Jessica Cameron announces new project ‘An Ending’ to begin shooting

An Ending PosterScream Queen Jessica Cameron has just announced that her latest project, An Ending, which she will produce and co-direct with screenwriter Josh Chiara, begins shooting at the end of April.

Jessica Cameron will also star in An Ending as Florence, a woman who wakes up in a nightmare world after being rushed to a hospital for unknown reasons.

An Ending also stars Heather Dorff as Collette, a woman who has been in the nightmare world much longer than Florence, and Ali Ferda as Molly, a woman coming to terms with crushing guilt.

As the three women are stalked through the corridors of the nightmare world by something lurking in the shadows, they are split apart, and each finds herself on her own personal journey.

Heather Dorff stars in An Ending

Heather Dorff

Josh Chiara previously worked with Jessica Cameron as DP on her film Mania, which just won its tenth film festival award. Heather Dorff acted in Jessica Cameron’s début feature Truth or Dare, and the two star alongside each other on Scream Queen Stream, a weekly variety show that airs online. Ali Ferda stars alongside Jessica Cameron in Desolation, which was shot as part of the Kill the PA road trip and is currently in post production.
Poster art by Maxwell Jacques Leclerc.

Please follow the film’s social media pages for more information.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnEndingFilm/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnEndingFilm

Mem Ferda, Tristan Risk & Ellie Church join Jessica Cameron’s Mania!

MANIA.poster.RISKYCHURCHMEM FERDA, TRISTAN RISK, & ELLIE CHURCH JOIN MANIA
Jessica Cameron’s Cross-Country Horror Project Adds Some Familiar Faces

Jessica Cameron and Jonathan Scott Higgins have re-teamed with their Truth or Dare producer Mem Ferda on their next 3 films. Ferda will serve as the sole producer on all three movies. They have cast actress Tristan Risk of the Soska Sister’s American Mary in the feature film MANIA. Actress Ellie Church of the grindhouse film, Time to Kill has also joined the production. Risk will play the role of Brooke and Church will play the role of Mel.

MANIA is one of three features in Jessica Cameron’s triple feature cross-country extravaganza. In it, Risk will play the crazed lesbian lover of Church’s character Mel. It will mark her 2nd feature as a director from a script Higgins wrote. Desolation will be the 2nd feature film and directed by Ryan M. Andrews from a script he wrote. Risk has also signed on to star as the villain in Andrews’ movie. A feature length documentary titled Kill the Production Assitant, will chronicle the making of this very ambitious project.

On Truth or Dare, Cameron and Higgins were met with difficulties trying to secure a director who could handle the gory script until Cameron finally decided to pull up her sleeves and do it herself. They, along with Ferda, met a new challenge with casting the female leads in MANIA. Numerous actresses have dropped out due to the amount of nudity in the script.

Principal photography begins on November 3rd and they will be filming all three films while traveling cross-country in an RV! The filmmakers had a campaign on their website where fans helped decide which states to film in. The top states with the most pre-orders came down to California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, and Alabama. The map can be seen on the website here: www.killtheproductionassistant.com.

Here is what producer Mem Ferda had to say about the project:
“Storming on with many new exciting projects I will be producing. With Jessica Cameron and Jonathan Higgins as Executive Producers we are set to be a force to be reckoned with, aiming to deliver exactly what modern horror audiences crave.”

Tristan Risk has this to say about MANIA:
“As someone who self-identifies as queer, I’m also happy to have a story where the two protagonists are two women in love, and the struggles they try to overcome together. It’s a beautiful and dark story.”

You can find out more about each individual project below:

MANIA
Directed by: Jessica Cameron
Written by: Jonathan Scott Higgins
Starring: Tristan Risk & Ellie Church
Tagline: A f@cked up lesbian love story
Synopsis: Two lesbian lovers are forced to flee cross-country after a brutal murder changes their lives forever.
Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ManiaTheMovie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ManiaTheMovie

desolationDesolation
Directed by: Ryan M. Andrews
Written by: Ryan M. Andrews
Starring: Jessica Cameron & TBA
Tagline: She’s been waiting for you
Synopsis: Along the back roads of America, a hitchhiker is waiting. Gorgeous, mysterious and full of sadistic rage, what chances do an unsuspecting couple have against her?
Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesolationtheMovie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DesolationMovie

Kill the PA
Directed by: Aaron Lane
Synopsis: A feature-length making-of documentary, chronicling the travels and filming of MANIA and Desolation. This is a chance for audiences to see a grassroots approach to independent filmmaking.
Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KillThePA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KillThePAdoc

Truth or Dare (2013) Review

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tod1TRUTH OR DARE (USA 2013)

Dir – Jessica Cameron

Starring- Jessica Cameron, Ryan Kiser, Heather Dorff, Shelby Stehlin, Devanny Pinn

