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.

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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.

English translation by Cameron Watson

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An Interview with Ryan Flamson by Dean Sills

rf6An Interview with Ryan Flamson by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hello Ryan, thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene.

How did you get into acting?

RF – A guy came into my shop, One Stop Shoe Repairs and he had a paintball trophy engraved, that guy was Carl Hamill. He had a look around and then asked if I fancied being in a film? You don’t get many opportunities handed to you in life so I said, “yes”and suddenly I was cast as an extra in my own shop.

UKHS – Right, let’s talk about ‘The Wrong Floor’. I actually know a few of the actors who have worked on this film including Rudy Barrow, Martin Webbe and Johleen Wakefield. You were originally just an extra in the film before you got the part of Mickey Firefirst. Can you please tell us how you got the part and a little about your character?

RF – Originally I was just Mike, I basically gave my scene as much as I could, even asking for the big shoot to be done again because I knew I could deliver it better. Carl stayed in touch. Soon after Mickey Firefirst was added as a recurring character in about 7 more scenes,which considering there was only 40 mins left to film, they fitted me in quite a lot of scenes. Mickey is a tough man who owns a shoe repairs shop but has an alliance with Dee Dixon, this is Marc Hamill (the director of the film) Han Solo style cameo. He plays a tough guy club owner. We basically work together helping Danny Green (main character) out, welding a shotgun in most scenes.

wrongfloorUKHS – Can you tell us a little about the story and the biggest challenges you all faced during filming?

RF – The story follows Danny Green in his quest to find his missing father, the Hamill bros have gone so over the top considering it’s a micro budget production. We have a roque cobbler, mad scientists, street thugs, a monster, toxic hobos, gangsters, absolutely brutal deaths, in fact I think there are more deaths in this film than characters!!!

In terms of challenges I think the budget restricted special effects in the way we did some of the big deaths, however with real smart camera angles and some real practical use of props, Marc & Carl Hamill along with Clare Ball, really did a great job of conquering this.

UKHS – I know the film is set in the UK and Spain.Can you please tell us a little about the filming locations and how much filming actually took place in Spain?

RF – The majority of the film is filmed in my hometown of Coalville, we have used local businesses such as my shop, along with the oldest building in Coalville, The Red House, and Alison’s Cafe to name a few. There are a few scenes shot in Spain , this basically shows the life style of our bad guy Mr Marcais in comparison to the city in the film (Haven Port City) which he himself reduced it too.

rf1UKHS – What’s the atmosphere been like on the set?

RF – It’s a lot of fun. Marc, Carl and me are pretty much film geeks. We have a great laugh. We all get along and learn from each other. It’s been great to meet so many people with such a passion to be in this film.

UKHS – The film is a British Grindhouse style action thriller, which is Produced by The Hamill Bros. Can you please tell us without giving too much away if we will see tasty elements of pure blood and gore?

RF – There is a lot of blood, murder, drugs and gun fire. Along with fighting, explosions and some of the deaths are really over the top and show homage to some of the great 1980s horror flicks.

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

RF – You need to create suspense. I think using great camera angles and the right music your on the right path. The timing has to be impeccable, bit of smoke, flicking lighting, such cheap and simple effects go along way. Blood and gore, you don’t need to show too much but enough, sometimes less can be more and leave in to the audiences imagination.

rf4UKHS – Finally, what other projects are you currently working on that you can tell UKHS about?

RF – I’m currently appearing in 3 shorts as part of the series of Hunted films, starting with ‘Hunted – Outbreak’. Next year I have 2 feature films to do, one is horror and the other one is a gangster movie. I’m also currently working on the Indiegogo campaign to help raise money for post production on ‘The Wrong Floor’.

UKHS – Good luck with all those, Ryan and thanks again for your time.

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An Interview with Jessica Felice by Dean Sills

jf2An Interview with Jessica Felice by Dean Sills

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

JF – I got into Acting at an early age. I was probably 5 years old and at camp ..Ha! But I was highly influenced by my father (who sadly passed away in an accident during my time in College. He never got to see my film work) who also studied Acting/Broadcasting in College and we shared a love of the craft. Honestly I can’t remember ever not wanting to be an actress. I did community theatre and plays as a child which lead me to study acting and diction outside of school from the age of 13-18 as well as in HS where I also was in an improv troupe that worked on teen issues to help other teens. And of course did lots of theatre in HS and after. After that I took a few months off and toured with a professional Children’s theatre company across the states, did some dinner theatre and summer stock, and came back to College where I studied at UMBC where I received my BA degree in Acting (Theatre).

After which I did more professional theatre local as well as touring again, summer stock etc. I decided to try my hand at film acting after a few years doing theatre. While experimenting with this new playground, I discovered that, while I really enjoyed the live aspect (as well as linear aspect) of the stage, I also really, really found I loved the intimacy of what the camera could bring. I found film work to be very organic and real for me. So I started doing more extra work, commercials, TV, Indie films, student films, short films, whatever I could get myself involved in. In the last few years, I also have been doing some voice-over work as well (another fun medium) where I’ve enjoyed recording some commercials, a video game, advertisements for businesses as well as some industrial work, and even plan on doing a villain in an animated feature! I just love to act and perform. It’s kind of who I am. It’s a part of me.

jf5I certainly do not view myself as a hobbyist by any means. I was also drawn to the craft of acting because I was painfully shy growing up and it sort of brought me out of that shell so to speak. I felt safe in that environment and still do. It’s so freeing to be able to explore these amazing women I get to portray. Sometimes I didn’t even realize I could but it’s like being on a playground for me, where I can express myself without limitations in a very safe kind of environment.

And honestly its also a bit of a high to be able to share that kind of intimate energy with other actors. I love this art so much. It’s the one place I feel at home, even if it potentially may get uncomfortable as some stories do. It’s about giving life to that character. It’s a beautiful feeling to be able to tell a good story with a very real and layered character who has something to say and more to give. I got into Modeling by chance, honestly I modeled once at the age of 13 and didn’t again until a few years ago after I did a show in Las Vegas (I worked in stage magic for several years). I did it primarily to again get out of my shell more. I find that if you are more comfortable in your own skin you will have fewer limitations. The more fearless a person is as an actress, a model, or in life in general I feel the happier they will become. Think about it if you have fewer obstacles that hold you back.

