Manchester’s home of horror and cult films).

The screenplay is by Ian Fenton, this is Ian’s feature film debut as a writer.

White Settlers boasts an impressive cast , Pollyanna McIntosh from the brilliant cult film The Woman, also Burke and Hare and Exam. Alongside Pollyanna is Lee Williams who has been in many superb British TV programmes including Hotel Babylon, The Tudors and Teachers.

Pollyanna and Lee gave me the honour of answering my questions, so without further a do I will let them explain what White Settlers is all about and what has been involved in the filming of it.

Can you both tell us what we can expect from White Settlers, what’s it all about?

Lee – White Settlers is a thriller/horror about a London married couple who relocate to Scotland to renovate a farmhouse, and whilst there, external circumstances threaten their existence with chilling consequences. It becomes a race to survive; a cat and mouse game with the couple battling it out to the end.

Pollyanna – Tense suspense, some good frights, believable characters you can root for and a surprise ending!

It’s about a couple who move from city life in England to the country life on the borders of Scotland and are confronted by monsters on their first night in their new home.

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How about some insight into your characters?

Pollyanna – Sarah is a city girl who’s ready to have children and wants her husband to take the final step away from the job he hates to be self sufficient in the country where they plan to run a B&B for tourists. She’s quite fragile and fearful of bumps in the night but as the story progresses she surprises herself with her resilience.

Lee – I read Ed as a guy who has one foot still in London and the other with his wife in Scotland. He loves her very much and her desire to make a new life for themselves supersedes his desire to remain in the city. He is a bit of a lad, quick-witted, always ready with a sarcastic or jokey comment to defuse a heated situation. But when things take a turn for the worst, he becomes serious – his survival instincts kick in and he will do anything to protect his family.

White Settlers looks to me like a lot of outside filming. I presume you feel quite at home with that Pollyanna after the excellent film The Woman. How does filming White Settlers compare to that?

Pollyanna – Yeah, we’re often at the mercy of the weather!

Well, it’s similar in that its a tight schedule, small crew, low budget, all on location and packed with hardworking creatives. There’s also a fair amount of stunt work and outdoor filming. I’m also playing lead again so, yeah, there are a few similarities. My character is very different to that of The Woman though and of course this is a British film set in the country I come from, Scotland. In The Woman I spent the film getting progressively cleaner but in this I start off clean and get dirtier and dirtier!

Am I right in thinking Lee that this is your first foray into this genre of film? What attracted you to this role in White Settlers?

Lee – Unlike Polly, yes, this is my first experience of this genre and I’ve loved every blood soaked, gory moment! More please! I’d like to turn things on their head and maybe play the bad guy in another horror movie and show just how evil and dark I can truly be!

Can you tell us about your ‘on set’ experience so far, any favourite moment? Tricky elements you’ve had to deal with?

Pollyanna – For me the on set experience has been a mix of fun and banter with a lot of intense fearful psyched up scenes. With a great crew like this one there are plenty of laughs to be had. Most of the jokes are in-jokes so they’d probably land pretty flat on paper but I’d say my favorite moments are those end of night shoots at 4am when we’ve been down to the wire and have still managed to squeeze the juice out of the scenes.

As far as “tricky elements” to deal with we’ve got stunts, prosthetics, animals, forests at night, rain, hail and wind and the bloody cold so…yeah, we’re pretty much covered in that department!

Lee – The blood! The first few days were fun, but being caked in this sticky red stuff all day certainly lost its novelty by the end of filming! Both myself and Polly were covered in scratches and bruises by the end of it – always a good sign that we have put in a proper days work!

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How has it been working with director Simeon Halligan?

Pollyanna – Sim and our DOP have a great symbiotic relationship so it’s a pleasure to see them make it happen. He and I spoke early on about the film and as the first attached I’ve had the luxury of talking through story points with both him and the writer, Ian Fenton, as the script progressed. That’s a joy for me and I always feel lucky when directors and writers are open to that kind of collaboration.

Lee – Simeon was wonderful to work with – WORK being the operative word; very collaborative and open to discussion and ideas, loads of me and Poll’s ideas he used in the movie. I always felt my opinion was valid and enjoyed figuring out with him and Polly, how to make a scene the best it could be, working with such a short shooting schedule.

Do you have any bits of info you would be willing to leak to tease fans a little?

Lee – All I can say is that at one point, I get attacked by a character called Truffles, whose main objective is to eat whatever gets in her way! Ruthless!

Pollyanna – I think I’ve said enough…

One last question, (as we are www.ukhorrorscene.com). I remember the first horror film I watched at an early age was Evil Dead; I’ve had a love of horror since. Do you remember the first horror film you watched and the effect it had on you?

