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Booth's Blog: On Set Report From Shed Of The Dead!
By Emily Booth, Sunday 25th October 2015

Shed Of The DeadI’m currently sitting on my hotel bed trying to type my blog wearing these ferocious fake pink nails and they’re driving me nuts! How girls do even the most basic of things in these stupid long nails is beyond me. Of course shocking pink is not my usual palate of choice this is for my character Harriet whom I play in the new zombie comedy film from Drew Cullingham; Shed Of The Dead. She kind of has three tiers to her character which makes it fun.

There’s basic Harriet; bit dippy works in a beauty salon, obsessed with her appearance. Then there’s escort dominatrix Harriet who engages in shall we say ‘horseplay’ with a VERY famous horror icon, I won’t give away who yet – it could be Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman or Bill Mosley, and then there’s my fantasy alter ego Morana who commands an army of the dead as dreamt up by the lead geek boys in the film. So to say I get to squeeze into some insane costumes is an understatement, but this is one of the best parts of being in a film like this; being able to push all elements be it the costume, make up, blood or action - to extreme!

We are nearly at the end of the shoot and it’s been so good to get back in to acting and filming. I’ve loved working with Lauren Socha (Misfits) it’s good to watch how different actors ‘bring’ their character to life. She is just a total natural, and very funny on set – I literally cannot repeat half the things she comes out with! Of course the lead boys Spencer Brown and Ewen Macintosh are very easy going and professional – I wish I had some gossip about those two but I don’t - lets see how tonight’s insane 6pm till 6am shoot goes though!

I think the most surreal moment I have had so far was yesterday at about 2am, I’m walking back from the ‘house location’ to unit base with the absolutely wonderful enigmatic Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) I am bloodied up as usual (you guys know me by now to expect that) and Michael – also bloodied is wearing a sting vest and some kind of head girdle. We’re walking through Bexleyheath on our own and pass a nightclub with the drunk and disorderly pouring out and they see both of us, messed up and bloody and get completely freaked out, as if Michael and me had been in an actual fight – we kinda forgot we still had all our prosthetic bloody bits on our faces! We had to assure them we were actors, and hell, that only spilled an even bigger can of worms.

I drove Michael back to our hotel and it was the best conversational half hour I’ve had in a long time. We waxed lyrical on his time living with Wolves, Ground zero at Hiroshima, Radiation, war, religion, violence, horror conventions, Elvira – we covered a lot in those 30 minutes. He is incredibly open and honest and wow – what a life he’s had.

Shed Of The Dead has two more days filming to go as of writing this blog and I can only hope it’s as much fun to watch as it has been to make – but with fantasy warriors, geek – offs, serial killers, kinky horseplay, and a zombie uprising on an allotment – you can’t really go wrong!


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