The more successful we can become. I think the more fears, doubts, and self loathing we have the harder it is to manifest into whatever positive people we may strive to be. I’m always trying to change that caterpillar into whatever colourful butterfly I’m supposed to become. I associate myself greatly with the Phoenix from myths. I’ve had many personal hardships and am constantly picking myself up out of the ashes and pushing myself to try to fly. Modeling for me was no different. It was a way for me to discover what was and is sometimes holding me back. We all have flaws but it’s also about embracing what others might see that we might not. So I started modeling sexy crazy some risqué pictures to get me out of the shy girl mode, and into whatever I need to be to make it in this industry as well as in life.

I see it as a very positive experience. I’ve modeled now for some alternative pages, a couture magazine, and now I just recently was seen in The Official Scream Queen’s Magazine (an online and physical magazine) which focuses on Horror and the Actresses in the genre being I’m starting to gain a bit of attention in that community they asked me to be their first pictorial and actress interviewed. I am very honoured. I do still consider myself to be more of an actress than a model but I find I have a respect for both arts. What I enjoy so much about the horror genre is that I have always been attracted to dark and mysterious things. Horror allows me to open a doorway to express the darkness within.

 

jf4UKHS – Before we talk about your acting career can I just say congratulations on breaking two of Houdini’s most difficult escape challenges. Can you please tell us a little about your work as an amazing Escape Artist and how did you get into Magic?

JF – Thank you so much! I’m very proud of it! I forget how long it was but I don’t know if I could do it that quickly again, lots and lots of practice! Yes I worked touring in Stage Magic across the states, and worked doing some Escape Art like above’s mentioned Houdini Mailbag Escape and Straight Jacket Escape (trained by Shawn Anthony who was an established Magician before he became a director) as well as Assisting, I even performed a few small close up bits of magic in several shows (cabaret style).

I loved magic as a child and went to see David Copperfield when I was a kid. I thought he was the most alluring and magical person I’d ever seen. So I collected magic sets at a young age but then kind of stopped in High School. It wasn’t until much later when I became friends with a magician that he said you should try assisting. With your background in acting and your petite form you’d probably be great. So I tried it for a year or two, and started unfortunately to get a little bored and felt like something was missing…so he said let me teach you some of what I do…. So I started studying escape and small close up pieces and found I rather enjoyed it.

There is something very alluring about a woman doing what is commonly seen as a man’s performance art. I wanted to free myself (pun intended) of the binds of that stereotype and show a woman could be just as quick and as good, and the symbolism for that freedom was great escaping the ties that bind in more words or less. I worked in Vegas at the Royal Resort (in 2010) with Shawn Anthony and Christian Diamond as well as several mentalists and other magicians. The small theatre space was on the edge of the strip and so, I started doing escapes in there. It lasted for me for a couple of years touring to small and large houses, but then I started heavily getting back into acting and honestly that’s my first love but I always will have a respect for the craft of magic as well since so much does go into that art.

As in both forms of art practice is key. You have to always be your best and give 110%. I feel working in that environment helped me too (as well as working on stage before it) to be as disciplined as I can be. In 2009 I took a class in-between for acting for the camera and it was just kind of life changing for me. Though at the time I was still doing stage magic, my love of acting was sparked again and I honestly haven’t looked back but I am proud of my time in the industry.

I also had the opportunity to perform at the World Magic Seminar. I did enjoy assisting in the The Grande Illusions (Copperfield-like) and I got to do Metamorphosis there which is basically a beautiful illusion with a large chest where the Magician and the assistant change places after one is locked inside. It was very exciting and again a lot of work was involved. I feel this work has definitely influenced me.

 

jf1UKHS – In ‘Manifestation’ you play the challenging role of Anna. The movie is about the death of the couple’s only child. How did you prep for a role like this and what were the main challenges that you faced during the shoot?

JF – I am prepping now for the challenging role of Anna. We haven’t filmed yet. It’s slated to film this September. This year, I watched a couple of films I was told highly inspired this film such as Antichrist and Possession. Both films are very bizarre and psychologically driven. I loved Antichrist it’s so disturbing the acting was so good and raw that I was drawn into it emotionally.

My character (in Manifestation) is scarred for life by the horrible event where her child disappears and is said to be dead. She suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and massive anxiety and leaves her husband to forget her troubles. Unfortunately he finds her and through these horrible events both she and her husband have manifested this horrific creature out of their pain and guilt and fear, or have they?

Anna struggles within her grief, trying to find peace but has gone off the deep end. I hope to make her as real as possible so that audiences don’t know whether to feel sorry for her, like her, hate her, or be drawn to her. I don’t want this to be a typical horror or be cheesy. Hopefully she will be relatable to an extreme. When someone goes through grief that intense something is going to crack and she is broken. Like I said I’m still researching and developing this amazing role that I have been privileged to take on. I hope to bring her justice. I feel my main challenge is keeping her as real and organic as I possible, without falling into the trap of a “B” style movie.

While it is a Horror film it also is a drama and there should be a happy medium. This script does have some really bizarrely scary moments though so hopefully people will enjoy it who love the Horror Genre. Personally, I also tend to go for the misunderstood characters and I relate to them for whatever reason. I also love to tackle the Anti heroes who turn out to be different than how we see them from the start, so the perspective may change gradually. I’m very excited about playing her however and look forward to it. She will be one of the most challenging roles for me to date.

 

jf7UKHS – What other current projects are you working on that you can tell us about?

JF – Currently, I’m filming a short film called, The Price. I play Elizabeth, who  of sorts who is trying to help out a girl (Stacy) who is going through a difficult time. However with my brand of help brings a price and it must be paid…I don’t wish to give it away! I’m also scheduled to film this fall, The Haunted, which is a ghost story. It’s kind of a love story cloaked in horror again I do not wish to give it away but this will also be equally challenging to Anna in Manifestation. In this film I will play a dual role- Shannon who runs an old manor-Blackwood Manor, and Katherine an evil vengeful spirit, should be interesting to say the least.