Lee –My first ever horror/thriller that I remember watching was on Betamax when I was about 8 years old called “When a stranger calls”, when the killer is in the house and keeps calling the babysitter asking, ‘Have you checked the children….”. Scared the absolute shit out of me! I also sneaked into the cinema to watch Nightmare on Elm Street. For me, as a kid, Freddy was the best boogeyman – very scary and extremely memorable. The remake sucked though! Please stop re-making classic horror movies!! Thank you and good night!

Pollyanna – The first experience I had of being scared out of my wits was Watership Down. Not a traditional “horror” perhaps but at 5 years old it was utterly horrific! I think that put me off for life! I’m a total wuss when it comes to watching horror. I avoid it at all costs!

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Many thanks to Pollyanna and Lee for their insightful answers, I am very excited about this project and look forward to the film.

White Settlers will be released early 2014, it may be through Grimm Entertainment but nothing yet has been confirmed, with such a prestigious cast in place they are getting increasing interest from much bigger distributors.

Please check out the website www.whitesettlers.com for more info and pictures, also follow on twitter @WhiteSettlers

Bradley Scott Sullivan Interview – Director I Didn’t Come Here To Die

 

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At the start of Feb I received a copy of I Didn’t Come Here To Die courtesy of Second Sight Films. I had very little knowledge of the film and was totally blown away by a funny , bloody and very clever horror film. After my review (here) I was still fascinated by this wonderful , refreshing take on the Slasher genre , so I contacted the writer/directorBradley Scott Sullivan who kindly agreed to the following interview.

I Didn’t Come Here To Die is your first full length feature , you write and direct it (amongst others) so how did it all come about?

The idea for the movie really came about when I was in a volunteer organization very similar to the one in the film. There were a few more people on our team, and we probably weren’t quite as secluded, but a lot of elements are really close. We really did have one project where we were working on out in the middle of the woods in Vermont, building a summer camp, and working with power tools. In real life nobody died; just a couple of scrapes and bruises. But as someone who’s bit of a hypochondriac, the movie is kind of my overactive imagination playing out some the potential worst-case scenarios that could’ve happened while working on that project. I hope the film just plays more as a perverted “workplace hazards and safety” video, and doesn’t dissuade anyone from signing up for a volunteer program, because it was truly one of the best years of my life. Just be safe, and don’t play with chainsaws!

The cast of IDCHTD are for the main relatively unknown , what was the casting process and did you have people in mind beforehand?

The only person I had in mind beforehand was Travis Scott Newman, who plays the cop that bookends the film. I met him a few years prior when I was in film school. He was the lead and one of my friends shorts that I was the DOP on. I always jokingly referred to him as my low-rent Bruce Campbell, and had always had him in mind for whatever I was going to do as a feature. Everyone else was just through auditions that we held at a coffee shop in Austin. We just posted on a few different websites, and held auditions over the course of two days. We just really lucked out that Austin has such a wealth of great acting talent. 

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The whole vibe from IDCHTD is fun even though it is a bloody feast , was this the case on set and was it a good shoot?

I think it was probably a bit more fun for everyone other than myself. I mean, it was a tough shoot for everybody. We only had seven days to shoot, practically no money, and I had the brilliant idea that we would all actually campout in an attempt to emulate what the characters were going through (FYI: bad idea). I just felt a lot of extra pressure on top of it all, because I felt like this was my one shot to really do something. I thought that if this failed, I was never going to get to make another film. So the fact that everyone was inexperienced (myself included), trying to manage multiple positions on the film, all the gore effects, and only having seven days to shoot it all…it was a bit stressful.

How did you go about getting the funding to do a full length feature?

I had shot the behind-the-scenes footage for a Christmas movie that the producer, Kim Waltrip, was making earlier that year. She asked me to edit together some of my footage to show potential distributors for that movie. She liked what I did, and that turned into cutting a sizzle reel, and that turned into cutting a trailer and some other stuff for them. So by the time I got to the end of all my work on that project, she was asking about what I was up to next. I told her that when I got back to Austin (this was all in California) I was hoping to try to get a horror movie that I wrote off the ground. She asked how much I was thinking of making it for, and when I told her she laughed because it was so little. I thought she was just being polite when she asked me for a copy of the script, but she was sending me emails pretty much every 10 pages saying how much she enjoyed it. I think we were shooting only about a month or month and a half after she first asked for a copy of the script. It all came together really quickly, and I wanted to make sure we had it in the can before anyone could change their mind.

When I saw IDCHTD , I found a huge nod towards Evil Dead and also a lot of slashers from the 70′s & early 80′s . Is this a favourite time and genre of yours?

It’s kind of an in-between thing. While I do love the horror films of the 70′s and 80′s; the first horror films I was really exposed to growing up were 90′s slashers like “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “Scream”, and “Urban Legend”. I didn’t have any friends that were really interested in horror, and my parents were super-strict about the movies I watched growing up. So I kind of came into the genre little bit later in life. When I was introduced to the “Evil Dead” series, I actually came into it backwards, starting with “Army of Darkness”, then “Evil Dead 2″, and lastly “The Evil Dead”. So the comedy element of them ended up really sticking with me, and the horror came later.