The internet has led a revolution in bringing the unseen, graphic and disturbing to our screens, whether it be through the grim Two Girls One Cup video, or the most recent and graphic video for the band Cattle Decapitations’ song Forced Gender Reassignment (note- If you Google any of these then I am not responsible for what you may see), it’s a form of technology that allows us to access material that would never see the light of day on DVD. It’s ironic that in the 30th anniversary of the video recording acts that full uncut versions of films that spawned that act, the so called video nasties, are up on YouTube. It’s relevant then that TRUTH OR DARE looks at excess, shock and the difference between what is real and unreal in the internet world, along with a slight swipe at those seeking internet fame, though admittedly it brings this about in a less than subtle fashion.

A group of friends, who are running an online video group called the ‘Truth or Daredevils’, publish their video which purports to show a real shooting. Once the video has gone viral and scored many hits, they become famous, and whilst milking this fame on a talk show they reveal that the person who was shot, wasn’t actually killed at all and he makes an appearance as well, to reveal he was in on it. They are confronted on the same talk show, by their biggest fan who isn’t happy that the film was faked, but his rant is cut short when he is chucked out by security. The group decide to head to an out of bounds location to shoot there next stunt, but before they can go ahead with it, the same crazed fan from before turns up at the house, armed and wanting to make his own truth or dare video, proudly announcing that he is the new member of the group, but taking charge and forcing the group, at gunpoint to carry out a new game. Once it starts, with a few truths that reveal uncomfortable facts about certain members of the group, to then going into dares which become increasingly sadistic, leading the group to try and figure out a way around there un-welcome new member who is running the show to a more disturbing level.

tod2First of all TRUTH OR DARE is certainly extreme, it doesn’t relent the graphic acts it depicts and it does become a slight ordeal to watch, especially in the final part of the film, where the dares become more aggressive and painful to view. Even I, found one scene involving a bottle, quite hard to stomach and felt very queasy during it, and in the Grimm screening there were a few walkouts. Though I can respect Cameron for doing this as the violent dares which are carried out play into the madman’s ideology of creating something real. The character of the crazed fan (brilliantly played by Ryan Kiser) is a product of twisted ideology, and the need to see something online that isn’t a fake. There’s a great scene where Kiser’s character starts to get very angry at the YouTube user comments, saying that what they’re seeing is a fake, as they are shattering his psychotic need for realism, and even in this scene there’s a sly dig at people on the internet looking for something graphic to be real, and not differentiating between reality and fiction, even though the truth or daredevil group are being tortured online, and the YouTube hits are increasing, the internet users are still none the wiser.

At the heart of the film though is a nice commentary on the pointlessness and selfish rise of internet fame for doing nothing of merit, where the truth or daredevils become famous for faking a shooting, or doing something stupid, they bask in the brief rise of fame which they receive. You can go on YouTube and see any short daredevil clip where people are doing something daring to eventually achieve a mass rise in hits to their video. Even on the E4 channel there is a compilation programme called RUDETUBE, which lists these pranks or stunts in popularity. Admittedly the acting at first is a bit ropey and some of the characters in the daredevils group come off as slightly annoying, and during some of the ‘truths’ certain confessions come out that make you wonder whether it’s worth rooting for them or wait to see what happens to them. Yet by the end you end up rooting for some of them, as they are slowly torn apart by their online show and there psychotic new member.

tod3Admittedly I went into TRUTH OR DARE knowing it was going to be gruesome, but left not expecting it to be as graphic as it turned out to be. Speaking to other people about the film, some liked it, some didn’t, it was a divisive film in the long run, and that can be a good thing, it at least gets people talking. I know some would have found the upfront brutality and dodgy acting too much to take. I feel that, yes it is excessive, but there are reasons behind the bloodshed, and in the end the film comes off as an extreme balls out commentary on fame, online obsession and online real life violence versus fictional violence. Cameron, along with the Soska twins again are showing the horror genre that female directors are certainly just as equal as there male counterparts, and it’s to her credit that she has managed to make a film, that I found graphic and unsettling, yet also intelligent and smart.

7/10

The Tour (2014) Short Film Review

thetour1The Tour (2014) Review

Dir. Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard

15 mins

Starring: Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff , Tom Gordon, Damon Rickard

Darkmoor Manor is England’s most haunted house, its doors closed to the public. It is now just part of a tour which helps attracts visitors to a struggling town. That is until the tour guide, trying to impress two attractive American visitors promises to get them inside. But none of them could be prepared for what was waiting within the shadows of the house.

‘The Tour’ is a fantastic short horror film that made it’s début back in August at Film4 Frightfest, London. This 15 minute gem of a film is written and directed by Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard and stars Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff and Tom Gordon (in his horror debut).