I’m Really looking forward to this one too!! I love the challenge. Also, I’m in talks currently for a web series, and several other shorts (both horror and sci fi, one offhand is called Poison and am waiting to finish it), and I was recently cast in a TV pilot (serial/drama) set in Philly, but I am waiting to hear back as well as another feature film (Horror). I can’t give more info until I am allowed to. And of course I recently was working on a shoot/interview for the above magazine and I am waiting on working on an animated project (as said) called Ultima Force where I play Madam Witch who is the secondary villain.

I can’t freaking wait!! I’ve always wanted to do an animation. I have multiple projects in the mix. I just love to be working! I’m happiest when I’m busy. I also have my first mainstream project lined up but am on an NDA so I can’t discuss that one just yet ! But keep an eye out in the next year or two …

 

jf6UKHS – You have done a number of movies for HellFire Club Studio Pictures, working with the director and producer,Shawn Anthony on 4 movies including the upcoming film ‘The Haunted’. What do you enjoy most about working with Shawn and which movie have you enjoyed working on the most?

JF – I enjoy working with Shawn Anthony quite a bit. He’s very professional and a very hard working Director. He wears multiple hats (of which I have a great deal of respect for) and I’m so proud to have been part of some of his projects. He gets better and better. Honestly I’m very excited about filming The Haunted. he wrote the screenplay, and the 3 other projects I was working on, as well as Poison, and The Price. He’s a very giving person on set and loves subtle acting (which I love as well). Shawn has this magical way of getting a performance from an actor, that perhaps they didn’t even know existed in themselves. It’s wonderful working with him. I think my favourite film to date with him thus far has been Soulmate:True Evil Never Dies.

It was his first film as a writer and director, and it was my very first Lead in an Independent feature film. I played psychic Kate Stephans who was connected psychically to Jack the Ripper who has come back from the dead and started his killing spree again it’s very intelligently written, even though it was Shawn’s first film. I felt the script was just brilliant. I had my first ever love scene in that film. It was a lot of firsts for me. So I hold a special place in my heart for it. Also I was honoured (as well as other actors) on winning 2 awards for this film at 2 separate festivals in DC. One at the World Music and independent Film Festival and also at The Hot Media International Film Festival.

I just felt so blessed to be a part of it. Shawn was the first Director to ever really give me a chance as a strong female lead, and truthfully that’s something that I’ll never forget. I was very humbled by this experience for numerous reasons. I also pushed myself harder than I had before for any film project previous to it. The film went on to winning multiple awards for Shawn, Actors, and other. I’m super proud of it. I also had the honour of being nominated twice for Scarlett in Vampires Rise of the Fallen which was an action/horror film. That was an interesting experience for sure. I enjoyed that film for the fact that I did a lot of character work in it as well, I am also proud of that role.

jf10The other was for The American Werewolf Project where I played Victoria a grad student searching for answers, which was much more of a typical “B” movie horror and kind of poked fun at that stereotype. I did however do some behind the scenes work (left over from Vampires) and assisted on an FX mask for the Wolf character. That was very fun to do. Working with clay and such. I have done a lot of my own street/painted make-up on these independent films which stems from theatre I feel. I’ve always loved painted and crazy make-up and almost went that route career wise, but just love acting more. It’s been a side love of mine for years! So that was just a fun project to do. Just scary all American fun.

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

JF – Oh wow that’s a tough question! I feel the most important main 3 ingredients needed to make a classic horror flick are being 1) Fearless (must take risks expect to get bloody, intense emotional, or have to step outside the comfort zone of every day life), 2) Professionally disciplined (Show up on time, do the work, study the project and research as much as you can), and of course remember to  3) Have Fun! You have to love what you are doing or it will show on camera.

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

JF – Haha! hmmm I think if I was on a desert Island I’d want a survival pocket knife,has things on it like knife, flashlight in mini form with batteries etc .. Water jug and a first aid kit mini. Haha! I’m such a girl  Maybe food and a second person? Haha!

 

jf8UKHS – Finally, what are your greatest strengths as an actress and what would be your dream role?

JF – I feel my greatest strengths as an actress are that I try my best to be very giving on a set I love to listen to other actors and observe while sharing that energy. I can get emotional very easy but can also keep it subtle, and I consider myself to be fearless and constantly testing myself to overcome those limitation that hold me back. I think I’m easygoing and fun to work with too. I do the work. I give 110% in EVERYTHING I do. And, I’m a believer in discipline and rehearsals as well as preparation. It’s very important to me, as is a job well done. Respect and love of this craft go hand in hand for me. That’s really about it.

My dream role? Wow I’d love to be an iconic character but I really don’t know who. I think I’d love play a fairy tale role or sci fi fantasy role in something epic like Lord of the Rings or Wizard of Oz or something from classical literature where the perspective is flipped upside down. I’d love to work with Directors such as Tim Burton, Joss Whedon, Steven Spielberg or even do something like American Horror Story, Penny Dreadful, or Grimm.

I really look to actresses like Helena Bonham-Carter, Jessica Lange, and Ava Green for inspiration. I want to be that kind of fearless actress that will leap off a cliff for a role figuratively speaking of course, and go whatever distance it takes to tell a great story. As said, I also love playing the Anti Hero and misunderstood but strong spirited women who have gone through something but persevered or are trying to. Whatever I tackle I feel I have to learn from and grow from it or it’s not worth it. My dream is to create and explore as many characters as possible that challenge me as much as possible. I’d love to inspire others to fulfil their dreams no matter how hard the path gets and how many obstacles are in the way. Life is short. it’s all about the exploration and the journey. Thank you so much for this interview! It’s a pleasure to meet you and talk with you.

 

UKHS – You are welcome, Jessica, it’s been a true pleasure talking to you. Keep up the great work and thanks again for your time.

JF -Thank you also to everyone who has supported me along the way. Here are some links to check out my work from.

Recent trailer for a film short I’m still working on (from a couple weeks ago) called Poison.

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My IMDB – CLICK HERE

Extended Reel -new one coming soon

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Soulmate Trailer this film is coming out this month! I will let you know when it does 🙂 (I won for 2 Festivals WMIFF in 2012 and HMIFF in 2013 for Best Actress) My favourite role to date.

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Vampires: Rise of the Fallen (Feature)-I was nominated for best Actress at 2 festivals (WMIFF and HMIFF)for this also and the film won several awards.

