Hannah Emily Anderson [Interview]

Welcome to Day 9 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

If you all can think about to close to 3 years ago, during a previous rendition of our Month of Horror, we may have gotten a slight tease about a “new” addition to the saw franchise that was “coming soon”, from one of the film’s screenwriters, Pete Goldfinger. Well, much has happened since then. Jigsaw hit theaters almost a year later, and out of it we learned about the brilliance of one of the film’s stars, of which we are so excited to have with us here today! It’s Hannah Emily Anderson, Everyone! Hannah is an absolute star, especially in the world of horror having not only amazingly entered the Saw franchise, she can also be seen on the first season of the television adaptation of The Purge, in which is she is also so brilliant in. She is an absolute gem of a human being and has even managed to work in the world of comic book movies that are all the rage right now, appearing as Elaine Grey in this year’s hit film Dark Phoenix.

Yes, Hannah is all over the place and doing incredible work and we are so excited to see what the future has in store for this incredible actress. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the absolutely brilliant Hannah Emily Anderson!

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment and filmmaking? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day? 

I grew up wanting to be a surgeon, which makes sense, because I was just fascinated by the inner workings of people. I found myself ever curious, wondering why people were the way they were, where did they come from, what drove them, what made them different. 

My parents also fostered a love of the Arts in me. We went to the Ballet, the Symphony, and the Theatre. I remember seeing my first real play when I was 12 and it absolutely thrilled me.
I did also love to perform but didn’t think I was good enough to do it for a living, or that an acting career was even possible. I was in college for Creative Communications (PR, Advertising, Journalism, Broadcast) when I got an opportunity to be a stand-in for actress Clemence Poesy. I was so close to the action, watching great actors like Forest Whitaker work their magic. I loved it so much that I quit college and moved to Toronto to audition for Theatre school. I got in. 

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today? 

My first gig was a one line part on the show The L.A. Complex. I had NO idea what I was doing. All I had to do was step onto my mark, say my line, then step off, but I was terrified I’d forget what to say and fuck it all up. I got through the day by watching the other actors and basically copying everything they did. They seemed comfortable, at ease, speaking in their natural voices, but they also made mistakes. That job taught me how to push through my nerves, that I’ll never really feel like I know what i’m doing, that it’s okay to make mistakes, and that being able to stay relaxed on set is key. 

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in? 

The horror genre makes it safe to explore any topic freely, especially if it’s political (I stole that from a conversation I had with Jigsaw writer Josh Stolberg, but it’s true!) The Purge series, for example? Race, politics, status, the faults of America in general…it challenges you, it makes you question what you believe. Horror is also a full body experience. Whether I’m watching it or acting in it, It gets my blood pumping and my imagination working in a way that no other genre 

does. It tends to be more physically demanding. Acting like you’re terrified out of your mind is one of the hardest things to do. And how do I learn to do that? By watching horror movies and literally being terrified out of my mind. 

In 2017 you appeared in the latest addition of the Saw franchise, co-written by our dear friend and past guest Pete Goldfinger, entitled Jigsaw. I am curious to know what drew you this project? Were you previously a fan of the franchise? And how was your experience working in the world of Jigsaw? 

Saw is such an iconic franchise. I watched Saw 1 and 2 when they first came out and couldn’t believe how twisted and gory they were. When I actually got the part (off a last minute tape) and I had the chance to be part of this franchise, I just couldn’t say no to that! To go from watching this iconic villain when I was in high school, to suddenly sitting next to him in the makeup trailer?? I was pinching myself.

 

Photo by Brooke Palmerÿ

I had SO much fun on set. I enjoyed playing that cat and mouse game with the audience. Am I the killer? Am I not? And being in a separate story line from the victims, I got off pretty easy. The other actors were always covered in blood and screaming. I escaped all of that. Plus, Matt Passmore-who plays Logan, is such a goof. We’d be singing, dancing, and joking around, right up until “Action!” 

The following year you appeared front and center in the wonderful television addition to one of my personal favorite modern horror/thriller franchises, with The Purge. So what drew you to the beautiful bit of madness that is this franchise? 