The film begins with two female American tourists, Morgan (Cameron) and Cassie (Dorff) taking a tour of Europe and finding themselves being part of a tour viewing the outside of Darkmoor Manor in England. The Tour guide Tom (Gordon) hooks up with the girls and the three of them go for a drink. Then Tom takes Morgan and Cassie for a private tour inside the haunted house which will have you glued to the screen until the end. This short gives you more twists and turns than a roller coaster and is one bloody good horror flick. The acting is superb and I love how Cameron plays the sensible one and Dorff is the outspoken one trying to get off with Tom. All three main actors are outstanding in their parts, each one displaying great chemistry which is a joy to watch on screen. I was also impressed with Damon Rickard’s acting and hope we see more of him in front of the camera in the future. The film is the perfect length that gives you a few scares along the way with excellent cinematography. ‘

Version_6_MASTER_Pregrade.000001.dpx.Still028 (1)-p192mkenu313hbc5o19arebhi7cThe Tour’ is almost pure perfection in every area, the only downside was the CGI blood, it just looked too fake but the other effects are superbly done!

Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard have achieved one hell of a film and I can’t wait to see more of their work in the future. ‘The Tour’ is now taking ‘a tour’ at a number of film festivals and if you get a chance to see it, make sure you do because you won’t be disappointed.

‘The Tour’ takes you on a terrifying journey which will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very end!

9/10

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Twitter – @thetourmovie

Scream Queen Jessica Cameron Set to Star in Ryan M. Andrews’ Latest Horror Film

“SURVIVAL IS NOT AN OPTION” IN THE NEW FEMALE-DRIVEN HORROR FILM ‘SAVE YOURSELF’ SHOOTING THIS SUMMER

jcnew2Scream Queen Jessica Cameron Set to Star in Ryan M. Andrews’ Latest Horror Film

Following the success of his recent features, SICK, a festival favorite and Black Eve, currently available on DVD, award-winning director Ryan M. Andrews is set to direct his originally scripted Save Yourself this summer. Scream Queen Jessica Cameron will be starring in as well as producing this sexy horror flick along with Producer Emma Sutherland. Overseeing the project are executive producers Pino Halili and Allen Ormerod from multi-award winning studio Post City Sound Inc.

The plotline for Save Yourself is as follows: En route to L.A., director Crystal Lacroix, along with by-the-numbers producer Dawn Summerville, neurotic writer Lizzy Miller, and star sisters Kim and Sasha Tobin, are riding high after a successful screening of their new horror film. But when Crystal goes missing at a rest stop, their mood suddenly changes. The others, splitting up to search for Crystal, spot an isolated farmhouse and enlist the help of its owners, quickly discovering that appearances are not always what they seem. Life imitates art as all five ladies find themselves pitted against a deranged couple hell-bent on using them for their mysterious research. Who will survive and what will be the fate of their ultimate discovery?

Having worked together in the past, Andrews and Cameron have discussed collaborating on a feature for years. Together they decided that Ryan’s script Save Yourself is the ideal choice. Award winning actor Ry Barrett (Neverlost, Desperate Souls, Antisocial) will join the cast as Save Yourself’s intense villain. This will be the first time Andrews, Cameron and Barret have collaborated since last year’s experimental short film Klymene.
Cameron’s latest film Truth or Dare has won more than two-dozen awards playing the festival circuit. She is also known for such films as the Roger Corman produced Camel Spiders, currently airing on the SyFy channel, and Steven C. Miller’s remake of Silent Night. Save Yourself marks Cameron’s 5th movie in under a year in which she is starring as well as producing.

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Jessica Cameron & Ryan M Andrews

Cameron was recently quoted as saying “This script is the sexiest and smartest female-driven horror flick that I have had the pleasure to read and I cannot wait to bring it to life with Ryan” Talking about the female-driven story Andrews says, “I love Jean-Luc Godard’s quote ‘all you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.’ In the same way all you need for a horror is blood and a girl – and we’ve got five girls. It’s definitely going to be fun and sexy, but most importantly the women are not just one-dimensional. There is a lot of depth and development to their characters.

And as a die-hard horror fan, I know just how important this is. It can’t just be another pretty face. There needs to be layers there for anyone to care when that face gets smashed.” Filming begins later this year in Ontario, Canada. Expect more Save Yourself updates including full cast details coming soon! Please “Like” Save Yourself’s Facebook fan page and follow them on Twitter for more up-to-date information about this exciting new horror film!

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Twitter: @SaveYourselfMVE

UKHS is 1 TODAY . Here is 12 months packed into a few paragraphs !!

 

Happy Birthday to us , Happy Birthday to us!!

hbtm2UK Horror Scene is 1 year old today.