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My website, it needs an update, but you will get an idea.  CLICK HERE

Jessica’s FACEBOOK PAGE – CLICK HERE

 

An Interview with Jessica Ann Bonner by Dean Sills

An Interview with Jessica Ann Bonner by Dean Sills

jab6UKHS – Jessica, thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene. You have hit the Indie scene hard and show no signs of slowing down or stopping. How did you get into acting and modelling and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

Jessica – Why thank you! I was scouted as a model when I was 18 and studying at Drama school, I went on to do my first feature Devils Tower – Dom burns. I realised I wanted to work in horror as I absolutely loved being killed off, throwing myself around and getting covered in blood!

 

 

UKHS – You play Jordan in ‘Bad Moon Rising’. Can you tell us a little about this Horror film and the character you play in it?

Jessica – Bad Moon Rising is a werewolf film with a twist! It’s about three paranormal researchers that are researching the strange happenings of a small Bulgarian village… I play Jordan, one of the trio, she’s kick ass, not afraid of anything and completely sceptical!

 

 

jab1UKHS – You have recently worked on a number of movies including ‘Christmas Slay’, ‘Serial Kaller’ and ‘Valley of the Witch’ What can you tell us about these projects and the different types of characters you play?

Jessica – Wow, they are all completely different, Christmas Slay was a challenge for me as I was the lead – Emma, she’s this sweet vulnerable girl who’s a little downtrodden, and throughout the film you see her getting stronger and becomes real hardcore as she has a full on fight scene with Santa! Valley of the Witch was the complete opposite, I play Agnes Morehouse a witch who was burnt at the stake, she comes back to life with the other witches to take revenge!

Again Serial kaller is the complete opposite! I play Frankie, I loved playing her she brought the comic element in the film along with Suzi Lorraine’s character Lucy. I had a lot of fun playing the bitchy dumbass character. Oh and my death is awesome!

 

 

jab3UKHS – I am actually thrilled to be working on a Horror film called ‘Self Induced Nightmares Part 2’ because I know you are also in this. I play a character called Amos in one of the segments. What can you tell us about your character and segment and how did you get involved in the project?

Jessica – High five! Awesome! S.I.N. Part 2 is the brainchild of the fabulously talented Daniel Brownie! It is designed to give film makers a chance to get their work distributed. I play Emma, in the main wrap around story ‘Girls Night in’. Dan actually wrote the role for me, which is fantastic. We worked on Serial Kaller and the Undead together and he wanted to push me to do something I haven’t done before. So it’s very exciting and very twisted!

 

 

jab2UKHS – Thank you, Jessica. You have worked with Dani Thompson on a number of films. What do you enjoy most about working with Dani and do the two of you have any plans to do more films together in the near future?

Jessica – I have indeed! The best thing about Dani is that you can have fun with her! When you’ve been working really strenuous scenes like when we were in Bulgaria, I bought a Nerf gun and we would run around shooting the crew! Be warned she has AMAZING aim! We also broke into an abandoned school and scared ourselves silly. We do indeed, we have a film coming up that’s being filmed in the London tombs scare attraction, but I can’t say too much at the moment!

 

 

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

Jessica – Ooooh! Well Scream is my favourite horror so you need; sex appeal, a stalker and lots of blood!

 

 

jab5UKHS – If you were stranded on a desert island, which three items would you want to have with you?

Jessica – I would have gone for a boat but I’m so scared of Jaws getting me I’ve had to change my mind! Fried chicken – so I won’t starve and I LOVE fried chicken, the pet rescue game so I don’t get bored and sun screen so I don’t burn!

 

 

UKHS – Finally, what’s the most shocking thing you have done as an actress and how do you prepare for scenes like this?

Jessica – When I was working on the Undead, director Dan Brownlie had me running and throwing myself through a forest, I was cut up and bruised and then had to have fingers shoved in my mouth to rip my face open! He worked me so hard that I ended up vomiting everywhere and he had to hold my hair back. Needless to say that’s how I ‘prepare’ for a role. I don’t, I just go for it. I give it my all!

 

 

UKHS – Thanks, Jessica. Keep up the great work and good luck with all your projects!

Jessica’s IMDB page – HERE 

An Interview with Blaze of Gory writer Blaize-Alix Szanto by Dean Sills

An Interview with Blaze of Gory writer Blaize-Alix Szanto by Dean Sills

bog3UKHS – Hello Blaize. First of all, let me start by saying a huge thank you for chatting with us at UK Horror Scene. Can you tell us a little about yourself and when did your first start writing gory horror stories?

Blaize – Well, I’m 17 soon to be 18 and I’m super excited about it! I’m quite an outgoing person once you get to know me but other than that I like to keep myself to myself although the bright hair doesn’t really allow for that! I got into writing from a really young age (8/9) from writing in school etc. But I got into the horror scene during secondary school, there wasn’t really any reason behind it I just really enjoy being able to sicken people with something that isn’t real!

 

UKHS – I believe it was your mum who put you in touch with the film’s producer, David V G Davies after you wrote the first story. How excited are you that David decided to turn your stories into a movie?

Blaize – I am totally overwhelmed that this has happened all from a few stories that I wrote! I think what makes it even more amazing for me is the fact that I enjoy writing and I didn’t write my stories for anyone else so when Dave asked for them I was really dubious about it. Even now, when the project has been going for nearly 2 years I’m still overwhelmed by it all.

 

bog1UKHS – Which story did you enjoy writing the most and did you base any of the characters on real life people?

Blaize – I have to say that I can’t choose a favourite story if I’m honest, the one I enjoyed writing the most was If You Were Here because it was the story I got most engrossed in. None of the characters are based on real life people, it’s all made up.

UKHS – Congratulations on directing one of the segments ‘Beer Cellar’. Was it a nerve-racking experience directing one of your own stories or did you feel relaxed and totally at home?

Blaize – Being as I had never directed before, I was nervous at first but all the cast and crew were amazing and they made me feel so at home that I lost the nerves soon after we started filming. Dave was a massive help and he guided me through everything which made it all a little easier. As well as that I am so grateful to have been able to direct the segment as I made some life long friends and experiences that will stay with me forever.

