Christmas Special: The Sara Dickson Interview by Dean Sills

Christmas Special: The Sara Dickson Interview by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hi Sara, welcome to UKHS. How did you get into acting and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

SD – I started performing when I was still in primary school, getting a part in my schools’ Christmas play and after that I was hooked! After years of taking part in youth amateur dramatic groups, where I found my love of singing alongside acting, I began studying performing arts at college and later graduating from a degree in Drama at university. I’ve always been involved in performance some way or another, from performing in local theatre productions, singing groups or, what I really love being involved in, the independent horror scene. Being involved in the horror genre gives me more creative control than other forms of performance because it can be anything you want it to be.

There’s less rules to follow, you really can go over the top and it still makes great films. The flexibility between real and surreal lends itself to making sure that you can be as creative as possible. Another point I enjoy about working in the horror genre is the willingness of horror directors to portray strong female leads rather than women playing supporting roles to men, or just stripping off and being something to be ogled, which is what I find tiring about mainstream cinema. In horror women really can have the opportunities to step up and take charge.

UKHS – I really enjoyed your performance in ‘Steve’. Lee Bibby did a superb job directing this comedy short about a zombie called Steve. The first time you saw the film what was your immediate reaction and do you have a favourite scene?

SD – My first reaction to ‘Steve’ was honestly, to blush! I really can’t stand watching myself on screen! But in all seriousness, when I first saw ‘Steve’ I thought the film was fantastic. The fact that it took such a short time from conception to completion made it seem all the more rewarding, as the whole film was shot in one day and still looked exactly the way we wanted it to. It was such a simple idea but the genius of it was in the fact it was so simple.

It didn’t need any elaborate story or huge Special FX it is what it is – something quick, funny and really effective. Everyone involved worked so hard on it – it’s been one of my favourite projects to work on. My favourite scene has to be the final shot of the two characters drinking tea! We had finished the rest of the film but weren’t too sure how it should end, so we were all just messing around and joking, making random shots and one of the takes ended up being the final scene.

UKHS – Can you tell us a little about some of your other work as an actress and which projects have you enjoyed working on the most?

SD – As an actress I’ve worked with so many talented people in different ways – be it in theatre or film. It’s the opportunity to work with so many different people, that’s what makes each project enjoyable. I am incredibly lucky that I’ve had the opportunity to work with such fantastic people – Antoni McVay, Lee Bibby, Ian Lawlor, Peter Kane, Lawrence Neale, Simon Craig, Graeme Donaldson – having the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of people means that there’s always a collaborative effort, everyone has input to make the production even better. Working with Lee and Ian on ‘Summer’s Night’ was probably the most enjoyable time I’ve had filming. They both had a clear idea of what they wanted from the film and worked really well as a team.

Something I found enjoyable was in their ability to give all of the actor’s direction and guidance as well as letting us develop the character’s ourselves. The main production days of ‘Summer’s Night’ were possibly the toughest I’ve ever had. We had such a tight timescale for the location we were using for the bulk of the film, but I also don’t think I’ve had as much fun on set as we did then. Everyone managed to keep motivated and have a laugh while doing it – which is just what you need after filming in a corset and heels for 10 hours!!

UKHS – You have worked with the directors Antoni McVay and Lee Bibby a number of times, both of them are awesome guys and fab directors. Do you feel they bring out the best in you as an actress and how much of your own ideas do you bring to each character you have played?

SD – Antoni and Lee have been involved in one way or another with every project I’ve worked on and over the years we’ve been able to build up such a good working relationship. The differences between them are what makes them such a good team to work with. Antoni really lets his actors take control over the character and do what they feel comes natural. Lee’s technical knowledge and skills means he plans out every scene – every shot even – in the finest detail and works with you to get you to see the same things he does.

The guys are great at letting the actors have their own input into how, not only the way in which the characters develop but the overall film as well and when it’s finished it’s a great sense of achievement for everyone. Working with the pair of them, has been some of the best shooting days I’ve had, as they work together as such a fantastic team.

UKHS – You have worked on a number of films as a make-up artist including ‘Blaze of Gory’. Leading up to a shoot, how much preparation do you do as a make-up artist and which film have you enjoyed working on the most ?

SD – When I’m taken on board as a Special FX Make Up Artist, I always start off with a discussion with the director to get an understanding of what it is they are looking for – is it gory? Is it more subtle or is it completely off the chart surreal – it all depends on what the aesthetic for the film will be. From there it’s a matter of going over the script and working on what make up is needed. That’s when I get to have fun! I disappear off into my studio and start crafting props and prosthetics and (usually the case if I’m working on one of Antoni’s scripts!) making as much blood as I can. It takes a lot of research, as it’s not something I’ve studied professionally, rather I’ve taught myself but that just makes it more fun. I get to be inventive and come up with my own ideas.

One thing I have definitely realised is the simplest idea is more often the best. The creative process is really rewarding, trying to figure out the most realistic way to slit someone’s throat or (probably the most gruesome effect I’ve done) ripping a man’s “member” off! Working on Special FX leads to some interesting conversations! The most enjoyable project I’ve worked on is really hard to say, as each film is different and needs different FX, so each one is always challenging. Out of all the FX work I have done, ‘Nightmares’ – the first film I worked on with Antoni – was a big project with a lot of people, brilliant fun and well worth the long day!

UKHS – If you could have Christmas dinner with three guests (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

SD – As sentimental as this is going to sound I would really love to have three of my grandparents there as they have sadly passed away. This will be the first Christmas in four years that I’m not working which means I am able to visit my family. It would be brilliant to see all the old folk sitting at the end of the table getting drunk and causing mischief!

UKHS – Finally, what do you want for Christmas this year?

SD – I am really terrible at this! My partner has been asking me for months what I want and I just can’t answer her! Whenever someone asks me I draw a complete blank – however if anyone wants to buy me 1967 Mustang I wouldn’t turn it down!

UKHS – Thank you for your time,Sara. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2016.

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An Interview with Peter Kane by Dean Sills

An Interview with Peter Kane by Dean Sills

UKHS – Welcome to UK Horror Scene. Before we begin I would just like to thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to chat with us. When did you first discover your passion for filmmaking and how did Wandering Kane productions come about?

PK – My passion for wanting to make films has always been there since I watched ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and then ‘Clerks’. They truly inspired me to make films. I first got into making films by my partner who advised me to do a digital editing course at Newcastle library. I then made a few zero budget short films before realising I should now be making features. Wandering Kane Productions came about because I couldn’t sell ‘The Gamekeeper’ script so Jimmy Hagri and I decided to start our own company to produce it. Hagri means Wanderer. I also met Jimmy through my partner. Without those two ‘The Gamekeeper’ would never have been made.

UKHS – Let’s talk about your first feature film, ‘The Gamekeeper’. How did the idea come about and how long did it take you to write this project and actually film it?

PK – The film came about from going to see the Lambton Estate in Chester with my old producing partners. The guy showing us about mentioned a gamekeeper was out and about shooting Grouse and to watch ourselves as he could shoot on site. I then though “what would happen if a group of kids trespassed on the estate and he started to shoot?”. I wrote the first draft in February 2010 in two weeks then went back to it over a few years. In February 2013 we decided to just go for it. So you could say it took almost 6 years to get made!! We started filming in September 2013 and finished it (including editing) in May 2015.

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UKHS – Who is ‘The Gamekeeper’ and what can you tell us about your cast?

PK – ‘The Gamekeeper’ is a soldier gone AWOL from his regiment and he is hiding on a rich eccentric’s land. He has also taken a secret with him. Regarding the cast, we utilised local talent throughout the North East, actors that truly deserve bigger roles than they’ve had before. We used Four Bridges casting, actors Jimmy knew from working on local TV program’s and cast I knew from a film I worked on in the summer of 2011.

UKHS – I believe part of your film is set in Afghanistan. How did you find the right location for this considering you shot your film in the UK?

PK – The Afghan scene was shot at Dursand Quarry near Stanhope next to the Parkhead station cafe. It was our co-producer, Mark Armstrong, that found it and it truly was the perfect location – out of the way and private. We believe there are a number of perfect locations in the North East you could use for a number of places around the world. We’d highly recommend any worldwide company to utilise our locations here in the North East.

