Interview with Faith Monique, star of Death Ranch
By James Whittington, Sunday 11th October 2020

Grimmfest 2020 is packed with world premieres and none so bold as Charlie Steed's Death Ranch. We chatted to one of its main stars, Faith Monique about her role in this brutal and brilliant movie.

HC: Was there one person you saw at a young age who inspired you to want to become an actress?

FM: Funny fact, I grew up without a TV! So, at a young age, I never had an actor that inspired me and to this day I still don't. Acting did not become a dream of mine until 2016 and for inspiration, I like to dig deep into my own soul to find truth to bring into each character.

HC: Are you a big fan of horror movies and were you aware of grindhouse and exploitation cinema?

FM: I'm not a big fan of any genre, I just love movies where the actors are relatable, truly embodying their characters! I'm not sure if the following films are in the horror category, but I love "Django Unchained" by Quentin Tarantino, "Get Out" by Jordan Peele, and my favourite movie of ALL TIME is "Joker" by Todd Phillips, starring Joaquin Phoenix! I was not aware of Grindhouse, Blaxploitation cinema until I began my research and character development for "Death Ranch". I watched "Foxy Brown", "Blacula", and "Scream Blacula Scream" for the first time. I loved them!!

HC: How did you become involved with Death Ranch?

FM: I submitted for the role of "Angela Cobbs" through the Nashville Casting Calls Facebook page! My former acting teachers encouraged our class to join casting FB groups because many casting directors are on social media. I'm so glad I heeded their advice!

HC: What did you think of the script when you first read it and what did you bring to the role of Angela?

FM: I fell in love with the story and the character as soon as I read the script. Every word had meaning, and I soaked them all in! Our Director, Charlie Steeds really put his heart into each line, and it shows! Angela was and still is so special to me; the love for her brothers, her strength, her boldness, and her toughness really spoke to me. My desire was to create a real human being with real feelings and emotions. I wanted to make sure I was grounded, not just speaking her lines but really making them come to life.

HC: This is your first big role in a feature film, were you nervous on the first day on set?

FM: Yes, this is my first big role in a feature film, and I wasn't nervous at all on the first day! The day before shooting we had a table read and afterwards, we all went out to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings and watched some NBA basketball; that really broke the ice! We all got along really well and had an instant connection! The first day on set felt like a real-life situation; it didn't feel like a movie set at all! It was a super fun and relaxed atmosphere!

HC: The way you portray Angela reminded me of Pam Grier and Adrienne Barbeau which fits with the era the movie was set, what's it like playing such a strong character?

FM: It was inspiring! Angela's tenacity and willingness to do whatever it took to protect her brothers prompted me to work as hard as I possibly could to truly embody her. Out of all the characters I have portrayed over the last 4 years, Angela Cobbs is by far my favourite.

HC: It has some very strong and controversial language in the film, how did you all deal with it on set?

FM: You're right about that, but we were all there to do our jobs which was to act! For me, the strong and controversial language was simply part of the story that was extremely necessary. One could say that the strong language is another character within the film! It was a movie set with characters, not real life, so honestly there was nothing to deal with. The language didn't make me feel uncomfortable at all; we were all just acting!

HC: The movie is very violent to say the least, was it fun to shoot?

FM: It was extremely fun to shoot! Such a blast! We all got along so well! It was like the United Nations on set! LOL! There were 3 different countries represented on set: America, UK, and Australia! We laughed and joked constantly! It was an experience of a lifetime!

HC: Will you be nervous when the movie has its world premiere at Grimmfest?

FM: Not at all! In fact, I'm filled with anticipation! I can't wait for people to see the film at Grimmfest! I hope they enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

HC: So, what are you working on at the moment?

FM: I have 3 different National TV shows that I worked in over the last 2 months, which will air in the spring! They are currently in post-production. Also, I am working on my own show, which I have written, directed, and produced, entitled "The Crazy Musician". Shot right here in Alabama, where I currently live, it is a web series which will air online in the summer of 2021. I have 1 more episode to shoot and I am in the editing stage now!

HC: Faith Monique, thank you very much.

FM: Thank you so much! This was an absolute honour! I hope you are staying safe, many blessings!

Interview with Adrian Langley, director of Butchers.
Posted in Frightfest, Tuesday 27th October 2020

Butchers is a superb piece of horror cinema from Adrian Langley. Here he chats about this grim and gruesome piece and his plans for the future.

HC: Where did the idea for Butchers come from?

AL: Butchers came from two of Daniel Weissenberger's old screenplays - he writes a lot - and I remixed them with some ideas that had been kicking around in my head after having read those scripts a long time ago.

HC: Did it take long to write?

AL: Not at all. Because Dan's scripts were so full already, the initial working draft only took about two weeks to put together and then I did a lot of rewriting during the prep process to streamline it to what...

Horror Channel is now on Freeview channel 68
Posted in Features, News, Tuesday 27th October 2020
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Horror Channel has moved to Freeview Channel 68 so you may need to re-tune to ensure you don't miss out on our super scary Halloween line-up plus much more.

Any issues with retuning check the Freeview website.

Interview with Andrew Thomas Hunt, director of Spare Parts.
Posted in Frightfest, Tuesday 27th October 2020
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FrightFest is all about the diversity of movies, none more so than Spare Parts from director Andrew Thomas Hunt. This superb mash-up of gladiator-style fighting and a scorching soundtrack is desitined to become a cult classic so we chatted to Andrew about this movie.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the film industry?

AH: I did - from the age of 16. I was a huge fan of David Cronenberg's films, and when I discovered that he was not only from Toronto, but made his films here, it made me realize you didn't have to be from Hollywood to make movies.

HC: How did you become attached to this wild project?

