A Life in Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen May 2017
Hunters and an interview with horror and mainstream actor Jason Vail
While in South Carolina for Mad Monster Party I was able to catch up with Jason Vail and watch his new film Family Possessions. Jason and I recently worked together on Hunters, a film directed by Adam Ahlbrandt and starring legendary scream queen Linnea Quigley. I was fortunate enough to be acting on set for a few days in Ahlbrandt’s crazy art house film, Hunters.. The cast also includes: Linnea Quigley, Tina Krause, SaunPaul Costello, Gordon Price, Jason Vail, Ellie Church, Haley Madison, Anthony Edward Curry, Tiffany Loretta Carroll, Melissa Heflin, Victor Bonacore, and many more talented actors and actresses of the horror genre. Horror fans that enjoy super disturbing horror can look for Hunter on Amazon.com, but it’s definitely not a film for the squeamish.
It was a real pleasure to play the disturbing part of Edna in this sick, twisted film. It was great working with camera operator C. G. Noir and Ahlbrandt once again. Speaking of sick and twisted; look for me also in Ahlbrandt upcoming The Sadist, which also stars Linnea Quigley. Ahlbrandt explains Hunters, “In the year 1987 a group of film makers ventured into an abandoned coal mining town intending to scout the location… The depraved fates that they were to endure stand forever as a testament to the darkness within the hearts of men.”
I was really excited when I was offered the role of Edna. Horror fans will get to see me in my most disturbing, shocking, and challenging role to date! It was a really intense roller coaster ride of gore playing this character! I can’t wait for the horror fans to see Hunters! Prepare to be shocked and dazzled!
Some readers may also know Jason Vail from his work in Gut, Abraham Lincoln Versus Zombies, Hunting Grounds, The Cabin, and Family Possessions. In addition, Jason works on a lot of mainstream projects TAMMY with Melissa McCarthy, BOO A MADEA HALLOWEEN, AN ACTOR PREPARES with Jeremy Irons, ACRIMONY with Taraji P. Henson.
It was thrilling working with Jason on Hunters and seeing his performance in Family Possessions was so impressive that I decided to interview him for Ukhorrorscene!
Genoveva: What are some of your memories of being on set of this brutal film called Hunters?
Jason: That it was a fun set, a lot of cool people to spend a day with in Long Island, NY. Got to drive an awesome car. I met and got to work with you (Genoveva Rossi) And thank god it wasn’t cold, because we were soaked in fake blood for most the night, lol. I think Adam is addicted to that stuff, after each take he would pour on twice as much as the time before, LOL. I was drenched down to my socks in it. A blast.
Genoveva: Can you tell us a bit about your experience working with Adam Ahlbrandt on his twisted artfilm Hunters?
Jason: Adam is a great guy, super chill but totally an artist in everything he does. He gives the actor lots of freedom to do their thing. Which is a gift. And his camera work is impeccable. The guy knows how to do so much with so very little. That is an artist.
Genoveva: How did a clean cut guy like you come to get cast in a disturbing film like Hunters?
Jason: I knew Adam through some mutual friends in the horror community. We both respected each other’s work and heard great things about one another. I think it was just meant to happen.
Genoveva: What are some highlights of your work in horror? What films stand out most for you?
Jason: Abraham Lincoln Vs Zombies from the Asylum and indie thriller Gut (winner of the New York Horror Film Festival) came out at the exact same time back in 2012, both films were boot legged on the internet and were getting ten of thousands of downloads. My IMDB went from 80,000 to under 5,000 over night. It was crazy. I was getting fan mail from Russia, Northern Ireland, Michigan, Florida, you name it. It opened my eyes to the loyalty and love from the horror community, it was awesome to be accepted.
Genoveva: What were your most challenging roles in horror?
Jason: Whom God Helps for sure, I was head to toe in special effects make up. Took between 5-7 hours some days. It covered everything. I could’t use the bathroom once it was on. So I started fasting 3 days before the shoot so I could go without peeing for 12-14 hours for 3 straight days of shooting. Mission accomplished. As far as acting goes…Gut is still one of the most emotionally demanding roles. To have to put your head in that place where my character went was not fun. It was brutal but an incredible challenge.
Genoveva: What was it like working with horror actor Bill Oberst Jr. on Abraham Lincoln Versus Zombies and Hunting Grounds?
Jason: Bill is just an all around stand up guy. He always makes you feel like you are the true star and artist…but really, no one can take that away from Bill, he is a horror icon through and through. And so damn talented. He’ll be a Horror National Treasure one day for sure if he already isn’t.
Genoveva: Now you are also a very mainstream actor. What are some of you highlights from your nonhorror career? What was your favorite mainstream role?
Jason: Working with Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone was a major treat. The film was Tammy. It was only one day of work and a rather short scene, but to this day, if anyone asks me that horrid question that every actor gets asked, “What have you been in?” I immediately say…TAMMY! And everyone knows the film and better yet, remembers that bar scene where I reject Melissa McCarthy’s offer to…”buy me a drink and take me back to my room and bang?” So much fun, such great people.
Genoveva: How can fans of your work stay abreast of what you are doing?
Jason: Go to jasonvail.com. My imdb or feel free to hit me up on Facebook, I’m the Jason Vail in Atlanta, GA.
Genoveva: What are some of your most recent projects?
Jason: In horror…Family Possessions in festivals, Hunting Grounds just came out on DVD and streaming sites. Other films…An Actor Prepares and Acrimony come out later this year.
Jason: Thank you always for taking the time to have me apart of your horror column! You rock!
Thanks for reading this month’s A Life In Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen! See you ghouls next month for more tales of horror.
Yours in screams, Genoveva Rossi
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