Posts Tagged ‘Actress’

Interview with Christa Campbell

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Christa CampbellThe lovely Christa Campbell is a diverse actress having portrayed a wide variety of characters in various movie genres but she has her roots buried deeply in the horror genre. Christa took time out of her hectic schedule to speak our equally lovely Miss Lipstattoo about herself and her role as Milk Maiden in ‘2001 Maniacs’ and ‘2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams’, which is unleashed on the public this month.

Lips: How did it feel re visiting the role of Milk Maiden, did you feel more comfortable with the character? She seems to be far more twisted in 2001 Maniacs Field of screams.
Christa: Yes,shes definitely more twisted, I think the first film we introduce the characters, and in the 2nd they get to show the world who they really are.

Lips: She ( Milk Maiden ) really reveled in the first aid tent scene huh? It looked like a blast to film and it’s the most iconic kill in the movie I think.
Christa: It was a blast, Ogre and I sorta went into the scene with no expectations, and it was amazing where it took us, a lot of the scenes are like that in this movie, once they came off the page it was insane

Lips: 2001 Maniacs Field of Screams is a much more paired down production than the first film, did you feel that it helped keep the feel of the H G Lewis original alive?
Christa: Listen, if we had 10 million dollars to spend, we would have,we didn’t have much money, but we really wanted to get the film out there for us and for the die hard fans

Christa CampbellLips: Did you find it hard adapting to working with new actors in roles previously played by other people, Bill Moseley as Buckman and Ogre as Harper Alexander?
Christa: Actually on the first film it was an intense experience, it was my first movie ever, I was intimidated, this time it was so much fun! and we all really bonded this time around, I’ve made some friends I will have forever.

Lips: You had a great chemistry on screen with Ogre, like an incredibly messed up Bonnie & Clyde, how do you see that relationship developing in the (possible) third film?
Christa: Yes definitely, I think all the maniacs are messed up people, you don’t know who is screwing who, and in this film were all probably screwing each other, I hope in the  third film ogre and I can expand on our craziness.

Lips: Were you ever concerned about the route that Tim Sullivan took the Maniacs in regards to sexism, racism and the like? I’m sure there are some people that would take it the wrong way even though it obviously comes from a place of love and respect.
Christa: I trust Tim completely, he is amazing, and if i was to be offended then I shouldn’t be making this movie. I like pushing the limits, watch my movies you’ll see.

Lips: Many reviewers and fans have stated that they prefer the sequel to the first film, do you have any thoughts on why that would be? I personally think it’s down to the comedy level being cranked up and the fact it appears to be a labor of love. Genre fans love that!
Christa Campbell and the ManiacsChrista: I think it all comes down to a great script, we all knowing exactly who we are,and taking our characters to another level, and also the love and passion we have to make a great fun movie.

Lips: Are you hoping to carry on starring in horror pictures? Would you consider yourself a Scream Queen now?
Christa: I always say a scream queen is the victim… I’m never the victim… always the killer.

Lips: Who are your personal Scream Queen heroines?
Christa: I tend to love the strong kick-ass girls, the ones fighting the zombies, bring it on!!

Christa Campbell2001 Maniacs - Field of Screams

You can find out more about Christa’s work at the following links:

Christa Campbell on IMDB
Follow Christa Campbell on Twitter
Christa Campbell on MySpace

All photos used with kind permission of Christa Campbell


Interview with Bianca Barnett

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We at Horror Extreme are always excited when some fresh meat makes its way in to the horror scene, so you can imagine how much we were salivating when the captivating talent and beauty of Miss Bianca Barnett was brought to the attention of our beady little eyes. Our interest was first aroused by the demented malevolence of Bianca’s performance as “Pig Bitch” in Albino Farm. A classic Scream Queen in the making with a presence on T.V, music videos and films, Bianca is sure to be an ever-present face in the horror community’s conscience

Bianca BarnettLips: How have you found the transition from model to actress? Has the film industry been welcoming?
Bianca: For me, modeling is fun, and I like having my hair and makeup done. I feel like after years of struggling, I have found my niche as an actress. Of course, I always want to keep working hard to get better at what I do. The independent film industry has been extremely welcoming! I love working with all kinds of people and I am grateful to have that opportunity.