UKHS – What’s next for you and Wandering Kane productions?

PK – We are currently prepping a horror film to be filmed in the North East again using local talent. We are hoping for a bigger budget and currently looking for investment in this feature. That’s all we can say at the moment but people can contact us via the website if interested.

UKHS – You also have your own radio show on Gravity radio station in Newcastle and it was a pleasure to be on your show when you interviewed me at the Cutting Edge film festival. Can you please tell us a little about your show and how did you get into presenting your own radio show?

PK – I have a weekly show called ‘Music from the Movies’ on a Tuesday, 6pm to 8pm on Gravity Radio North East. I co-host a monthly show called The Wandering Kane Movie Show’ on the last Friday of every month with Jimmy Hagri (co-managing director at Wandering Kane productions), Mark Armstrong (creative director) and Graham Wade (post production director). We discuss movies, TV and theatre. We have had some wonderful guests on live and pre-recorded. The shows came about due to seeing my friend Wayne Madden (who is also a presenter) post an advert on Facebook from Gravity radio asking for volunteers to present shows. I approached them pitching the Wandering Kane movie show. They asked us in for open mic slots and we got our own show. Gravity then asked me if I wanted my own show called ‘Music from the Movies’ which I accepted. They are a wonderful bunch who run the station and are constantly looking for donations to keep the station going. It would be great if it could keep going.

UKHS – Finally, where do you see yourself in five years from now?

PK – Where I see myself in five years? Good question. I’m very much a take each day as it comes person but I’d love to direct more films and would love to get into directing TV shows like ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Daredevil’. I’d love to see Wandering Kane productions be the number one North East production company however there are some wonderful ones up here as well like Team Beard films, Abandon Hope and Hungry Wolf. I’d like to see us as kings of the north, ha ha!

UKHS – Thank you, Peter. Good luck with ‘The Gamekeeper’ plus your new project and keep up the great work!

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An Interview with Emma Dark by Dean Sills

edark7An Interview with Emma Dark by Dean Sills

*Please welcome Emma Dark to UK Horror Scene. *.

UKHS – Thank you for your time, Emma. How did you get into acting and modelling and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

ED – I’ve liked the dark, the macabre, the sinister – horror – from a very early age. I think I naturally have a disposition for horror in all truth but I’m sure my dad working as a butcher throughout most of my childhood years must have added to that. As a child of three or four I used to ask to go in the walk in fridge in the butchers shop to see the animals. Not in a particularly grim way, I wanted to see if any of the animals still had heads on and stroke them, OK that sounds quite grim doesn’t it? Anyway, what I’m trying to say is I don’t particularly see the macabre as something as grim as perhaps those who are not horror fans, and I’m a Goth essentially so it’s all about beauty in darkness at the end of the day.

In terms of modelling I fell into that when I joined a photography meet up and they had assumed I’d joined as a model and not a photographer. For my age and the genres I’ve worked in I’ve been fairly successful but it’s not very cerebral in truth which is why I tend to favour acting and filmmaking.

edark2UKHS – I have seen the trailer for ‘Seize the Night’ and the film looks really good, well done! How difficult was it to make a film like this when you had to take on so much from playing the lead role to directing and producing the film?

ED – It was very difficult. I often worked until very late in the evening most days and even on Christmas day, literally for months on end. I’m still working hard on it with the promotional materials and festival submissions and everything that goes with that. Of course I’ll be attending as many screening festivals as possible too. A film as complex and ambitious as Seize the Night is a tough call on tight timescales and a low budget. However as you may have guessed I’m up for a challenge and I’m not beyond throwing myself in at the deep end. Despite the complex nature of a fast paced action short like this both myself and my cast and crew put 100% and more in, working well together, maintaining a high level of commitment, and I believe that speaks for itself in the result. It does look slick, it does maintain a high production value throughout and more importantly I hope it entertains people and leaves audiences wanting more.

edark8UKHS – You play Eva in the film. Can you tell us a little about her? Who did you base your character on and how much of the real you did you bring to the screen?

ED – The greater world Seize the Night is based in sees all mythical creature (including vampires and werewolves) having been created by early forms of scientific experimentation, hundreds of years ago. These creatures are separated off from human society for their own protection. Although they don’t mix each type of creature has they own military unit of protectors who essentially keep their existence hidden. We don’t see this backstory in the short, all we know is that Eva is a vampire assassin. Holding this responsibility to protect her vampire species for literally hundreds of years has made Eva guarded in the least.

The humans having later rediscovered these creatures have been capturing vampires and werewolves for their own experimental purposes, one of those captured was Eva. She managed to escape but really doesn’t recall her time
spent in captivity clearly. It’s pushed her over the edge, she’s now essentially renegade, she won’t follow orders and kills anyone who gets in her way. She’s lost trust in herself and those around her and she’s putting her own kind in further jeopardy.

There’s a lot of me in her yes. Not from the extreme lack of trust, anger management issues or the sense of tipping over the edge, but I’m a pretty fearless no-nonsense kind of person and that really helps with this kind of role.

edark5UKHS – Ok, lets talk about ‘Island of the Blind Dead.’ It’s a fan film created to celebrate the 1971 Spanish cult classic, Tombs of the Blind Dead. You filmed ‘Island of the Blind Dead’ in Corfu, Greece. How did this all come about and how long did it take to make this 3 min short?

ED – To be perfectly honest this was purely a ‘for fun’ kind of project although it’s been really well received by both audience and critics alike. If half of the trip to Corfu hadn’t meant being trapped indoors while storms hit outside it might not have happened, certainly not in this way. Originally the costume was brought along simply to catch some test shots along the beach. However having some time to think and plan a script on our hands myself and fellow indie filmmaker Merlyn Roberts approached the local amateur dramatic society and asked if they wanted to get involved. St George South has a strong film history with the iconic James Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only (1981)’ having been filmed there, most famous for the dune buggy scene.

The local actors really got behind the project and we just took it from there really. I have to say we were completely unprepared equipment wise, I literally had a compact consumer camera to film on, however if anything the reduced quality only added to the realistic retro effect. Obviously I also aged it in post, paying particular attention to both the original series and other films of that time and taking note of colour, film quality and fonts used. Actually shooting it only took a couple of days and I have a lot of extra footage I might compile at some point too.

A little piece of trivia for you, I later discovered my Seize the Night fight coordinator Roy Scammell did the stunts for For Your Eyes Only in St George South, so a strange little connection there!

edark1UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

ED – It really depends, what I consider key is probably not what the general movie going audience would. I’m not really one for jumps, gore and screaming women for example. OK, I know doing a homage accurately for something like the Tombs of the Blind Dead series obviously would include two of those elements in the minimum, but for me personally it’s not my key formula. I like a good horror film to have beautiful cinematography, a sense of dread and a great storyline. Most of my favourite horror films have a sci-fi or thriller element as I find those are the films for me that break the traditional mould. Women are stronger, it’s more about what you don’t see than what you do see and there’s a stronger sense of all encompassing doom.

Of course many of the older Italian Giallo and Mediterranean horror films get away with more blood, screaming women and slasher killers as often the cinematography is very well executed and backed up by interesting storylines, often creating works of high quality and beauty despite having been relatively low budget films of their time.

edark10UKHS – Finally, what’s next for you and where do you see yourself in five years from now?

ED – Five years from now I have no idea, apart from putting as much effort in as possible to push my name and work out there it’s really both about public perception and reception of myself and my work that will decide that I think.

Regarding my next projects, I have a few things in the works, including starring in a faux snuff film by cult indie director Dan Brownlie alongside scream queen Jessica Ann Bonner. I’m looking forward to that as I get to be rather sadistic. I also have Fragments of Fear segment to make for horror entrepreneur Richard Gladman. It’s a sort of horror Jackanory story series and features horror greats such as Caroline Munroe and Francoise Pascal among others.

I have my own plans for continuing Seize the Night but I’ll not be able to finalise those until I have a funding plan in place.

UKHS – Thank you for your time, Emma and good luck with ‘Seize the Night’ and your other projects!