 

bog5UKHS – What’s your favourite Horror movie and why?

Blaize – I couldn’t chose a favourite! There’s far too many that I enjoy. Although a film that I could watch over and over without getting bored is the French film Martyrs, its an amazing film and will always be an all time favourite. I don’t really scare much at films and I’m not squeamish but A Serbian Film made me physically throw up!

 

UKHS – What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Blaize – The only advice I feel is best is that what you write will never be good to anyone else unless you believe in it yourself. Write for yourself, not for others and don’t write for the sake of it, you need to really enjoy it to produce good work.

 

bog2UKHS – If you were stranded on a desert island which three items would you want to have with you?

Blaize – I have conversations about this with my friends all the time! Its quite a hard one, but it goes without saying that I’d have a pen and paper, none of these computers, I like the good old fashioned way. That counts as two things though! Damn! I would also choose to have myiPod because I literally can’t write without music, it helps me concentrate.

 

UKHS – Finally, do you have any plans to continue writing and if so will it be something that isn’t horror-oriented or do you enjoy the gore too much?

Blaize – I will always write because its something that I love to do, it’s a good way to vent and chill out. I think I will always write horror/thriller type stuff because I love how descriptive you can be etc. I aspire to write a book and have it published before I die!

 

bog6UKHS – Blaize, thank you for your time and all the best for the future.

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An Interview with Rudy Barrow by Dean Sills

rb1Rudy Barrow- Interview with Dean Sills

UKHS – The last time I saw you was on the set of ‘The Hooligan Factory’, so it’s good to catch up with you again and talk about your career. First of all, can you please introduce yourself to fans of UKHS who don’t already know you and tell us how you got started in acting and what was the first Film/Tv show that you worked on?

RB – Hi Folks My Name is Barrow, Rudy Barrow, I’m a British Actor, and I’ve been in many films over the years. As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be an actor, so when the chance came up I took drama lessons at school, I was the first one to put my name on the list, My filming career all kicked off when I replied to an ad in my local paper, for extras wanted! I put my name down with the casting agent and bingo my first ever role was, in a film called Split Second, in which I played the part of a police officer. Some of the films and TV shows I’ve been in are. The Bill, Vicar of Dibley, A Killer Conversation, The Lee Mack all star cast, The Hooligan Factory, Evil Up Close, Exorcist Chronicles, Dead Walkers: Rise of The Fourth Reich, Blaze of Glory, The Wrong Floor, Torture and Apostle’s Manoeuvre.

 

UKHS – You recently played an Exorcist in Jason Wright’s ‘Blaze of Gory’ segment “Precious”. How did you get the part and what was it like working with Emily Booth? 

RB – Well I was in a film called A Killer Conversation, and the director, David VG Davies, recommended me to his director friend Jason Wright, as being a good choice for an Exorcist. I do believe that it’s all about being in the right place at the right time, also word of mouth Is still one of the best ways of making contacts/connections. Working with the one and only Emily Booth, was a real pleasure, we worked well together she’s a real pro, and easy on the eye too!

 

rb4UKHS – How did you prepare for your role in ‘Blaze of Gory’ and get into character? 

RB – Practie, Practie, Practie, at least 2 hours a night for a week I learned my lines, and then I learned to say them in different ways, I set up a video camera in my living room to record my performances, and when I was happy, I used that one on the day.

 

UKHS – Do you believe in the supernatural? 

RB – I believe that the is a force out there, which..yes could be called supernatural, put it this way, there are a lot of unexplained things that happen, which nobody, can explain. We are not alone!

 

UKHS – Which film have you enjoyed working on the most and what made it so special? 

RB – Well it would be a bit unfair to pin point any one film, but in my top 3 in no particular order I would have to be.. A Killer Conversation, it was so much fun to make, never laughed so much in my life, next up is The Wrong Floor, action and horror, I got to play the role of a scientist, loved it. Last but not least.. Apostle’s Manoeuvre, in which I play a very old man, a challenge in it’s self.

 

rb3UKHS – How would you describe your acting style?

RB – I would say that my acting style changes with each movie, but on the whole I try to be as natural as possible, I find it looks better on screen, and makes the whole film more enjoyable.

 

UKHS – What is your favorite horror movie? 

RB – My all time Horror/Scifi movie has to be Event Horizon… wicked film, I dare you to watch it at night… alone….an oldie but still worth watching.

 

UKHS – Finally, are you currently working on any other projects which you can tell UKHS about and how do you choose which projects to work on? 

RB – I’m still filming on the set of The Wrong Floor, and Torture, check them out by clicking the links below.

The Wrong Floor – Click Here for IMDB page

Torture – Click Here for IMDB page

I normally choose my projects by director, and script, and when
recommended a trustworthy sorce.

Please see my IMDB Page HERE

My Star Now Page HERE

Blaze of Glory IMDB page HERE

rb2If anyone is free – Film Director Brian Harley will be premièring his new short film, ‘Apostle’s Manoeuvre’ at the end of this month 30th April, in which I play lead role. The link is on facebook below

Apostle’s Manoeuvre première page HERE  

Thanks for the interview Dean, see you in the movies.

UKHS- You are welcome Rudy. Thanks for your time and good luck with all your latest projects. 

An Interview with Nicola Fiore by Dean Sills

nf1An Interview with Nicola Fiore by Dean Sills

Hello Nicola, it’s a real honour to talk to you about your amazing career, so far. Welcome to UKHS.

NF – Thank you! It is always an honor to reach out to horror fans.

UKHS -Nicola, you grew up on a tour bus with your musician parents and soon realized that performing was in your blood. At the age of 13 you started modelling and at 15 you joined a band as a bass guitarist. I guess your musical influences came from your parents but how and when did you get into acting and do you have any role models that you look up to?

NF – I actually played guitar because my father insisted really. He owned a vintage guitar shop and was always bringing home guitars for me and getting me excited to play them. I would enjoy our lessons but enjoyed using the guitars as props much more. It was fun to act like all the musicians on MTV (hair metal was huge when I was growing up) and I would do my hair and make-up like Poison and make my sister and my friends laugh. There were other kids in my school that would always be going to auditions and doing commercials and such. I would always want to know more about what they did but when I asked my Mom if I could do that too she would just accuse me of wanting to get out of going to school. My first semester of my freshman year of high school I took “Introduction to Drama” and that is when I knew I loved it.