Lips: Did you ever set out to be a Scream Queen? Or is it just because it was a genre of film you were interested in already?
Bianca: No, no, I still don’t consider myself a Scream Queen. Barbara Steele, Linnea Quigley, Jaime Lee Curtis, women like that deserve the title. I’m just an actress trying to leave my mark on the genre I grew up on. I love horror films; I grew up in the 80’s, which was a time rich in movie magic. I felt like I wanted to be a part of that world the fantasy world of being on set and actually acting, not the celebrity world of paparazzi, and that icky, shallow stuff.

Lips: How do you find juggling acting, modeling, and being a student? Don’t your identities get confused?
Bianca: Sometimes, but I always think of myself as ‘Bianca’, a normal person who is fortunate enough to pursue a dream. When I am going to school, I’m likely dressed like a hobo, not wanting any attention. I save all the glamour for photo shoots, movies, and signings. I never bring up acting, really, not even with my family. Ironically, my father just emailed me saying that his friend sent him an interview I did. I mean, how do I explain Pig Bitch to my parents? Ha ha!

Bianca Barnett as Pig Bitch in Albino FarmLips: Do you feel that some female horror actresses are a bit too precious about their looks when working in a horror film? I ask because you looked AMAZING as Pig Bitch in Albino farm and I don’t think it would have worked if she has only been mildly disfigured.
Bianca: I think most actors and actresses are concerned with how they are seen, and looking good on camera is a big part of that. I didn’t have a problem taking a risk and being transformed into something else. I saw it as an opportunity to create a dynamic and relatable character.

Lips: Do you feel that the more interesting and important horror films are the lower budget and independent ones much like the projects you have worked on? How do you feel about the horror films coming out of Hollywood at the moment?
Bianca: I am tired of rubbish remakes from Hollywood! I wish they would put their faith, and money, into something new and interesting. There is so much undiscovered talent out there, but I think the studios are afraid to take a risk. It’s all about being safe and making the most money possible. Hollywood needs a shot in the arm, or a kick in the balls.

Lips: Did you find acting from behind heavy prosthetics actually quite freeing? I would imagine that it helps to take you to another place mentally.
Bianca: It’s freeing in that you can become the character, but, I became worn down and extremely, physically ill after running around with that thing on my head for two weeks.

Bianca BarnettLips: You’re currently in the very early stages of what I am sure is going to be a long and fruitful career, do you have a particular role or character you are just dying to play?
Bianca: I hope that is true! I would love to be a badass action heroine in an homage to an exploitation-style flick.

Lips: You have an extremely high-profile online presence, is this down to your drive to get yourself out there, or grassroots support from friends and fans? How important is role of the internet in your success?
Bianca: I learned at an early age that I have a tendency to become obsessive, so I decided to channel that energy into something positive. For a long time, it was art, but when I became interested in acting, it took over. Honestly, I owe everything to the internet because I don’t think I’d be working in films if I didn’t use networking sites or my webpage.

Bianca BarnettLips: How do you feel about women in horror predominantly being associated with sex and boobs? Do you think that there is too much sexualisation in modern horror films? Or do you think it’s always been there and we’re just more aware of it now that we are in the digital age?
Bianca: No, it’s been there forever, sex and death go hand in hand when it comes to what people find titillating. I collect vintage erotica and some of it does have a macabre twist. In no way am I putting down others, but personally, I don’t want to rely on my physical assets alone. I hope that I can find a happy medium of roles that are sexy without being overly sexualized.

Lips: What projects are you currently working on? I noticed you’re working on a film called The Toy Box, could you tell us more about that?
Bianca: I have several films coming up and I am very excited about them all. The Toy Box is based on John Glatt’s Cries in the Desert, and portraying true crimes that happened. It will be a much more dramatic and serious role for me. I will also have the opportunity to be in a film called The Cthulu Key, which was inspired by the work of H.P. Lovecraft. I am really looking forward to it, as I am a longtime fan of his work. I wrote my high school thesis paper on the life and literary works of Lovecraft.

Also, I will be attending Texas Frightmare Weekend as a guest for the first time this year!

