An Interview with Deno Sandz by Dean Sills

deno5An Interview with Deno Sandz by Dean Sills

UKHS – Welcome to UKHS. Can please tell us a little about yourself and who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

DS – My name is Deno Sandz, originally from Chicago, Illinois now residing in Ohio, a U.S. Army Veteran. I’ve published horror novels such as: “Miss Mary Weather: A Southern Nightmare” (2000), “Pen of Iniquity” (2008), “I,AM” (2010), “Blood Plantation” (2011), “Cry Heaven Cry Hell…The Return of Miss Mary Weather(Sequel)”(2013), “Icabob Shaw” (2014), and “The House of Shangri-La” (2014) and have numerous unpublished novels in the works. I have written articles on every aspect of society. My short stories transcend the heart, soul, and mind of the reader. For example, my story, “Awakened” is a teaching tool in the Oakland School District for the last five years. I have other short stories published in the pages of magazines across the country. I also write poetry/prose. I am the creator of Deno Sandz Productions/Six Shortyes Films.

My biggest influence in deciding to become a writer is the “Nature of the Beast,” which is the ink and the lead that overcomes, influences, or destroys. Writing has and always will be the heartbeat, the savagery, the innocence, the survival, and the change of thought in my mind.

deno6UKHS – How did you come up with “The House of Shangri-La” and what do you enjoy the most about writing horror novels?

DS – I have always been fascinated with the myths and superstitions of different cultures. Shangri-La has always been a favorite of mine: A mystical place of beauty, power, and immortality. This inspired me to combine horror with the storyline/place of Shangri-La using it as an entrance to hell and exit from hell and create a horror novel that embraces good and evil, as well as fictionalizing that even in hell there could be an uprising. I enjoy writing horror because its beyond thought and reality of everyday life that could change at any minute, and because there are no boundaries when writing horror fiction.

UKHS – How many novels have you had published and which one did you enjoy writing the most?

DS – I have published seven books with two more releasing this year (2015). The one I enjoyed writing the most was, “Miss Mary Weather: A Southern Nightmare,” which is the first novel that sparked my horror writing career. I created a beautiful fictional character with a tagline “Her Beauty will Scare you,” whose is just as evil as Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger.

deno3UKHS – Do you base any of the book characters on real life people?

DS – No. The characters have characteristics defined in the dictionary, embellished, and recreated by me to suit that specific character in my book, depending on the situation, cultural premise, dialogue, and demographics. However, for the most part I create truly from my imagination to make the character come alive.

UKHS – You are also the owner/creator of Deno Sandz Productions/Six Shortyes Films. Can you please tell us a little about this?

DS – Yes. Deno Sandz Productions/Six Shortyes Films is in its infancy and has not produced any projects as of yet, due to time restraints concerning my writing projects. However, I wanted to create my own low budget film production company. Hoping to astonish fans on the big screen, as I hope I have with my horror books, poems, articles, and short stories.

deno4UKHS – What advice would you give aspiring writers?

DS – This is the advice: “If you are not inspired to write on your own, why write.” “If you are not willing to be inspired, why write.” i.e. (the world) Bad reviews should not discourage you from continuing to write. In addition, remember: “If a writer’s work is to be read, the writer too must be read.”

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

DS – First, I would say Socrates who I have always admired for his thinking. Secondly, my mother, Rev. Dr. Nancy Sanders who is still living for her dedication and love of knowledge that inspired me to want to read everything and follow my dreams. Thirdly, God, because without him this gift of writing to entertain and encourage I would not have.

deno2UKHS – Finally, are you currently writing any other novels, which you can tell UKHS about?

DS – Yes. “7even Dreams: A Dialogue with Evil” a horror will be released this month which is a 19th century dime novel and “Whorehouse on Penguin Creek,” a horror novel will be released sometime in April.

UKHS – Thanks for your time and good luck with your latest novels.

Website: www.dsandzdsanders.wix.com/sandz

www.Denosandz.wordpress.com 

An Interview with Italian Beauty Joanna Finata by Dean Sills

jof1An Interview with Italian Beauty Joanna Finata by Dean Sills

UKHS – Thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene.

Can you please tell us a little about your early life in Italy and how you got into acting?

JF – I grew up in Florence, surrounded by sunshine and art. In the beginning I was equally interested in acting and music. They’re both about creativity and emotions. I’ve always loved rock and thought I’d become a rock star or work in music. I learned to play the guitar at 13 but I was quite crap at it. So I kind of reconsidered and decided to pursue acting seriously instead. I enrolled in an acting school first in Italy then in England. I started out doing theatre then I became more and more involved in film.

UKHS – You spend your time living between Los Angeles and London and you have filmed in both places plus you have filmed in your native country, Italy. What are the comparisons between all three when it comes to filming and where do you enjoy filming the most?

JF – It really depends on the project and on its scale. And whether those you are working with are nice or not and if there’s a relaxed atmosphere on set or not.

Generally speaking, in LA everything feels bigger, even the smallest production feels like 10 times bigger than a European one. Italy and England are similar. I filmed most of my movies in the UK so I’m more used to the English way of working which is professional and punctual. In Italy sometimes it tends to get a bit more hectic but the coffee is always better! I love it whenever I’m there as it feels like home
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jof3UKHS – Ok, let’s talk about horror. You play a leading role in ‘Death Walks’, a Zombie film shot in East London. Can you please tell us about your character in the film and a little about the story?

JF – ‘DW’ is set in a shopping centre in East London which one night is invaded by some sinister figures resembling zombies. And its late night workers kind of have to deal with them. I play a girl named Alice, she’s a bit of a cocky bitch to be honest and she’s the only one who’s quite skeptical about what’s going on and doesn’t seem to be afraid. But she’s the boss of the mall so this kind of justifies her controlling behaviour..And she can be fun too!

UKHS – You recently shot ‘Death Cult’ in LA, which I believe is a really scary short based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. How did you get involved in the project and are you a fan of the legendary horror writer?

JF – I was approached by the director who saw my reel and thought I fit the role well because I had played something similar before. I had heard about the writer before but didn’t know too much about him. So I did a little research and became really intrigued.

UKHS – Are you working on any current projects which you can tell UKHS about?

JF – I will soon start working on the sequel of a comedy/horror called ‘LeFear’. I’ve worked with the director before so I’m really looking forward to it. Hope we can finish it in time for Halloween.

jof2UKHS – With your stunning looks, gorgeous green eyes and your acting skills you have the perfect qualities for an actress in any genre. Which genres do you enjoy working on the most and what kind of roles do you prefer?

JF – Thank you! I’ve been involved in quite a few horror projects lately but I also love action movies, westerns and noir. I like dark roles, characters who have a dark side or a mysterious past. I find it fascinating to explore. Not the typical girl-next-door kind of stuff. I’d also love to be in a movie about a rock band like ‘Control’.

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

JF – Rhythm, relatable characters and appropriate music.

UKHS – What is your favourite horror movie?

JF – ‘IT’. It was my biggest childhood nightmare. Also ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’.

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

JF – My iPad, a straw hat and a bottle of gin.

jof4 deathcultUKHS – Finally, 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?

JF – The hardest was on stage a couple of years ago. I was doing a readaptation of a play by Chekhov and I was playing a mentally disordered patient. It was not specified what she suffered from and I couldn’t just pretend to be mad. So I read like endless psychiatry books about all possible mental disorders and their symptoms and I finally came up with something that made sense for her backstory.

