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By Emily Booth, Sunday 27th September 2015 I’m in a new Horror film!
Yes, now and then I need to stretch my vocal cords to earn my ‘British Scream Queen’ stripes and was recently cast in a new comedy horror called Shed Of The Dead which has just been green lit! Clearly a comedy horror (given the title) this is of course is a zombie flick in the vein of Shaun the replacement Shed referring to the man cave a particular RPG nerd occupies when he needs ‘alone man time’ – or rather indulging his alter ego the battle mage Casimir The Destroyer.
I read the script and instantly thought it was really funny, it’s not often a script makes you laugh out loud so I agreed to take on the role of supporting character Harriet, who is, shall we say a little bit vacant! But I also have an alter ego of sorts (one the men dream up!) called Morana so I get to indulge my own inner Xena and wear a fantastic bit of leather and bones!!
The team have brought together some real horror names (genre fans will of course recognise Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman and Bill Moseley – plus Brian Blessed!) with big players in the UK comedy scene Lauren Socha (Misfits) and Ewen MacIntosh (The Office) whom I’ve wanted to work with for a while now. Filming starts in a couple of weeks and I’m a little nervous but excited, I hope I can pull this off. That’s about all I can tell you for now but the producer and director are allowing me to do a couple of behind the scenes reports that I’ll send direct to you my ever faithful right here in this blog – so this is where you’ll read about it first!
Digressing just a tad though, I thought I’d have a little fun to end this weeks blog using the title of my new film as a springboard. So what’s in a name? Clearly, Shed Of The Dead will raise a few laughs for it’s instant ‘lame’ effect (so British!) but Horror films have a real history in utilising ‘the ridiculous’ when it comes to their titles and in fact is often the first element of the marketing of the film as it has the potential to create instant shock/comedy value pulling the punters in out of sheer curiosity.
After a little research here’s my list of the top 10 silly memorable horror movie titles (including my own film of course)
In order of the most absurdly brilliant…..!
1. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed Up Zombies (1964) - Yes, really! This is PURE genius
2. Chopping Mall (1986) - Starring my new fave scream Queen Barbara Crampton
3. Shaun Of The Dead (2004) - Simple, brilliant and says it all.
4. Trail Of The Screaming Forehead (2007) - Another Horror Channel title that I found impossible to say seriously in my voice over links
5. Maniac Nurses Find Ecstasy (1990) - This used to be a massive hit on Horror Channel – I remember the days fondly!
6. Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009) - One of the first contemporary horrors to bring back the outrageous “Does what it says on the tin” horror title
7. Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus (2009) - Asylum now utilise this ‘crazy film title phenomenon with each release
8. Nude Nuns With Big Guns (2010) - A Horror Channel favourite!
9. A Night to Dismember (1983) - Very clever….!
10. Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1972) - Well duh! Also a Horror Channel fave.
So that’s it this week – hell I had fun digging up those movie titles some of which I totally forgot about! Watch this space for the latest on SHED!
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