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An Interview with Zombeavers Star Cortney Palm by Dean Sills

cort2An Interview with Cortney Palm by Dean Sills

UKHS -Thank you for your time, Cortney and welcome to UK Horror Scene. I know you are a theatrically trained actress. Can you please tell us how did the transition into film occur and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

CP – The transition into film was gradual. I was studying at California Lutheran University and was a part of the theater program when I saw a casting notice for a short film. I decided to submit to the notice (which was an extra role) and on that set I learned what SAG was and more about what it takes to make a film. I later signed up with Central Casting and began working in the background of film and TV. I always wanted to be a film actor, but I literally knew nothing coming into it. I am still learning!

I have always enjoyed watching horror films and to be honest, they were the easiest films to book and the community is so small that I was able to get some form of consistent work.

cort10UKHS – Congratulations on the UK TV premiere of ‘Zombeavers’. The film is showing daily on Sky Movies at the moment. I really enjoyed watching it and loved your performance as Zoe. How cool was it playing a sexy zombeaver-killing badass and are you ever going to look at beavers the same way again?

CP – First of all, thank you! Second of all Zoe was quite an amazing character to play and I had a blast getting to know everyone on set and work each day.

I went to Idaho last year and saw beavers in across a river and I was a bit fearful! Not because the beavers could be zombies, but because I really have never seen a real beaver before! (stealing a line from the movie!) I absolutely love and respect animals, but I doubt I would have gotten in the water near them with my new irrational fear. haha!

cort1UKHS – I have seen some great footage of you doing gymnastics on Youtube and I know you did all your own stunts on ‘Silent Night’ and this is awesome, well done! Did you do all your own stunts in ‘Zombeavers’ and was that really you or a stunt double in the scene when Zoe escapes by jumping through a window?

CP – I miss gymnastics so much. I think there needs to be a film about it and I could play a coach who is nostalgic and is living through her gymnasts careers and in the end she finds some form of acceptance and joy. As we age we tend to miss the things we used to do as kids and I feel like we make ourselves grow up instead of staying young. Anyway, I do most of my own stunts; however, on *Zombeavers* my double jumped out the window and crashed the car through the house. I did the rest of the stunts. I did get injured on set from a stunt that malfunctioned, and that just reiterates why we have a stunt double team. If the actors get hurt, you don’t have a movie. I would love to be in a film where I can do more. Something such as Underworld or Tomb Raider, both Kate and Angelina did most of their own work!

UKHS – Talking of ‘Silent Night’. I loved your role in this as Maria and the wood chipper scene which was brilliant. How scary was it filming a scene like this and how long did it take to shoot?

CP – If I remember correctly it was a three day shoot for me and we shot the wood chipper scene the first day! No one can really teach you how to die a horrible death like that, so I had really one shot to make it work and a really great SFX team behind me. I remember getting into the shaft and sticking to the blood. We had to pour water on me so I could slide down! But it was fun and I lived to tell the tale!

cort3UKHS – OK, I have to ask you about ‘Sushi Girl’. How did you get the role ? Did you enjoy working with Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and how difficult were the scenes when Sushi is served on your beautiful naked body as the con men eat their dinner and you are lying completely still?

CP – I always browse LA Casting looking for roles and I saw a casting which said must be comfortable nude. I have done a lot of nude and implied modelling so I was comfortable with the content. I was called in and the next thing I know I was naked at call-backs lying on a table! Pretty sure my amazing boobs got me the part! That aside… :)….. I thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone. Each actor brought their A game every day and I didn’t mind having to lay for hours on the table. The only downside was if I had to use the ladies room we would have to undress the sushi and then redress it when I came back. So I tried not to eat or drink! Otherwise, lying still for so long wasn’t a big deal because I was completely invested in that character and it didn’t bother Sushi Girl because she was on a mission and she wasn’t about to fail.

UKHS – What is the hardest role that you have had to play and do you go to extreme lengths to prep for your parts and stay in character?

CP -Well extreme would be Shia pulling out his own tooth and I am nowhere near THAT! I definitely take the time to read the script multiple times, and not just my scenes because there is always something in the script that can help shape your character, especially given circumstances. The hardest role hasn’t really come my way yet, but I do look forward to that day. My favourite role was Sushi Girl, and I also loved Zoe. Keep an eye out for my new exciting role of Detective Kate in Bond: Kizuna (which we are currently getting funding for and I will post the crowd-funding information as it comes) She is someone I can’t wait to tackle!

cort9UKHS – If you were stranded on a desert island, which three items would you want to have with you?

CP – Now this is a tough one. Are the items something we can bring with us, or items we hope the deserted island has? If the first, then I would bring my two dogs, a water purifier, and a machete. If the latter, then I would hope for coconuts, large palm fronds, and wood!

UKHS – Finally, are you currently working on any new projects which you can tell UKHS all about?

CP – I am currently involved the development of several films and trying to get a few others off the ground. I am going to be working on The Final Table, Blood Moon, Bond: Kizuna and hopefully I will be able to get two scripts off the ground that my amazing writer colleagues have written. One is a horror feature and the other is a futuristic apocalypse story. Otherwise, I am still looking for the next big role that I can sink my teeth into. Hopefully something soon!

Thank you for the interview! Cheers!

cort7UKHS – You’re welcome! Thank you for your time and keep up the great work,


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An Interview with Emory Slone by Dean Sills

es1An Interview with Emory Slone by Dean Sills

Last month Emory Slone and Malevolent Magazine interviewed me about my acting and did a wonderful 4 page feature in their April issue. Now it’s my turn to get Emory in the chair to fire a number of questions at him about his magazine and love of horror.

UKHS – Welcome Emory and thank you for your time. You are the owner and editor of Malevolent Magazine. Can you please tell us a little about yourself and Malevolent Magazine?

ES – Thanks so much Dean. It’s an honour to be a part of UK Horror Scene. I’m from the small town of Catlettsburg, Kentucky here in the US. I spent many years working as a custom picture framer, but was always a die-hard Horror fan. Indie Horror has been on the rise in recent years, especially with today’s technology where social media and crowdfunding can get these projects made and seen, when 10-15 years ago it was impossible. I noticed that there were no publications that were devoted to the Indie Horror film scene. That spawned the birth of Malevolent Magazine. I wanted to focus on all the talented filmmakers, actors and Scream Queens in the indie scene. Fortunately, Malevolent was welcomed with open arms by the Indie Horror community and will remain focused on getting the amazing people involved with it as much exposure as possible.

es2UKHS – You also write and do great interviews for your magazine. Who have you enjoyed interviewing the most and what’s been your favourite review so far?

ES – I’ve had so many wonderful people be a part of Malevolent, but the very first two issues hold a special place with me. In the première issue, SPFX legend Tom Sullivan (Evil Dead) and actors Bill Oberst Jr and Robert LaSardo were kind enough to take a chance on this new publication and deliver some of the most epic interviews ever. Then, for issue #2 indie Scream Queen Melantha Blackthorne did the first ever exclusive Malevolent Magazine photo shoot for the cover and went out of her way to create one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve read, even incorporating a little fiction playing off the theme of the shoot. (She really didn’t gouge her eyeball out. lol.)

As far as reviews go, filmmaker Johnny Daggers sent me the first 9 minutes of the upcoming documentary about the independent Horror filmmaking scene, Blood On The Reel. This is one Indie Horror fans need to be on the look out for. It features tons of Indie Horror filmmakers, actors and actresses telling tales of the hardships of independent filmmaking and their experiences in the field. Johnny was nice enough to have me film some footage for the film as well, so I’m very excited for the release later this year.

es3UKHS – In terms of your writing style, who would you say is your greatest writing influence?

ES – My greatest writing influence would have to be H.P. Lovecraft. I always loved his approach where less is more. To leave readers to their own imagination to conjure whatever their darkest fear is within themselves. That’s how I approach the interviews for Malevolent. I leave the questions open so the one being interviewed can tell us about a project from their point of view. Of course, I hope this doesn’t conjure fear in them. Haha !

UKHS – What’s your favourite horror movie?