I’m not a method actress, I don’t like doing extreme stuff, I think it would be unhealthy. But if I play someone very negative for a while then my mood worsens a bit, it’s just inevitable. Same goes whenever the character is a happy one and the story is a comedy.

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

www.joannafinata.com

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4693820/
Death Walks: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Walks
www.imdb.com/title/tt3020786/
Eva’s Diamond: www.evasdiamondmovie.com/
www.imdb.com/title/tt2223170/

An Interview with William D. Prystauk by Dean Sills

An Interview with William D. Prystauk by Dean Sills

Prystauk_HeadshotUKHS – Welcome to UKHS. Can you please tell us a little about yourself and who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

WDP – I’m a teacher, writer, podcaster, filmmaker, and sushi eater, and I originally lived in the shadows of the Twin Towers in New Jersey, USA. I’m grateful for being an award winning screenwriter, poet, and educator. Otherwise, I love history, and art in all its forms, though I prefer music, books, and films that are as non-commercial and as alternative as possible. Independent art that breaks with the norm is what captures my attention the most.

As a child, a long time ago when I had hair (long hair, mind you), I needed some sort of escape from reality, which seemed boring compared to the crazy worlds swirling in my head. Better still, I was a scrawny little kid, and the world was quite imposing. Thankfully, I discovered writing as an escape when I was six years old. My teacher at the time told us to rewrite the ending to a short story. I did and she loved it. That praise propelled me to indulge in letters and bring my own worlds to paper. At eight, my mom asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I said, “A writer!” I’ve been writing ever since. Most important, I had many an amazing teacher and the encouragement, along with family and friends, helped get me to where I am today.

Ebook Blood LettingUKHS – Congratulations on your first paperback novel ‘Bloodletting’. I know you have a great passion for horror so why did you decide to write a crime thriller instead of a nice gory horror novel and did you base any of the characters on real life people?

WDP – Thank you very much! You ready for a secret? Horror novels usually bore the hell out of me. For some reason, the terror the author is trying to convey often doesn’t resonate. Writing a horror would take some careful execution on my part. Plus, “Bloodletting” popped into my brain and I had to get it out.

Even though my book is not a horror, book reviewer Jonah Bergan stated, “‘Bloodletting’ is a crime novel in the vein of ‘Silence of the Lambs’…” and this was fantastic to hear. Another even said it would be perfect for SIN CITY fans. I hope those endorsements attract some horror fans. After all, the novel falls into the hard-boiled subgenre, and I tried to make the story as visceral and as brutally honest of a ride as possible, including some gore when needed.

I don’t like to put real people in my writing from a physical perspective. Usually, it’s more about essence of character, including idiosyncratic speech and personal fashion, if anything at all. However, the protagonist’s girlfriend, Puerto Rican Goth grrl, Penny Dallion, is sort of a melding of a friend of mine from college, along with Siouxsie Sioux, and the one-time drummer for the post-punk electronica band Indoor Life.

EllaWest

Ella West

UKHS – You wrote and produced the short horror film ‘Too Many Predators’ When and how did you first get the idea for the screenplay and do you find it more rewarding writing a screenplay than a novel knowing your work will be on screen?

WDP – A sadly soon to be defunct website, MoviePoet.com, has a monthly screenwriting challenge, usually calling for a five-page script. I wrote TOO MANY PREDATORS for their September 2011 contest called, “The Undead” where at least one character had to be a “ghost, mummy, vampire, or zombie.” TOO MANY PREDATORS came out of that, and is now part of a much larger anthology I’m working on. Oddly enough, the man behind MoviePoet, Chris Messineo, is the proprietor of the New Jersey Film School, and his students made the short, along with professional actresses Shannon Kelly and Ella West. The coolest part for me was to watch special effects artist, Paul J. Mason. He worked on “The Walking Dead” promotional trailer, and he’s a true master craftsman. For the anthology I’m writing, everything will be spiced up with more blood and grit.

Since I was sixteen, all I ever wanted to do was write a novel. The problem was that I had trouble with storytelling and I was disappointed with the results. At one point, this became such a handicap that I gave up writing for about three years. At the end of that drought, I promised myself that my next story would be my last if it didn’t make sense. I wrote the tale as my first screenplay, and I was thrilled because I knew it worked. That script was BLOODLETTING. For the next twelve years, all I wrote were scripts until I entered the Creative Writing MFA Program at Wilkes University, and finally adapted the script into the novel.

I love screenwriting because they come about much faster. Writing-wise, it’s the equivalent of instant gratification. However, although I’ve won or placed well in several contests, producers are not buying up new material like they used to, which means I have to produce my own scripts, and that’s no easy task due to monetary costs and time.

“Bloodletting” the novel has proven to be far more rewarding because people are finally getting the chance to dive into the story (and with a password in the book they can gain access to the original screenplay). Of course there’s always the chance a producer or filmmaker will read the book and want to make it into a film, and that would be fabulous. I’d love to see the story come full circle.

LogoCrashPalace1UKHS – You spearhead the crashpalaceproductions.blog which I actually enjoy reading from time to time. When did you set the blog up and which horror films have you enjoyed reviewing the most?

WDP – My wife, Ally Bishop, encouraged me to begin the blog in May 2013. Though the site focuses on anything horror and filmmaking related, including lists and commentaries, the mainstay is the movie review in some format.

I enjoyed reviewing CRAWL OR DIE because Oklahoma Ward and Nicole M. Alonso had put their hearts, souls, and guts into the piece. In all honesty, I was concerned because most screeners people send me are awful, but I truly enjoyed the claustrophobic sci-fi experience they created. Writing the review was a joy, and I hope it helped hungry horror fans find the film.

The other favorite of mine is Richard Bates Jr.’s EXCISION from 2012. As an English teacher, to see his indie film, which relied on literary based imagery, blew my mind. I loved writing the review because the film has such amazing depth.

UKHS – Do you ever get writer’s Block?

WDP – Never. Actually, there’s no such thing. At one point, I called it “writer’s excuse,” but that’s not true either. Writers must realize that if they’re stuck on a story it’s because there may exist many different directions for them to take the story. The hang up is that even when the story’s in a writer’s head, they don’t realize that they’re still writing. The words just haven’t hit the page yet.

I’m thankful that I not only have a ton of ideas swimming in my brain, but eight years of marketing really helped. In marketing, I had to not only write on demand, but also be creative on the spot. Over time, that taught me to dive in and write with abandon. Granted, not every idea or story is gold, but that’s why revision is so vital to the writing process.

Make up artist Paul J Mason & Actress Shannon Kelly

Make up artist Paul J Mason & Actress Shannon Kelly

UKHS – When you are not writing, you co-host ‘The Last Knock’ horror podcast. Can you please tell us a little about this and what do you enjoy the most about working with your co-host Jonny Numb?

WDP – Once again, my wife prompted me to start a horror podcast, and to invite Jonny on as the co-host. She knew I had an intense love for the genre, and at that point, I was reviewing horror films on Crash Palace Productions. She had heard Jonny and I talk in depth about horror on many occasions, and she knew we took it seriously.

