Your upcoming movie Adam K - in a few words, what is it
about, and what can you tell us about your character?
I play Mrs. Kraul, the mother of fallen soldier Adam Kraul. At
first, I believe that my son is dead, until I start to receive mysterious
phone calls and greeting cards from him. I then work with two
Detectives and his commanding officer to try to track him down.
did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much of Brinke
Stevens can we find in Mrs Kraul?
Iíve played a few
concerned mothers in the past, so it was easy to slip into that persona.
I really enjoyed doing such a serious, dramatic role.
How did you get
involved with the project in the first place? And what can
you tell us about your director Joston Theney [Joston
Theney interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
like? And how did you first meet even? And also do talk about your
previous collaborations with Joston!
I adore working with
Joston, because he always casts me in the best roles! Our first
project together was Bleed 4 Me, a gritty horror drama where I play
a tough huntress named Lady Jasmine. A couple years later, he hired
me for Axeman to play a ballsy small-town Sheriff who fearlessly
confronts a serial killer. And then he thought of me for the
courageous mother in Adam K. Heís so supportive of strong
female roles. And just an all-around great guy to work with, too.
On-set, Joston is very skilled, creative, and efficient. Yet his
shoots are always such fun ó for example, when we filmed Axemanat a remote cabin in the mountains, it felt like a wonderful
vacation for the cast and crew.
future projects beyond Adam K
you want to share?
A few months ago, I was thrilled to be
included in the big-budget movie Death House, which features a
stellar cast of horror icons. Some of my soon to be released films
include: Safe Inside (by Jason Paul Collum), The Haunting of Mia
Moss (Jake Zelch), Machine Gun Baby! (Rickey Bird jr), An
Evil Curiosity (Wayne Sorrell) and Night of Something Strange
As far as I know, you received a
masters degree in marine biology prior to your film career - so what made
you ultimately choose an acting career, and did you receive any formal training
on the subject?
Yes, I got a Masters degree in marine
biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego CA. I
thought Iíd remain in science all my life, but fate had other plans.
Iíd never aspired to be an actor, and never expected to become a
cult icon of horror movies. I thought Iíd have a nice little lab
in Hawaii where Iíd figure out how to communicate with dolphins.
Life can certainly be full of surprises!
career hit its first high at the height of the "scream queen
era", and you quickly became one of the woman pretty much synonymous
with the label - so what can you tell us about the era, and your thoughts
the label as such?
Me, Linnea Quigley and Michelle Bauer
were considered the "original" Scream Queens of the 1980s. In
the early days, we constantly ran into each other on auditions and became
close friends. Together, we did movies like Nightmare
Sisters, Sorority Babes
in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, and The Man Who Wasnít
There. For a brief time, I was involved in Linnea's all-girl
rock band The Skirts. Over the years, Linnea and I
worked on more projects together, such as Corpses Are Forever
and It Came From Trafalgar. Recently, our trio
has been reunited for films such as Cougar Cult, Three
Scream Queens, The Trouble with Barry, and Trophy
Heads. We always look forward to working together and are
thankful to still be in-demand as leading ladies.
Over the years, you have worked with
cult genre directors David DeCoteau, Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski [Jim
Wynorski interview - click here] quite frequently - so what's it
like working with them?
They were always a total joy to work with... and we still often see one
another at conventions, book signings, and so on.
Of late, you've also worked time
and again with Joe Castro [Joe Castro
interview - click here] - a few words about the man and your
movies with him?
Joe and I first met when he was about 12 years old, while he was still
living in Texas with his family. He won a contest in
Monsterland magazine to come to Hollywood and meet ďEvilaĒ
(me), the magís vampy mascot. We did a photo shoot together at
that time. Years later, Joe moved to LA to pursue his dream of
being an SFX artist, and we worked on several movies together, including
Teenage Exorcist (I starred in it and also wrote the script).
Later, he began producing films and hired me as an actor for Terror
Toons 2 and Summer of Massacre.
When he decided to do Terror Toons 3 & 4, Joe first invited me
to submit a spec script (Personal Demons)Ö to which he responded
enthusiastically. And then he actually asked me to direct it
myself. I also played the lead role. I am eternally grateful
to Joe for giving me my first opportunity to direct a feature film.
Hopefully, there will many more to come!
You've also become a fixture in Dave
Campfield's [Dave Campfield
interview - click here] Caesar
and Otto movies - so do talk about those for a bit!
appeared in three Caesar
and Otto-movies so far. When I read the
first script (Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre) I was
charmed by writer-director Dave Campfieldís off-kilter sense of
humor. It was a weird, funny, entertaining horror-comedy.
Itís a rare script that borders on slapstick, yet also nods to many
slasher films. The most recent film (Paranormal Halloween) again
pays homage to horror classics ó and continues to turn low-budget
constraints into advantages. It includes many wonderful B-movie
veterans. The whole trilogy features Debbie Rochon [Debbie
Rochon interview - click here], Linnea Quigley,
Felissa Rose [Felissa Rose
interview - click here], Beverly Randolph, Joe Estevez, Vernon Wells, and Deron
Any other movies
of yours/career highlights you want to talk about?
I recently began recording audio books, after a long career as a
voice-over performer (Iíve dubbed movies, done radio ads,
narrated documentaries, and been cartoon characters). My favorite
horror author is Glenn Porzig, whose Darkness Unbound trilogy was
an absolute dream to work on. (Itís also any actorís dream, of
course, to do all the voices and play all the roles myself!) Currently,
in my home-studio, Iím recording the final book of this trilogy, Darkness Unbound: Shadow of Death.
Hereís the links to the first two audio books:
Darkness Unbound: Lady in Black: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Darkness-Unbound-Audiobook/B019S7GGWG
Darkness Unbound: Terror of Night:
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