FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS | BOOTH'S BLOG
Interview With Natalie Burn Star Of Nymph
By James Whittington, Sunday 24th August 2014
One of the more inventive and original creature features to play at FrightFest this year is Nymph, a movie that gives mermaids a darker, murderous side. We chatted to one of its stars, Natalie Burn about this and the plans she has for the future.
HC: How did you get your first big break into the world of acting?
NB: From an honest opinion, I don't think I've gotten my big break yet. I consider my first movie where I was noticed in is In the Name of the King 2 opposite Dolph Lundgren. Overall I'm very attracted to play characters that are complex, versatile and unique in its own way. I'm looking for something that appeals to my inner emotions, showcases my talents and shows the multifaceted nature to my roles in which I have yet to be noticed and admired for.
HC: What did you think of the script for Nymph when you first read it?
NB: After reading the script Nymph which was originally called Mamula, I feel in love with it the very first time I read it. It was an easy positive decision to make for three reasons: 1.The concept of a killer mermaid hasn't been done in this way before. 2. The prison Mamula was a real unbelievable place that wasn't created from props but already existed in the middle of the dark Sea in Montenegro, so it made it feel like you were not acting but creating your own real adventure inside this scary place on the small Island that had definitely some other spirits present around us like "ghosts". 3. The nature, the scenery, and the small town where we were staying made it more real than even the script itself. Playing my character Lucy was a fun, easy going experience as I was not acting but I was literally living in the moment of an action story that we were creating and giving life to on a daily basis as our journey was expressed during our stay in Montenegro.
HC: How did you approach the role of Lucy?
NB: As an actress, I read the script many times, each time I catch something that I missed the last read. I write down the similarities and the differences of Lucy to myself. After that, I lock down the similarities and work on differences. Additionally, I create a history for the part that helps me navigate the character's psyche. On the set, I'm always looking at what motivates Lucy to act or react in each scene through my partners. It's a lot of work but I'm a very disciplined person who likes the challenge and I enjoy doing this important work on my roles. I believe the more time you spend preparing and bringing your character alive the better you will be on set especially when something goes wrong you will be prepared for anything.
HC: Was it a tough shoot?
NB: Frankly, the shoot had long hours and sometimes difficult conditions. But our team became like a family and we enjoyed every moment of it. In my experience, every set has some unforeseen problems that just happen. In our case, we had forces of nature, technical issues, and some uncomfortable scenes. There was hard rain and crazy storms that caused problems on set. The electricity went out for hours at times. I had spent a lot of time in the cold water at night during the shooting of my scenes. However despite all those facts, i enjoyed the process of filmmaking, I'm very happy to have worked with an amazing crew and such talented cast and I can't wait to do it all over again. Recently I’ve been invited to go back to Belgrade to shoot another movie called Wrath of the Dead with the same director Milan Todorovic, and without any hesitations I said "Yes". The shooting is due to start at the end of this year and I can't wait to be reconnected and work again with some of the people from Mamula.
HC: Are you a fan of the horror genre?
NB: Yes. I've always loved horror films since I was a little girl. I've always liked the thrills, the anticipations, and the unrealistic situations that don't happen in real life. Films like that give me chills but actually I get a lot more scared from drama documentaries based on real events than horror movies itself. I love acting in anything whether it's horror, comedy, or drama. To me a performer and a real actor has to be versatile in all their work. I'm very attracted to action films where I can showcase my strengths as an athlete and ex ballerina, do all the stunts myself, and still give heart and emotional sides to my characters.
HC: You’re a woman of many talents, not only an actress but a producer and choreographer. Which do you like doing the most?
NB: Anything I set my mind on, I do because I enjoy it. My main priority in life is to be happy and be content with my work. I don't have a preference on what I prefer more, either producing, choreographing, acting, or dancing, I enjoy doing it all. When I have time I spend it learning even more new things, like recently I discovered I have a good range of a voice and I decided to record a cover song for my new upcoming movie Awaken produced by myself and my company 7Heaven Productions which comes out in September. Life is given to us to learn as much as we can and I think one should never stop exploring their abilities, cause we can do a lot more than we know. All we have to do is create the opportunities for ourselves. Therefore while I wait for my acting roles, I like to experiment with what life brings me, extend the possibilities and make use of my other talents.
HC: So what are you working on at the moment?