ES – Without a doubt the original Evil Dead is my favourite horror movie. For what was such a small budget independent Horror film, it has grown into one of the most well known franchises in the scene. Bruce Campbell’s portrayal of Ash created such a likeable character that so many people can relate to because he was not perfect…a hero with the same flaws as the rest of us. Plus, for the time that it was made it had some groundbreaking practical SPFX that may be over the top by today’s standards, but still withstands the tests of time.

es4UKHS – If you could have dinner with three guests (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

ES – Oh man! lol. It’s a unique combination, but I think my three guests would have to be Bruce Campbell, Hulk Hogan and Katharine Isabelle. Bruce, because he is the ‘King of Indie Horror’ and my favourite actor. Hulk, because he’s been a hero of mine since I was a kid and it would be interesting to see how he and Bruce interacted with each other. Katharine, because she is my favourite actress/Scream Queen.

UKHS – Finally, where do you see yourself and Malevolent Magazine in 5 years from now?

ES – 5 years from now I see Malevolent Magazine on bookshelves in stores with worldwide distribution. The Indie Horror scene is growing stronger everyday and soon indie will be mainstream. I also want a strong web based presence, so an interactive website will be established by then with a community page. I am launching a side project as well called Malevolent Magazine X-treme.

MMX will feature Horror photography, art, tattoos and alternative models, where Malevolent Magazine focuses on Indie Horror films. So, that is the 5 year goal…if all goes well we move on to evolving into hosting the Malevolent Horror Film Festival after that. Plus, I will get more involved in actual filmmaking myself. Fingers crossed 🙂 Thanks again Dean for having me and I look forward to your upcoming projects and the UK Horror Scene as well.

es5UKHS – Thank you Emory, it was a pleasure. Keep up the great work and good luck with Malevolent Magazine X-treme and your other projects in the future!




An Interview with Natalie Jean by Dean Sills

NJ1An Interview with Natalie Jean by Dean Sills

UKHS – Thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene. Can you please tell us a little about yourself and how did you get into acting, stunt work, dancing and producing?

NJ – Thank you! I come from a classical dance background, and also started modelling around 18 or so. I was strictly a stage performer until my early twenties, and I became full-time in film around 2009 after one of my modelling agencies made me start doing background work and I fell in love with the process. I was playing a dancer on an episode of Law & Order and was approached by the show’s stunt coordinator, who asked if I had any interest in learning the practice of stunt work. I of course said yes, and began a never-ending training process on the complicated profession of stunt performing. I began producing live shows when I was very young with my performing arts school followed by my ballet company, so producing is second nature to me regardless of the medium.

nj7UKHS – OK, let’s talk about ‘The Cemetery’. The movie was released on DVD last year and the film won four awards at the renowned underground film fest Pollygrind. Congratulations on winning best newcomer, Natalie. What can you tell us about the film and your character Andrea and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

NJ – Thank you again! Yes Chad and his fest Pollygrind are really great, they works hard to support the best indie films all over the world. The Cemetery is a wild, vulgar, violent ride. We spent a long time getting it finished, and it’s very close to my heart. My character Andrea was one of my favorites and most fun to play. Within the film she ends up getting possessed and attacking her friends, and there are few more enjoyable things than getting to play an animalistic maniac. I started watching horror movies in my early teens, but as young as four or five I had already become pretty obsessed with ghosts and things that made me feel ‘spooky’. That interest came from the family who lived across the street from us. They had three boys and I spent many of my days with them. Their dad was way into that stuff and so were they; I remember they had a tarantula and all those Time Life books that came in a series about strange & unusual about UFOs, one about poltergeists, etc. We also couldn’t get enough of the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books and Ghostbusters. My love of horror stems from that, so I’m usually most in love with the moody ones, more than being a true gore whore. But blood & guts are great as well!

nj4UKHS – You previously worked with Adam Ahlbrandt, the director of ‘The Cemetery’ on his 2012 film ‘Cross Bearer’. Do you feel more confident as an actress when you work with someone you have worked with before due to knowing each other’s strengths?

NJ – It’s a common misconception that Cross Bearer came first; actually The Cemetery was shot five months before Cross Bearer. The reason CB exists is because so many of us had a great working relationship on The Cemetery, and we wanted to make something during the slow holiday season. I was in fact a last minute replacement actress for the character Andrea in The Cemetery. The original girl had a family emergency and had to bail, they contacted me three days before principal photography. I was flown out to PA two days later to a cast & crew of primarily strangers.

But Adam allowed me to sort of make the character my own and do my own wardrobe, while giving us actors time to work together and make it work, instead of trying to jam the original vision into an different set of elements. When he asked me to come back east to play the role of Heather in Cross Bearer (originally called Strip Club Slaughter) we had intended to make a light-hearted slasher over a few weeks in the winter. And yes, that was because when you develop a rapport with someone it does often help the filming process. Many months of my team toiling and four years later we were finally screening the two features. And since I took on the role of producer of CB I eventually was also producing The Cemetery.

nj9UKHS – You are probably sick of questions about your stunning body artwork but I would like to ask you about your tattoos. How many tattoos do you have, do you regret any, and which one is your favourite?

NJ – Hey if you don’t want questions you probably shouldn’t get tattoos! I currently have 13. I haven’t been worked on in quite some time, since I put pretty much every dollar I make back into my career, but I probably will get a few more. When I started getting them over a decade ago it was actually quite daring and rebellious, I was truly one of the only tattooed models in the world. Now it’s commonplace for a 20-year-old to be covered neck to knees, so the meaning has changed (as things tend to do over time). But I still enjoy it for the same reasons .They’re a bit of a roadmap of one’s life & trials. So I take my time. Regrets in general are a waste of energy. No regrets!

UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

NJ – That’s a tough question! It just really depends on the style, the director, the intent. I would say that with any filmmaking, three things that are vital, that are sometimes neglected, are lighting, sound design, and editing. Without those three things playing starring roles in production it’s near impossible to come out with a quality, captivating, finished piece of work.

nj2UKHS – You have worked as a stuntwoman on a number of big Hollywood movies including ‘Noah’ and ‘Men in Black 3’. Do you find it much more rewarding than acting and can you please tell us about the most dangerous stunt you have performed in a movie?

NJ – Every part of what I do in film is rewarding, even the most grunty, brutal work, because I love making movies. If you don’t love it more than just about anything you shouldn’t do it. It’s grueling and it absolutely rules every element of your life. Stunt work is certainly rewarding for the endless physical and mental challenges..acting provides a chance to test your psychological abilities and sometime its limits..producing, writing, and directing are the closest thing I can equate to giving birth, which is what I try to explain to people when they don’t understand why I’m weeping with tiredness or pulling my hair out over a project! I’ve done a little of everything so far (fighting, martial arts, parkour, car hits, stunt driving, water gags, high falls, circus arts, rigging, jerk vests, firearms, and I just finally got my motorcycle license) except for anything with pyro. I just haven’t had that opportunity present itself yet. But I’m still relatively green compared to a lot of my colleagues, and there are still so many things I want to do.

nj3UKHS – Finally, what other current projects are you working on that you can tell us about and where do you see yourself in five years from now?

NJ – I know what I want in life and what my goals are. Where that will put me in five years? I can fantasize about what that looks like but I’ve gleaned from my experience so far is that the pathway towards those things is a crazy, disjointed, fantastic shitshow, one that is best not to predict too much. Best to stick to your guns but roll with the punches, as it were. What I can tell you for sure is that I am working hard on getting my first feature made..which is very vague I know, but I intend to have more concrete news soon publicly; I’ve already completed a few shorts, of which I am in the final stages of editing and am going to put online shortly after I finish; I’m mid-production as an actor and stunt person on a feature called Ghost Source Zero, a cyberpunk/sci-fi story written and produced by Larry Hama, the creator of the original GI Joe comic books; and most recently I am very happy to announce I will be joining the cast of Joe Stauffer’s A Missing Piece, the follow-up to his phenomenal 2014 horror feature Pieces Of Talent. Anything else is just in conceptual stages; as we all learn early on in this business you can’t consider a project green-lit until the first ‘action’ is called, and nothing is complete until that first thrilling, wonderful night it lights up a screen to a room of guys and gals.