This was the opposite experience in that I knew nothing about The Purge going in. I’d never heard of or seen the films. (I know, crazy). Reading the script sent shivers up my spine and I didn’t understand what The Purge was until the end of the pilot, so the concept was a surprise. I thought it was brilliant. 

I was attracted to this character trying to do good and desperately hold onto her own morals on a night of pure evil; driven by a pure intention to help others, but then being forced into making life or death decisions. Jenna is also privileged, and most people in privilege don’t have to think about what they’d be willing to sacrifice to protect the ones they love, to protect themselves. The show is constant high stakes and a lot of action. Pretty much an actor’s dream. But man, was it ever a marathon. 

What is your favorite scary movie? 

Ooooo tough one. It’s a toss up between The Shining and The Babadook, two of the only films I’ve never been able to properly finish out of pure terror. 

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year? 

I plan on trying, once again, to convince my partner to dress up and coordinate costumes. Good luck to me.

My family and I used to turn off all the lights and pretend we weren’t home (my parents’ idea) so we could watch a spooky movie in the basement in peace. I will not be continuing that tradition. I’ll be eating boatloads of chocolate and hopefully handing out what’s left to the kids. 

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

I’m trying to get through Toronto’s top 100 restaurants, so I have a lot of eating to do. I’d also love to do more travelling.

Work wise, a really cool horror/thriller film I’m in called The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw will be coming out sometime in the next little while. I’m also writing a comedy web series with my writing buddy and actress Elyse Levesque (her latest film: Ready or Not), that we hope to make in the not too distant future. 

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you? 

I had a terrible nightmare I was being attacked by a strange man. I tried to scream and nothing came out. I woke up shouting and sweating, in a total panic. I thought I was going to have a heart attack! 

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

A baby boy smiled and waved to my partner and I as we walked by. It was so genuine, innocent, and sweet. 

Stuart Flack [Interview]

 

Welcome to Day 8 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

If you can remember as far back as to last week, you will remember we were gushing over a certain film that is hand’s down one of the best of the year during our interview with the film’s director. That film is Room For Rent. And we still love it, like a lot. So much so, we are extremely excited to have the man who penned this truly fascinating story. It’s Stuart Flack, Everyone! He is an absolute genius of a wordsmith and we are so excited that he was able to share a few words with us here today during our most celebrated time for the world of horror. To have both the director and the writer of our favorite horror film of 2019 show up in this very special month is a true god damned delight, and a real honor.

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant writer himself, the great Stuart Flack!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of writing? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

Some of my earliest memories involve books and writing. I was always that kid who was either reading stories or writing them. When I was about five, I ‘borrowed’ my mother’s diary and started filling in imaginary entries. It was the kind of shakily-written, simplistic stuff you’d expect of a kid that age, but looking back it was definitely a sign of what was to come.

What was your first paid gig in the world of writing? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today? 

My first paid gig was writing for the glamorous world of… shipping insurance. That gig quickly snowballed into a lot more copywriting for well-known brands. There were many times I resented having to write that stuff rather than all the stories in my head, but advertising is actually great training for a writer: you quickly learn that the business of writing involves collaboration and compromise, and that deadlines matter.

You penned the script to the recently released and absolutely brilliant film Room For Rent, one of my favorite films of the year. It is a very unique and fun mystery/thriller of a film that had me scared for damn sure. With that in mind, I am curious to know what inspired you to tell this tale? Where did the inspiration come from tell the tale?

I wrote the script years ago, in a cold and draughty old house in Shanghai. I was having some relationship issues at the time, so I found myself toying with the idea of a character who has regrets: that life and love hadn’t worked out the way she wanted, and that those regrets were beginning to poison her entire character. It was important to me that she also be an unreliable narrator, so that we’re never quite sure whether we should sympathize or run.

 

 

And as I know that things can change from pen to screen, I am curious to know what your thoughts are on the film that is now out in the world?