You can find out more about Bianca’s work at the following links:

www.biancabarnett.com
twitter.com/biancabarnett
www.myspace.com/bianca-barnett

All photos used with kind permission of Bianca Barnett


Interview with Monique Dupree

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Tromette, Fango regular, pot zombie and singer. Monique Dupree has one of the most diverse C.V’s in cult cinema. She is a constant on the horror convention scene and the darling of ‘B’, indie and horror movies. Monique currently has at least a dozen projects waiting to be released, and is probably most well known for her roles in The Skeleton key 2, Pot Zombies and Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned. Not adverse to exposing her triple D ‘talents’ in the name of her ‘First black scream queen’ moniker, Monique also has the ability and the personality to back that title up.

Monique DupreeLips: I know this is something you must get asked lots, but how do you personally feel about the term “The first black scream queen” being used to describe you? Do you wish people would stop using it, or have you embraced it?
Monique: Well, I’ve had worse terms used to describe me, lol. But really, at this point, I try to focus on the work and let everything else sort itself out. I love what I do..and no matter the genre, acting is my passion.

Lips: You’re a very striking looking woman, do you find that works to your advantage when auditioning or against you?
Monique: Why thank you much :) I find it difficult to get the roles that I want unless I’m working with a director that’s already aware of my abilities and willing to put me in a role that no one else might think to. I get a lot of offers involving nudity or eye candy..things like that. But I work really hard to showcase my versatility in the acting realm and I’m finally starting to get more offers suited to challenge my abilities. I’m very blessed and thankful to have worked with the talented directors that saw something more in me than just a “face”.

Monique DupreeLips: I know that your first break was “Lean on me”, but what was your first foray in to horror movies?
Monique: My first appearance was actually in Pot Zombies. It was such a small part, but a large doorway into horror for me. Working with Lloyd Kaufman himself and really immersing myself in Troma (well, because they’re the best!) It opened so many doors for me in both acting and horror films.

Lips: Being that it is currently Women in horror month, do you feel that there are enough strong female role models in horror?
Monique: Yes, I do. It always comes down to personal opinion and what you FEEL a strong female role model IS in horror or anything else for that matter. But in horror as a whole, I’ve seen plenty of strong female role models and I expect that it’ll only get better with time.

Lips: As most fans of the genre would know and expect, there is all most always a little T&A in horror films, but do you feel that it is a required element to make a horror movie work?
Monique: First I have to say, I don’t frown upon T&A in ANYTHING at all. Having said that, I don’t think that there always HAS to be an element of it in order to make a horror film work. I don’t see where it hurts though, lol. My only critique with that is that sometimes its just too much. I like when some films give you a taste of T&A… to tease if you will.

Monique Dupree and Lloyd KaufmanLips: You’ve been involved with a few Troma titles, which haven’t been so warmly received as some of you other work. Do you feel they deserve the bashing they get? (The team here at Horror Extreme are big Troma fans).
Monique: Well, I’ll say this if I may: opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one. I’ve heard some fans tell me how they LOVE Troma films and others that say they suck. Some reviews will be good and some won’t, but all in all, I try not to pay attention to any of it. It clouds the focus…

Lips: Pot zombies looked like a riot, how was it to film, and do you have any plans to work with Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma team again?
Monique: It really was a blast!!! Troma is like my family now. Any chance I get to team up with Lloyd and/or spread Troma’s message to keep independent film alive, I do. I’m teaming up with Brenna Lee Roth & Troma Entertainment to do a workout video called “Scream Your Ass Off” so watch out for it!

Lips: Would you be interested in acting in new wave exploitation/grindhouse films (Such as Death Proof, Planet Terror, Run bitch Run)?
Monique: Oh most assuredly. I’d jump at the chance for that! (hint, hint!)

Monique DupreeLips: What film projects are you currently working on?
Monique: I’m working on quite a few projects including a couple that I’m not allowed to talk about as of yet. I’m doing a film project in a couple of weeks called Avantgarde and the scream queen workout video called “Scream Your ass off” Other projects include: Plan 9 (remake of plan 9 from outer space), Haunting Kira, Love don’t love me, Reptilians and many more.

Lips: Is there anything else you would like to add or promote before we wrap up?
Monique: I’d just like to thank Horror Extreme for taking the time to chat with me a little. It was a pleasure.Anyone wanting more information about me, convention appearances etc. can check out these websites:

http://www.imdb.me/moniquegatadupree
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monique_Dupree
http://www.moniquedupree.com
http://www.twitter.com/originalgata
http://www.facebook.com/theoriginalgata

All photos used with kind permission of Monique Dupree