UKHS – Thank you for your time and keep up the great work, Natalie!

An Interview with Jocelyn Padilla by Dean Sills

jpad7An Interview with Jocelyn Padilla by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hi Jocelyn, thank you for your time and welcome to UKHS.
How did you get into acting and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

JP – Since I was about 2 years old I knew I wanted to be an actress. I was hooked on Tim Burton films at a very young age and knew I just wanted to be in there…on the television and movie screen. Except for my father who was a street break dancer in his youth and used to sing and rap with his brother in his early 20’s no one in my family has that creative drive and ambition that I do. So therefore that made me the black sheep of the family. I did theater in local shows in my town and I worked on theater in high school and into community college. I graduated from Emerson College in 2009, blindly moved to NYC failed miserably and moved back. That is when my acting career in film began.

I was asked by a local director from Fall River to audition for his début feature horror film Jonah Lives and from there I began working on other local indie films, most notably Murder University with Scorpio Film Releasing where ,against my type, I played a murderess. I love the old school horror films like the original Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play and The People Under the Stairs. I love Hitchcock classics. The less you see the more it frightens me and plays with my emotions. Even though I know it’s not real and even though I act, it still messes with my brain! Like films such as Final Destination and Saw…those really fuck with me! However, I feel like the more gore and blood you see it sort of takes me out of it. The fear of the unknown, pulling from your inner core things that scare you are really to me the BEST horror films.

jpad4UKHS – Congratulations on the DVD release of ‘Jonah Lives’. I know the film has had mixed to negative reviews from film critics and to be honest I have not seen the film yet but I do have a different view to most critics due to working as an actor and knowing how much work goes into making an Indie Horror movie. What can you tell us about your role in the film and do you feel some of the critics really give a true reflection of the film in their reviews?

JP – This is the first film I have acted in where I played a lead and it got distribution. Thank you. I am super excited about it! I have been reading every review since the DVD was released this past April 21st 2015. I’ve noticed mixed reviews with critics either loving it, hating it, or confused by it. The first review I read tore my performance to shreds here is an exact quote “It’s certainly a lot more competent than Jocelyn Padilla, who delivers a particularly, almost laughably dire performance as Barbara, the scaredy cat of the group. It’s all over the top squawking of her lines in a bizarre, stilted delivery and strange exaggerated facial expressions that makes one think there must be something….wrong…with the character.” I saw this review on twitter. Had this been last year I probably would have cried, then questioned my acting and my life choices then ripped him a new asshole online. I have grown so much as a person and as an artist that I chose to retweet it and use humour. I said it was the most hilarious review I have ever read because the truth be told it really was funny as hell.

Long story short now the critic and I talk on a semi-regular basis he thanked me for being a part of horror film history despite his review and now he is interested in other films I am doing. Why am I going to lose sleep and get angry or worse question myself as an actress over these critics reviews? Everyone is entitled to their opinion. The film had its flaws but what first film from any director and writer and production is going to be “perfect” on its first try. You live, you learn from your mistakes and hope you don’t repeat past mistakes in your next films. I play Barbara the films heroine. She has many complexities to her. She is growing up and as she grows up her past and connection to God and her religion is being tested. And tested was her faith when the teenagers conjure up Jonah a man wrongly murdered by his wife for his wealth and fortune. Someone told me once that my character reminded them of

Laurie Strode from Halloween. Curtis wasn’t the hottest girl on the block a very unconventional
beauty but she had something special about her that sparked and that’s why her career has thrived all this time. This person said I reminded them of her not in physicality but in likeness. I may not be the most beautiful woman in the world but I have a drive an ambition to succeed. I am not doing this as a hobby to pass the time. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life and these harsh critics only make my skin thicker and more prepared for what I will potentially face in my career in the future.

jpad2UKHS – Speaking of beauty you are not just a beautiful young actress but also a talented filmmaker. What can you tell us about your work as a director on ‘I Am Monroe?’ and how did you come up with the story?

JP – I really appreciate the kind compliments Dean! Thank you so much. I was getting to a point in the second year of my film acting journey where I felt like I wasn’t getting the opportunity to really show what I can do acting wise. I also have always been interested in writing and film directing. So I decided to write my own script. I began with my first short entitled The Twain a short 15 minute dark comedy about two emotional broken artists who decide life isn’t worth living for and decide to broadcast their suicide online! After that, I Am Monroe? was born. The word Monroe is most cultures translates as “mouth of the river”. The film is about life, death and rebirth of a woman named Norma Jeane. She was a starlet. Who had a very troubled life. My character Woman in the Womb is her reincarnated body. Woman finds herself in a beautiful forest that acts as a limbo between life and death.

Laine the Spirit Guide which I loosely based on Shirley MacLaine whom I look up to is assigned to me to guide me through. I view images of my past upon a mirror and in order to be reborn I must pass a series of tests, learn to forgive those who have wronged me and those I have wronged. But its not that simple. Woman also has to fight off
the temptations of her devil upon her shoulder Red Death who acts as a succubus. It’s a very trippy film. Something truly unique and in some cases probably way overly ambitious for a first time filmmaker. But the audience will definitely have questions and debate about what really happens to us after we die. I want people to come out of this film changed a little. Or at least having had learned something new. It has taken over two years and lots of negative and positive experiences to get to where we are now which is in the editing stages of post production. The look of the film is so beautiful. I was so lucky with crew, actors and locations. That film will always be my biggest learning lesson of all films I will ever do. I grew so much in that journey. All for the better.

jpad6UKHS – You are co-directing ‘I am Monroe?’ with Nathan Suher. Will Nathan be directing your scenes as an actress in the film and have you made the leap temporarily or permanently to the other side of the camera as a director?

JP – Nathan Suher was mainly in charge of directing the scenes where I would be acting in. However, whether I was acting or directing my scenes we both equally worked together to direct this film. It’s truly a collaborative film piece. I will always be grateful to Nathan. Despite any tensions he and I had at certain points…let’s face it movie making is fucking hard and sometimes emotions get crazy he stuck by me through thick and thin. Any other director probably would have ran off like their ass was on fire but he stuck through this journey alongside of me and I thank him for doing that. He told me that Monroe was also a huge learning lesson for him as a filmmaker as well with all the ups and downs it was well worth it in the end. Just seeing the rough cut of the Official Trailer I began to tear up because it was such an amazing feeling to see your film finally piecing together like a puzzle. It’s a very emotional and wonderful feeling. I will continue to focus on directing, producing, marketing and acting with out a doubt! I have even tinkered on the idea of learning Sound and Boom Operator and Special Effects Makeup. But right now I will definitely work on directing acting and writing.

UKHS – What is the hardest role that you have had to play and do you go to extreme lengths to prep for your parts and stay in character?

JP – I’ve got to say I Am Monroe? was probably the hardest role I have had to do. Being in charge of crew, cast, doing HMUA, producing, marketing, cooking food, buying food and costumes and props, barely getting any sleep from one shoot day to the other and then having to act for ten hours and the million other jobs I did to make this film happen plus having to learn lines and try to stay in character was so hard. I will never direct a film and act at the same time ever again. It was too much on my plate and it began to really wear me out emotionally and physically. I would never take away that experience but I have learned you cannot do too many jobs in a film it’s just not healthy. My main concern is I really hope my acting didn’t suffer as a result. But again I learned so many do’s and don’ts. Having a really intense scene and then worry that a boom is in the shot, or someone’s face is shiny or calling QUIET ON THE SET right before I have to act it was a test of patience and of my skill. So yes, I am Monroe with out a doubt was the hardest role to date for me. These things you cannot learn in a classroom setting.

jpad3UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

JP – 1. A great Script. Something fresh, unique. Something that goes outside of the box of the horror film realm. Something that challenges the audience but also challenges you as the artist. Something that really can pull at the heart strings of the audience.

2. A strong villain/ness that evokes all kinds of emotions from the audience. One moment you feel pity, then fear, then love, then hate towards them. I think the audience needs to connect to the
characters in general not just the villain. But without the villain you don’t have a horror film. If a strong villain can do all of that you really have the makings of a classic horror film.

