Your new movie Forgotten
Tales - in a few words, what is it about?
It's a throwback to Creepshow, it's three shorts but the stories
intertwine. One is a ghost story, one is a babysitter story and the last
one is about an aspiring actress who is the obsession of a director.
were your sources of inspiration when writing Forgotten
I wrote the stories years ago but didn't
bring the script back out until 2013 to take a look at. I've always wanted
to do a anthology film so it was really fun and I cannot wait to do a
sequel. Every thing around me inspires me. For the audition segment,
I actually took that from a weird experience I had auditioning for a
wannabe director. The babysitter segment is because I love those
babysitter urban legend stories and the ghost story was written from
having a dream one night about a ghost in a cabin.
When it comes to the horror genre,
Tales is literally all over the place - so what led to this
eclectic approach, and what are your favourite subgenres, personally?
name the subgenre and I guarantee I'm into it, LOL. I wanted each segment
to be as different from the last as possible, I like to experiment and
also play around with the stories that I write. I think the overall
outcome of the film came out great!
talk about your movie's approach to horror as such for a bit!
I've always loved anthology films and wanted to do one on of my own, my
whole goal was to try to bring back a Tales from the
Crypt or Creepshow
type of vibe. I love those and wanted to create my own that I can brand
and bring to life. My approach was to connect with those who grew up
watching Creepshow, or Tales from the Darkside and give them something
new. I have had good feedback so far so I will take that and get ready for
is revealed only in the last segment of your movie that all three stories
are connected - was this the idea from the get-go or did that just develop
over time? And what was the idea behind this to begin with?
I first wrote the stories there was no connection, through time of filming
I started to change some things in the script and developed the whole
connection while filming. I thought it would be cool to have these lives
intertwine somehow and I like to believe it worked out great.
also have to talk about all those comicbook drawings that pop up in the
film time and again, and what was the idea behind them, and what can you
tell us about the artists involved?
I wanted to have a
comic book vibe in there because I am doing a graphic novel of the film
through Scattered Comics in Sacramento Ca. Jason Dube picked out a great
artist for me, his name is Warin Johnson and he was fun to work with and
very talented. I cannot wait for the comic to come out and the idea of it
again was to give it that Creepshow vibe. Plus I love comic books! Huge comic
collector here!! :)
A few words about
your directorial approach to your stories as such?
As a director I like to experiment as much as I can with angles and moods, I
like to make sure what I shoot will have an impact on the audience to make
them feel like they are there. I'm not into gore, I mean I love gore films
but it's not me, I'm more into suspense and that's what I wanted to do as
much of in this film, was have suspense. I work very closely with my
actors and I was lucky enough to have great actors on set.
also play one of the leads in Forgotten
Tales - so what did you draw upon to bring her to life, and have
you written her with yourself in mind/was she based on any personal
experiences (however exaggerated)?
inspired by an audition I went to years ago and it was an odd audition and
I was a little uncomfortable. The first time director was creepy, so
that's where that inspired from. He had this vibe to him that was weird. I
played the role because actresses who read the script said no based on it
hit to close to home, many actresses have experienced weird stuff like
that so I decided to throw myself in there.
What can you tell us
about the rest of your key cast, and why exactly these people?
the years I have met some incredible actors and actresses and have a list
of those I want to work with and I chose these ones because I knew they
would be fun to be around and would work their butts off to bring my
characters to life.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
had a great time, I work with my same crew every film shoot, they work
hard and love to make movies, so with them I knew it was going to be a
blast. My husband John Gillette, who is also the other half of
Last Doorway Productions,
has been my camera and cinematographer for every film so far
and it's always fun working with him, he knows what I like. With the
actors I always want to make sure they have a good time and are
comfortable on set, and for this film there were no problems.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of your movie yet -
and any idea yet when and where it will be released to the general public?
far I have had good feedback from fans and festival directors which is
nice. I cannot announce anything yet but we did get picked up for world
wide distribution, announcements will be soon.
future projects you'd like to share?
Right now I am
writing, writing, writing... I am currently in post for my last film Doll
Murder Spree, which is a slasher. Cannot wait to release the trailer
for that. I will be filming soon this year, a horror film and a drama,
which I cannot talk about right now.
What got you into
filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the
When I was younger I did modeling for kids clothes
and commercials, extras in films. Growing up I was all about being an
actress, it wasn't until college I was acting in some indie films and a
friend of mine at the time was filming a movie and wanted me to co-direct,
he said I had a good eye. So I helped on four of his films but he never
finished them. So I bought a camera and some filmmaking books and started
doing it myself. I did a 30 minute short and then from their studied as
much as I could. I have done 19 short films as practice and a black and
white cheesy monster movie which became very popular in the bay area
called Monster of Golden Gate. I never wanted to study film in
college because I sat in a class once for it and wasn't into it.
No Reyna Young interview would be complete
without you talking about your alter ego Miss Misery I suppose - so
do talk about her for a bit, and how did she come into being?
Misery started with my first SF TV show Last Doorway, which I went
around and interviewed filmmakers and celebrities at conventions. I did
this to get my foot in the door and meet as many people as I could and
connect with them. I grew up watching Elvira and later learned about
Vampira and thought it would be fun to be a horror host and meet people.
Plus I've always been a goth so I already had a wardrobe, LOL. After 75
episodes of that show I started Movie Massacre and hosting B-rated films
and indie horror films by locals. It's been great and fun and I can never
give up Miss Misery, everyone loves her.
it comes to filmmaking, you've pretty much done it all from producing,
writing and directing to acting, editing and hosting - so what do you
enjoy the most, which could you do without?
WOW! I love it
all but if I had to choose, I love directing and if I could go without it
would be producing. But I'm the kind of person who has to do it all and
have my hands in all of it during the pre-production, production and post
productions, so I know everything comes out the way my vision in my head
What can you
tell us about your filmwork prior to Forgotten
Tales, in whatever position?
I have done 19 short
films, a women in horror documentary and one feature before Forgotten
Tales. I call it the getting my feet wet years. The learning of how I want
to direct and my vision and the kind of stories I want to tell. It was my
homework basically, but I always learn something new so it's fun and I
would'nt trade it for the world.
Do talk about your
Last Doorway Productions,
and the philosophy behind it!
company is owned by John Gillette, Ken Constantine and myself. We strive
to bring you great indie films and not just horror but soon comedy and
drama, etc. We used to run events but I got tired of them and wanted to
focus more on my films. We ran a film festival in San Francisco for six
years, a horror convention in Sacramento and zombie proms. It was fun but
would you describe yourself as a writer, as a director, and as an actress?
would describe myself as hard working, a go-getter and someone who wants
to do it all before she dies.
writers, actresses, whoever else who inspire you?
inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, there's a
ton of people who inspire me. I'm easily inspired by people because
inspiration just doesn't come from one person or one film, it comes from
an array of things.
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The links below
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Trilogy of Terror, Creepshow, Mr. Boogedy, Dirty
Dancing, That Thing You Do, The Goonies, Monster
Squad. I can type out my entire collection,
... and of course, films you really
It's hard for me to say which films I dislike
because it takes so much to make a movie. I always feel bad...
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
I'm also on instagram as Director Reyna Young.
Twitter as Miss Misery.
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
Thank you to all my fans for
standing by me and supporting everything I do. Thank you to my partners in
crime John Gillette and Ken Constantine and my bestie Maureen Mo Whelan,
she helps out a lot on my projects and is so fun to have around.
Thanks for the interview!