The original script was set in a run-down English seaside town in mid-winter, so it was fascinating to see how the director, Tommy Stovall, translated it to Arizona in mid-summer. It was a good reminder that the story’s themes are universal: loneliness, longing and revenge work in any setting. Lin Shaye did a great job of making the role her own. In addition to being the queen of horror, she has truly brilliant comedic timing, which added another dimension to the character. I think that’s what makes filmmaking so special: it’s a highly collaborative process, with everyone bringing something important to the table.

What is your favorite scary movie?

The first scary movie I ever saw from start to finish was Jaws, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I was really young at the time—probably way too young to be watching people get ripped apart by a psycho shark—and it scared the hell out of me. Even now, I think of that movie every time I go swimming in the sea.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

There are so many cool things to do at Halloween, but my ultimate definition of horror is to be queuing for hours in super-crowded places. If friends are having a party, I enjoy rising to the challenge of finding a good costume. Otherwise, I prefer to keep the evening low-key. 

What does the future hold for you?

My agent in LA is currently shopping a new script. It’s a psychological thriller that’s been getting strong coverage, so I’m hopeful it can find a good home. In the meantime, of course, there are more scripts to write. I’m also a published novelist under a different name, all of which keeps me pretty busy.

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

I was recently hiking near the largest glacier in France. It was jaw-dropping—and I do mean that literally—to see how much the glacier has retreated in just the last twenty or thirty years. It’s like we’re living in the first act of a monumental horror movie, but most people still seem to be in denial that we’re alone in the woods surrounded by climate-change zombies. It’s becoming more and more obvious that the second act is going to be a total bloodbath. 

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I really appreciate a dark sense of humor. I had the chance to see Bianca del Rio on tour this summer. Most of her jokes were deeply inappropriate. Weeks later, they’re still making me laugh.

 

 

 

Jackson Davis [Interview]

 

Welcome to Day 7 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

Welcome to Week 2, Folks! And we are kicking the week off on a high note with some words from an absolutely brilliant actor. It’s Jackson Davis, Everyone! For regular readers around here, you will recognize Jackson as the man who brilliantly starred in one of our favorite films of 2018 known as The Basement. Jackson have over a dozen wonderful performances in just one film. I was truly fascinated in watching him move in and out of different characters throughout the film, and I remain so today! I had been wanting to talk to Mr. Davis about his work on this gem of a film for quite some time, and I am very excited that we were able to include him in our biggest celebration of the world of horror. To say he is a perfect fit would be an understatement to say the least.

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Jackson Davis!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

Growing up I always wanted to be a standup comedian. Or on SNL. That was the dream. But, life happens and I just ended up being an actor 🙂 Growing up I didn’t really think about acting or dream about it.  I just wanted to make people laugh and be on stage.

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?

My first job was a pilot called wrigleyville. It was a great project and I was just so excited to be there.  It shot in Chicago and All the actors lived together in this apartment building.  I am sure I learned a lot but what exactly I couldn’t tell you. It was 14 years ago. But I know that every time I work on something I learn something.

Your performance in 2018’s The Basement was absolutely wonderful, the stuff that genius is made of, I seriously believe. Your role seemed like it would be a lot of work to pull off. So, I am curious to know what it was like to take on multiple insane roles in one film?

Well first thank you so much for that. You’re too kind 🙂 I’ll take it though haha.

This was unlike any other job i’d done before. There was a few challenges. The first and most obvious was there is a lot of dialog. We were lucky that I had a month or two to prep before shooting which doesn’t ever happen. Usually it’s, ya know, we start next week. So I had time to learn the lines.

The second challenge was figuring out all these different characters. And how to make each one of them different from one another. With the characters that I felt were nurturing I tried to give them a feminine touch. The more violent characters had a lot more testosterone. I wanted them to be big and broad. We are gonna be in that basement for a long time with just the two of us so we felt it was okay making them bigger.

We also had a few rehearsals before so I got a chance to show the directors what I was thinking and vice versa. We shot basically one character a day. So there wasn’t a lot of time on the day. They had to be ready to go.

 

 

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

I think what makes it special is the fans of horror. I don’t think there are any other genres quite like it. They enjoy it to the max. They Will find it wherever it is. And they let each film be what it is.

What is your favorite scary movie?