 

nf2UKHS – Congratulations on winning “Best Actress” for ‘Slaughter Daughter’ at the Freakshow Film Festival in 2012. In the movie you play a former beauty queen called Farrah, who plots the death of her overbearing mother with the help of your pen-pal, a serial killer on death row. Well done on the performance Nicola. You are not only beautiful but believable and creepy, how much fun did you have playing Farrah Adjani and what was it like working alongside the stunning actress Leesa Rowland?

NF – Thank you! It means so much to hear you say that. The award, reviews and fan response has all been wonderful. I am grateful to everyone! Travis Campbell worked a lot with me on developing Farrah and allowed for me to do it organically and guided me along. And when Leesa came on as Phyllis, there was the interaction that I was hoping for.

She is really fun and has great comic timing with her dialogue so it was the contrast that added to our chemistry. She has been a great friend to me over the years and it is very cool that we worked together on Slaughter Daughter and shared the experience.

 

nf3UKHS – You have an hectic schedule which is great. Can you tell us a little about some of your current projects including ‘Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2′,’ The Lion’s Den’ and ‘Night of Something Strange?

NF – Yes! Making films can be a wild process. Night of Something Strange is a zombie comedy with a fun concept. The idea that a zombie virus can be contracted through STDs is likely the craziest idea ever. It was a great experience to work with a solid ensemble that includes the amazing Brinke Stevens. I actually shot this in 2011 after wrapping on Slaughter Daughter so it was nice to not play the lead that time and see my name all over the call sheet everyday.

After shooting some genre films I was ready for some different material, that is when I met filmmaker Ben Hozie. He had just graduated NYU as a philosophy major and was passionate about filmmaking as well. He had a wonderful concept for his first film “Annunciation” that was based on the medieval painting by Robert Campin of the same name. He wanted to make a triptych type story, in which I would play a modern day mother Mary. “What a stretch!”, I thought! I realized that was exactly why he was interested in casting me and I am glad he did.

I put a lot into that project and we had developed a great working relationship and he invited me to work with him on his new film “The Lion’s Den” which is about a group of radicals living in a modern day commune post occupy wall street. The story becomes somewhat of a comedy of errors and is actually a lot of fun despite the somewhat serious subject matter. I play a street smart drifter type who goes by “Cleo”. She was enjoyable to play amongst a group of other colorful characters and great actors from New York City.

Return to Nuke ‘Em High is Lloyd Kaufman’s latest film. I had started working with him right after he shot Poultrygeist, so this is his first film since I started working with him. He is truly a legend and I really enjoy working with him. I really look forward to working with him again in the future.

 

nf4UKHS – You have been declared a Scream Queen in the horror industry, thanks to your stunning looks, raw talent and great performances in a number of horror films. Can you please tell us which Scream Queen inspired you the most?

NF – I really love the classic performance of Judith O’Dea in Night of the Living Dead. She actually got the chance to view Slaughter Daughter and gave a quote, she said my performance was “powerful” which is probably the coolest thing ever. (It makes me blush just typing her quote) Anytime things get tough and I feel I am losing steam I remember amazing performances like hers are why I do what I do. Thank you for your great work and support, Judith O’Dea!

 

UKHS – You have also produced a number of films. Would you like to do more and do you have a desire to have a go at directing in the near future?

NF – Producing another film with Travis is definitely something I want to do very soon. Directing will inevitably happen at some point, but I am in no rush. I am enjoying the moment I am in now.

 

nf5UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

NF – Well, to make a new classic I would say use one ingredient that no one has ever used before. Dare to be different and experiment!

 

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

NF – Items? Well I guess my iPhone is out since there would be no service. Probably a tooth brush (because, ya know) and maybe a blender to make my smoothies. Oh, but no power either? This game is reminding me to much of Hurricane Sandy the sequel!

 

UKHS – 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?

NF – I prepped the most for Farrah, but Mr. Bricks was for sure the most challenging. I never sang a day in my life and it took a lot of guts to give it what I did. And playing off from Tim Dax also tool a lot of guts. Working on Bricks was also the most rewarding because it was the first time I worked with everyone I worked with on that project.

I have to say that Tim ended up being the actor I have had the most chemistry with. Especially being casted as a love interest with him for 2 films now. I feel like we will work together again and continue to get stronger as we go. We are on our way to become the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan of Indie horror. America’s anti-sweethearts.

 

nf6UKHS – Thanks Nicola, it was a real pleasure to talk to you. Thank you for your time and keep up the great work.

Image courtesy: Nicola Fiore,Lauren Miller, Rich Johnson, Tom Eitnier for KoolGirlieStuff and Jammi York.

Screenshots from ‘Slaughter Daughter’ and ‘Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical’.

Nicola Fiore – IMDb

Nicola Fiore | Facebook
Nicola Fiore (@nicolafiore ) on Twitter

Night of Something Strange – film website

Slaughter Daughter (2014) – Official Trailer

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An Interview with Jasper Cole by Dean Sills

jc1An Interview with Jasper Cole by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hello Jasper and welcome to UK Horror Scene. Thank you for giving us your time especially when you are busy. You are a superb veteran character actor with over 100 credits, well done! How did you get into acting?

JC – My pleasure, thank you as well. I started acting right after high school with a few years of college at The Atlanta Alliance Theatre School where I studied all aspects: writing, directing, acting etc…. I co-wrote and co-starred in a play WILLOW SPRINGS NOW with Becky Canady and after a brief run in Atlanta we moved with the show to LA in 1987 and the show was a hit and the rest as they say is History! lol

I stayed here in Hollywood, got a MGR and agent and started to work in commercials and TV/Films and lots of more theatre. I have done over 20 plays and 50 commercials, Thankfully!
jc2UKHS – UK fans will probably know you best for your unforgettable co-starring role alongside Val Kilmer in ‘MacGruber’. In the movie you play Zeke Pleshette, one of Val Kilmer’s henchman. What was it like working with Val Kilmer and did you enjoy filming in New Mexico?