3. A workable budget. You can’t do anything in a horror film without a workable budget. Unlike a coming of age drama or comedy you need lots of blood, special effects make-up and gore to really make a horror film work. If you make shitty special effects deaths its going to pull the audience away from the film. Unfortunately in any film you really need a great budget to make it work but I feel horror films really suffer without the proper budget to afford all the gore you need to make the film work and not appear cheesy or cheap.

UKHS – OK, you were born and raised in Stoughton, Massachusetts, so since you are from New England in the USA, what would scare you the most? Seeing Jaws in the water, while you take a swim in the sea in fictional Amity or spending the night at Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally insane on Shutter Island?

JP – Oh great question! The idea of a mental institutions scares the living shit out of me. I love the ocean. I feel at home by the water. With the ocean I have the control, I have the choice to swim in the Ocean and how deep I go in before I feel like I am bait for the sharks. So in that regards that doesn’t scare me. In a mental institution you are the property of the ward. You have no control over the things you can do or say. They pump you up with pills and shots to sedate you. They keep you alive in a zombie like state, droolling on yourself with no concept of time or importance. I have read about how those hospitals treated patients especially women. The idea of being forced to exist in one of those places really makes me ill thinking about it. Maybe perhaps I did live in one of those mental hospitals in a different life and that’s maybe where the strange fear comes from!

jpad5UKHS – In ‘Amor Sangre’ you play Lucianna, a 426-year-old vampire who kidnaps a housewife who you fall in love with. How much fun was it playing a vampire and did you enjoy the kissing scenes with Lindsey E. Cork?

JP – Amor Sangre was a great challenge for me in the sense that I have NEVER been given the chance to play a vampire and to play a fun comedic almost borderline slapstick kind of role.

Lucianna has waited two years to find the opportune moment to kidnap her lady crush. She kidnaps her and bring her to her home. An abandoned house. Lucianna doesn’t believe in killing humans so she thrives off rats blood for nourishment. Veronica being the prissy house wife that she is refuses to drink rats blood because its unsanitary. She suggests that Lucianna find a “Unfortunate” person to use as their blood source. The couple meet Serena played by Lin Hultgren a witty prostitute who goes from being their next meal to a friend. There’s even a Pimp named Carlos who provides some comedic relief played by Leo Areia.

I had a blast on this set despite the many challenges it has presented. Lucianna is probably my favorite role I have ever played because I got to channel my inner Lucille Ball. And it made me realize that I shouldn’t doubt my acting skills and talent because when writer and creator Lindsey E. Cork who also plays Veronica the Housewife offered me the role of the love struck rat-eating idiotic vampire Lucianna. I have to admit I was born to play a role like this. But I wanted and needed to challenge myself. Lucianna was literally a blast to be able to embody.

It’s a very unique take on the vampire story. Instead of a man dominating the woman it’s a LGBT style vampire rom-com that is very refreshing to see and doesn’t alienate the audience because it doesn’t focus on the fact that Lucianna is a lesbian. It’s just is and doesn’t cause a big scene because of it.

What was also great about this film is that it really had some great messages and smart dialogue. It was also very cool because it was a very feminine centric film. We had Geena Matuson who directed, Katherine Castro who was our director of Photography, Lindsey E. Cork who wrote the screenplay and I also acted as a producer alongside Cork and Matuson. Oh you just had to ask THAT question Dean? Well, let’s just say I have shared several on-screen kisses with several actors and Lindsey’s the best! No other comment is needed. Haha!

jpad1UKHS – Finally, can you please tell us about your new project ‘Kiss of Death’ and are you currently working on any other projects which you can tell UKHS all about?

JP – Kiss of Death will be our first venture into a feature film. It’s in it’s early sperm stages. We have a concept and idea of what we want for it but we will be spending literally this year developing the screen play. We do not want to rush into this one. All I can say right now is that the film has been dubbed a “new aged horror”. it will include elements of past lives and reincarnation in this mixed with tons of blood and gore. Lindsey and I really want to connect with as many horror film websites, fans, blogs, radio Podcasts and everyone in between. it’s important now to really reach out to the horror film community and network. Jonah Lives has certainly helped
get my name out there slowly to a lot of horror film outlets.

Our goals is to have a very solid script and begin working on a Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign and work on potentially getting sponsors and product placement for this film. We are going to need a workable budget not only for pre-prod costs but production and post production cost. I want to be able to pay my lead cast and crew as well. It’s important to me to do that for this one. Also, I really feel that this film has a really unique niche that people will be interested in watching. There’s also a character that I would literally “kill” a scream queen or B-Movie Star to be in this particular role. As soon as all the details are able to be discussed I will let you know more about it.

I just finished wrapping a short film from Seven Times Productions entitled Taboo, directed and written By Jennifer Grossman. I got to play an 1930’s night club singer. I got to sing and everything. It was a blast!

I am currently in pre-prod for two films I am involved in filming in June and in August. In June I am assistant directing a film directed by Nathan Suher entitled Next/Door which is a twisted and sick story of unrequited love and the depths someone will take to declare their love. This movie is a psychological thriller which I think you would love!

The second film is a short movie entitled A Daisy for Rose written by Cork and I. The film is about a quirky and creative young girl named Daisy who begins to have horrific dreams about a field and a witch each night. One day, after being attacked by a bully she drives off the wrong path accidentally and stumbles upon the same house and field that was in her dreams. As she becomes slowly obsessed with the house and the old woman who lives there…little by little her dreams begin to offer clues as to why she feels so connected to the house and to the mysterious old woman who lives behind the closed doors named Rose. A total opposite feel to the guts and glory that will be Kiss of Death! I am a Gemini. I can’t stick with the same thing for too long. I get bored. So my writing also reflects that! Thank you so much for interviewing me. I loved the questions!

UKHS – You’re welcome Jocelyn. That’s great, I am a Gemini too! Thank you for your time and keep up the good work!





An Easter Special Interview with Melanie Robel by Dean Sills

mrint1An Easter Special Interview with Melanie Robel by Dean Sills

Here is another interview which I am very egg-cited about! Please welcome Melanie Robel to UKHS.

UKHS – Happy Easter, Melanie. Thank you for your time and welcome to UKHS. How did you get into acting and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

MR – It was literally being in the right place at the right time. I was almost done training at Paul Mitchell the School to become a hairdressers. I emailed a director, J.L Blothello, to see if they needed a hair stylist on the set of his production. He said I needed to be in front of the camera, but I kept refusing him. I just wasn’t
interested. It took three times before he wore me down to it. He told me to do whatever projects I could get for experience and also to get into acting classes. So, I did a short film called, Grieve and here I am. I have been working with some great people. The cool thing is, that every time you go on a new set and work with new people, you always feel I am meant to be a actor. If you are paying attention that is. I feel I am meant to be a actor.

Grieve was considered horror and since I did well in that and I looked good with blood splatter on me. I took off in that genre. Actually, doing horror is a lot of fun and the fans are amazing and very loyal. I am doing other genres too, but I will always stick with my roots and continue doing horror.

mrint5UKHS – You play Gabrielle in ‘Disciples’. What can you tell us about this film, your role and did you do any scenes with Scream Queen icon Linnea Quigley?

MR – As Gabrielle, I was one of the servant girls for the people that lived in the castle, where Disciples takes place. I don’t want to give too much away, but it is about a demon that is going to come to earth. That God himself would fear his return. I didn’t have scenes with Linnea Quigley in this project. I am so thankful that she was able to get me involved in this project. I didn’t have any lines, but I really didn’t care. It was a honor to see these great actors work, Tony Todd, Tom Lodewyck, Angus Scrimm, Debra Lamb and of course Linnea Quigley. I also finally got to meet Elissa Dowling, which was great because we got along really well. It was a blast to do. Such a great group of actors and crew. Disciples has been released internationally as The Watcher.

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mrint3UKHS – I know you worked with Linnea Quigley in ‘Post Mortem, America 2021’ what can you tell us about your role as Rattle Snake Sally and as an actress what did you learn the most from working with someone like Linnea?