I love working with Jonny because of his dry humor and wit. He also has a background in English Literature, and like me, wants to find those incredible horror films that rise above the mundane, such as JUG FACE or ANTIVIRAL, for example. Jonny’s just a blast, and we love doing the podcast.

We began the weekly show in May 2013, and recently passed our 100th episode.We either review films (the best are the ones where Jonny and I disagree, of course), or we look at specific horror filmmakers in our “Director of the Damned” series, or actors in “Thespians of Terror”, or we’ll have shows with a general theme, like “sci-fi horrors” or something. I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing filmmakers such as the legendary Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR), and the great Mike “Madman” Mendez (BIG ASS SPIDER), as well as independent directors David Paul Baker (“Crime Lord”) and Oklahoma Ward (CRAWL OR DIE), among others.

In addition, I’ve spoken with actors Nicole M. Alonso (CRAWL OR DIE), Maria Olsen (HAPPY ENDINGS), Denise Gossett (also the director of Shriekfest), and Owen McCuen (LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW), as well as horror authors Latashia Figueroa (“This Way Darkness”), The Keeper from Rivers of Grue (multiple short stories), Stephen Kozeniewski (“Braineater Jones”), and M. F. Wahl (“Disease”). Even famed horror artist, Shane Tyree came on the show. But I’m jealous of Jonny because he interviewed Jessica Cameron. Bastard.

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

WDP – My horror crime book series, “The City of Bloody Love” should be well under way. The story’s based on my award-winning screenplay, RED AGENDA. In 2008, the script came in as a Top-Five Finalist at Screamfest, and was the First Place Winner at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. I hope the first book captures the imagination of horror and paranormal fans. Moreover, I want to write a sequel to “Bloodletting.”

As for filmmaking, I’d love to make two low-budget features. I’m working on the scripts, now. One is a dramatic science fiction, and the other is what I call a “non-slasher slasher film”, which will include a very disturbing climax never seen in horror before.

Either way, I hope to entertain people through novels, films, and podcasts. Man, it would be great to have a studio to record the podcast in – or even an actual cable show with guests and an audience. We’ll have to see what happens!

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

WDP – Thank you very much for having me. I’m honored!

Website: www.crashpalaceproductions.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crashpalaceproductions

Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Bloodletting-William-D-Prystauk-ebook/dp/B00RB8FLZS

Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/prystauk?store=allproducts&keyword=prystauk

Goodreads Author Page: :
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23365977-bloodletting

TOO MANY PREDATORS: http://vimeo.com/54583103

STABLE: http://www.productionhub.com/video/view.aspx?item=11974

Photos:

BLOODLETTING cover (cover photograph from Lliam Amor)

Ella West star of TOO MANY PREDATORS (photo William D. Prystauk)

SFX makeup artist Paul J. Mason and TOO MANY PREDATORS star Shannon Kelly
(photo William D. Prystauk)

Crash Palace Productions logo

William D. Prystauk (photo Ally Bishop)

An Interview with Zack Gold by Dean Sills

zg2An Interview with Zack Gold by Dean Sills

I am very excited about this next interview after watching Zack Gold in ‘Ghostline’. Zack is one fantastic actor and it’s a real honour to get him in the UKHS chair for a quick chat. Welcome to UKHS and thanks for your time, Zack.

UKHS – How did you get into acting and what has been your favourite role so far?

ZG – As a “career” I’ve been working in Hollywood for about five years. However, I’ve been a student of theater since I was in grade school doing local community theater outside San Francisco with my Mom who is a theater actress. In the past 5 years, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked on some amazing films that have taken me all around the world, including Kurdish-Iraq, China, New Orleans, Alaska and Seattle. I think my favorite role was in an Indie film I worked on in Seattle about two years ago called The Last Buck Hunt. It’s a comedy about hunting and I was given the ability to do tons of improv. Between a really funny, well written script and the freedom to play/explore with the character, I was smiling ear to ear every day on set.

 

zg5UKHS – You are totally outstanding in ‘Ghostline’, I loved your performance as Tyler and the on-screen chemistry between you and the beautiful actress Rachel Alig, It’s a true joy to watch, well done! What did you enjoy the most about working with Rachel and have you worked with her before?

ZG – Thank you! That’s a nice compliment. I think when the chemistry between the central characters is really sell-able, then the film thrives. I’m glad you saw it that way. That was the first time Rachel and I have worked together. I enjoyed working with her because she’s a real natural… I never had the little actor voice inside my head asking or doubting if the scenes were forced or real. There was always a sincerity between us in our scenes and I credit her for being prepared and just plain good.

 

zg4UKHS – You are working with the director Dean on his next film, ‘Kill Me Once’ . What do you enjoy the most about working with Dean and how did you get involved in ‘Ghostline’?

ZG – I met Dean through the regular audition/casting process on Ghostline, so the film served as our platform of getting to know each other much better for those three weeks… I most enjoyed Dean’s down-to-earth nature as a director. He was always very cool to everyone involved which promoted a very pleasant environment to be creative and do our work. Getting the opportunity to work with him again feels very right. He’s a very hospitable man which generates ease on set.

 

zg6UKHS – The first time you saw ‘Ghostline’ what was your immediate reaction and do you have a favourite scene?

ZG -I definitely want to see it more! The first time I saw it was on Halloween in San Diego at a film festival…and that has been the only time I’ve been able to watch it from start to finish with an audience. Immediately I was very pleased and proud of everyone’s hard work and I think the film comes across the way that Dean envisioned which is a very hard thing for a director to achieve. I look forward to more people having the opportunity to see this film. I don’t have favorite scenes, but I most enjoy the progression of the film and how the couple (Tyler & Chelsea) bond together to survive the supernatural threat.

 

zg3UKHS – Finally, can you please tell us a little about some of your other work as an actor?

ZG – I’ve worked predominantly in the film world over the past five years holding lead roles in roughly 8 feature films that are: out on iTunes and Netflix and/or still are in the production/post production phase. In the past year I’ve held a recurring improv role on Howie Mandel’s prank show and next year I will appear in Gideon Raff’s new show DIG on USA!

 

UKHS – Thanks again for your time, Zack. Keep up the great work and all the best for 2015. We look forward to hearing much more about you in the near future.

Image courtesy: Jun Santiago, David Muller and Undaunted Films ‘Ghostline’.

 

http://zackgold.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Zack-Gold-FilmTV/262008200587884?fref=photo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnFnJU6TlO0

An Interview with Becca Talulah by Dean Sills

bt1An Interview with Becca Talulah 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?

BT – Hi, thank you very much for having me! Well I’ve been a huge fan of film ever since I can remember! Especially the horrors! After I left school I knew I wanted to work in the industry so I studied film for a few years at University, I enjoyed it but to be honest I was becoming more and more drawn towards the performance side! I have such a drive for creativity that it was becoming quite frustrating as I felt I was on the wrong side of the tracks! Though luckily enough I got given a fantastic opportunity to work with Mycho on their feature film ‘Legacy of Thorn’ it was only a very small role but I absolutely loved my time on set and straight after I was out looking for my next project, acting became an addiction really.

 

UKHS – You have worked on a number of short films including ‘We Never Lose Our Loved Ones’, ‘The Wild’ and ‘Bloom’. Which short film have you enjoyed working on the most and are you happy to continue down this path or do you want to focus more on feature films?

