An Interview with Natalie Jean by Dean Sills

NJ1An Interview with Natalie Jean by Dean Sills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Interview with Eirian Cohen by Dean Sills

ec5An Interview with Eirian Cohen by Dean Sills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UKHS – Yes, if you take three cats.

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

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

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

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

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

‘Book of the Dead’ is out to buy on DVD from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Dead-DVD-Stuart-Wolfenden/dp/B00PY6PGOA/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1423423520&sr=1-1&keywords=book+of+the+dead

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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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 Suelen Romani by Dean Sills

sr1An Interview with Suelen Romani by Dean Sills

First of all, let me just start by saying a huge thank you Suelen for chatting with us at UK Horror Scene. We really appreciate it, thanks!

UKHS – Suelen, you are a very beautiful, gifted Brazilian film, television, stage and commercial actress. Can you tell us a little about your early life in Brazil and how you got into acting?

SR – Thank you UK Horror Scene for this great opportunity and for your interest in my career, I am very happy to do this. I was born in a small town in the South of Brazil, my family are Italian descendants and I remember that growing up I didn’t have a lot of contact with the world outside the bucolic life of the countryside. However, my parents were quite young, I had a lot of freedom and I was a very creative child. I am the oldest of three. My parents always worked really hard, times were hard but they found their way to give me the best they could. I was a shy child and my mum enrolled me in a dancing school before I learned to read and write and soon after I was in the theater, I was probably around six years old.

That’s when I discovered my love for performing arts. I did many plays as a kid and nowadays I see the importance that the ludic had in my life. Despite of all our difficulties I was a happy kid. My passion for horror also started when I was young. When I was around eight years old I guess I played a “Mummy”. It was a lot of fun and I remember that there was another girl playing my Siamese mummy sister too. We had to roll ourselves from top to bottom in fabric stripes and spend the whole time stuck together because we had one of our arms wrapped together.

 

sr6UKHS – I am very impressed with all your training as an actress and stage work and would just like to said “congratulations” for receiving an award for Best Actor in a Comedy Play for ‘Laughing All the Way’ which you performed in 2009 at the Short Play Comedy Festival Kick It. I know theatre is probably harder to do as you have to get it right first time and looking at video clips of your stage work you gave an outstanding performance. Do you prefer acting on stage or screen?

SR – Thank you so much, that is very kind of you to say. You know, as an actor to accept, create and perform a character is already an honor. It is a type of work that requires so much, not only training, technique and research but also to know about oneself as a whole experience of being human and that’s quite a job. The theater is always a magical place, it is raw and present in the moment. There is no takes, it is astounding. The stage is a great challenge for an actor as well as it is the screen I think. There is a subtleness about the work with camera that is demanding to me and I absolutely love. Everything you do, every thought you have, every little muscle you move tells the story and shows who you are and that really fascinates me, you can’t really pay attention to that kind of detail on stage. It is a different experience and it is powerful. Did I answer your question?

 

sr3UKHS – Yes, thank you! It’s clear you have a passion for both and this is great. OK, moving onto your screen work, I would like to ask you about your film projects including ‘Friends of Friends’. Did you enjoy filming in Rio de Janeiro and what challenges did you and the film crew face filming in Brazil?

SR – I would love to work more and more in films. I have done some great little projects where I have collaborated with some really nice and talented people. I had a rich experience in Rio it is a beautiful place, geographically speaking and this movie had challenges as most of all the productions have because to make movies is not easy.

It was a low budget production and one of my scenes was shot in the cemetery. It was a short scene which we had a little trouble shooting, but in the end we got what we needed and we were all thrilled. The preparation in making a movie is as important as the commitment to the work.

It is a great responsibility when you work with a crew and with limitations such as time, money and location. It is a lot of pressure, you depend on one another, people get tired, things get challenging but no matter what we are working together to tell a story and that’s what really matters.

 

sr2UKHS – You play Beatrice in the thriller, ‘Then There Was’. Can you tell us a little about the film and the character you play in it?