In truth I didn’t grow up with horror films. I wasn’t aloud to watch them. I think my parents knew I couldn’t handle it, haha. I once as a kid saw a scene from some piranha horror film from the 80’s and I wouldn’t go in pools for months. I honestly still think about it when i’m swimming laps at the gym sometimes.

Editor’s Note: the film reference is most likely Joe Dante’s “Piranha”, and yes is a completely rational fear. Also our dear friend Pete Goldfinger is one of the geniuses behind “Piranha 3D” & “Piranha 3DD”. Also terrifying! Okay, back to the show!

 

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

No each year is different and it’s always very last minute. A few Halloweens ago I was at a party and Mike Tyson was there!! Everyone saw him but somehow I never did. Maybe it was just someone dressed up like him. I like to think that cuz I was so bummed I didn’t see him.

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

The serious answer is I see things on the news every day that scare the hell out me. But the more fun answer is, I like to hide and scare my friends so in revenge one of my friends just did it to me. I was walking out of my house and he jumped out from behind a car. It was at night and I knew he was there, but still it got me.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Right after the dude scared me. I laughed. You got to respect a good scare.

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Cargill [Interview]

 

Welcome to Day 4 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

For those of you who are prone to keeping records, the number 2, or the word “twice”, has made the cinematic universe in 2019 pretty damned interested. I’m sure there are multiple reasons one could surmise this to be true, but I am really only referring to one singular event being depicted on screen, 2 times/twice, that would be very surprising, if it didn’t happen to be the 50th anniversary of said event. I am of course(?) talking about the killing of Sharon Tate and her friends by members of the Manson party. And I am of course referring to the instance of 2 films choosing to imagine what it would have been like if the tables had turned and the events did not unfold as they truly did. Now, one film, which will not be mentioned because of possible spoilers, just went out and did it. While another film, faces that reality accurately, but gives a slight bit of hope in to a jarring situation in which the facts are pretty well known and have been regurgitated out into the world ad nausea at this point, thus creating something extremely original, yet still telling the whole and complete story. And that film was The Haunting of Sharon Tate. And dammit, it is fantastic!

And within that film, there were some incredible performances. It is suffice to say that Hilary Duff may have revitalized her career as the titular starring role. But, the performance that truly had me compelled the most, came from our interview subject today. It’s Ryan Cargill, Everyone! Ryan portrays the dearly departed Steven Parent in the film, easily the most redeemable person involved in this horrific event. He was the most innocent. He was simply a fan. And Cargill manages to pull this type of charisma off without a hitch, and gives an absolutely wonderful appearance and pays great tribute to Parent and the suffering that he would face. Ryan is an absolutely incredible actor, and we are so excited to have him grace our digital pages during our Month of Horror showcase.

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Ryan Cargill!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of filmmaking? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?  

I did impressions and accents for my family as far back as I can remember. We always lived in the country so there was a lot of time to pretend and use my imagination to create characters. I didn’t think about it as a profession until one summer my incredible mom made me take a theatre course and I was hooked. Ever since then it’s been a love and passion of mine that’s grown more and more meaningful to me.

 

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?  

There were a few, but my first big one was WITs Academy for Nickelodeon. There were a lot of lessons. A big one was that if I find a really strong why for making each project I can find the strength to push through difficult days. I don’t want to make any piece of film that’s half-committed. I would like to be able to give something of myself to each audience member. For WITs, it was because of the young fans on Nick. I remember how important my childhood shows were to me so I aimed to create something great for them too. For The Haunting of Sharon Tate, it was important because Steven Parent was a real person. Not just a news heading or that kid who was killed by the Manson family. He was a guy with hopes and dreams and his whole life ahead of him. So I just wanted to honor him and get my own actor self out of the way as much as possible.

 

 

You were absolutely wonderful in one of my favorite films of 2019, The Haunting of Sharon Tate. I am curious to know what drew you to this legendary and bloody tale?  