So just to bore everyone I am going on a little journey……

About 2 years ago I was boring someone at my work about films (nothing new there) and horror films in particular. I then went home and thought that I would set up a blog so I could bore the pants off people I didn’t know too. So The Corpsegrinder blog was started.

After a couple of months my little blog was getting pretty good reading figures and I was receiving comments and praise!! Hold on I thought , I seem to be doing something right and people seem to be enjoying what I was writing. But something was niggling me , and that was I was reading some great articles from British writers yet there was a lack of UK sites that also had a UK bias . Now I am not saying there are not any great UK sites out there (there are many) but I thought I saw a gap in the market so to speak , so I began formulating a plan for world domination.

So to cut a long story slightly shorter , I came up with a name and an idea. The name seemed to encapsulate everything I wanted from the site. I then spent weeks designing a site and then a logo which was done by my wife and inspired by a few things including the New York Hardcore music logo (and a nod to Acid Reign ) and finally perfected by the wonderful Jim Connolly (http://jimconnollydrawsstuff.blogspot.co.uk/) who now has become a UKHS writer and a friend.

And after a little tweaking then UKHS was ready to launch, so on May 6th 2013 to much fanfare (in my house) I pressed the publish button and sat back.

UKHS_logo_with_txt_WEBTwelve months later we have published over 800 articles and 72 interviews . We have had over 1 MILLION unique users. We have interviewed such people as Robin Hardy, Luke Goss, Anthony Hickox, Marilyn Burns, Dick Maas, Cindy Hinds, Jessica Cameron, Pollyanna McIntosh and many many more. Not bad !

But none of this could be done without many wonderful people who give their time AND talents freely , just for the love of genre cinema, literature and music.

I could sit here for about an hour and list everyone who has helped UKHS. But instead I will just name a few people.

Firstly UKHS would be nowhere without a guy called Dave Wain. Dave has been with us from the start and is just a hugely prolific and talented writer, Dave owns one of the last independent video stores and does the new UK DVD releases . I know that without the help of Dave then UKHS would be nowhere near the beast it is today.

Secondly Dean Sills. Dean joined UKHS around August 2013 and was eager to interview genre actors and directors, and as an actor himself he had contact with many people especially British and since then Dean has inundated us with brilliant interviews that really show what low-budget directors and actors really do on and off the camera. Again (as with Dave) Dean has been a major reason why UKHS has been a great success in it’s 1st year.

Also I want to give major thanks to the following UKHS writers in no particular order, but each brings something new and fresh to the site and I am just so proud to have them writing for UKHS . So here’s to  Oli Ryder, James Simpson, Mark Pidgeon, Joey Keogh, Luke Green, Stu Smith, James Pemberton, Stuart Anderson, Chris Cavoretto, Duane Hicks, Geoff Johnston, Jim Connolly, Marek Zacharkiw, MJ Dixon and lastly (but never leastly) Matty Budrewicz. I could have sat here and listed my favourite articles, interviews and reviews but there are just so many that I really couldn’t choose.

cheersNow there have been many people and organisations that have helped majorly and here is a short list of some – Arrow Films, Monster Pictures, Second Sight Films, Koch Media, 88 Films, 101 Films, Weinerworld, Grimmfest, Image Entertainment, Cynthia J Sellers, Wayne Simmons, Peter McKeirnon, C William Giles, Paul Norbury and finally my wonderful and supportive family as without them then I would not be doing this. And lastly a huge HUGE thank you to all our readers, Twitter followers, Facebook likers (is that a word?) and Instagram stalkers. Without you we couldn’t do what we are doing , and without the constant exceptional feedback it just wouldn’t be worth it. To horror fans everywhere THANK YOU and CHEERS!!

On a final note there will be some major changes on UKHS in the coming months as we push forward from being just a horror blog to a more professional outfit and we will have a whole new look and a more interactive and responsive layout (but this will take a few months). But rest assured we will still have the same feel of fans writing about something we all love.

May I please thank everyone involved in the 1st year of UK Horror Scene and if I have forgotten to name anyone specifically please don’t take offence as there have been thousands. The last year has shown me that there are so many wonderful people out there.

Here is to the 2nd year and lets hope it is as fun and successful as the 1st.

Cheers – Andy Deen (Editor UKHS)

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The Tour – A Short Film starring Jessica Cameron !

tourSoon we will be having (courtesy of Dean Sills) with Damon Rickard. So then why not do a small article on the short film that is currently in the funding process which will be directed by Damon (and Alex Mathieson).

So I introduce The Tour .

 

Short Summary

 

The Tour is going to be a 10-15 minute horror film made by horror fans for horror fans but don’t worry, it will also appeal to those who just like a good scare.