SR – “Then There Was” is an independent feature which was shot in a beautiful location in Connecticut NY and tells the story about a global blackout that forces different kind of people to face the struggle to survive a society that is falling apart . It is a very interesting theme and Beatrice is one of the camper leaders who is there to help other people. She holds herself together trying to assist as many people as possible until things get really ugly and she needs to confront her limits of desperation. The world around her starts to crash, people start losing their minds and she has to affront her need to help with her own survival.

 

sr7UKHS – You played a Zombie in the short horror film, ‘Panacea’. Can you please tell us a little about your Zombie experience and would you love to do more horror in the future?

SR – I love zombies, I love horror and to be honest I loved horror before I even knew about movies. I grew up close to a graveyard and I was a very curious kid, so one thing that used to excite me was to escape at night and walk around the tombs to be scared and this is something I have never told anybody. I got to watch really great horror classics at a very young age like The Amityville Horror (1979), Ghosthouse (1988), IT (1990), Suspiria (1976), Poltergeist (1982),The Exorcist (1973) and Friday the 13th (1980). So you can imagine that to play a Zombie to me was an absolute blast and YES I would love to do more horror, I was always a big fan of Japanese horror as well.

They are gory, psychologically disturbing and in my opinion one of the most scary movies I have ever seen was Ringu from director Hideo Nakata.

To be honest, I think horror is a particularly difficult genre to find good stories because they can easily fall into comedy or simply not have the structure to support the tension to give the audience what they look for: fear and terror. As a horror fan, I know the loyalty I have to the genre. I hope for a good story to land in my career. Yes.

 

sr4UKHS – I love how you watched Italian horror films and not just ones from the USA. What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

SR – This is a really good question. I think a great horror flick must have an element, a force, an evil that comes from beyond what we already know, something that gives us the feeling of impotence, neither explained by science nor physics, nothing predictable and far away from boring common logic, it needs a suspended disbelief that is clever and intriguing. We watch horror movies because they cause us fear, what we fear is not necessary something rational.

A good horror movie takes common fear of death, the dark and the unknown, for example, it exploits and acts upon them. And of course someone has to die in a classic horror, it doesn’t necessary need to be gore, maybe someone’s hanging upside down with guts spilling out? But it is important that death is explicit at some point or we will subconsciously hang on the hope that the character will be alive somewhere.

 

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

SR – Oh Gosh. I would want to have fresh water, a Swiss Army Knife and a friend. How’s that sound? This was not so easy to answer.

 

sr8UKHS – Do you have a guilty pleasure horror film?

SR – Haha! Yes. Hostel from director Eli Roth. There is a lot of gore and torture, I watched it more than once.

 

UKHS – I know you love football, how proud are you as a Brazilian to be hosting the world cup in your native country and can Brazil win the world cup?

SR – You know part of me is proud and another part thinks that Brazil is not quite ready to be hosting the World Cup. Despite of all the problems faced in the country as well as the polemic caused by the World Cup works expenses, I do think Brazilians are great hosts. We are part of the history of the sport, you can’t know about football without knowing Pelé, Garrincha and Ronaldo. And football has the power to bring joy to this country like anything else. I wish we were internally more prepared for it, I hope that people won’t let hatred and anger to overcome this opportunity to show to the world our true spirit, our contagious happiness. I hope if there will be protests that they can be made with the heart and civility and not with violence and vandalism. People are rebelling against the government and some institutions with more intensity now.

The country is facing a lot of issues, some are old others not so much. I like that people are asking for changes. We are in the year of presidential election there are a lot going on but it shouldn’t be taken out in the World Cup which is supposed to be a reason to celebrate, specially if we win… . And can Brazil win the world cup? I think yes. Brazil has a great team and Felipão is an awesome coach. I have faith in them and I hope not to be disappointed.

 

sr5UKHS – 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?
SR – Every role is a new universe. Life is complex and to build a character is to build a life. I once played a young mother, widowed, addicted to crack that every day after I performed I used to collapse. One time I got home and the next thing I knew it was the next day and I had fallen asleep on my sofa fully dressed as I got home. When I get a role I do whatever it takes to prepare, whatever I need, everything that my instincts ask to have that life under my skin. I take every opportunity to dive in, create and live that person. It changes with every role and I do like to stay in character, to breath and to sense as the character, even if that requires me to stay private for some time. I think the most important prep to me is to connect with my heart.