AH: It was pitched to me at TIFF (Toronto Int'l ...

And the winner is... Benny Loves You!
Posted in Frightfest, Monday 26th October 2020

The winner of the FrightFest Horror Channel First Blood Award 2020 is... Benny Loves You!

Here, Channel Manager Stewart Bridle chats to its very talented director, Karl Holt.

Interview with Liam O'Donnell director of SKYLIN3S
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 25th October 2020

FrightFest Digital Edition 2 concludes tonight with an out-of-this-world premiere, SKYLIN3S. Here its writer and director Liam O'Donnell talks about this and the other entries in this sci-fi series.

HC: You've been involved with the Skyline series of movies from the start, where did the initial idea come from?

LD: Initially the idea just came from, we were sort of do it ourselves film makers and I had been living in the building we ended up shooting in. We had already been illegally shooting on the rooftop helipad for a pitch that we were developing and when Greg's (Greg Strause, director of Skyline) unit on the top floor and he walked in and saw this big, expansive view of LA...

Interview with Paul Tanter director and co-writer of The Nights Before Christmas
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 25th October 2020
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Prolific creative Paul Tanter has delivered a real treat for FrightFest pass holders today, the blood-splattered shocker, The Nights Before Christmas. Here he chats about this cracker of a movie.

HC: Have you always been a fan of the horror genre?

PT: Absolutely. One of my first cinema memories is my dad taking me to see Fright Night in 1985 and there being a promotional pack of vampire teeth on every seat. I was five at the time so I'm not sure how he snuck me in there, considering it's rated 18. I grew up watching The Omen films, in parts enthralled and terrified by them. I still can't pass that church in Fulham without keeping an eye on ...

Interview with Simon Phillips, star and co-writer of The Nights Before Christmas
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 25th October 2020
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Seasonal slashers are once again coming into vogue but none as brutal as The Nights Before Christmas. Here, its star and co-writer Simon Phillips tells all about this movie.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the film industry?

SP: I don't know if I ever was sure I was going to be in the film industry but as a child I sure liked talking a lot and my teacher once shouted at me "They'd better pay you to talk when you grow up, because you sure like the sound of your own voice"... So perhaps it was always on the cards!

HC: Are you a fan of horror movies?

SP: To be honest they terrify me... not the o...

Interview with Elza Kephart, director and co-writer of Slaxx
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 25th October 2020
SLAXX_Elza_(C)photoB-Calmeau_0125FrightFest is all about originality and new talent and 2020 has been a belter of a year for such things. Slaxx from Elza Kephart is a prime example of the new and exciting creative talent that's out there at the moment. We chatted to Elza about this superb shocker.

HC: Are you a big horror movie fan?

EK: Yes, huge! I started my horror adventure when I was a pre-teen, reading Agatha Christie, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Anne Rice. If there wasn't a death I wasn't interested. From that, I migrated to horror films; when I was about ten, I watched Aliens, the Fearless Vampire Hunters, Exorcist 2. I might have been a little too young, I remember being re...

Hair scares, killer jeans, Santa slays and an invasion from above. Day 5 of FrightFest Digital Edition 2
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 25th October 2020

We reach the final day of FrightFest but what awaits us will ensure that the event ends not with a bang but with an alien invasion!

It's always exciting when new creatives release work and The Stylist from Jill Gervargizian is no exception. Everyone dreams of being someone else... but for Claire that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Her job as a hairstylist allows her to move through other people's worlds, but when the right target sits in her chair, she does more than observe the client's life - she ends it, and keeps a permanent souvenir. Her lonely life, meticulous method and shocking secrets are suddenly thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia, asks her to s...

Interview with Adam Leader and Richard Oakes, co-directors of Hosts
Posted in Frightfest, Saturday 24th October 2020

Hosts is a dark, brooding and sinister movie from two very talented creatives, Adam Leader and Richard Oakes. Here they chat about this outstanding movie.

HC: Have you always been fans of this genre?

AL: Yes, the first film I ever watched was the original Nightmare on Elm Street when I was eight years old. That turned me on to the horror genre, and since then I became absolutely horror obsessed. Every weekend, my dad would take me to the video store, and I'd choose the most messed up movie I could find for him to rent for me.

RO: Yes, coming from a family with a sister 7 years older than me, I was always fascinated by the films her and her friends used to watch. I walked in...

Interview with Barry Keating, writer of Embryo
Posted in Frightfest, Saturday 24th October 2020
Barry Keating at NIGHTWORLD on 25/08/2017Barry Keating is a scriptwriter who has had quite a number of movies at FrightFest over the years. He's back with another shocker for 2020, this time the truth might be out there in Embryo. We chatted to him about this sci-fi chiller.

HC: We show another of your movies on Horror, Nightworld, what's it like writing a script, which has horror legend Robert Englund in it?

BK: When I found out they'd cast Robert in the role that was a very surreal day. At first I didn't quite believe it, but when the producer forwarded a message from Robert to me saying that he really dug the script I completely geeked out. I'm a hug...

Interview with Patricio Valladares, director of Embryo
Posted in Frightfest, Saturday 24th October 2020
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Chilean director Patricio Valladares is back at FrightFest and this time he's taking us into the science fiction zone with Embryo. Here he chats about working with Robert Englund on Nightworld and this sci-fi shocker.

HC: Have you always been a fan of horror and sci-fi movies?

PV: Yes, from my childhood, my old brother watched Jason Voorhees and A Nightmare on Elm Street film series at home with a couple friends in the 80s. So, I always went from the bathroom to the living room at night to watch from behind the sofa with them. I Loved it! I liked the ultraviolence and gore from Robocop. When I was 14 or 15 I was a metalhead, so I had lots of tapes of death metal and a lot of low ...

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