Thank you! That part meant a lot to me. I loved the character because of the purity of his soul. Not a lot is known about Steven Parent other than his pictures which show a kid who emanates kindness and happiness. He had a lot of plans for his future and he was on the way out the gate that night when he ran into the Manson family. If he had left a few minutes earlier he would have lived. So In deciding to take the part, I liked that he and the group got a happy ending after all their trauma. That he gets to live on with Sharon whom he idolizes and really loves and these other kind friends who take him in. I liked that the story rewrote history in that way.

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

It’s thrilling! It’s like a really scary roller coaster. When it’s really working well, jumping on for the ride means you’re gonna be taken on a wild journey. Also, monsters or bad people are clearly defined. It’s the ultimate battle between good and evil and the hero gets to do battle with the monsters (even if they have to get the bejesus scared out of them first). It’s a challenge to keep your nervous system that high strung for that long in the horror genre. Other genres you can relax more in-between scenes. We were all having trouble going home, relaxing and sleeping after wrap each night. It was hard to shake off the material during night shoots.

What is your favorite scary movie?

The Conjuring. No question. No matter how many times I see it, it always succeeds in scaring me! haha, It’s really effective filmmaking.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

A movie marathon is always a must for me. I’ll probably have a group of friends over and watch The Shining and The Conjuring with some good pizza.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m in a movie called The Never List again with Jonathan Bennett and Fivel Stewart from Sharon Tate that should be coming out before too long. I’m also in a Young Sheldon episode which you should check out! Season 2 Episode 14! I also directed a music video which you can follow the link for on my Instagram page. You can keep up with me on Instagram and other platforms @ryancargill_ .

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?  

I’m reading Dr. Sleep by Stephen King right now. He always makes me think I’m hearing suspicious noises at night. I sometimes have to get up and check… ha!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

From my balcony, I saw this young guy offer to push this man in a wheelchair across the street. He helped him across and then wished him a good day. I loved getting to see that!

Tommy Stovall [Interview]

 

Welcome to Day 3 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

Today we have some wonderful words from a guy that helped bring at least one particular project to life that will be discussed at length through the remainder of our Month of Horror, and has actually already been thoroughly reviewed just a few months ago. Well, 5 months almost, but I guess that’s a “few”, right? Anyway, that film is an absolute gem of a film, and one of the best of 2019, entitled Room For Rent. Featuring Lin Shaye, it is an absolutely brilliant thriller that is sure to leave you exhausted with anxiety and torment. At least that is how I felt when the whole experience wrapped up. And with us today is the film’s director, the great Tommy Stovall! Tommy is a multifaceted filmmaker, editor, writer, etc. with some very creative projects under his belt, and Room For Rent, his latest film, is a clear sign that he is here to stay and we can expect a very bright future from this extremely talented human being, and for that we are oh so grateful!.

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the incredible filmmaker, Tommy Stovall!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of filmmaking? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

When I was a teenager, I made some horror movies with friends just for fun.  Then I ended up studying TV and film in college and eventually had my own video production company for many years.  I always had a desire to give indie filmmaking a real shot and eventually that’s what I did.

What was your first paid gig in the world of filmmaking? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?

Someone asked me to videotape their wedding and paid me for it when I was young, which got me started in the video business.  I’m not sure there what the specific lessons were from that.  But I’ve learned things from every single project I’ve done, whether it’s what to do, what not do, or how to do something better.

Your film Room For Rent is definitely one of the finest works of horror to be released this year. It’s such a truly unique and wonderful story. I am curious to know what it was like to make this bizarre film, with what I would consider Lin Shaye’s best role to date?

Thank you!  That’s what I liked about the script – the uniqueness of it.  It was a lot of fun to make.  Lin is incredible to work with and fascinating to watch.  She really gave it her all with this project.  We had a few months to develop the character of Joyce and Lin really took advantage of that.  She delved deep into Joyce’s backstory and we talked a lot during those months about ideas of who Joyce is and why she does the things she does.  And Lin was very detailed in analyzing the character’s choices and things she would say.

 

 

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

I’m not quite sure what it is that makes horror movies so appealing to people, but they can be so much fun to watch.  I was a big horror fan as a kid and it was the most fun when watching these movies with a group of friends.  As far as making them, I think horror can give you more opportunities to be creative with the filmmaking, especially if there are special effects and makeup involved.  But to me the things that make a good horror movie are the same things that make any other genre of movie good.  And those are telling a great story and having compelling characters.