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As an avid fan of slashers , I hate camping. I just cannot sleep in a tent , every shadow makes me worried and I will lie awake all night . Is there anything from horror films that has had a real impact on you?

I’m totally fine with camping, and I’m generally not too worried about being hacked up by madmen, or having my dreams infiltrated by Freddy Krueger. The thing that really makes me turn away from the screen, is when people are cutting things out of themselves. There’s a scene in “The Ruins” where Lauren Ramsey’s character is trying to cut the vines out of her that I just find totally cringe-worthy. Heck, even the scene in the PG-13 rated “A Beautiful Mind”, where Russell Crowe thinks he’s digging a tracking device out of his arm, makes me grit my teeth.

If possible could you name your top 3 films of all time ?

Alien
Children Of Men
Jurassic Park

There is a wicked sense of humour in IDCHTD , but also some shocking moments . Was it difficult to try and find the right mixture of both?

As far as the dialogue went: I think that most people are pretty funny (or at least try to be), especially when around new people, or when thrust into awkward situations. I knew the horror beats that I was going to hit plot-wise, and I just wrote-in how I thought people would talk in between those beats. I don’t like walking out of a film feeling gross, or bad about myself. A movie can be gross, and have terrible things happen to the characters, but it can still be fun to watch. When I walked out of the theater after seeing “Drag Me to Hell”, I had a huge smile across my face. That’s really what I was trying to replicate here. Just a fun, fast horror film that left you with a smile.

As the horror genre develops where do you see it heading through the next decade or so?

It’s so hard to say, because it seems like the trends change every 3 to 4 years. It was the J-horror remake train for a while there, and now we’re on the found-footage kick hardcore. But the movies that inspired those trends, like “The Ring” and “Paranormal Activity” or “The Blair Witch Project” or “Scream” for the 90′s slashers, seem to come out of nowhere and surprise everyone.

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I saw your short Stasche recently and found it hilarious , do you have any plans to maybe expand on that for a full length feature (please) ?

We joked about turning it into a feature when we made it, but everything I could possibly want to do was already done to perfection in “Hot Fuzz”. I’ve got too many other horror ideas to even think about it at the moment, but if I get burnt-out on those, maybe I could always take a break to write a feature about the mustachioed hitman again.

What do you think the secret is of a good Stasche? If I grow one I look like a paedophile rather than a Tom Selleck..

Yeah, if I try to grow something I just look like a hobo or someone’s dad. If I had the answer I’d be doing it myself, but for those who have it, flaunt that beautiful lip spinach!

What are your plans for the future? Anything in the pipeline you can reveal?

Nothing is set up yet. It’s been a full-time thing shepherding this film for the last few years, but now that it’s finally coming out, I’m starting to be able to focus on other ideas. As I don’t have Hollywood banging down my door and throwing scripts my way, it looks like I’m going to have to continue writing for myself. That’s fine; I’m just the World’s slowest typer. So may be a little while, but I don’t have any lack of original ideas.

If you ever do a shoot in the UK can I be an extra?

Absolutely!

Outside of the horror genre are there any other genres you would like to have a go at?

I love science fiction just as much as I love horror, and nothing’s better than a crossover of the two. I still have yet to see a satisfying haunted spaceship movie. So that’s definitely something I’d love to try and tackle someday.

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What was your grounding in film? How and why did you get into it and what maybe would you like to get out of it?

I’ve known I wanted to work in movies since I was 10 or 11-years-old, when I got a book on the making of “Independence Day”, and learned that there were film jobs outside of just the actors on-screen. Nearly everything I learned about film was self-taught. I learned how films are made through behind-the-scenes featurettes on DVDs, and about the intention behind them through the commentary tracks. I taught myself how to shoot and edit by trying to replicate scenes from some of my favorite films. From there, I just tried to follow in the footsteps of what many of my heroes did, which happened to be making a small film on their own. It’s really the only world I know, and I’d just like to continue to deal with issues that interest me in a fun, exciting, and entertaining way.
Many thanks for your time and any last words?

I’m just really excited that people are getting a chance to see the film. I’m pretty sure the 16-year-old, wannabe-filmmaker version of myself would’ve loved this film. If you stay through the credits, you’ll see that there was a ridiculously small amount of people that worked on it. It’s essentially a movie made by a few schlubs in somebody’s backyard. So for it to be getting any kind of release at all is sort of a miracle, but I’m glad that it’s really connecting with some folks, and I hope that it’s inspiring to other low-budget filmmakers. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me about it and spread the word!

-Brad

 

I Didn’t Come Here To Die is released on DVD by Second Sight Films in the UK  on 15th April 2013.