BT – I think the short I enjoyed working on most was ‘The Wild’, it was such a challenging project, mainly because the whole film was set outdoors in the Yorkshire Moorlands and it involved so many stunts and a high-power of emotion from the cast to pull it off! We were all so physically and mentally drained at the end, but the cast were phenomenal, we all formed a real close bond and pulled each other through, it was excellent team work, it’s something that I’m really looking forwards to showing! I do really enjoy doing short films they really help develop acting skills and there always such great fun, but I definitely want to work on more feature films!

As an actor I love a challenge and I think with a feature you have much more of an opportunity to spend more time on set and spend more time developing your character, I think it’s very exciting.

 

bt2UKHS – You play a Cheerleader in ‘Legacy of Thorn’. What was it like working for MJ Dixon and do you enjoy working in the horror genre?

BT – ‘Legacy of Thorn’ was my first real experience acting for film and I had a fantastic time, MJ Dixon was wonderful to work with he gives such brilliant direction, he’s very vivid and creative and knows exactly what he wants. I think everybody involved were also amazing, it was a very demanding and stressful shoot but everybody was so professional and talented, it was an excellent first-time experience. I’ve always been such a huge fan of the horror/slasher genre so getting the chance to work on one that was at the capacity of Thorn was unbelievably exciting for me! Since then I’ve been lucky enough to work on a few horror films, it’s by far my favourite genre to work in I love the thrill, there isn’t anything really like it!

 

UKHS – I believe you have done some more work for Mycho Entertainment Group, can you please tell us a little about this?

BT – Yes I have just recently worked on another project with Mycho, after what I saw being on the set of Thorn I was really eager to work with MJ Dixon again! So when I was sent the script I was thrilled, I loved it! I think that this film is something that a lot of people are going to be very excited about! It’s completely different than Thorn.. a much smaller cast to start with, it’s quite quirky and fun with some real awkward moments!.. But it’s got a real dark side to it too. It was an extremely tough shoot and the cast and crew were absolutely amazing, everybody worked so hard! I won’t give away too much at the moment but it’s definitely something to look out for!

 

bt4UKHS – 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?

BT – I think that one of the hardest roles I’ve ever took on was in a short film called ‘The Casualty of Albion’ in which I played a young girl called Chloe who was suffering from anorexia. There was very little dialogue so it meant that I had to portray this character through mainly emotions and expressions, it was very mentally draining! You could say that I do go to extreme lengths when prepping I do a lot of research depending on my characters background and I swear by method acting! I like to sit by myself for a while and just block everything out and just focus on my character, I’m quite the perfectionist so I do go to the extremes to try and nail a good scene!

 

UKHS – 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?

BT – In the New Year I’m about to take on my first crack at theatre! It’s a huge transition from film so I’m very excited for the challenge! I also have a short drama film coming up in January called ‘I’m With You’. I think though that in 5 years’ time I still see myself acting, hopefully on stage as well as film! I really want to continue to progress and grow as an actress, it’s not an easy ride and it takes time and effort and probably a lot of trials and errors too, but I’m just going to continue down this road and see what the next few years bring!

 

bt5UKHS – Thank you again for your time and good luck with your acting career, we look forward to hearing much more about you in the near future.

‘Legacy Of Thorn’ is out to buy on DVD from:
http://mycho.moonfruit.com/store/4586427499

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/beccatalulah

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BeccaTalulah

IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6558154/

UKHS Christmas Special: The Rachel Alig Interview by Dean Sills

ra2UKHS Christmas Special: The Rachel Alig Interview by Dean Sills

Christmas is almost here so it’s time for another Christmas special. Last Christmas we interviewed the lovely Tristan Risk and she really did bring joy to the world and made many UK horror fans feel more excited than a kid at Christmas. This year we have another stunning Santa baby, a real beauty and talented actress that yule all love! Please welcome Rachel Alig to UKHS.

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

RA – I got into acting by initially taking theatre classes as a child. From those classes, I fell in LOVE with performing and acting. I grew up in Northern Kentucky, so eventually I was signed with a talent agent in Cincinnati. My work started locally, and then began to expand to Chicago, Florida, and Atlanta. With that growth, I realized that I could make acting a profession.

I like the horror genre as an actor because I do find it challenging. Many of the situations that are written into horror scripts are ones that I, nor others, have experienced. That means I have to rely completely on my imagination to create the necessary emotions and feelings. I can’t draw from personal or real life experiences, it’s all created. That is the joy and challenge!

ra4UKHS – ‘Ghostline’ is a superb supernatural horror movie and I loved your performance, well done!

RA – Thank you for the kind words regarding my performance in, GHOSTLINE. They are truly appreciated. I got involved in the film, by first auditioning for Dean and Judy Whitney in Los Angeles. After the initial audition, I was asked in for a callback in which I read with two males who were in the running for the male lead. Both of these individuals were extremely talented, but the chemistry between Zack and myself was very evident. Not only did I feel that connection with Zack in our callback session, but Dean and Judy also saw it. The day after the callback, Dean called me to announce that I was cast as the  lead, Chelsea. It was one of the best phone calls I have received!

My first thoughts after reading the script, GHOSTLINE, were all positive. I sat down to read the script and didn’t move until I finished it. The script held my attention, the characters all had individual voices, and I loved the dynamic between my character, Chelsea, and Zack’s character, Tyler. GHOSTLINE is more of a psychological thriller and I thought the script was unique.

 

ra3UKHS – You are working with the director Dean on his next film,’Kill Me Once’. What do you enjoy the most about working with Dean and do you feel he brings out the best in you as an actress?

RA – Yes, I am extremely blessed that Dean offered me the lead female role in his next film, KILL ME ONCE. As a director, Dean is very clear on what he wants and needs from each scene and each character in the scene. That is what I most enjoy about working with him. He communicates well with everyone on set including his actors. When a director can clearly communicate what he is looking for, I am able to deliver. Dean definitely brings out the best of me as an actor. By providing a safe and creative environment, I feel comfortable navigating a scene and my character. I never feel intimidated or nervous. Dean allows me and others to do what we love in a fun space!

UKHS – If you were stranded in a haunted house which three people would you want to have with you and why?

RA – If I were stranded in a haunted house, the three people I would want with me are my mother, a U.S. Army Green Beret, and my childhood best friend, Erin Miller. I would want my mother because there is nothing like having the love and protection from your mom when you are in a scary situation. She would put me at ease. I would have a U.S. Army Green Beret because we could all rely on them for their intelligence in battle, survival, defense, and war. I would have Erin Miller with me because she can always put me in a good mood and make me laugh. Even if we were stranded in a haunted house, Erin Miller would at least make it funny.

ra1UKHS – What are your greatest strengths as an actress and what would be your dream role?

RA – In my opinion, my greatest strength as an actress is the fact that I truly understand and know who I am as a person. By knowing myself, my needs, my wants, my desires, my dreams, etc., that allows me to become someone else completely. With this, I believe there is a naturalness in my onscreen performances.

My dream role is one where a complete transformation has to take place. When I say a transformation, I mean that in a physical sense, a mental sense, and an emotional sense. I want a character who looks nothing like me, that may require me to gain or lose weight, possibly shave my head, or color and cut my hair. I want her to have a completely different outlook on life than I do and be in a completely different head space than me. I also want her to have experienced a life far from what I know. I want someone vastly different.