What is your favorite scary movie?

My favorite of any genre is Silence of the Lambs, which some people consider scary, but in the true horror genre it would be The Exorcist.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? Any fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

I don’t have plans yet, but we usually try to do something fun.  We don’t have traditions, so it varies from year to year.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I have a couple of projects I’m developing and will hopefully go into production on one of them soon.  One is a psychological thriller and the other is an action movie, which I haven’t done yet.

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

Screening Room for Rent with a big audience for the first time and being unsure how they would react!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Thinking about the answer to the previous question.

Joseph Mbah [Interview]

 

 

Welcome to Day 2 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

And the excitement just continues, Folks! Our Month of Horror is in full swing, and today we are sharing some words from a brilliant up & coming indie filmmaker that is taking the world of entertainment by the proverbial storm! It’s Joseph Mbah, Everyone! Joseph is the man responsible for the recent thriller Expo that is bound to blow your mind, and has worked extensively in the cult classic world we all know and love as Horror fans that is Krampus! He is actually the brilliant mind behind the film we loved and covered here last year known as Krampus: Origins, which was absolutely fantastic. Joseph has a real eye for brilliance in the world of cinema, and we will be following him closely in the years to come.

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the absolutely incredible Joseph Mbah!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

At the age of 17 I had a senior year English project. My English teacher encouraged us to get creative so I made a short film with my friends and I fell in love with filmmaking.

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?

My first paid gig was a live fashion event. But the gig that taught me a big lesson was a reality show I worked on with my friend. We traveled to 30 plus states to film and on that shoot, I learned how I should treat people who work under me because me and my friend were treated poorly.

You have worked in the world of Krampus on some pretty great additions to the storyline. I particularly enjoy, recently, Krampus Origins. So, what is it about the world of Krampus that makes you enjoy continuing to tell this particular story?

I stayed in the world of Krampus because I genuinely wanted to do justice for that character. But various circumstances made it difficult to really tell an engaging story about Krampus. Hopefully another filmmaker can pick it up and do it justice.

Beyond the world of horror, you recently released an action film that is very intriguing. Can you tell our readers about your latest film Expo? What made you want to bring this story to the screen?

While working on a commercial directed by my friend Nick Larovere I learned about the world of human trafficking. What struck me was that human trafficking happens on a small scale and no one really talks about it. So I wanted to bring a story like that to life and wrap it in action because I enjoy making action films.

 

 

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

I think what makes horror special is that you watch it expecting to be scared. Usually in real life when you are scared it is accompanied by danger, but in a horror film you can be scared without the danger aspect of it, and I think that is what makes it special.

What is your favorite scary movie?

Final Destination. The first one.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

No I actually don’t have any plans for this Halloween. And I do not have any particular traditions for the Halloween season.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

I am currently writing my next feature film that I will direct.

Our production company Paradox Universe is in the process of developing some other projects as well. I would suggest people follow us on Facebook and also check out our online merch store, for some cool apparel. We appreciate the support!

https://www.facebook.com/paradoxuniverse1/

http://www.paradoxuniverse.net/clothing

 

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

The new version of the first IT movie that came out a few years back.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

The last thing that made me smile is getting the opportunity to share the spotlight of our movie release with my Co-Producer and significant other Amber Thompson.

 

 

Betsy Baker [Interview]

Welcome to Day 1 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

And we are up and running Folks! We are kicking things off with an absolutely incredible interview for you all. We have the legendary Betsy Baker with us today! True Horror fans will instantly recognize her as one of the stars of one of the most popular film franchises in Horror history, The Evil Dead. She is an absolutely delightful human being, and we are so excited to have her kick off our Month of Horror to tell us about what it was like to work on the 1981 classic film, how fans are reacting to it in this modern era, and of course, what exciting things she has going on in the world of film today!