JC – Val was fantastic in every way. I was and I am a fan of his work so for me it was a real privilege to work with him and he was very funny in the film. He wasn’t know for doing a lot of comedy so I know he really loved the script and was hilarious as “Cunth”. We talked politics a lot cause at that time there was rumors that Val was interested in running for Governor of New Mexico where he also lives. I’m blessed that ‘MacGruber’ has garnered a cult following on DVD etc and there is talk of a sequel as well.

 

jc3UKHS – Well done Jasper. I actually remember Val beginning his acting career in comedy playing Nick Rivers in ‘Top Secret!’ back in 1984. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, including ‘The Purge: Anarchy’, ‘Captured’, ‘Model Home’ and ‘Fields of the Undead’ and the characters you play?

JC – I am really blessed to be working on these great films starting with The Purge: Anarchy…. I play a “Homeless Man” who lives in a dimpsy dumpster trash can during the 12 hour purge and it’s creepy and scary. It was an honor to work with producers Michael Bay and Jason Blum and of course director James DeMonaco and it comes out in June. I was a huge fan of the first Purge and this one will definitely make the fans happy.Captured is another great film about a group of young musicians who return to the lead singer’s family home to shoot a music video and I play “Shelley” the groundskeeper who has been there since she was a kid and knows lots of secrets.

Its stars Brittany Curran and Kirsten Prout and it’s directed by the amazing Joe Arias. Model Home is one of the best scripts I have read ever…it’s a thriller about a foreclosed home that is “staged” by hiring a single mother and her young son to actually live in the house while they try to sell it. Monique Gabriela Curnen stars as the mother who also happens to be bipolar and lives in a paranoid delusional state. I play a desert rat named “Walker” who is in the wrong place at the wrong time when he stumbles into her nightmare. Director Patrick Cunningham is one to watch out for and the film also stars Emmy winning actress Kathy Baker.
Fields of the Undead and Spirit are two films that came to me via one of the producers of Captured, Ewan Bourne who offered me these two roles and I am thrilled to be in them. They are both grindhouse films that are gritty and raw. In Fields I’m opposite two horror legends Michael Berryman and Kane Hodder and in Spirit I co-star as a creepy Butler opposite Horror veteran Lynn Lowry.

 

jc4UKHS – You are about to start work on a new Horror movie called ‘Savage Sistas’. In the movie a group of street smart women ( including the actresses Erica Renee Davis and Denee Busby ) get stranded on a lonely highway to Vegas, they must fight for survival against a family of psychotic rednecks. Can you tell us about your character Badcop and will the movie be similar to ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ and ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’? 

JC – Savage Sistas is another unique horror film especially since the four leads are beautiful African, American women who kick ass and really aren’t victims at all….Daniel Smith is a new director in this genre but has a long impressive resume. I was first and foremost thrilled to get to play a COP even if he isn’t a very nice one..lol..because I’m usually always on the wrong side of the law and yes there are shades of Hills Have Eyes and Chainsaw in this film but it’s really driven by the amazing female leads. Rarely if ever do you see four strong women in a Horror film who don’t get killed in the first 5 minutes (SPOILER ALERT) lol

Savage Sistas (Trailer)

 

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

JC – Blood, a knife and a really LOUD scream!

 

jc5UKHS – If you could have dinner with three guests (living or dead), who
would you choose and why?

JC – Wow that’s a tough one….first up, well for being a comedy legend and for having the most amazing work ethic ever….Joan Rivers….I’m not star struck easily but that would be a moment for me. Our paths have almost crossed over the years and hopefully they will. Second, I wish I had known and worked with my favorite all time actor Montgomery Clift so just to sit down and talk with him would be a gift and lastly I would love to be able to meet and talk with legendary director/producer Roger Corman…I was fortunate enough to be invited to his home for a Christmas party some years back but only spoke briefly because there were so many people but for me to actually have the time to hear all about his journey and the ups and downs he has conquered along the way would be a real gift!

jc7UKHS – 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?

JC – I will answer the second part first…every actor is different and we all have our own approach to what we do..for me….I always say acting is REACTING and staying in the moment and just keeping it simple and real….I don’t over analyze it too much at all because I know its not brain surgery and I like to have fun when I work.

Tv/film is all about playing it small and the camera picks up every little moment so you have to keep it small and remember that whatever you are feeling the camera will show it. Probably playing the mute son in HANSEL & GRETEL last year opposite Dee Wallace was a challenge because I had never played a character that really didn’t talk in the film and yet I had to try to make him real and not a caricature.

An Interview with Damon Rickard by Dean Sills

Damon Rickard & friends

Damon Rickard & friends

An Interview with Damon Rickard by Dean Sills.

UKHS – Thank you for your time Damon and welcome to UKHS.

When did you first discover your passion for filmmaking and writing and how did you team up with Alex Mathieson, your Co-Writer and Co-Director of  ‘The Tour’?

DR – I’ve had a passion for films and filmmaking as far back as far back as I can remember. When I was in my teens we made some really rather ridiculous short films which will likely never see the light of day. And trust me this is a good thing! The first screenplay I wrote was about 15 years ago but it never went anywhere. Unfortunately it was too big a scale for me to do and I was unable to get any funding for it. And amazingly it wasn’t a horror but a heist movie told over 3 decades. I’m sure I’ll revisit it at some point.

Alex I met almost 20 years ago. We worked in a video store together for a couple of years but shared such a passion for both film and music that we have remained firm friends since. We’ve both always wanted to make films so just thought there’s no time like the present. Financial commitments and life in general have just seemed to get in the way before and within the blink of an eye 10 years passes. We didn’t want another 10 years to pass before we did anything about it.

 

Co- Director Alex Mathieson

Co- Director Alex Mathieson

UKHS – Who are your biggest influences and what’s your favourite Horror movie?

DR – My biggest influences growing up would be the likes of Carpenter, Romero, Raimi, Cronenberg and Hitchcock. For other reasons Stephen King, Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero. Although all three of those have tried their hand at directing, that’s not where my influence comes from with them. If we look at the more modern horror film makers I’d say the likes of Ti West, Eli Roth, James Wan, the Soska sisters, the Pierce brothers (who did Deadheads) and Adam Green. None of these guys are just churning out typical horror. They’ve all got their own style and way of story telling. Too much modern horror has no identity, From the likes of The Pact to The House At The End of The Street you would have no idea who the filmmaker behind it was. There’s some exciting new talent on the horror block and hopefully I can get myself among them!

