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An Interview with Lyndsey Craine, Star of Book of Monsters

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2019

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Your new movie Book of Monsters - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character?

 

Book of Monsters is about six kickass women who fight off a horde of monsters at an 18th birthday party - Sophie is turning 18, sheís had a tough life after losing her Mum at a very young age and no one believing her as to who killed her. She along with her close friends Mona and Beth throw a huge 18th birthday party which turns into a bloodbath after monsters attack. The story involves Sophie finding out who she really is and taking a very big personal journey from a shy timid girl to complete badass

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much of Lyndsey Craine can we find in Sophie?

 

I think I used personal experiences from my own life to bring Sophieís to life, for instance, I am quite a shy, quiet person around new people but my confidence comes out when Iím surrounded by my close friends and this is something Sophie possesses.

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place?

 

I have worked with Dark Rift Films in the past on some of their short films and had a small role in their first feature film The Creature Below. When Book of Monsters came along and they approached me for the role of Sophie I jumped at the opportunity.

 

To what extent could you identify with the film's horror theme, and is horror a genre at all dear to you?

 

Yes Iíve always enjoyed horror films although I must admit Iíve watched much more of them since appearing in Book of Monsters! My favourite horror film has always been the Scream films, I loved the mix of comedy and horror which is something Book of Monsters has a brilliant balance of. Even though I like horror films much more now and know how they are made, I still get super scared by them!

 

What can you tell us about Book of Monsters' director Stewart Sparke, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Working with Stewart Sparke was absolutely fantastic. He is so passionate about his art that it was a real joy to watch him work and see how effortlessly he could work with the whole cast and crew. I am so lucky to have been able to collaborate with him and Paul Butler [Paul Butler interview - click here] on Book of Monsters. It was brilliant to work closely with him on bringing Sophie to life and sharing our ideas on how she would approach each scenario. Having worked on many of his short films several years ago I knew how professional he was on set and how much of a natural he is.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The atmosphere on set was electric. Every member of the cast and crew were so passionate and it was a real honour to be working alongside each and every one of them. I think everyone would agree that we became like a family. We had two weeks of working in the studio and it was the most fun two weeks that I wish I could go back and do it all again. I spent 12 hours a day covered in fake blood most days but I would do it again tomorrow! Hearing the line get the blood cannon out for Lyndsey is not something you think would ever be said! I really do feel so lucky to have been apart of this incredible project and seeing everyone be so passionate and give 100% every second was amazing to see.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I wrapped on another feature film called Zomblogalypse, which is based around a group of people who decide to make a film during the zombie apocalypse. It was a lot of fun to make and Iím very excited to see what becomes of it!

 

Lyndsey (center) with Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton, Michaela Longden

What got you into acting in the first place and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I studied Film and TV Production at university and that was really where my passion for acting began. Although the course was based around production and working behind the scenes, I was able to act in many of the films that were being made. It was at university where I first met Stewart and I started acting in his films from then on.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Book of Monsters?

 

I had mainly worked on short films through my time at university and once I had graduated. Book of Monsters is actually my first lead role in a feature film so I was so grateful to Stewart and Paul for giving me the opportunity to take on the role of Sophie.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

I really enjoy delving into a character's back story and really discovering who they are as a person. With the character of Sophie I made a lot of notes about how I thought she would approach certain scenarios and I loved sitting down with Paul and discussing this with him and getting down to the raw details about who Sophie really is.

 

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I have many actresses who I love for various reasons. I adore Meryl Streep and her ability to adapt into any role is so incredible to watch. Lana Parrilla is another actress who really inspires me. Iím a big Disney fan and I loved her character in Once Upon A Time and seeing the journey she took throughout each series. As mentioned earlier I really enjoy the Scream films and Neve Campbellís role of Sydney was something I really looked towards as inspiration for Sophie as even though Scream doesnít include any monsters from a book, I felt the characters took a similar personal journey.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

One of my favourite films is Man on Fire. The editing and soundtrack are phenomenal, I canít count how many times I have watched that movie! This is complete opposite in terms of genre but I love The Sound of Music, itís a film I always remember my parents showing me and I used to act the whole thing out in front of the TV when I was little! Itís very close to my heart. I just love watching so many different genres of film!

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

One film I wouldnít say I deplore but I canít watch because it scares me too much is Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I think I was too young when I watched it the first time and it has forever scared me since!

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

I am on Instagram as lyndseybc and I post all things Book of Monsters and any future work on my page.

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Thank you so much for the interview!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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