UKHS – Suelen, thank you. It was a pleasure talking to you . Thank you for your time and keep up the great work as an actress. We wish you all the best for the future.

Suelen Romani’s IMDB page is HERE

You can also follow Suelen on Twitter HERE

An Interview With Brooke Lewis by Dean Sills

bl1An Interview With Brooke Lewis by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hi Brooke, welcome to UK Horror Scene. Thank you for giving us your time especially when you are busy filming. You are a stunning actress, beautiful Scream Queen, talented writer and producer. How did you get into acting and can you tell us a little about your production company ‘Philly Chick Pictures’?

BL – I was singing and dancing from a young age, which led me into musical theatre in Philadelphia, which led me into comedy in New York. I got my first “break” in the New York Off-Broadway Comedy “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding”, then went on to do TV sitcoms like “Quintuplets” and “Mafiosa”, then acted in mobster dramas like “Pride & Loyalty” and “Sinatra Club”, then broke out in the horror genre with films like “Kinky Killers”, “iMurders” and “Slime City Massacre” earning the title of a ‘Scream Queen’, then combined my experience in comedy, mobster movies and horror and created the role and brand, which I am best known…Ms. Vampy!!!

In 2002, I created Philly Chick Pictures to “produce entertainment with an attitude”. I was always the actress with a ton of energy and a business brain, who would call in a favor to attach talent, crew, locations or think fast enough to do damage control on a set. After doing this work for other people’s companies or projects and not being credited or compensated properly, I finally realized that I had been “producing” all along! I learned that I have a creative soul and a business mind, so I started Philly Chick Pictures to further my acting and producing career, make films with an edge and find and develop strong roles for women.

UKHS – You have appeared in many different genres, including the mystery thriller ‘iMurders’, the mobster movie ‘Sinatra Club’ and loads of Horror. 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?

BL – I’ve been lucky to have had quite a few roles that were tough in different ways, but I would say Maura in Roger Scheck’s “Sprinkles” really challenged me as an actress, tapping into some deep emotional stuff. Maura had been raped in college and had a tremendous ‘back story’ that affects the present with layers of psychological darkness.

Sprinkles Trailer:

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In Neil Johnson’s Sci-fi films “Starship: Rising” and “Starship: The Coming Darkness”, I have to say playing Staris was a new and exciting challenge, because I really had to learn the tone and technical workings of a real spaceship film or series. It was spaceylicious! I always work with my acting coaches before a film or TV role, watch shows that have similar characters with actors I admire and I am big on rehearsals when time and directors allow. I am super serious and committed to the work, while filming…but, I will definitely be partying and doing tequila shots at the wrap party!!!

bl4UKHS – I love your performance as the sexy, lovable Vampiress from Brooklyn, Ms. Vampy. I thinks it’s really cool you cover issues like Sex On The First Date and Who Pays On The First Date. I believe a Man should pay all the time and not just on the first date. How did you come up with the idea for Ms. Vampy and do you find yourself giving advice out to teens as Brooke Lewis and not just as Ms.Vampy?

BL – (Well, Dean, since you are a true gentleman who pays, maybe we should go on a date!!! 😉 LOL)

I looked at the body of my biggest acting work and what I loved to play and from comedy, horror and mobster genres, Ms. Vampy was born! She was inspired by some of my favorite famous characters: Betty Boop, Mona from “My Cousin Vinny” and Elvira! I, too, am very excited about the latest web series we launched “Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites”. Here’s the vampylicious scoop:

“Ms. Vampy is America’s funniest, sexiest, sassiest and most high maintenance Brooklyn vampire! Her personality is as big as her hair and is often described as Betty Boop meets Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny. She loves pleather and fur and wouldn’t be caught “dead” without high heels! But, there’s much more to this loveable Vampiress. While she looks young and vibrant, Ms. Vampy is one of the oldest gals on earth. At 110-years-old, she was born in Transylvania. She was a shy and innocent child, but after a few too many shots of Lauder’s Scotch Whisky on her 18th birthday, she jumped on the bike of a tattooed mate and sealed her fate! Moments after being bitten, she grew wildly thick hair, fangs, plump lips and bodacious tatas. As she puts it, “I went from being a brainy bookworm to a blood-loving, vampire sexpot in just minutes.”