So Folks, please enjoy Day 1 of our Month of Horror with some words from the absolutely brilliant Betsy Baker!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

Both answers are correct.  I loved performing -singing, dancing, and acting… in elementary school and all the way through high school, and was active in the performing arts at my schools.  And I started out my college studies in Music Therapy… but found myself auditioning for the Choir in the Music Department, and then for plays and musicals in the the Theatre Department… and transferred my major over to Theatre Education.  Directly after graduation, I took a job as a singer with a musical troupe based in Miami Beach and Florida…. and then found myself auditioning again for plays and for theatre productions!! …..and here we are now!

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?

Let’s see — I think my first ‘gig’ in the world of entertainment was as a singing waiter !! — in the mountains of North Carolina during the summers of my college years.  Wait – we didn’t get paid anything… but we made our money from tips – and back then, the tips were amazing… we sang our hearts out while serving prime rib and salads…. After graduating from Michigan State University, I also sang with a musical group called ‘Musician’, and then moved to Detroit – I was hired to be a narrator for auto shows all over the U.S. — that was a fun job!! I had to memorize a script about a car that sounded like I was absolutely in love with, repeat it every 10 minutes or so, and stand while circling on a turntable. We traveled all over the U.S. — it was actually a lot of fun! Lessons? – hmmm..discipine, memorization, stage presence, friendliness, and being on time (whether it be with the prime rib… or getting to the turntable on the designated scheduled time!)

 

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

Well…. you may have asked the wrong person this question… because honestly, I’m not a huge fan of watching horror movies, or horror television.  I get too involved and always am afraid of what is actually behind the curtain, under the bed, or around the corner on the dark, unlit dirt road. But I do think there are people that actually love that aspect of the unknown, the mystery of it all, figuring out how it could have happened, and who is actually lurking behind all those doors. It’s also an escape from the every day stress, I’ve been told by fans… to be taken away by a story….. knowing that in the movie, or in the television show, it’s all meant to be make-believe.

 

 

In 1981 you appeared in the now legendary film in the world of horror, one of the greatest of all time, The Evil Dead. When you were working on the project back then, was there any indication as how insanely popular this film and the franchise as a whole would become? And how have the fan interactions been over the years?

We actually started filming The Evil Dead in the fall of 1979 — and over a series of months (years?!?)… until it’s completion, there were times when we thought all this was for naught – it’ll never sell, it’ll never get done, it’ll never be seen… but then… there were times, and many of them… where we as a cast (remember, there were only 5 of us)… and the small crew that we had… totally believed that if we worked hard, if we finished the filming, if we saw it through to the end…. we just might have a movie. For many years afterward, I had no idea that it was slowly but steadily gaining a strong cult following  all over the world. Meeting the fans at different conventions (or even at work on tv and film sets today!)… has been wonderful; the fans are always great and happy to see ‘The Ladies of The Evil Dead’ together at functions, and to reminisce together about the making of the movie, and their reaction to all the times they’ve seen it over the years!

What is your favorite scary movie?

Hmmm….. I know this may sound strange, but I saw Rosemary’s Baby in late 1968 or easy 1969, when I was just a teenager…. and I had no idea when I walked into the movie theatre that it was so frightening!  Many don’t classify it as a ‘horror’ movie, but it was to me!

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

Ha!  I don’t think we’re doing anything special other than passing out candy at the front door!! …. and as for traditions, we usually went to a Halloween party when our kids were much younger, but now… it’s just fun to answer the doorbell and see all the costumes! I decorate the house, and as soon as the last trick-or-treater comes down the street, I put all the decorations away and pack them up!

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

I’m not certain when or where any upcoming TV shows will be airing or presented, and I have a couple of things that I have in the works in the future… but you can always check out my website (www.betsybaker.net)… or my imdb.com page (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0048260/) for updates or new projects!  You can also find our convention schedule for “The Ladies of The Evil Dead” on Facebook! (https://www.facebook.com/ladies.of.evil.dead/)

 

 

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

Ha!  Does walking into a huge spider web in my backyard count?!?

What was the last thing that made you smile?

As I type this, I have a hummingbird at a feeder literally 2 feet from me outside my window.  They always make me smile. And he’s just sitting there, looking at me, while I”m looking at him!