MR – Post Mortem, America 2021 was my first full length movie and it was a good lesson on being humble and flexible. To be ready for anything. At this point, I hadn’t auditioned for anything! I was booking jobs off my photos and with conversation online. That’s how Cameron Scott found me, he saw my photo’s on Myspace and took the chance to message me. Of course, I said Hell yes. So, I had a few acting lessons under my belt, but when I saw the script, I realized I couldn’t break it down or figure it out. So I looked for an acting coach and found Rus Blackwell. He helped me come up with my characters background and taught me how to break down the script so I could do my job.

Post Mortem America, 2021, is about a woman name Lucillie, Linnea Quigley, who wants to get revenge on Severin, Jim O’Rear. While its Armageddon and everyone has to pay a price at this time. My character Rattle Snake Sally has some secrets, but she is a trained killer who works for Severin. Sally is very religious and every time she kills someone, part of her soul dies. She wants to have some light, some good and do something different. The problem is she doesn’t know how to do anything else, so she is very conflicted. I loved being Sally and actually got to drive an antique hearse with the gear shift on the steering column. That was an adventure!!!

Working with Linnea was amazing. I look up to her and see her as family. She taught me what it was like to be so into a scene that you forget the camera’s there, you forget everyone is watching and you are so in tune with each other that it seems real for that moment. She has so many strengths and an amazing presence. To be able to work with someone like her was like being in a week long, hands on seminar. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better than her, for a first time screen partner.. She makes you want to step up your game.

mrint4UKHS – You play the role of Anna Nadasdy in ‘A Blood Story’. The film is directed by Joe Hollow, who also directed ‘Disciples’. What can you tell us about your role in ‘A Blood Story’ and do you feel more confident as an actress when you work with someone you have worked with before due to knowing each other’s strengths?

MR– That is a really good question and made me sit back and think. I felt like I was more of a wild card in this project. I wasn’t quite sure what Joe Hollow was expecting from me and I was sort of shocked he asked me to be part of Blood Story. Remember, I had no lines in Disciples, and I went to one of the female co-leads. I said yes, of course and then I read the script. I was going to refused it, to write Joe and say I can’t do this. All I could think was that, I wasn’t ready, I wasn’t good enough. That my coach had been telling me I wasn’t ready and that I needed a female coach to learn femininity. Boy, will he be surprised if he see’s this movie. Anyway Linnea and my Mom, said, “do it, it is one of your dream roles!” So I did it. I didn’t have an acting reel, so I sent Joe my short film, Stella Buio, which has played internationally at film fests, thank you Lori Bowen.

I did the character development on Anna by myself, which I am proud of that. She is the type of roles I like to play. I realized my strengths are, being physical, character development and I know how to use my words. Joe Hollow really brought the love of acting to me. Also,while on set Camden Toy coached me about Anna that really helped me portray her better. I also met and became friends with Robert Z’Dar who passed last week. He will be missed by us all.

mrint2Working with everyone on this set was blast. I got to have scenes with, Camden Toy, Robert Z’Dar, Mindy Robinson, Mark Hanson, Debra Lamb and my class mate from Rus Blackwell’s acting class Janie King. I wasn’t there the whole time and didn’t work with everyone, but the whole cast and crew were great. So helpful and we had a lot of fun. The day before we started shooting, I had gotten my braces off and was living on soft food breakfast drinks. It was a great experience and I am forever grateful for this opportunity. I have my manager Matt Chassin, in Cali, because of this role..

Anna Nadasdy helps Francis run a B&B in their home. She is Francis’s right hand lady and will do anything, and I mean anything, he tells her too. She is very manipulative, famine, with a very feline like way of thinking, but has a real dark side. I had trouble tapping into the manipulative side of her, because that goes against my nature, so I read The Lucifer Effect, on why good people turn evil. It really brought a lot of things into the light. It was actually a very scary book about human nature. So the story is about a group of people who come to Francis and Anna’s home wanting the secrets to being young forever, but what is the price of it all? I can’t wait to see the finish film.

UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror film?

MR – The three things that I think makes a good horror and classic film is very simple:
1. A good story, that means a beginning, a middle and an end. That has to have a hero, a bad guy and some sort of conflict that distracts the hero.
2. Good acting, look at demo reels, past projects, resumes.
3. Great writing, which is different than a good story, the best story with a bad script doesn’t do you any good.

UKHS – If you could be the Easter Bunny for the day which three famous people would you deliver chocolate eggs to and why?

MR – Oh gosh, that is a really different question. I hope I don’t come across as a stalker. My first delivery would have to be to Tim Curry. I was born deaf and after my first of many surgery’s at the age of three. Except for my dad, he was the first male voice I heard. Sometimes I will still watch Annie with no sound. Then Jessica Lange and hope she invites me in. I would love to ask her how she prepares for her roles and to listen to her talk about acting. Last, but not least, Morrissey. To see if he really is depressed all the time as he comes across. I saw his concert once and really like his music. His body guards had to drag a lady off stage, but he didn’t miss a beat.

mrint6UKHS – Other than acting what are you passionate about?

MR – I know some people don’t believe me, but I love quilting. It’s so much fun and relaxing. It’s a puzzle, you have to figure it out, with patterns, colours, fabrics and style. You can make anything you see into a pattern and then in a quilt. There are no mistakes. I love it.

I also take care of my special needs cats. They are all rescues with health issues. I love reading psychology, sociology and medical books. I feel they have helped me in my character breakdowns for acting. Otherwise, I am just a boring person on my down time. I watch movies, quilt, read and hug my cats. I am obsessed with Disney, so if you
follow my instagram and twitter, you will see what I mean.

UKHS – Finally, are you working on any current projects which you can tell UKHS about?

MR – I can say that I am part of, Scream Queen Campfire, Scavenger and Sasquatch vs.Yeti, by Jonathon Moody. A Sci-Fi series, Technopolis by Andre’ Dixon, Hosten, by Kim Sonderholm and Martin Sonntag, La Fleur de Mai by Durand St Hilare and Left Hand Lords, by Spencer Grey. I am also going to do a couple of photo shoots. One is kind of a pin up, elegant shoot. Long dresses, high heals, elegant makeup and hair. Ultra girly and feminine. I can’t wait to do it.

Thank you UKHS for letting me be a part of this. I enjoyed your questions and maybe someday I can also be part of a convention in the UK.

UKHS – You are very welcome. That would be really awesome if someday you can be part of a convention in the UK. Keep up the great work and good luck with all your new projects!

An Interview with Danielle Lozeau by Dean Sills

dl4An Interview with Danielle Lozeau by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hello Danielle, thank you for your time and welcome to UKHS. How did you get into acting and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

DL – Thank you for having me! I started acting at 14, doing small indie films in New York, and started to branch out from there to other states. I danced for many of my earlier years, so transitioning from stage into film wasn’t too far off. What I enjoy about the horror genre is the ability to take an emotional and physical roller-coaster for the character. Horror tends to be on the heightened side of fear and emotions, which can be really fun for an actor to delve into.

UKHS – Congratulations on your 58 acting credits on IMDb this is amazing, well done! What’s been your favourite role so far and why?

DL – Aw Thanks! Its been a bumpy but love filled ride!! My favorite role to this day still has to be ‘Legion’
. It was just an amazing process, from the audition, to fittings, make-up testing, to filming. Just being able to work alongside Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany was a life achievement for me. As an actor, being able to play something so far from yourself can be challenging, but so rewarding. I had no idea at the time I was capable of playing something so out of the ordinary, and being able to surprise myself like that has been a great experience.

dl3UKHS – You are working with the fantastic director Dean Whitney on his new short film, ‘Aberrant’. Can you please tell us how you got the role of Leslie and a little about your character and the story?

DL – Dean actually had me audition for one of his films late last year. Once I had seen that he was casting this, I wanted to send my interest in auditioning for ‘Aberrant’. I was really looking to work with Dean and Undaunted Films, and I am so glad this chance has arrived. The story is about a couple fighting for their life in a worldwide pandemic, where out of no where in a abandoned house they come across a renegade vampire. It has such a cool approach that hasn’t been done before, and Dean has some great visions for this film. I feel like it’s going to be a great collaboration for everyone involved.

UKHS – You worked on the TV Series,’Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ playing a Hero Student. Can you tell us a little about your experience working on the show and are you a fan of the ‘Terminator’ films?

DL – After getting the call for this project from my agent, I was so excited to work with David Nutter. I have seen the
Terminator films previously, but I had no idea as what to expect once I was on set. I had no clue there was going to be buses flipping over, glass shattering, and guns everywhere. I was so blown away. My desk in the show was meant to blow up, so they literally had it rigged. I was told by one of the stunt guys, how to fall out and how long I had to get out of my desk. I believe they had more sweat on their brow than I did. After the whole episode was shot, I kind of had one of those moments where I realized I could of had my face blown off. It was so worth it.

dl1UKHS – Congratulations on the DVD release of ‘Misogynist’ which I believe is out in the USA in March. The film as been described by its director as “the antidote to all the Fifty Shades of Grey-mania”. How true is this and what can fans expect from the film and your role as April?

DL – I have yet to see ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, so I am going on what I have only read in articles. ‘Misogynist’ is all about getting respect from woman, so I can see that “Fifty Shades” reference. I do feel it’s pretty on point, although it’s a lot grittier in terms of what the characters are individually going through. ‘Misogynist’ is very controversial. The views relayed in this film are not going to agree with everyone, but I enjoyed that side of film. I always look for films that either cause controversy or compels you to feel for the characters. After reading the script for ‘Misogynist’ I knew this one was going to be different, and didn’t really know how people were going to react. As for my character she goes through hell, but she is a fighter, so don’t doubt her strength.

dl2UKHS – What other current projects are you working on that you can tell UKHS about and do you have any more films due for release on DVD?

DL – I do have some films working their way to being released! One of the films I did, that screened at Comikaze last year, was ‘The Murders of Brandywine Theatre’. It was produced by the Lord of the Rings executive Producers Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming, so this project is a killer. We had such an amazing cast involved including Dian Bachar (BASEketball), Dallas Page, Martin Klebba and it was directed by Larry Longstreth. Set in America’s heartland a depressed ventriloquist Henry (Bachar), finally comes out of this shell when Moxxy (Les Claypool) begins speaking up for him. I loved making this film, and I am so excited to see it being released soon.

I just finished ‘The Rift’ in January, which was an awesome paranormal horror short film. I am a huge fan of the paranormal so this film for me was amazing to do. They are currently releasing a trailer soon for the film, and will be hitting film festivals.

I also have another film hitting the film festival market, ‘Broken Memories’ which I worked alongside Rance Howard (Nebraska) and Ivan Sergei (Twisted on ABC). It is just a heartfelt southern drama that I am very excited about. It deals with the effects of Alzheimer’s and how the family copes with this disease. This film really pulls at your heart strings in all the good ways.

dl6UKHS – If you were stranded on a desert island, which three items would you want to have with you?

DL – I would probably bring a pot, a knife, and a blanket. I could distil water, hunt for food, cook the food, and stay warm.

UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror film?

DL – A great script, a great director and some blood. I feel a good horror film can’t be made with out any of these to really make an impact in the horror genre.

UKHS – Finally, what are your greatest strengths as an actress and what would be your dream role?

DL – I believe my greatest strength as an actress is my drive. I have no clue who this came from, but I have a tremendous amount of self motivation and drive. It’s what pushed me this far. I did have my parents helping me get into New York, but I had to be the one to get the audition. I had to do the mailings, I had to do the emails. I wouldn’t be where I am today If I didn’t have the drive to be here. Acting was the only thing (and still is) I can see myself doing for the rest of my life. My dream role would be to play a real person, adapt to their mannerisms or their speech.

I would love to play someone like Judy Garland. I have also said before, I would love to do a Natural Disaster movie. I am obsessed with things like that and would love to play against something of that nature. Who knows? Twister 2? Just kidding…

UKHS – Thanks again for your time and keep up the great work!

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An Interview with Eirian Cohen by Dean Sills

ec5An Interview with Eirian Cohen by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hi Eirian, welcome to UKHS. You are known for your work in independent horrors, how did you get into acting especially in the horror genre?

EC – At 17, I went to do a performing arts diploma with dreams of being a dancer on a cruise ship so how I ended up doing all these mad films being covered in blood, eaten by monsters and having parts of my body chopped off, I’m not too sure. I guess it all started when I saw an advert for a short film called ‘A Father for the Dead’ and decided to apply. I prepared a monologue from ‘ Hannibal’ and went to the audition shaking like a leaf. I don’t know why they gave me the role, I was a nervous wreck but I’m so glad they did because that little short film became part of a trilogy that made up an award winning feature film called ‘Book of the Dead’ (Safehouse Pictures UK) that has been released in the US and has just been released here in the UK.

UKHS – Which horror actor or actress inspires you the most?

EC – Anthony Hopkins. He is an amazing actor, his characters are so believable and he is captivating to watch. He fascinates me.

ec4UKHS – I believe your first acting role was in York Dungeons, which character did you play and did you enjoy the costumes?

EC – I really liked that job and for some reason, quite enjoyed the fact that I was in costume and make up that made me look like a ghost.There’s a strange satisfaction from making grown adults cry with simply by lurking in the dark and telling stories.I played a few different characters, some funny, some scary and some that were just ridiculous.It was really good fun and really hard work.

UKHS – You worked on ‘Legacy Of Thorn’, a horror feature from the director of ‘Slasher House’, which is also now out on DVD. What was it like working for MJ Dixon and did you enjoy your role in the movie?

EC – I reviewed ‘Slasher House’ and loved it so was very happy to be offered a part in MJ’s film. Working for MJ Dixon was great, there was a very relaxed atmosphere on set and when the camera stopped rolling, we couldn’t stop laughing.I played the role of Nurse Dalton which was a very interesting role to play. I’d like to say more but I don’t want to give away any spoilers!

ec1UKHS – Can you please tell us about some of your other work including ‘Molly Crows’ and ‘The Psychiatrist’?

EC – ‘Molly Crows’ is the story of a 7 year old girl, Jess who can see and hear spirits from the 17th Century. It’s based on the true story of Molly Leigh who was hung as a witch and buried in Stoke, which is where the film was set. The director, Ray Wilkes is great to work with and the story is fantastic.

In ‘The Psychiatrist’, I played Sandra Rosenburg, the daughter-in- law of an unhinged psychiatrist. I had worked with Richard L. Davies, the director and Nathan Head (who played my husband William Rosenburg in the film) before and was really happy to get the opportunity to work with them again.I believe this film it is being released later this year, I actually haven’t seen it yet so am really looking forward to that.

ec3UKHS – What is the hardest role that you have had to play and do you go to extreme lengths to prep for your parts and stay in character?

EC – The hardest role I have played was my most recent, ‘Inside Fear’. It was so challenging because Kristie was someone who had experienced things way beyond what I could comprehend in the beginning and I don’t mind telling you that I had serious doubts about whether I would be able to pull it off.

To prepare, I spoke to people who had been through similar experiences as her which helped tremendously, kept video diaries as Kristie and other things that you would probably think I was mad for so I’m not even going to say but everyone has their own ways of getting into character and these things worked for me. Preparing for my role in ‘Inside Fear’ took over my life for a while but hopefully I pulled it off, we will find out when it is released.

UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

EC – An excellent story, believable actors playing characters that you can relate to and suspense.

ec2UKHS – If you were stranded on a desert island, which three items would you want to have with you?

EC – Items… Hmm… I don’t really care about stuff. Can I take cats?

UKHS – Yes, if you take three cats.

UKHS – Finally, can you tell us more about ‘Inside Fear’ which you also co-wrote and produced. What can you tell us about your role and the project and when will it be released?

EC – I played the role of Kristie Maguire who, following an attack develops agoraphobia to such an extent that she is unable to leave the house and is tormented by nightmares.In desperation, she pleads with her psychiatrist to help her and she agrees to bring her a new and untested drug that her husband is currently working on. Gradually, as Kristie becomes hooked on the drug, it turns unveils a dark side of her personality and her idyllic family life turns into a chilling nightmare.

The project is currently in post-production and will hopefully be released later this year.

UKHS – Thanks for your time and good luck with your latest film and any other future projects.

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