In the 1920s, Ms. Vampy’s travels took her to New York and she fell in love with Brooklyn. It was there where she developed her attitude, sarcastic sense of humor, and ridiculous accent. She spent most of her time in the big apple filming movies and seeing Broadway shows, but she has a secret many don’t know…Ms. Vampy went crazy for Philadelphia Eagles football and soon became an assistant coach, but was fired after one month for not showing up to any day games. She moved back to New York for a short time, but a torrid love affair with a very jealous and young Wall Street vampire went bad, so she headed west to seek out new friends and victims. These days, Ms. Vampy lives in her Hollywood Villa and is a Life Coach and Dating Expert to the rich and famous. She is often
seen on night shoots, shopping in Beverly Hills for Dior or hanging out at Lakers’ games with her celebrity friends.

bl2She loves 80s rock and disco, her favorite band is Vampire Weekend and she never misses American Idol, The Voice or Millionaire Matchmaker on TV. Her secret dream is to join the cast of HBO’s True Blood (of course, she thinks it’s a “reality” show)! She enjoys Godiva Chocolates and Bloody Marys and she loves to play Xbox when she’s feeling feisty. While she has yet to marry or have children, she freely admits to being boy crazy and hopes to someday make-out with Robert Pattinson. Now, who better to give the world LOVE & DATING advice than a 110 year old Vampire who has seen it all and has a HEART of gold? Check out her new show MS. VAMPY’S LOVE BITES
www.MsVampy.net
Starring: Brooke Lewis as Ms. Vampy; Produced by: Matt Raub and Brooke Lewis; Directed by: Staci Layne Wilson; Director of Photography: Matt Raub.

Ms. Vampy is forever sexy, funny, young, and obnoxious, but her heart is as big as her mouth. If she ever bites you, it’ll be with love. – Editor, Vampity Fair”

Watch Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites:

http://www.msvampy.net/love_bites_episodes.htm

And, as far as ‘Brooke Lewis’ goes, I am always inspired to help teens and do a lot of charity work to support teens with issues such as self-esteem, body image, bullying and a lot of people do not know that I am also a Board Certified Life Coach and coach and speak to a lot of teens.

Watch Be You…And Be Fearless!:

http://beyouandbefearlesslifecoach.com/videos.php

UKHS –  I would be honoured to take you out on a date but not as Ms. Vampy. It maybe love at first bite but Ms.Vampy would be a nightmare to take out to dinner, avoiding food like garlic and Steak (stake) haha!

Congratulations Brooke on being a Board Certified Life Coach and the work you do. This is a remarkable achievement, I have so much respect for people who always help other people out. Well done!
Ok, what would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

BL – SEX, GORE & HOT CHICKS!!! Hahahahaha!!! KIDDING!!! To me, I don’t care what genre we are talking about, it all starts with the script, good actors and good direction! I happen to be a huge Hitchcock fan, so I favor the old school thrillers, mystery and suspense…films that make me think! BUT,  some of my fave horror films in the world are “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Friday the 13th” and “Prom Night” (the originals). They just seemed to hit the mark with enough gore, chills and an interesting story.

bl3UKHS – Ok last question, Brooke. Are there any projects you’re working on at the moment that you can tell us about?

BL – Well, here is the detailed scoop on a thriller, horror and two Sci-fi films I have releasing in 2014:

THE MOURNING (Thriller; Directed by Marc Clebanoff who directed me in BREAK & GERALD):

SYNOPSIS: Aaron returns to his small Middle America hometown, inexplicably not having aged a day since his mysterious disappearance in Desert Storm 20 years prior. Unable to speak initially, Aaron must come to terms with the losses and evolution of his loved ones in his absence. Concurrently, Aaron’s loved ones must come to terms with the reappearance of the boy who they grieved over and let go years prior.
As Aaron begins to assimilate himself into the lives of his family, his best friend and his long lost lover, it’s slowly revealed that Aaron’s homecoming is not permanent. A conspiracy theorist and a mysterious angelic figure both stalking Aaron build toward a finale in which Aaron must tie up loose ends before disappearing again forever.