As for my favourite horror film, well I always struggle between The Thing and Day of the Dead with this. So can I just pick both as an equal favourite?

 

dr2UKHS – Can you tell us about ‘The Tour’ and where did you and Alex get the inspiration from for the short?

DR – The tour is a take on the haunted house story. It’s set in a town which boasts the most haunted house in Britain and this keeps tourists flooding in to help keep the town alive economically. The house itself is closed to the public as there have been numerous unexplained deaths there but after taking a shine to one of the people on a particular tour, the guide promises to show them the inside of the house. His libido starts taking over from his common sense. The girls, intrigued to know the secrets of the house accept but don’t count on what is waiting for them inside.

The story started as something we felt we could pull off as a low to no budget film. So we wanted something with minimal principle cast and few locations. We also wanted to do something that we would want to see. We’re both massive fans of Robert Wise’s The Haunting and in films such as this the house is a character. We liked the idea of
giving this character a purpose. And in the current economic climate where we’re seen high street stores shut down in quick succession we realised that some places literally have nothing left keeping them going. All the money starts going out of the towns and soon enough people start relocating.

Some towns in England are very set in their ways and something like this would ruin them so there was room to explore how a town would cope. Luckily for Darkmoor, it has this haunted house to keep tourists coming in and spending their money at their bars, their cafe’s etc. And thus Darkmoor Manor was born.

 

 

Jessica Cameron

Jessica Cameron

UKHS – I am very excited about your cast especially the lovely, beautiful Jessica Cameron. Wow! Getting Jessica in your movie is the greatest magic act since Dynamo did that levitation trick at Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. How did you pull this off and what can you tell us about your other leading lady, Heather Dorff?

DR – With Jessica I’d like to say it was all down to my English charm. But I also hope it was down to an interesting script. It’s not going to be an atypical haunted house story. But we’re keeping things secret for now. I have been following Jessica for quite a while now and boy are my legs tired!! Haha. In all seriousness I have had her on Twitter for some time and we got chatting as she’s very interactive with her fans. More so when she was promoting Truth or Dare and I also reviewed To Jennifer which she is in. This led to us talking about The Tour and she agreed to have a read of the script which luckily she loved. I also promised her Skittle Bombs – a take on the Jager Bomb that tastes just like a mouthful of skittles!! I think it was this that got the final yes!!

Heather I knew from being one of Jessica’s actors in Truth or Dare. She told me that Heather had also seen the script and was interested in taking the other role. We had been struggling to find someone to take on Cassie but Heather was perfect. So it was really Jessica’s influence that got us Heather.

 

festival the film has been accepted into.UKHS – I interviewed Jessica last year and I asked her about working in the UK, so I am delighted you and Alex have achieved this, just remember to hide all the duct tape before you begin filming!! What can you tell us about the rest of the cast and crew and have you worked with any of them before?

DR – I’m curious if this duct tape goes beyond the Truth or Dare set and if there’s anything I should know haha? Well we are delighted to have Richard Bell as our DoP. He’s recently over from Australia and is a real talent to watch for. We’ve also got a post production house working with us that are very experienced and at the end of it we should have a product that looks 10 times what it cost to make. Alex has worked with a number of the people we are using before. He used to work at E4 and now is at MTV as a creative director and is using the people he trusts to help us out on this project. We will also be announcing our male lead later today.

 

UKHS – The duct tape does go beyond the Truth or Dare set, if you read Jessica’s interview at UKHS you will find out!

If you could go on a Tour of a real haunted house with three people (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

DR – Ooh good question. I think my first would be Scorsese – what that man doesn’t know about films probably isn’t worth knowing. My second choice would be David Mamet as I think he is one of the greatest screenwriters of all time. And lastly I’d go with Ginger, the frontman for The Wildhearts. He has given me some of the best experiences and memories of music in my life and has been doing so since I was 16.

 

Heather Dorff

Heather Dorff

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

DR -For me there are very specific things which classic horror needs. The first and I think the most important are likeable characters. Without these you don’t care what happens to them and that makes it very difficult to build any tension.

The second is sound and score. You really need to have the right choices here to build a sense of dread. I remember watching Argento’s Phenomena and out of nowhere Iron Maiden starts playing. Whilst I love a bit of Maiden, it didn’t fit and stopped you being in the moment with the film.

The third is fake jumps and other such cliches. And not to have them in but to avoid them. The Haunting In Connecticut had so many false scares that you just got fed up with slow turning handles, shower curtains etc etc etc. Also things appearing from around a corner, yawn or no signals for mobile phones. The list of over used tactics grows longer by the day. For instance don’t just chuck into the screenplay that mobile phones don’t work – to me that’s becomes lazy. Embrace the use of the phone or perhaps write the phone out in some other way.

Also the bad guys when they are revealed to the protagonist always become different. They start speaking weirdly, cock and rub their head a lot and just act “crazy”. And I never understand why if they were like that from the beginning that’s fine but to have a total 180 of their character right at the end is just annoying. With the Tour we are hopefully avoiding as many cliches as possible and any we do use will be embraced for what they are.

 

UKHS – Will you be working on any other projects after ‘The Tour’ that you can tell UKHS about?

DR – Both Alex and I are writing. I have a couple of shorts that I’m wanting to do as well as a feature. One of my shorts is planned to mess around with emotion. Taking you from a high to a low incredibly quickly and have the audience feel confused as to what they should be feeling. I also want to try and do something different with the zombie genre. This is one of my favourite areas of horror but it has been taken over by the mainstream in recent years. Especially since the arrival of The Walking Dead. So I want to do something that removes itself from the current mainstream output. Films like The Dead are great and have managed to do this but it’s still zombie films we’ve seen before. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just not what I want to do.

Ti West has been taking genre films and giving us something fresh so it shows it can still be done. I’m not saying I’m the man to give zombies back to independent horror just that I want to try and do it differently to hopefully give the audience something they haven’t seen before.

 

UKHS – Thank you, Damon and good luck with ‘The Tour’.

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