UKHS – Do you have a favourite Christmas movie?

RA – As a family tradition, I have to watch, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, every year around Christmas.

 

ra5UKHS – Finally, what do you want for Christmas this year?

RA – Material possessions and things do not make me happy. Yes, I appreciate clothing and fashion, but I’ve never been one to really enjoy buying and getting things. So for Christmas this year, I would love a mini road trip of sorts full of new restaurants, new site seeing, and new people!

 

UKHS – Thanks again for your time. Keep up the great work and have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!

An Interview with Emilie Flory by Dean Sills

ef3An Interview with Emilie Flory by Dean Sills

Bonjour Emilie, thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene.

UKHS – When did you first discover your passion for filmmaking, writing and acting and which job do you enjoy doing the most?

EF – As a child I wrote and drew a lot, I was fascinated by genre films and enrolled in a theatre to overcome my timidity. My father was a weapons engineer who helped make movies about submarines and that had a great
effect on me. I have a fairly active imagination; I like dreams… That was back when ‘ Star Wars’ came out. I saw it at an outdoor theater in Saint-Tropez when I was seven. It made such an impact on me that the only dream I’ve had since then was to direct. Writing has always been a major focal point, the centre of everything. To me, directing is an extension of writing. I can not dissociate them. Directing is also writing. Filmmaking includes writing and all forms of art to give us a specific work we call a movie. It’s magic.

As for acting… I practiced it for a long time since I was lousy at maths and because of that I hadn’t been able to get into a film school. I loved dramatic art so I opted for that. Until, suddenly, I had the occasion to do what I had always wanted to do. Writing and directing are two passions that fill my life. Acting is not what I’m looking for.

 

ef4UKHS – Before we talk about ‘Trauma Dolls’ can you please tell us a little about your 10 min short, ‘Processus 5’ ? I know you directed and wrote this Sci-Fi short, well done! When do story ideas usually hit you and what was the inspiration behind this one?

EF – ‘Processus 5’ was initially a project I was supposed to co-direct. I had already started writing it when my co-director was called elsewhere. Since the movie was my idea, I was able to see it through to the end of what I wanted to try out.

I think my ideas always find their source in what haunts me and in what I’m unable to express. My dreams and nightmares are my best allies. Of course, there’s also my wanting to know certain worlds, to learn and understand our reactions and emotions as human beings.

For ‘Processus 5’ , I started with this familiar and desperate situation that a lot of young people experience. I thought of what these kids might do to get out of a rut, shock the planet, speed up awareness and a change in the way world affairs were going. And since computer science has taken a major role in our lives, I went looking for well-informed people who knew all about cyber warfare. Things gradually fell into place in my mind, then onto paper.

 

ef5UKHS – I believe you shot ‘Processus 5’ in 35mm? I know film is more expensive and after watching your short I have to say you did a superb job, it’s got a great cinematic look to it. In the age of digital technology why did you decide to shoot this in 35mm?

EF – Thanks for asking me this question, Dean, also thanks for the compliments, I’m touched.

I’m especially sensitive to the aesthetics of things. I have a huge feeling of emptiness when I see all these awful images that pollute our screens and heads. But the beautiful will make a comeback. Maybe through genre films which have always been visually powerful. We should to be able to hand down this art, continue to make it grow emotionally and spiritually and avoid betraying the beauty of what the great filmmakers we admire have passed on to us. We all have images of movies imprinted in us that will never leave us.

I really prefer 35mm to digital and I love scope. In the end, it’s what comes closest to what our eye sees. I was quite lucky to be able to shoot ‘Processus 5’ in 35mm. It was really what I wanted. I don’t know if I’ll have that chance with ‘Trauma Dolls’. For ‘Processus 5’, a producer friend gave us scraps of unused film he had sitting around. Sometimes we didn’t even have enough to finish certain scenes.

You have to know that film has an immediate cost, but that compared to digital, shooting your movie on film can turn out to be less expensive in terms of total costs. These are things you have to evaluate.

I’m not so sure that 35mm will disappear because film makes for the best medium of preservation. In labs like Digimage, digital movies are transferred onto film to be stored. We’re even required in France to copyright the movie we shot on film!

 

ef7UKHS – OK, let’s talk about ‘Trauma Dolls’. The film is an horrifico glamour slasher that takes place in the worlds of fashion and neuroscience in Paris. What was the inspiration behind the story and can you tell us a little about this awesome project?

EF – ‘Trauma Dolls’ tells the story of Bijou, a brilliant, sweet and beautiful young lady who dreams of joining a prestigious dance company. Unfortunately, nothing goes according to plan. Bijou goes from setback to setback and rejection to rejection, until she dies… Bijou refuses this death on the operating table while the surgeon tries to bring her back to life. She “resuscitates” but doesn’t come back the way people knew her from before. She comes back as a dark part… Yet, this “Being”, who has become cold, dangerously attractive and morbid is going to be fantastically successful in the fashion world.

My inspiration for this story goes back to 2009 after the post-production of ‘Processus 5’…

Like this story’s main character, I constructed myself through an endless series of all kinds of setbacks and rejections… Up until 2005 when I got run over. I came close to death and had to say goodbye to myself. What happens is that you become another person after an experience like that. There’s a huge amount of reconstruction, both physically as well as psychologically.

When the company in charge of promoting French movies turned down ‘Processus 5’ with the excuse that I hadn’t directed it, I totally lost it. I got so angry that for the first time in my life I seriously wondered if I wasn’t going to start hurting people and become someone evil. The idea of crossing over to the other side (even though I work every day trying to become a better person) and thinking of myself as a monster horrified me so much that I had terrible nightmares. And that’s when the idea for ‘Trauma Dolls’ came to me.

 

ef2UKHS – Can you tell us a little about International Supermodel Patricia Schmid who stars as Bijou in the film and is she a fan of horror movies?

EF – Patricia Schmid is shooting a commercial in Spain right now. She’s getting ready to work in an arthouse film that’s supposed to start filming the beginning of next year. She has a number of projects in the fashion world. Now that Paris is the showcase for the art world once more, Patricia spends a lot of time going back and forth between France and Switzerland and the other European countries. I think she’s just discovering the world of horror but she likes it.

 

UKHS – I know you have done some acting in the past and your movie is all about fashion and you are a beautiful French lady, so will we see you in front of the camera or just behind it?

EF – Thanks for the compliment, Dean, I’m flattered although that’s not necessarily how I see myself. There’s no way I’m going to step in front of a camera. I want to stay behind it. Besides, it’s really hard to control directing when you’re acting at the same time and I hate that. I admire people who can handle both. But I don’t choose to do so.

 

ef6UKHS – Will the film be French speaking with English subtitles and can you tell us when it will be released?

EF – The movie will surely be shot in English with English and American actors. Besides I have a distributor who’s very interested in distributing it for the North American market. When you think about it, the movie’s DNA really isn’t very French. I don’t have a French mentality. We haven’t set a release date yet.

This is a timely question because the movie is busy looking for its producer. Along with the movie’s screenplay, which reached the semi-final at Shriekfest and the final at the Fright Night Film Fest (Fandom Fest 2014), we have a solid artistic package, a presentation trailer officially selected at HollyShorts and we’re ready to shoot right away but we don’t have a production company and casting still has to be done.