LISA ASS FACE: Lisa was the “unattractive” girl in high school who used to like Aaron and the lead guys. They never gave her the time of day, but when Aaron returns from his mysterious disappearance and reunites with his high school friends, he sees a “sexy” girl at the local hangout bar and his friends tell him she is Lisa “Ass Face” from high school. Aaron can’t believe it and realizes how much things REALLY have changed, since his mysterious disappearance. Lisa gets drawn into the Sci-fi drama that ensues with Aaron and his friends and finds herself with more than a hookup!”

STARRING: Dominique Swain (Lolita), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Peter Dobson (Frighteners), Larry Hankin (Home Alone), Michael Walton (Gerald) and Brooke Lewis (iMurders).

LAZARUS: DAY OF THE LIVING DEAD
(Horror/Mystery; Directed by Thomas Churchill):

SYNOPSIS: It is the year 1957 in Hollywood, CA. A telegram arrives at the office of George Lazarus, an insurance investigator with the assignment to look into a suspicious claim that was just put in by Harvest International Tobacco Company. Lazarus begins to schedule routine interviews with the twelve employees that are named on this claim. He learns that they all had just gotten fired for being sick at the job. He never makes it back to the office. What seemed to be a normal fraud investigation case may have turned out to be the beginning of the end for the human race. His fiance Bethany begins to worry as she realizes that he hasn’t been back at the office since early that morning and he hasn’t checked in either. Not the behavior from a man who lives by daily routine. She decides to follow his path in hopes to locate him. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to witness in this eerily horrific pre-apocalyptic tale.

MS. DANIELS: The no-nonsense Betty Page-esque Ms. Daniels is an Executive over at Topaz Insurance company. The company who sends investigator George Lazarus down a mysterious road into the mouth of darkness.

STARRING: Natalie Victoria (DeadHeads); Ray Capuana (Emerging Past); Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night, 976-EVIL); Brooke Lewis (Sinatra Club, iMurders); Josh Hammond (Jeepers Creepers 2, The Tripper); Brian Andrews (Halloween, Three O’Clock High); Thomas J. Churchill (Mr. Hush, Emerging Past, Monster Man); Janet Tracy Keijser (House On Haunted Hill); Krista Grotte (Emerging Past) and Taylor Morgan Lewis (Women of Wrestling).

bl5STARSHIP: RISING (Sci-fi; Directed by Neil Johnson who directed me in ALIEN DAWN) and part II is STARSHIP: THE COMING DARKNESS:

SYNOPSIS: A corrupt planetary federation… The ultimate weapon of destruction. One starship captain stands between them….and intergalactic armageddon. The film is about what happens when a Starship armed to the teeth with missiles gets taken over by a revolutionary. Neil Johnson describes it as “Game Of Thrones in space.”

STARIS: Staris is the pilot of the greatest space vessel in the Federation…. Starship One. When the vessel is mutineered, Staris is torn between her love for a man, and her duty towards the Federation. Staris wants nothing more than to be Captain of her own Starship, and will do anything to achieve this.

STARRING: Claudia Wells (Back to the Future), Brooke Lewis (iMurders), E.J. De La Pena (Jingle All The Way), Marilyn Ghigliotti (Clerks), Darren Jacobs (Hollyoaks TV series), Rajia Baroudi (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers) and Musical Star Emii (“Zombie Boyfriend”).

And, I am very grateful that I have several exciting projects lined up to act in this year, including Robbie Bryan’s “Black Hat” and “The Eyes”, Roger Scheck’s “The Closing” and Thomas Churchill’s “Beautiful Nightmare” and “Lazarus II: Rise Of The Dead”.

UKHS – Congratulations Brooke on all those amazing projects. Good luck with each one. Thank you for your time, it’s been a real joy interviewing you and I hope we can chat again in the near future. Keep up the great work.

BL -Wanna send the UK readers and fans LOVE and they can always find out what’s up with me at:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0506989/

http://brookelewis.com/

http://msvampy.net/

https://twitter.com/BrookeLewisLA

https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-OFFICIAL-BROOKE-LEWIS-FAN-PAGE/337389067701?ref=ts

Images courtesy : Brooke Lewis, Genna Sandler photography, The Mourning, Starship and Ms. Vampy.