This is the story of Darkmoor Manor, a house with a history so steeped in death it has gained the reputation of the most haunted house in England.

Closed to the public and now part of a local tour, the tour guide offers to give two American backpackers a  personal viewing, a side of England not available in a guide book. Desperate to get closer to the dark secrets buried with its victims, they accept, but do not expect the full horrors that await them inside Darkmoor Manor. Sometimes secrets are best left buried.

A mix of genres, The Tour will make you laugh, in the right places, as well as hold on tight to the edge of your seat.

The Tour will star two wonderful actresses

jessicacameronJessica Cameron (IMDB) – Margie

Jessica is currently touring with her directorial debut Truth or Dare which has been winning a variety of awards across the horror festivals including those for Best Actress, Best Director and Best Film.

She can also be seen in Silent Night, Intrusive Behaviour, A Grim Becoming, The Black Dahlia Haunting and To Jennifer among many others. She also had a recurring role on the hit comedy in the States, Brides of Beverly Hills.

AND

heatherdorffHeather Dorff (IMDB) – Cassie

This will not be the first time Heather and Jessica have worked together with them having most recently working on Truth or Dare.  Heather can also be seen in Urban Legends, Dark Realm and Yellow, among many others.

The Tour will be shooting in the UK and currently have a great Indiegogo page , where you can donate and they currently have some amazing perks where you can appear as an extra or even as a corpse !!

So please check out the Indiegogo page and help if you can , just a share of this article or of the funding page will be a HUGE help , as this is a small indie short film.

INDIEGOGO PAGE HERE 

And here is a little info from the directors!!

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An Interview with Devanny Pinn by Dean Sills

dp2An Interview with Devanny Pinn by Dean Sills

I am thrilled that this is my 20th interview for UK Horror Scene, so let’s make it a special one by interviewing the very beautiful, talented actress Devanny Pinn.

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

UKHS – The first film I saw you perform in was ‘Nude Nuns with Big Guns’, this was recently on TV here in the UK. How did you get into acting?

DP – Thanks for watching! That was a fun movie.

I started in ballet and musical theater when I was 3 and stayed actively involved growing up. I moved out west when I was 17 and received a scholarship for Opera. I tried to get involved in the local performing scene and instead of finding theater, I found an indie film audition. Turned out it was a horror film and I booked the lead! I’ve been hooked ever since.

 

UKHS – I have got to ask you a little about ‘Piranha 3D’ You were one of the featured bikini babes in the movie, did you enjoy the experience and what was your favourite moment during the shoot?

DP – I learned A LOT on the set of Piranha. It was just over two weeks on location in Lake Havasu, Arizona. The director hand picked me and another girl out of 1000 people to be featured, which was an honor for me because I am a huge fan of Alex Aja. I was then bumped up to be one of the wet t-shirt girls (Wild Wild Girls) on the floating stage during the massacre. The shoot was long, hot and had extensive set ups due to the fact that it was the largest cinematic slaughter in history. Many people found it exhausting, but since I am a horror girl I had a blast! Eli Roth squirted my boobs and Ving Rhames almost decapitated me with a chainsaw. It doesn’t get any better than that.

 

devanny-pinn-the-black-dahlia-hauntingUKHS – Well done Devanny, that’s a great achievement. How did you get your nickname, the Horror Barbie?

DP – Anyone who knows me knows I like glitter, pink stuff, Disney princesses and tutus. I did a film right after the media began dubbing me a “scream queen” and this film crew expected someone a little more scary to be arriving. So when I showed up in curls, bows and sparkles they literally laughed.
They laughed all the way up until my first scene. After two takes, everyone was dead quiet and the makeup girl actually ran outside to vomit. (Then I laughed) They were shocked that someone who looked so girlie and innocent would ‘deliver’. They joked that I was like a “Horror Barbie” and after that the name kind of stuck!

 

 

UKHS – You were awesome as Angela in ‘Song of the Shattered’. What’s the most shocking thing you have done as an actress and how do you prepare for scenes like this?

DP – Thank you! I really loved that role and all the layers she had. I actually watched The Shining on repeat for days studying the gradual progression of Jack Nicholson’s character. I think his decent into madness is performed with distinct perfection and I wanted Angela’s journey to be just as real and effective.

It used to take me a lot of time and isolation to mentally prepare for roles like this and scenes as dark as some of the material in SOS.

However, at this point I’ve “gone there” so often that I can literally turn it off and on like a switch. Proves useful at times…like at the post office or Walmart.

 

dp3UKHS – Your film credits include ‘Wonderland’, ‘The Black Dahlia Haunting’, ‘Truth or Dare’ plus many more. Which movie have you enjoyed working on the most and why?