 

UKHS – Finally, are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

EF – Absolutely. I just shot a few scenes of some zombie attacks for a supernatural web series that will be in editing soon.

Plus, I just created a series concept called ‘Off Screen Terror’ in response to a request for projects by a producer. And I’m in the middle of writing a science fiction screenplay whose theme, which I won’t divulge, is a real challenge for me.

 

UKHS – Good luck with all those projects especially ‘Trauma Dolls’ and thanks again for you time, Emilie.

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An Interview with Genoveva Rossi by Dean Sills

Genoveva Rossi

Genoveva Rossi

An Interview with Genoveva Rossi by Dean Sills

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

GR – Good question. I had always had an interest in acting since I was a child. I was in my first play at nursery school. I did some other plays in primary school and high School. In college I got involved (New York) in doing some dramatic short films. Then it had been a while after I graduated from college, I had the opportunity to do an horror film called ‘Jack ‘O’ Slasher’ directed by Jennifer Valdes. I play a sexy Satanist. I had always wanted to get involved in acting in horror movies and that was my first opportunity. I kind of took the bull and ran with it at that point and did ‘I Spill Your Guts’ and ‘Zombie Hunters’. I then decided to throw myself into it 100% to see where I would end up. That was a few years ago and things have been pretty steadily busy since then. Horror has always been my favourite genre as a fan, so I think it makes a lot of sense it would be my genre as an actor.*

Genoveva - A Dark Place Inside

Genoveva – A Dark Place Inside

UKHS – Can you please tell us about some of your recent work including ‘Not Another Bad Horror Flick’, ‘Bite School’, ‘Hunters’ and ‘Burn in Hell’?

GR – Sure, ‘Hunters’ was a really exciting one, I play Edna, a very murderous character and it was directed by Adam Ahlbrandt and I just actually shot another film with him called ‘The Sadist’, in which I play a really crazy character. We shot that in a real haunted house in Pennsylvania. So, Adam is a great director to work with because he also
gives me these really challenging crazy kind of roles, that are really over the top and things that challenge me as an actor creatively.

Then ‘Bite School’ directed by James Balsamo is very different. I play Suck-A-Rella and it’s more like a campy kind of horror, like a horror comedy kind of character. I get to use my comedy chops and my comedic timing and that and be kind of campy and silly and over the top, so it’s completely different but fun. It shows you the range in the horror genre, we have dramatic horror, psychological horror and also comedy horror.

‘Burn in Hell’ I play a reporter in that, it’s kind of a little bit funny, over the top kind of horror movie. We had a young director for that, I think he’s only like a teenager so that’s kind of interesting.

We have just had a screening for ‘Not Another Bad Horror Flick’ directed by Bridget Machete. I play a Fortune Teller/Witch kind of character and that’s actually a kind of funny horror movie as well because horror comedies are very popular. My character is kind of serious because I am like this Witch character and I am throwing curses and I am very angry and things like that but the movie itself is pretty tongue-in-cheek and kind of like a horror comedy kind of campy kind movie as well, So horror movies are fun because you have the comedy, you have the psychological and you have the dramatic.

Genoveva - Agraphobia Fear of Sexual Harassment

Genoveva – Agraphobia Fear of Sexual Harassment

UKHS – What do you do when you are not acting? How do you relax?

GR – Well, when I am not acting I am also a professional tarot card reader, so I do a lot of events all over the country where I read tarot cards. I have a whole bunch coming up for Halloween in fact. I also like to go to Art shows, I like to go dancing, I like to watch movies, go to the museum, things like that. I guess a lot of cultural things. I like to travel from time to time. I like to go on paranormal kind of investigations, I like to go on ghost tours and Haunted houses. All things like that!

UKHS – Have you done any travelling in the UK?

GR – I have been to London once a few years ago.

UKHS – Did you like it?

GR – Oh yes, I had a nice time. I remember, I went to London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

UKHS – Would you like to do any filming in the UK?

GR – I would definitely be open to it. I would certainly come out to the UK to film, absolutely. I get a lot of people from the UK contacting me and I was featured in the UK magazine, ‘The Digital Dead’, I believe in June. They called me one of the most well known scream queens in the world. So, if I had the opportunity to come out to the UK to shoot a film I definitely would do it.

Genoveva - Apocalypse Kiss

Genoveva – Apocalypse Kiss

UKHS – Right, good. OK, next question. Is it true you once danced naked in a hurricane and if so why? Don’t you know hurricanes can be dangerous? 

GR – Haha! It’s true hurricanes can be dangerous, that’s a good point. Well, I once danced naked in a hurricane. Did you find that on my Facebook?

UKHS – No, I was just doing some research and read it on a website, so I don’t know if it’s true or not, haha!

GR – Well, it was a few years ago. Some friends of mine decided to stay in an area that had mostly been evacuated because of a hurricane. We decided to stay and see the hurricane through and kind of meet it. Then we ended up
dancing naked in the hurricane because our whole neighbourhood was evacuated and nobody was there to see us. Haha! So you don’t get to do that very often.

UKHS – No! Haha!

GR – I guess it was potentially dangerous but we wasn’t out in the neighbourhood, we were out on the front lawn dancing to the hurricane. We thought we should do something interesting to embrace the storm. It was raining very heavy at that time, so it was almost like taking a shower. I think it was a celebration of life in the moment. I don’t think it was particularly dangerous because it wasn’t like we were running round through the hurricane. Haha! Yeah, I guess the tree had fallen on us, haha! but that didn’t happen so it all worked out.

Genoveva - Bite School

Genoveva – Bite School

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

GR – OK, all right, three main ingredients to make a classic horror film. One, you need a good story. Two, you need some really good actors, strong actors. Those are the two most important things, so what else do we need after that? Well, we need a great production team. Yes, those are the three things you need because* *production is so important. You need a great cinematographer, a great sound person, a great light person and great people to edit this in post production. If you have all those things you can do it. You don’t necessary need super impressive effects, you don’t because sometimes the greatest film are psychological.

UKHS – That’s a good answer because some people say blood and guts and not the story.

GR – Yeah, the story is the most vital thing and the acting and the production. Some people in the independent scene don’t realise how important that is because bad acting you can tell right away, bad production quality you can tell that right away and a story is really important because that’s what holds everything together. If you don’t have a great story you don’t have anything. Look at something like ‘Night of the Living Dead’, George A. Romero didn’t have too much going on with that but it became a classic film because we had these actors that were pretty strong and did a great job and we had this really unique story, which had never really been done before and obviously the production quality was there.

Genoveva - Jack 'o' Slasher

Genoveva – Jack ‘o’ Slasher

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

GR – That’s a good question. Ok, my three items.One, would probably be a vibrator that doesn’t require batteries.
Haha!

UKHS – Haha!

GR – Haha! Yeah because if it doesn’t require batteries, I wouldn’t be able to get batteries on an island, so I am going to say that!

UKHS – Haha! Am I OK to publish that?

GR – Haha! I guess we’ll put that in there! Yes. I would probably want a dictionary, you know something for me to read. And a swiss army knife because those are useful, there’s a lot of tools. Haha! if I was on a desert island I think I would be pretty screwed. Haha! I would probably get pretty bored.

UKHS – Haha! Ok I won’t keep you too long, this is going to be the last question. What’s been your favourite roles so far?

