Interview with our very own Emily Booth who stars in UK TV premiere of Shed of the Dead this Friday on Horror
By James Whittington, Wednesday 2nd September 2020

The UK TV premiere of outlandish Brit Zom Com Shed of the Dead takes place Friday 4th September at 9pm. The movie stars Ewen MacIntosh, Lauren Socha, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Brian Blessed and our very own Emily Booth. Here, Emily chats about this movie and what it was like to work with the legendary Michael Berryman.

HC: Are you a big zombie movie fan?

EB: If I'm completely honest it's not my favourite sub-genre within horror only because the genre has been so massively mined for all it's worth and I've never been particularly scared of them! However, there are certain stand out zombie films or even certain scenes that make me love the zombie. For example, the underwater zombie shark fight in Zombie Flesh Eaters, just weird amazing and inventive! Or the first time you see a desolate London to that unforgettable soundtrack in 28 Days Later - and of course the humour heart and fun in Shaun of the Dead. A bit more recently I was blown away by the intensity mixed with emotion in Train to Busan - incredible.

HC: How did you become involved with Shed of the Dead?

EB: The director, Drew Cullingham just approached me as he had me in mind for Harriet, it was a paid gig which is always good of course but also I'd not been able to do much at the time having two children quite close together, so it was a bit of a challenge as I still had a 10 month old Finn but I wanted to be in another feature and they had already attached some big U.S names and Ewen Mackintosh I think from The Office and I thought it be fun to work with him.

HC: What did you think of the script when you read it?

EB: I thought it was funny! I liked the jokes I thought they landed well and I liked the wargaming / alter ego angle as I'd not seen that before in a Horror comedy. I did however hate my characters initial demise, I won't spoil anything but I actually told the director I had a big issue with one of my scenes in the wake of 'Times Up' and hashtag Me Too, and he agreed and changed the scene completely which now works better I feel and is much funnier, then I was happy to do the film!

HC: How did you prepare to play your character, Harriet?

EB: Well I didn't get a job as a beautician and moonlight as a dominatrix or anything! I just learnt my lines and worked on my more 'Hastings' accent! It was more of a comedy so I didn't feel I needed to research or prep for Harriet, I think it depends on the film and role you have. I usually just try and take about 30/40 % of 'me' and then add the rest in character, accents and body language!

HC: What was it like working alongside the legend that is Michael Berryman?

EB: Exciting! I of course remember him from The Hill Have Eyes and even Weird Science! Who couldn't?! Your always nervous working with more of a name especially of the American ilk as they are more 'industry' and you're never sure how cool or easy going or passionate they'll be about a small low budget film! But he was a real gentleman and very chatty, very open, I drove him home one night at about 3am and he revealed so much about his past, his birth defects and how he got them, it's quite a story.

HC: You're both in, well, let's say, compromising positions together, that must have been bizarre but fun?

EB: Yup! I had to get on his back and do some 'horsey play!!!!' But he is rather old now and even though he was admirably 'up for it' he had a very bad back so I couldn't put all my weight on him so while we are shuffling around on all fours, I'm actually hovering just above him and shuffling along too, trying to not sit on him but make it look like I was and trying to make the scene somewhat sexy - bit of a challenge really!

HC: Did you get to work with other horror mega-stars Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley who also have roles in the movie?

EB: Unfortunately, not! We did not share the same screen time so I did not meet them on set, but I actually know Kane Hodder now from various conventions we've appeared at together and of course Frightfest, he's also a real gentleman.

HC: The movie does have some serious moments, is it hard to get the balance between horror and humour correct?

EB: Yes I think it can be - usually a horror comedy is more comedy than horror with some gross out stuff for good measure, but that balance is really up to the script and the directing. They key for actors I think is to let the script do that work for them, Drew always asked us to play it straight. If you outwardly try and be funny it sometimes doesn't work. But yes, you're right it is a bit of a tricky one to straddle! (like Berryman ha ha!)

HC: What's your happiest memory from the shoot?

EB: I loved becoming Morwana - the high priestess of a skeleton army just because my costume was mental and I got to wield a sword and grimace lots! Also, I enjoyed my gore stuff! Of course! Chucking up blood is always quite fun.

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

EB: Well I'm excited that my last film "They're Outside" had its world premiere at the digital version of Frightfest, it's my first found footage film so that was another new experience and in September I start filming on a brand new festive horror called FrostBite!!

HC: Emily Booth, thank you very much.

EB: Pleasures always mine James. xx

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