NB: Right now I'm working on a couple of new projects. At the moment I'm shooting a movie called The Second Coming of Christ opposite Tom Sizemore, Quinton Arron, Jason London and Sally Kirkland who was my first acting teacher. I play a reporter named Sonya who watches the world face a world-wide extinction before her very eyes. My character sees how the end can bring out the best in people and sometimes the worst. Not only that, but how someone keeps their faith in humanity as society begins losing theirs?! My company 7Heaven Productions and I are producing it and the movie should be ready by the end of this year. The second film I'm working on is the Devil's Hope. Devil's Hope is about a troubled cop named Frank, who goes after a disturbing drug ring. Frank and my character Divinity, try to unravel this world of black magic, criminals, chain of deaths and drug abuse. The film questions the line to which others deceive us or whether we really deceive ourselves. Does the devil win because he is strong or because we are weak? The film goes into production this October on the dark and magnifying locations of Louisiana. My life quite: "Reach for the top and you’ll end up not far from it!"
HC: Natalie Burn, thank you very much.
MORE FRIGHTFEST Interview with Damien Leone director of Terrifier
Posted on Saturday 28th October 2017
Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film Terrifier at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event today, director Damien Leone talks about the 'Art' of extreme clowning, his debt to Tom Savini and a terrifying Halloween experience...
Art, The Clown initially appeared in your 2008 short The 9th Circle, then the 2011 award-winning short Terrifier and in your first feature All Hallow's Eve. What made you decide to give him a fourth outing?
DL: Up until this point I never felt like I fully showcased Art's potential. I believe between the short films and All Hallows' Eve, there only exists about 20 minutes of Art the Clown screen time. For a character who's done so little, he seems to really resonate with horr...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Mathieu Turi director of Hostile
Posted on Wednesday 25th October 2017
Ahead of the UK premiere of his debut feature Hostile at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event, director Mathieu Turi shares his admiration for Tarantino, describes the challenges of filming in three continents and reveals his 'magic hour'.
You were born in Cannes so you grew up with film all around? When did you know for sure you wanted to direct?
MT: I think it's always been there. As a child, I used to steal my dad's VHS camera to make mini-movies. They were basically all about my Jurassic Park toys eating my dog or invading the garden. Later, I did more elaborate short films with friends, instead of studying. Then, I remember watching Braveheart and the making of the ...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Marko Makilaakso director of It Came From The Desert
Posted on Tuesday 17th October 2017
Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film It Came From The Desert at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event, director Marko Makilaakso shares his admiration for Roger Corman, love of B-Movies, spoofing and overcoming homeland obstacles.
It Came From The Desert is inspired by Cinemaware's cult 1980s video game, which in turn was motivated by the giant creature feature craze infesting 1950s Hollywood. What was the main inspiration for you?
MM: There's so many movies and makers which inspired ICFTD, but the main inspiration was exactly that; creature feature infested 1950s Hollywood films, and the legendary Cinemaware Desert games and creature features and action comedies I grew up with in the 19...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Can Evrenol director of Housewife
Posted on Thursday 12th October 2017
Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film Housewife at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event, director Can Evrenol tells us why film is a 'pervert's art' shares his feelings for Fulci and reveals his contribution to Horror anthology, The Field Guide To Evil.
Was it important to make your follow-up film to Baskin in the English language?
CE: I wanted to make the film available for a wider audience and to test myself with a different language movie. I thought it was a fun thing to do.
How do you describe Housewife? What would be your perfect pitch line?
CE: Man, I had this crazy f****d-up dream last night! Do you want to see it?
Like Baskin, Housewife shares man...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Channel FrightFest announces line-up for Halloween 2017 event
Posted on Thursday 28th September 2017
Horror Channel FrightFest Halloween 2017 unleashes seven choice shockers for the 7th annual West End Halloween chillorama - a wits-end wallow in all things gruesome, gory and glorious.
This year, the all-day shocktoberfest is at the Empire Haymarket on Sat Oct 28, 2017 and embraces one world, one European and five UK premieres, spanning three continents.
From the emotional making of a low-budget slasher to zombie nightmares, Gothic horrors, an outrageously strange mind cult, a sci-fi alien action extravaganza, a comic strip creature feature and the last word in Killer Clowns, this year-s line-up is an eclectic mix of the quirky, unusual and extreme.
Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director sai...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Damien Power, director of Killing Ground
Posted on Monday 25th September 2017
One of the best from Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 was a superior thriller, Killing Ground. This tension packed movie looked incredible on the big screen so we decided to chat to its director, Damien Power.
HC: Did Killing Ground take a long time to write and did it change as you progressed?
DP: It took eleven years from the germ of the idea to stepping onto location to start shooting. Luckily I wasn't working on it full time! Once we had a draft we were happy with, it took five years to put the financing jigsaw together. It's a long journey! The biggest change was that for a number of years it didn't really have a third act. It ended very abruptly at the moment of maximum jeopardy. Fort...SHARE: READ MORE FrightFest Day 5: Organs, pumpkins and emojis!
Posted on Tuesday 29th August 2017
The final day of Horror Channel FrightFest is usually the most anticipated especially towards the final movie of the event, more on that later. There was so much going on with what possibly be the strongest line up of the whole festival.
Anyone with even just the passing interest in cinema couldn't have failed to have been impressed by Lowlife, the superb thriller from Ryan Prows. When a simple organ-harvesting caper goes awry, a twist of fate unites three of society's forgotten and ignored: El Monstruo, a disgraced Mexican Wrestler working as hired muscle for the local crime boss; Crystal, a recovering addict desperate enough to arrange a black-market kidney transplant to save her husband's life; and Randy, a t...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Michael Boucherie writer and director of Where the Skin Lies
Posted on Monday 28th August 2017
More new talent seemed to be around at Horror Channel FrightFest this year and one of the stand out movies for me was Where The Skin Lies from Michael Boucherie. Here he chats about this emotional movie.
HC: Did you know from a young age you wanted to be in the film-making business?
MB: Going to the movies with my family is a favourite childhood memory. There was no cinema in our home town, so it always involved a bit of a car trip. Afterwards we'd recount and quote our favourite scenes, for some movies up to this day. My mother also filmed and edited our home movies on Super 8, and she involved me in that. So, on some level I grew up with it. It didn't dawn on me that this was a v...SHARE: READ MORE FrightFest Day 4: No more camping holidays for me!
Posted on Monday 28th August 2017
Sunday is traditionally a more quiet day at Horror Channel FrightFest as the attendees gear up for a fourth day of cutting edge horror cinema.
This wasn't the case as the event packed as much violence, blood, gore, tension, skin-crawling and gory programme of movies yet!
Killing Ground, an Australian bushland nerve shredder is an exceptionally tight piece of work that tells a story retrospectively and then brings everything up to date in one, nail-biting conclusion. It's strange to find a movie set in the open claustrophobic but this truly is. It's also incredibly heartfelt and honest, no one is safe in this movie believe me.
We were back in Blightly for the next premiere which was the v...SHARE: READ MORE FrightFest Day 3: It's time for a change
Posted on Sunday 27th August 2017
A day of premieres waited for us on day 3 of Horror Channel FrightFest. It was also the day of two incredibly inventive and most talked about movies of the whole event, Dominic Brunt's Attack of the Adult Babies and Adam Green's Victor Crowley.
Over in the Discovery Screens attendees had the chance to watch a gripping, psychological thriller, Diane. This complex, emotional and satisfying piece concerns one man's descent into a forgotten hell. The two leads, Carlee Avers and Jason Alan Smith bring a real life emotional depth (they are married in real life) to their characters. Played totally straight, the movie touches on areas few movies do and delivers a soulful and emotional conclusion. Another Frig...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Sally Dexter, star of Attack of the Adult Babies
Posted on Saturday 26th August 2017
Sally Dexter is one of the UK's most respected actresses. Her performances on stage and screen have lead to acclaimed and awards over the last few decades. Now, Sally is the star of Dominic Brunt's incredible film, Attack of the Adult Babies, so we chatted to her about this unique movie.
HC: You've had an incredible career gaining huge acclaimed across both sides of the Atlantic, how did you get your first acting break?
SD: I guess it was at drama school- I went to LAMDA and we did a musical 'Babes in Arms' for our final show- I guess it suited my voice or something 'cos I got offers from 13 agents!!! I was flabbergasted!!!
HC: Are you a fan of the horror genre?
SD: I'...SHARE: READ MORE FrightFest Day 2: Witness the birth of a legend
Posted on Saturday 26th August 2017
Day two of Horror Channel FrightFest delivered some incredible pieces of cinema and even at times, it was educational!
Freehold is an atmospheric and emotional piece of film. Its begins traditionally enough as a home invasion movie, but it transforms into something far more sensitive. Javier Botet is superb as the stranger in the home of a once happy couple. His bizarre chats to two pigeons (its original title) at first seems odd but you discover the full story behind his reason for being there. I won't spoil it too much but it's a real highlight so far of the festival.
Over in the Prince Charles Cinema (where we'll be broadcasting Facebook Live tonight at around 7pm) we were treated to...SHARE: READ MORE PICK OF THE WEEK
Thursday 21st December
Sunday 24th December
Sunday 17th December