GR – Some of my favourite roles have been ‘Apocalypse Kiss’, I play Clara, this pregnant hippy character because that was a real challenge, giving birth, being a pregnant character, that was different for me. I am going to say Mike O’Mahony’s ‘A Dark Place Inside’, playing the mother of a little boy who is going to grow up to become a serial killer. This was a really challenging role for me, dramatic. I am going to say ‘Hunters’ playing Edna, with a southern accent and really just being this bloody, psychotic murderous character was a real challenge for me. I am going to say Adam Ahlbrandt’s ‘The Sadist’, playing the character in that was a real challenge for me, with some really intense scenes.

Genoveva - The Enchantress

Genoveva – The Enchantress

I love roles that require me to do things that are very different, step out of my comfort zone. I think sometimes as an actor the best roles are the ones you never thought you could play. The ones that really challenge you. So those are the roles that probably stand out for me the most. You know in the horror genre sometimes you can end up getting kind of stuck in certain roles, so it’s wonderful to branch into other areas. I’ve also love playing strong characters like a soldier, a murderer, a witch, something that’s kind of out there a little bit, that’s engaging, that’s exciting.

UKHS – Thanks again for your time. Keep up the great work, Genoveva.

GR – Thank you so much.

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Halloween Special 2014: The Kookie Katana Interview by Dean Sills

kookie3Halloween Special 2014: The Kookie Katana Interview by Dean Sills

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

KK – Well… just like many I’ve dreamt of being a model and actress since I was tiny, but I never thought I was good enough. And one day I ended up in a wheel chair for about a year from a sudden back problem and it kinda kicked my butt into gear and made me realise that life’s too short to not pursue your dreams. So about a month after I was able to walk again I did my first photo shoot and I haven’t looked back. I really enjoy both watching and acting in the horror genre, I watched a ton of horror movies when I was a kid. You get so sucked into them and you go on this terrifying ride along with the characters and screaming at the TV. “Don’t go in there!” haha. It’s great to be able to create that feeling and journey for others while scaring the crap out of them and having a lot of fun and scares in the process.

kookie2UKHS – You are playing the lead role in ‘Katana’. What can you tell us about the film and when will it be released?

KK – Katana started off as a web series but we were approached by someone who wanted to help fund a feature so we decided to. Originally the series didn’t have a big plot line or story just lots of weapons and explosions haha. But the film is set in a dystopian version of the United Kingdom, were the country has been ravaged by civil war. Katana and her sister (played by Dani Thompson) is part of a organisation that keeps the peace between the warring factions but after their father is murdered for his invention Katana goes it alone on a rampage to avenge her father’s death and bring down the warring factions one by one, leaving death and mayhem in her path as she is hunted by her sister and the organisation. At the moment were hoping to film in early 2015 and release by 2016.

kookie4UKHS – You also worked on ‘Zombie Women of Satan 2’. Did you enjoy the experience and how does acting compared to modelling?

KK – ‘Zombie Women of Satan 2’ was my first acting and mast cast role, I was so excited to get the part and couldn’t wait to start filming. It was hard work with overnight filming and a month of running around in a latex outfit but I loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat. It was so much fun and we all had a good laugh I got to experience things in front and behind the camera. And I got to meet so many amazing people who are now good friends like Dani Thompson who is a big inspiration to me and Pete Bennett is one of the loveliest people I have ever met and so much fun to work with. In comparing acting and modelling I would say a lot of the preparation is the same, when you’re on set you have to think of what message you are trying to get across to the camera and viewers. Also I find that when I model or act I become the character that I’m trying to portray. But I find that the act of model and acting are very different when you’re doing them. You’ll find a lot of people can act but can’t always model or can model but can’t always act. It’s difficult to explain as they seem similar but are actually very different.

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UKHS -What’s your favourite horror movie?

KK – I love so many I don’t think I could pick a favourite but I’m definitely a late 70s, 80s kinda girl. I love A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and of course Dawn of the Dead. The Poltergeist films scared the crap out of me I don’t know if I could watch them ever again haha.

 

kookie5UKHS – If you were stranded in a haunted house on Halloween which three people would you want to have with you and why?

KK – Firstly I would have my husband Ben with me because he’s a badass and always keeps me safe. Secondly Russell Howard because he’s hilarious and would make me laugh while I was being eaten by a demon or being chased by Freddy Krueger haha. And Finally Dani Thompson, got to have a gal pal with me and she’s been in a lot of horrors so probably knows the monsters personally and would know how to get away from them and we would all hopefully live.

 

kookie6UKHS – And finally, what is your favourite Halloween memory?

KK – My favourite Halloween memory so far was from when I was very young and I went to a massive Halloween party and there were ghoulish horror stories, Spooky Halloween games and of course a fancy dress competition. I was still eating Halloween sweets for weeks afterwards, it was an awesome party. But hopefully this year will become my favourite Halloween memory.

UKHS – Thanks again for your time, Kookie. Good luck with your career and have a fantastic Halloween.

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An Interview With Lee Bane by Dean Sills

An Interview With Lee Bane by Dean Sills

Lee Bane in The Last House on Cemetery Lane

Lee Bane in The Last House on Cemetery Lane

UKHS – Hello Lee, thank you for your time and welcome to UKHS. First of all, can you please introduce yourself to fans of UKHS who don’t already know you and tell us a little about your early acting career including your TV roles in ‘Belonging’ and ‘Doctors’?

LB – Hello to one and all. My name is Lee Bane and I’m a Welsh born actor living in the UK. Thank you UKHS for showing an interest in me and my work, it’s a pleasure to receive your questions.

In answering your first question, I’ve never thought of acting as a career, it’s much better for me to think of acting as being a favourite hobby of mine. This way it kind of takes the pressure of falling into the trap of aspiring to success instead of happiness. When the work is there I consider myself lucky to work towards something that I enjoy and will always appreciate all opportunities that I’m fortunate to receive.

Acting came about by chance really. I was living in Liverpool at the time and a friend convinced me to do a Performing Arts course back in Swansea, my home town. He sold the idea to me pretty well, with the prospect of me meeting loads of nice girls and having a laugh, so back home I went. That led on to Drama School in London and after that I’ve always had my hand in the acting arena. When I left Drama School I fully appreciated just how hard it was to make a living as an actor. Fortunately for me I’ve always had the initiative to find work and have food in my belly, so fast came the realisation that in order to enjoy being a jobbing actor I had to love the profession for its playfulness and to respect the dedication needed to follow such a path and not think so much of the career/money aspect of it.

Small Television roles did materialise in those early days, programmes such as ‘Belonging’ and the day time TV series ‘Doctors’, both of which I got to play bad guy parts, which is always interesting to me, because there you get a chance to let your ‘Hulk’ out of the cage and experiment with feelings that don’t normally see the light of day or indeed the darkness of night. I remember working with an actress by the name Eve Myles on the TV programme ‘Belonging’, with whom in one scene Eve had to defend herself whilst I was attacking her. We were working with a fight choreographer towards the dance of how to make the physicality seem real but with safety in mind. I told Eve to just go for it and go for it she did, with a shocking slap to the face which brought water to my eyes.