DP – All three of those films are dear to me, for different reasons. Wonderland was my first film-making experience, The Black Dahlia Haunting has been kind of my “break out” role from winning Best Actress at Shockfest in Hollywood to getting a studio level Redbox release and Truth Or Dare was just flat out gory fun! I wouldn’t trade any of them and SO glad to been able to be part of each.

 

UKHS – You have worked with the beautiful, talented Jessica Cameron a few times now, we all know how awesome she is at acting but what is she like as a director and did you enjoy working for her in ‘Truth or Dare’ ?

DP – Jessica has been a boss since the day I met her! I always knew if she decided to transition behind the camera she would be a force to be reckoned with. She is one of those few women in the genre who “get it”. When Jess first mentioned she was going to make a film I told her she needed to direct it. While she was hesitant at first, she did step up to the plate and it was incredible. I’ve worked on about 50 films now and I can honestly say Truth or Dare was a top filming experience. Jessica had a specific, clear vision from inception to finish AND she knew how to achieve it. The woman is smart and has a great eye for horror. I hope she continues to make movies for our genre and allows me to be involved!

 

UKHS – Can you please tell us about your upcoming creature feature ‘Dead Sea’ and when is the movie due for release?

DP – Dead Sea is the next film from my production company Micro Bay Features. It is a character driven creature feature directed by Brandon Slagle that has a modern day Jaws feel to it. It features my Black Dahlia Haunting co-stars Britt Griffith and Alexis Iacono, James Duval (Independence Day) , Candace Kita (Barb Wire) and Chanel Ryan (Bad Kids Go To Hell).

I am very proud of this film and cannot wait to show audiences!

Origin Releasing has acquired it for worldwide distribution and has slated it for early 2014 release.

 

deadseaUKHS – That’s fantastic news, well done!
What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

DP – A beautiful woman you can root for, corn syrup and a chainsaw!

 

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

DP – Sun tan lotion, a camera so I could film a movie using that killer location without needing a permit and… Jessica Cameron… because even stranded on an island she would somehow figure out how to post on social media and get us rescued.

 

UKHS – Finally, are you currently working on any new horror movies or any other film or Tv projects which you can tell UKHS about?

DP – ‘Truth or Dare’ and ‘American Girls’ are currently playing festival rounds, while ‘The Penny Dreadful Picture Show’ (staring Sid Haig and Jeffrey Combs) and ‘Gone Dark’ have just been released in the US. ‘Wonderland’ and ‘ A Grim Becoming’ (with Bill Oberst Jr and Lynn Lowry) are slated for early 2014 as well.

You can have the details on my next one FIRST! We are in pre-production for ‘ House of Manson’ a dark biopic on Charles Manson and his family. I would be happy to provide UKHS exclusive info and photos from production if you and your readers are interested.

 

dp1UKHS – Wow! Thank you Devanny, that’s fantastic we look forward to the exclusive info and photos.

I really appreciate your time and this opportunity to interview you for UKHS. Keep up the great work and good luck with your superb career.

DP – Thank you very much for having me!

Bloody kisses, Devanny Pinn

Image courtesy: Brandon Slagle

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Halloween Special: The Jessica Cameron Interview by Dean Sills.

js1Halloween Special: Jessica Cameron Interview by Dean Sills.

With Halloween in the air, here at UKHS we don’t want to bring you interviews with ghosts, ghouls or goblins just gorgeous, gifted and glamorous scream queens and this one I promise you is a real nice treat with no tricks just pure magic. Please welcome the very stunning, beautiful Jessica Cameron to our interview chair.

UKHS – Welcome to UK Horror Scene, Jessica. It’s a real honour interviewing you. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.

Before we begin UKHS would just like to congratulate you on your directorial debut ‘Truth or Dare’ which won Best Horror Feature at the Arizona Underground Film Festival, well done!

JC – THANK YOU so very much for the kind words! I really appreciate your support!

 

 

js3UKHS – Ok, let’s get started with the questions.

JC – Sweet – lets DO THIS.

 

 

 

UKHS – Jessica you are one beautiful Scream Queen and a superb actress, how did you get involved in acting?

JC – Well, first thank you so very much for the compliments!

Its actually an interesting story, as a child I had dismissed a career in acting since I did not have perfect teeth and everyone I saw on tv did. I was not aware of dentists being able to perfect your teeth, but I am now.

So I went to University for fashion design and really loved it, and as soon as I graduated I got hired in the U.S. (I am Canadian) at a major fashion company. Then on my three month review my boss informed me that her bosses felt that I spoke too quickly and that I needed to take classes to correct it. After looking for “speaking” classes and being unable to find any my immediate boss suggested I try an acting class and then talk slower around the stupid people. So thats what I did. It was actually perfectly timed because after a month of working within the fashion world I realized it was not what I wanted to do with my life. It’s just not creative in the real world. When I started taking acting classes I found this wonderful, challenging creative outlet that would change my life. For years I suffered through that job and took acting classes in all my spare time. Then when I had run out of classes I started acting in local films, commercials, pretty much anything and everything I could find. I then planned my escape from what had become a “day job” to a full time career. I made that jump in 2010 and haven’t looked back since!

 

 

 

js2UKHS-You shot ‘Truth or Dare’ in just 9 days, well done! What were the greatest challenges of directing your first feature film?

JC – The hardest part for me was trying to be both behind the camera and in front of it. It was literally like trying to be in two different places at once. I was really lucky and had some very talented people surrounding me who helped me through it. In order to meet our days (stay on schedule) there were times when I had to ask my DP if we got the shot as we had discussed earlier and trust his judgement while I was in the scene since getting up to watch the play back would have caused us to have to reset. I was very thankful that we had a solid pre-production phase and really utilized our time prior to getting on set so that my crew and cast were all majority on the same page. It wasn’t easy and to be honest I don’t recommend it.

 

 

 

UKHS – You also star in ‘Truth or Dare’ and co-wrote the movie with Jonathan Higgins. Can you please tell us a little about the story and your wonderful cast?

JC – The story revolves around a group of friends who get internet fame with their online channel in which they play truth or dare. Unfortunately for the group their number one fan decides he wants to play.

My cast is literally made up of the most talented friends that I have been blessed to accumulate throughout my acting career.

js7I worked with Ryan Kiser and Brandon Van Vliet on a film called Potpourri (now available on Netflix) and was not only impressed with their talent but also just loved hanging out with them (this is especially crucial when all your cast and crew are staying in the same location !).

Devanny Pinn I had worked with on Brandon Slagle’s film The Black Dahlia Haunting (available everywhere Oct.14th 2013) and just loved her as a person, she’s actually one of the few friends I go to for spiritual guidance to this day!

I had the pleasure of working with Heather Dorff earlier in the year when we shot Brian Troxell’s film Intrusive Behavior in Florida, with Heather I had an instant connection. She was my sister and WOW, her acting just blew me away. I can not wait to work with her again!

Shelby Stehlin had attended an acting class in LA together and I was impressed with his acting skills, for me he is a modern day James Dean.

That left a crucial spot in my cast to fill, the role of John Moore was the classic all American type and to my dismay the actors I knew were not interested in doing a horror film (yup – some actors have the nerve to feel that they are better then certain types of films…which is fine, they can continue to tell themselves that while they get me my coffee at Starbucks. I was having a meeting with my crew and mentioned that this role was being difficult to cast and luckily for me my AD Joshua Lou Friedman came to the rescue. He told me he had just worked with the perfect actor for this role, and he was right. We auditioned him and he was perfect!

Something that is interesting is that I wrote the roles specifically for Brandon, Ryan, and Devanny. Once I met Heather we further went back and tailored the role for her. So I never auditioned them or anyone else for the roles.

 

 

 

js4UKHS –The British fans love you and you do have a big fan base here. Do you have any plans in the future to shoot a movie here in the UK?

JC – Can I just take a moment to say how much I love the horror fans of the UK! Seriously – they are some of the most passionate and intelligent people I have the pleasure of chatting with online!

There has been some talk of me coming to act in a few different projects but nothing finalized yet. But feel free to send any castings my way as I would LOVE TO SHOOT IN THE UK! So I think we should just make it happen!

My film is an official selection of the Misty Moon film festival (http://mistymoon.net/) which means that it will screen for the screamqueen panel in Oct in London and then if it wins it will screen for a larger audience. Its an honor to be selected and I have agreed to be a judge at next years festival so I will be there.

 

 

 

js5UKHS – Wow! That’s fantastic news. We are thrilled to hear you will be at the event next year. I hope you can meet up with the UKHS team during your visit. If any casting director’s are reading this about Jessica filming in the UK then please help make it happen. Good luck with the Misty Moon International film festival Jessica.

OK, Since it’s almost Halloween I would just like to ask you a couple of questions on Halloween. What is the most outrageous costume you have worn for Halloween?

JC – HA HA OK define OUTRAGEOUS?

Lets see I was Jem from the 80’s cartoon one year, and ironically her tag line on the show was “truly outrageous” . That particular Halloween I ended up riding a mechanical bull at a bar we went to in my costume. I was so determined to not fall off that my leg slid and was cut by something and I would still not fall off. They eventually stopped the bull when I was at a 90 degree angle and bleeding, I had to flash half the crowd to get off and then bandage up my bleeding thigh. But it was so worth it! I know I have photos somewhere…..