Those Welsh girls hit hard folks! The director liked the authenticity so much, that they kept it in for all the other camera angles, it hurt, a lot.. but it looked great! I also had the chance to do some Theatre on leaving Drama school, so luckily enough I was in work straight away. But all in all, upon reflection, acting back then I was just learning and trying different things I guess. I suppose these days I have a better understanding of how to approach a part, but I’m still always learning and trying different things. Ha! Learning is good yeah, but sometimes it’s also quite painful.

Lee Bane again in The Last House on Cemetery Lane

Lee Bane again in The Last House on Cemetery Lane

UKHS – Lee, you played a lead role in the North Bank Entertainment production ‘Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection’ and since then you have teamed up with them on a number of films. What do you enjoy most about working with Andrew Jones and his team and which North Bank Entertainment production have you enjoyed working on, the most?

LB – Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection’ was indeed my first Feature film with North Bank Entertainment and I look back at that project with a real sense of fondness and appreciation. I played a guy called Kevin who gets trapped in his in-laws house whilst the world outside is being over-turned by a zombie apocalypse. If you take the horror aspect out of it; the film looks at a family confined in a claustrophobic environment where hidden secrets and feelings are exposed. This ultimately brings conflict to the household, I saw the zombie aspect of the film as a metaphor for the family’s internal conflict allowing the dark side of life to dictate their fate.

We shot the film in ten days and through that period we lived and worked on set. As with most low budget projects; time is of the essence, It was a great experience to work at such a fast pace. Everyone pulled together and got the job done, it was a total joy. Living and working together in such close proximity was, for me, useful as an actor, for we did really get to know one another, which felt like a more natural family feeling environment. Having said that, I do like my own space now and again so there were also some great chances to go cycling around West Wales when not filming, we had such a wonderful location that presented positives both in front and away from the camera. Having had the opportunity to experience and explore a character in a feature film for the first time reminded me why I love working a character through, from beginning to end, you get the chance to play for longer, play, play, play.

It’s the encouragement to ‘play’ which makes working with film Director, Writer and Producer; Andrew Jones, always an exciting and refreshing prospect. There’s so many pluses when it comes to working with Andrew, for he brings a non-egotistical approach to the set, which allows total freedom for the actor whilst trying new ideas. He knows what he wants and expects from his actors from the get go, which in turn creates a great atmosphere to work in. More than any other acting arena, working with Andrew has taught me that it’s okay to make mistakes and that in making mistakes and trying different ideas can only be beneficial towards an actor’s process. He’s an actor’s Director in the sense that he too likes to play with the form of the scene and text, to improvise and inject a sense of life into a scene. Andrew never has the ‘it’s my way or the highway’ attitude, he always encourages the actors to bring her or his instincts to the space, which for the actor is priceless. As a Director he utilises this free way of working with the crew also, everyone is allowed to play and suggest, never at one time have I felt inhibited when working with him or any of his crew. He’s a team player and I’m all for that.

Since the release of ‘Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection’, my collaboration with North Bank Entertainment has seen my involvement In ‘The Amityville Asylum’, ‘Silent Night Bloody Night’, ‘Theatre of Fear’, and straight after that we shot: ‘Valley of the Witch’ with me playing the role of a detective.

Which have I enjoyed working on the most? Well, I’ve played an array of different characters for North Bank Entertainment and they’ve all been contrastingly different to play and equally interesting. But when it comes to having the most fun with a character, it has to be the ‘Theatre of Fear’ where I play a guy called Janus. He’s a ventriloquist at the hand of his (I’m not going to say puppet, because that little shit was much more than that) Epi, I’ll just call him Epi. Epi or Epimetheus, gets to say all the things that Janus only thinks, he’s one wild and twisted soul. I mentioned earlier that I love to improvise, so here with Epi, I could really let that rip and say things that I normally might think best not to say! The Theatre of Fear is now available to buy online and selected outlets in the US and the UK.

Lee Bane in Theatre of Fear

Lee Bane in Theatre of Fear

UKHS – Can you please tell us a little about some of your other work including ‘Kerb Crawlers’ and ‘Kamikaze’?

LB – Yeah for sure. ‘Kerb Crawlers’ is a feature Film Directed by James Plumb, who also Directed ‘The Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection’. ‘Kerb Crawlers’ is shot in the style of a found footage film. Here I play a guy called Grant, who gets roped into making a film with his brother and some friends. I particularly enjoy the moralistic theme of the film; ‘what goes around definitely comes around’, ring’s only too true. Again we shot this movie in super quick time due to budget and just like NOTLDR it was a team effort, making the film a breeze to shoot. The film is being premiered this October at The Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

‘Kamikaze’ was a movie that I shot back in 2013, which has now gone through Post Production and is now seeking distribution. ‘Kamikaze’ is being dubbed as ‘Wales’s First Action Film’ with first time Director: Marcus Shakesheff at the helm. The film follows the troubles of an ex-MI6 operative who will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of a fictional government conspiracy and in doing so leads to the reveal of secrets that he has hidden from his loved ones. I play the role of ‘Info’. My character supplies surveillance and information to help his friend and former comrade Evan Reed (played by Marcus Shakesheff) in his hour of need. My part for that involved adapting to being wheel chair bound, which was a challenge in itself. Marcus choreographed much of the films fight scenes and there’s one scene where my character has to defend and fight from his wheelchair, which sounds just as hard as it was to do, but also a nice challenge to overcome.

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

LB – Well, it’s always debatable but for me any good classic horror flick has to have a great story line that constantly exploits our darkest fears whilst manipulating and challenging the audience’s empathy with the characters that drive the plot forward. For me, I like to ‘experience’ a horror movie, not just watch it, so the more I’m kept off guard with my emotions, usually opens up my vulnerability to giving me the shock, the horror. I think there’s three in there somewhere!

theatre-of-fearUKHS – You have played a diverse range of characters. I loved your role as Janus Moreau in ‘Theatre of Fear’ along with your ventriloquist’s dummy. 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?

LB – Yeah, Janus from the ‘Theatre of Fear’ was not only a wonderful character to play but also very much a joy to develop such a complex character within the context of the world in which he is materialised. I consider the film to be a bold Art House picture of which I’m very proud to be a part of. Especially when I consider working with such wonderful actors who in turn presented Janus with a menacing family to interact with.

There are two roles that I consider my most challenging so far. The character of John Davies in ‘The Last House On Cemetery Lane’ and the character of David Prescott in ‘Poltergeist Activity’. Both films are North Bank Entertainment Productions and both men that I portray have contrasting journeys by where the content of the sub textural emotions were as close to any real pain that I’ve felt in my own life. They were great characters to play by where I had the chance to explore a range of different emotions. I think with any role that I take on, I always try to inhabit as much of the characters world as possible, whether that be a Detective, a Writer or a very shy and troubled Ventriloquist. It’s probably the fun in pretending to be someone else for a little while that has kept me engaged with the world of the Performing Arts.

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

LB – 2014 has furthered my involvement with North Bank Entertainment with already having filmed ‘The Last House on Cemetery Lane’ and ‘Poltergeist Activity’. I’m very happy to announce my next collaboration with North Bank Entertainment in ‘A Haunting at the Rectory’, which is now in Pre-Production and will begin filming on the 15th of November, 2014, so of course I’m very much looking forward to this next challenge. All three films will be out in the UK and US in 2015.

UKHS – Thanks again for your time, Lee. Keep up the great work and good luck with your future projects.

 

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