 

 

 

jshalloweenUKHS – And finally, what is your favourite Halloween memory? (holiday, not movie)


JC – One year I dressed up as Medusa and met up with one of my dearest friends Beth K. We were at this party that just went on forever. We were still having a great time as the party was winding down and others were leaving. Beth then explained to me what “hoofing” someone was, and I decided to test it out. “Hoofing” is where you use duct tape to make a person’s hands into a hoof when they are passed out drunk (its real easy just close their hands into a fist and cover in a ridiculous amount of duct tape). Then you can put tape over their mouth and around their knees and elbows so that when they wake up they have to inch worm to get out. It’s really funny if you (as we were) are in the corner watching the drunk person wake up still drunk and try to figure out what to do. Keep in mind when your hands are “hoofed” you can’t open a door or work a cell phone.

We did eventually free our passed out friend, but was it ever entertaining. I have a picture of earlier in that night for you! (see above)

 

 

****IMPORTANT – HOOFING CAN BE DANGEROUS, I do not recommend it and it is something that should not be done without supervision of your drunk friend (after all they could hurt themselves).

 

js6UKHS – Jessica, please remind me never to get drunk at a party with you!

Thanks again Jessica, I really appreciate your time and this opportunity to interview you for UKHS. Keep up the great work and good luck with your movie and your superb career. Have a wonderful Halloween without the hoofing.

JC – THANK YOU so very much for your continued support – I really appreciate it!

 

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Truth or Dare – Jessica Cameron’s directorial debut!!

TRUTH-OR-DARE

Jessica Cameron is well known for appearing in front of the camera in numerous genre films , including UKHS recent favourite The Sleeper. But now she is making her directorial debut in the forthcoming horror “Truth or Dare”.

Synopsis“Truth or Dare is about 6 college kids who find internet stardom when they make “Truth or Dare” videos with a violent twist. It is all fun and games until their number one fan decides he wants to play…”

Please see the red band trailer and casting details below!!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8J7qVONFmE]    

Dev HSDevanny Pinn is Courtney Steele, a promiscuous girl who flirts with everyone around her, male or female. She is from Houston, Texas and is known for her roles in such films as “The Black Dahlia Haunting,” as well as the award-winning “Vivid,” and the sci-fi thriller “Area 51 Confidential” (available now at Wal-Mart) which she also co-wrote.
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1922788
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/devannypinnonline
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DevannyPinn

Heather HSHeather Dorff is playing the role of Michelle Lucas, a small-town girl with a big heart who puts her friend’s needs in front of her own. She is a Chicago-based actress who got her start with the award winning movie “What They Say” which she starred in, narrated, produced, and wrote. She will next be seen in “Epitaph: Bread and Salt” as well as the Brian Troxell film “Intrusive Behavior” which she co-starred in with fellow actress Jessica Cameron.
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3940718
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/actressheatherdorff
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SerenityRising

Brandon HSBrandon Van Vliet is Tony Lockhart, a dim-witted party boy who’s only goal in life is to find the next free beer. He is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and known for such films as “Potpourri,” “In Harm’s Way” and the upcoming “Insectula!”
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3783827
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/RestrainingHollywood
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RestHollywood

Ryan HSRyan Kiser is Derik B. Smith, a passionate individual who is so far removed from society that he lives in his own state of delusion. He can be seen portraying Charles Manson in the film “Lie” as well as acting in “I’m Jesus Mommy” and “Potpourri” with fellow actors Brandon Van Vliet and Jessica Cameron.
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3067547
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kiser.ryan
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ryanmkiser

Shelby StehlinShelby Stehlin plays the role Ray Austin; former high school sports star that is still has a hot temper at times. Very business-minded and well educated.
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3130548/?ref_=tt_cl_t6
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shelby.stehlin

Jesse WilsonJesse Wilson plays the role of John Moore; the charming and quick-witted leader of the group.
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5550425
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swoop22

Grae DrakeGrae Drake plays the role of Bobbi Craig; a larger than life talk show host with very animated mannerisms.
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1024233
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/graedrake
Twitter: http://twitter.com/graedrake

Jess HSJessica Cameron is Jennifer Collins, a strong-willed and introverted girl who is highly educated. She is an actress from Owen Sound, Ontario and has appeared in over 70 projects ranging from feature films, television shows, and commercials. She is known for last year’s killer Santa slasher “Silent Night,” which was helmed by Steven C. Miller, the Roger Corman produced “Camel Spiders,” which is currently airing on the SyFy Network, and the ever popular “Mr. Hush” which is on Netflix instaview and can be found at numerous Redbox locations. She is also known for her role in season 2 of the TLC network’s hit show “Brides of Beverly Hills” which averaged between 1 and 2 million views per episode.

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2781723
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ActressJessicaCameron
Twitter: http://twitter.com/JessicaCameron_
Reel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSGYKlmXboY