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Interview: Hannah Cowley of ‘Bereave’

Many of you may remember an article I did a little while back on a film set to star Malcolm McDowell titled ‘Bereave’. Since that article, I have been given the great opportunity to interview Malcolm’s costar Hannah Cowley. Not only is Hannah a fantastic actress with a love of horror, but she is very well educated. She has a very impressive list of films coming out in the next couple of years.

Steve B. PhotogLBoH: I read that you were accidentally discovered by an agent, how did that come about?

Hannah: I grew up in a council flat in the East End of London – they’re tall high-rise buildings and you know everyone who lives around you. The Dorans’ downstairs were like family to us, and still are. Betty Doran, who helped raise me, entered me into a modeling competition when I was little.  I got ‘runner-up’ and my photo was in the newspaper. An agent saw it and asked to represent me. My anarchist mother wasn’t too thrilled! I freaked out and cried when she asked me because I thought it meant being turned into a wax mannequin (clearly I had an odd imagination). Once I realized it was more like sunny and windswept kids rollicking around with new clothes, I accepted. That was my entry to cameras and sets in general, and it was amazing because I ended up travelling all over Europe with my mother and brother and just loved being on set, talking to adults and having responsibility. It felt much more natural than being at school.

LBoH: Not only are you very talented, but you are also well educated. How did you keep your career and education balanced?

Hannah: Ha, thank you – I don’t feel terribly educated! I’m constantly agitated by how much I haven’t retained or don’t HannahCowley.DTLAEDITORIAL5know…but I feel very fortunate to have grown up in a country where education was free, so I could pursue art-related stuff while studying. I always wanted to work in film or music but going to college was just something most people did – irrespective of whether there was a vocational ‘reason.’ It was never an either/or situation and for the most part it balanced itself pretty well. Now I’m out of that world you have to be an autodidact -and disciplined- which is hard because I’m easily distracted by things and people…but if I can’t learn I think I’ll die. I really wanted to continue my PhD but it became too hard to commit to it and act: the lure of LA won out! There is no balance now, it took me a begrudging year to acknowledge that education is relatively futile in Hollywood except for your own entertainment – you’re better off learning how to negotiate and find parking! My apartment walls are slowly becoming covered in things I need to remember, poets and poems, chapters, prints, war speeches, battle patterns, dead sovereigns. I forget that sometimes people might think it’s a little alarming so I’m going to have to make guests stay out…but it’s a physical reminder to not slip into the cerebral insularity of LA; it’s a gorgeous Groundhog Day bubble here.

LBoH: Are you more comfortable acting or directing?

Hannah: It depends on the project. I’ve done a ton of projects I’d probably not choose as a filmmaker but have jumped at the chance to play a certain character or work within a certain genre or with a certain team. I love that acting allows you to explore all these worlds and possibilities and your entry to it owes to chance in a way, the uncontrollable measure of someone else’s interpretation of who you are and what they think you can play. I love that element of surprise and challenge. As for directing, I physically can’t take something on unless I can’t bear someone else doing it! Like academic stuff, it’s such a major commitment and you have to be prepared to be in that emotional head space of that project for a long time. It’s incredible though, who doesn’t want to be a (benevolent) dictator?! There are a few stories I’m dying to do which have been burning for a while but it’s been really a busy year with acting. Also, being war related I may have to get a proper budget for them!

photoLBoH: What began your love of horror?

Hannah: I always loved ‘The Wicker Man’ and ‘The Omen’ and never realized they were ‘horror’ films as they are so cinematic and naturalistic – I think I fell into it really! In England there was a popular comedy franchise known as the “Carry On” films. My favorite was ‘Carry On Screaming.’ I got exposed to a lot of Italian horror films courtesy of my father, and I was just inexplicably obsessed with them: films like ‘Four Flies On Grey Velvet,’ ‘Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key,’ ‘5 Dolls for an August Moon…’ Between those two extremes I think I realized how broad ‘horror’ is – it really is an extremely diverse genre.

LBoH: Being a fan of horror, how excited were you to find out that you would be working with Malcolm McDowell?

Hannah: Um, yeah. I was breathless. The latest film was a beautiful, unique drama with McDowell and the luminous Jane Hauting 1Seymour called ‘Bereave.’ It was directed by the incredible Giovanis Brothers – I’m really excited to see it. Previously, Malcolm and I both worked on ‘Shock Value’ by Doug Rath which hasn’t come out yet but it’s amazing. Funny, dark surrealism at its most horrifyingly weird. Malcolm’s role in that is film-stealing – he eats up every second. He has more screen presence in even the smallest thing he does than most actors would be lucky to have spread over their entire career. We didn’t have scenes together in either of those films so at the ‘Bereave’ wrap party we decided the third will have to change that! I could probably die happy just sharing three seconds of screen time with him. I was mesmerized by ‘Clockwork Orange’ and there are scenes in the extremely dystopian ‘Oh Lucky Man’ for which I was woefully unprepared – and which have definitely scarred me for life.

LBoH: What other names in horror would you like to work with in the future?

Haunting of the InnocentHannah: Ah, so many…okay here’s the dream list…Christopher Lee, Edwidge Fenech, Tim Curry, Jackie Earl Haley, Brad Dourif, Catherine Deneuve, Sissy Spacek…

LBoH: You are involved in a lengthy list of films coming out this year, which are you most excited about your fans seeing?

Hannah: Such a brutal call! I’m really excited about ‘In The Blood’ which is being released by Anchor Bay; we had an extraordinary time filming in Puerto Rico and Gina Carano is a goddess. I’m also very excited for ‘The Atticus Institute’to come out – it’s a unique horror directed by Chris Sparling, produced by Peter Safran (‘The Conjuring’). It shares some of the strengths ‘The Conjuring’ – it’s naturalistic, set in the 1970s – but it’s been approached in a very different, unusual way. It was unnerving shooting it, so I’m very interested to see what happens when it comes out!

LBoH: Will fans be seeing your name more in the cast or directorial part of the credits in the next year?

Hannah: I think there should be 6 or 7 films coming out this year acting-wise. Hopefully I’ll be able to direct something when Andy Reaser Photog.things settle down, and finally inflict more experimental war films on people.

LBoH: You previously had your own radio show in Australia, do you have any plans of returning to the airwaves?

Hannah: If I got the opportunity I would in a heartbeat; I was in a unique situation where I got to program anything I wanted for 3 hours. I was a teenager, so I feel like I’ve gathered so much more music now that I’d love to play. I used to make long thematically linked shows, showing the connection between artists/labels/music history. Everything from Mahler, The Ronettes, Scott Wilson to Garbage…I’m obsessed with digging through and researching music, and the history behind it, and I feel like so much great stuff has been lost in favor of the ephemeral rot churned out today. Marilyn Manson told me I had the music tastes of a 40 year old goth from Florida. What a compliment! I don’t have a particular musical taste though – if it’s honest, someone’s voice has sincerity, it’ll probably seduce me. It’s so easy to find and access music now – which is exciting – but it’s also a deluge. I’m very excited about a Revolting Cock’s side project coming out soon called ‘Cocksure’, in the morass of stuff washing up online for free I really hope it gets out there.

RFG EditorialLBoH: What are your goals for the next couple of years?

Hannah: Definitely keep collaborating with amazing people, hopefully make some adequate films, read books, buy a John Deere tractor.

To keep up to date on Hannah Cowley and her upcoming projects, visit her IMDB page, like her on Facebook and follow her on twitter and Instagram (@innerwick). I for one cannot wait to see her future projects.

Interview with the Necro Girls Crew

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We all love a good horror magazine, but some of them are lacking that extra bit of bloody hotties. That’s where Necro Girls shines above the rest.  I have recently gotten the opportunity to interview the insanely awesome Necro Crew.

laura hill beat on the bratLBoH: How did Necro Girls come about?

NG: Well, a Necro Mommy and a Necro Daddy had feelings for each other. When a IMG_1116Necro Mommy and a Necro Daddy have really special feelings for each other, they like to do what is called ‘have intercourse’. Well, Necro Mommy was really drunk one night, and wanted to have intercourse while not wearing any protection. Necro Daddy was also drunk, and forgot to do what some people refer to as ‘pull out’. Nine months later, they had twin girls, and named them Necro Girls. Wow, that sounds unbelievably lame. Seriously, though. It started as a joke. A comment was made about how a certain grouplacrishia blood beauty of internet models, who shall remain nameless because they are a very litigious group, were kind of skanky. We had joked IMG_1116about starting our own modeling thing, but have no nudity and nothing overly sexual, and call it Necro Girls. That joke kind of turned into further conversations, and we decided to go for it. A big reason was because we had no outlet for the work we were doing. It seemed to us that everywhere we were looking, there was an abundance of nudity, or an abundance of sex, or an overwhelming abundance of really shitty pictures. A lot of times, there were combinations of all of those. That’s fine for those who do it, but we weren’t really interested in it. So, we created our own outlet.

karley marie bathsalts ladyLBoH: How do you choose your writers and models?

NG: There are three of us that started the magazine; Adam, Gina, and Jeremy; it’s pretty much just as that handles all the writing, layout, photography, and whatnot. Two months is spent doing the photography, taking submissions (half the magazine is submissions, the other half is what we shoot exclusively), doing interviews, writing an IMG_0727advice column, and getting the proper releases. All of that is put into a big pile of JPEG’s, TIFF’s, and Word documents, then handed over for layout. The month that it takes for layout to be done, work has already begun on the next issue, so we just kind of keep that cycle going. We all play a part, and try to help out each other when we can. Being just the three of us, we tend to keep pretty busy! As far as models, we either have certain models in mind, or they’ve responded to a casting call that we have placed, or they have messaged us expressing an interest in working with us. We are fortunate in the fact that we have a lot of people that want to work with us, so we’re IMG_9921never at a shortage for models. We can’t work with everyone, but we do our best to work with those whom we thing would be a good fit.

LBoH: How often do you put out an issue?

IMG_6659NG: We put out issues quarterly. As of right now, we put them out in January, April, July, and October. We also have plans on doing on-off issues, like our Grimsuit issue (which was poking fun at things like some magazines swimsuit issues).

LBoH: Any plans to make Necro Girls Magazine available on newsstands?

NG: If a publishing house wanted to pick us up and put us on newsstands, absolutely! As of now, we justIMG_6219 do print on demand to keep our costs low, since we are all pretty much poor. We all work day jobs, have bills, some of us have kids; none of us are rich. We all struggle from week to week most months. We do this because we love it, and we believe in it. If we got to the point where we could afford to print runs of thousands of magazines off at a time, we would. Right now, we just plan on doing what we do, and hopefully we can make it to newsstands at some point. If we don’t, we’ll still be sitting here, eating burritos, drinking beer, and sweating the deadlines we set for ourselves.

LBoH: Can we expect to see the Necro Girls crew at any horror conventions this fall?

NG: We actually just did our first horror convention in July; Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a great learning experience, and we got to meet a lot of people. Kristoff with HorrorMerch.com was the one who hooked us up with a booth, so without him, we wouldn’t have been able to go. As far as IMG_3559future ones, we will probably wait until 2014 to get our own booth again at a convention.

LBoH: What will fans see in upcoming issues?

NG: The next issue we have coming out, scheduled for October, is our Halloween issue. In 2014 we will IMG_3433have a Sci-Fi themed issue, and will probably do another Grimsuit issue as well, only bigger and badder than our 2013 one. As far as anything else, we are not at liberty to say; we’re trying to keep certain things a surprise!

LBoH: Where do you hope to see Necro Girls in the future?

NG: Ideally, we would like to just keep growing and growing. We would love to be able to do more horror conventions, and would really like to see this become a larger publication with more readers and possibly a publishing deal.

IMG_1805LBoH: What advice do you have for all those out there wanting to start their own publication?

NG: Lots of beer. Lots of weed. Be different; think outside of the box. There are thousands and thousands of publications out there; how will yours be any different than anyone else’s? Stick to your principles. Never compromise yourself. And one of the most important? Quality over quantity!!! Make IMG_1679sure that your stuff is the best that you can do, and put it out. Be passionate about it, and truly believe in it. Oh, and don’t plan on making money from it any time soon!

To keep up with all things Necro Girls like them on Facebook, follow them on twitter and visit NecroGirls.net!  To subscribe to Necro Girls Magazine, click here!
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Fright-Rags: Original Horror Designs

I have recently gotten the opportunity to do an interview with Fright-Rags.  Many of you are aware of their awesome, original horror designs, but this interview will help you better understand the awesome company that is Fright-Rags.

Photo Credit: Fright-Rags
Photo Credit: Fright-Rags

Interview

LBoH: How did the concept for Fright-Rags come about?

FR: Fright-Rags began as a way for me to let off some creative steam from my day job. I was working as an in-house graphic designer for a small laptop bag company and after about a year on the job, I was getting the itch to try some new things. I have always loved horror, and I was seeing a cottage industry of artists who were making cool things (i.e. hockey masks, etc) online and wanted to do something like that. So, I messed around with some ideas and after I came up with the “What Would Jason Do?” design, I thought it would look cool on a shirt. The rest is history.

LBoH: What was the first movie you made a shirt for?

FR: The first design was a parody of the “WWJD” and “Friday the 13th”. The What Would Jesus Do?” marketing was at an all time high (this was 2003) and I thought if I replaced the “J” with a hockey mask, it would read as “What Would Jason Do?”.

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LBoH: Fright-Rags offers many awesome shirts.  What is your best seller?

FR: It changes from time to time, but currently our best seller is the KISS parody shirt “KILL Destroyers”.

LBoH: Can you explain your “Graveyard” shirts for those that do not know what they are?

FR: Keeping stock is a constant struggle as you never know what is going to sell. Reprinting designs without knowing what is in demand can result in inventory that doesn’t move, which hinds the ability to create new designs. So, we decided hat we would print all of our designs once, and when they sell out, they would go to our “graveyard”. There you can see all the designs that are ‘dead” and no longer available. If there is something you want, click on it and submit your email address. Each month we take six designs with the highest votes and bring them back. This way, we’re always bringing back design in the highest demand.

LBoH: What is the staff favorite of the Fright-Rags t-shirts?

FR: That’s a tough one… My personal favorite changes, but lately it has been Silver Shamrock. For Kristy, it’s Popcorn. And for Tim, it’s Cujo.

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LBoH: In your opinion, what puts Fright-Rags at the top of the list for horror shirts?

FR: I could say that it is our original ideas, killer artwork, and high quality products, which I believe all help in differentiating us from others. However, none of that would be possible without the focus on our service. We could have the best products in the world, but if we didn’t back that up with exceptional service, we would not succeed. Striving to really connect with our customers is the most important thing to me.

LBoH: Can you explain a little of the process for making an awesome horror shirt?

FR: It’s a multi-step process that usually includes us going to our list of ideas and figuring out what we’d like to do. In many cases, we have ideas for licenses we’d lie to get, or just random ideas that would make  a cool shirt. Then we contact artists we feel would be the best at bringing those ideas to life and collaborate with them.

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LBoH: What can we expect to see from Fright-Rags in the future?

FR: We’ve added quite a few licenses this year and are working on some for 2014 already. While I cannot speak about them too much, I can say that we will be offering many more high-end limited editions in the future. We are always looking for ways to go beyond what we’ve done in the past, and push ourselves beyond our limits time and time again, so we can create the most kick-ass collectibles for horror fans everywhere.

Keep up to date on all things Fright-Rags by liking them on Facebook and following them on twitter!

All of you Hatchet fans out there, they have some really awesome Hatchet shirts including the Hatchet army t-shirt that Kane Hodder is frequently seen wearing.

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Get to Know bleedingcritic

I have done an article on bleedingcritic previously, but this time I got the chance to do an interview with him.  For those of who that do not know much about bleedingcritic and what he is about, allow he and myself to give you a better look into his world.

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LBoH: First things first, your reviews and knowledge of the horror genre is incredible. What got you interested in the horror scene?

bc: “I’ve always had a passion for horror films, the definitive starting point in my memory was when I watched the film JAWS for the first time in the cinema. To experience fear and anxiety when so young must have started the addiction.”

LBoH: And how was the bleedingcritic born?

bc: “I’ve had so many bleedingjobs over the years, some infront of the television camera – Then as acting work dried up due to it’s overcrowding I started wearing a suit for work and found the office environment was soul destroying, especially if you’re a creative person. Then after experiencing 3 redundancies in 4 years, I said that’s enough – I need to do my own thing. In late 2011 I didn’t know what it was at the time. Then I noticed how frustrating I was with reading film reviews that gave everything away and then that definitive idea, thats developed into what it’s become now, just came to mind.”

LBoH: The face of bleedingcritic is with out a doubt one of the most noticable faces of the blog and twitter worlds. How did you come up with the concept for that face?

bc: “There are so many brilliant masks available to buy, but I needed to have a mask that I could Trademark, a design that is unique, a one off that I own. I had many ideas about the mask and when I met with oscar and bafta award winner Mark Coulier from Coulier Creatures FX, I knew he and his team would deliver. It was an instinctive decision for me. After my brief they created my bleedingface, and I’ll never forget the wonderful moment I arrived at their workshop to collect.”

LboH: How did you come up with the name “bleedingcritic”?

bc: “I wanted to create a name that was consistent with the website, bleedingfilms.com – because the site was first.”

LBoH: Can you remember the first review that you did? If so, what film was it for?

bc: “I bleedingthink it was ‘The Mist’.”

LBoH: How long have you been reviewing movies?

bc: “The bleeding started in October 2011”

LBoH: I love that your reviews are spoiler-free, is it hard for you to make a review without giving the movie away?

bc: “Before I started my first film review, I thought about how I am when I talk about films to friends that haven’t seen the film I’m talking about. So that’s the foundation for me, I can easily discuss any film without disclosing the thread of its story.”

LBoH: What do you look for in a quality horror film?

bc: “I have to watch every film I choose with an open mind, and just let it flow over me, just like a bleeding shower. I look for that feeling of ‘I haven’t seen this before’, OR…I’ve seen this done before, but this time the work has it’s own individual take on it’. A quality horror film is a combination of all different pieces of the creative puzzle fitting together in perfection. The Exorcist is classic example of this and  ‘Martyrs’ is an example of finding a film that’s totally original, which is rare.”

LBoH: Your short story series “Horror Medication” is by far one of the best on the internet.  How do you come up with such brilliant material for it?

bc: “bleedingthanks for the compliment. Some of the filming is improvised, I just think of the story and film it, and see how it turns out. Now to save time I write all the stories so my waffling and repeating is removed. All my stories  are influenced by real life experiences or revenge on people I have known, or read about that will never receive the justice they deserve. I have a real hatred of domestic violence, hence my horror medication story called Bottle. I also have a twisted and imaginative way of creating scinareos that spiral from calm into bleeding horrorific endings. Derek and the Dream Catchers shop idea I created a long time ago. I originally had the idea to help children sleep – and make them empowered to cope with bad dreams. But then I wanted to bring it into the horrormedication series to test peoples reaction, which has been positive.”

LBoH: bleedingjack is an amazing addition to your videos. Can you tell us a bit about him?

bc: “Yeah, I was taken by some friend to one of these ‘Vintage’ wearhouses where everything seems a little overpriced and then I spotted this Jack in a box and the idea to have him as my assistant just came to me straight away. I can’t tell you how much I paid for him because if he reads this he might eat me.”

LBoH: You do an incredible job keeping in contact with your #bleedingfamily, but as the family grows, do you find it harder to maintain contact with them?

bc: “One thing I notice with some current celebrities is that they think their too important to communicate with the very people that put them where they are. I’m bleedingloyal and I will always interact with my fans, #bleedingfamily, because they give me honest feedback.”

LBoH: Many others and myself are looking forward to more reviews and more doses of Horror Medication. What can we look for in the future from bleedingcritic?

bc: “I had meeting with a radio producer in May last year, I played my bleedingradio idea demo..they understood what I was trying to achieve. I had bleedinganticipation simmering for over three months, then unfortunately they had limited funds and nothing became of it. I have had meetings and ongoing communication with a Television Channel since last November, so fingers crossed that might start soon, but in this media world you can’t rely on whatever anyone says until it actually does happen. Right now I’m filming each of my reviews so people have a choice to read or watch me. I have some ideas for the horrormedication series but I need to get the content I’ve created already out there to more people. With me I’m the total creative horror package and I’ve never been happier being bleedingcritic. I know what I’ve created is growing into something big, However, I just need that someone, in the right position, that recognizes the potencial for what I’m doing and opens that door to my bleedingsuccess across all media.”

Be sure to keep up to date on all bleedingcritic info by following him on twitter and signing up for updates at bleedingfilms.com.

 

Interview with Night Walker Cinema

As previously mentioned in my last piece on Night Walker Cinema, here is a short interview that they were so awesome to participate in.  I can say that I am looking forward to working on a few more pieces with these guys in the future.

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What movie initially got you interested in horror?

 “Wow…good question. I’d have to say that really early on I loved Michael Myers, Halloween and Halloween II”

A lot of people today have been spoiled by CGI.  What keeps NWC wanting to stay true to classic horror and not use CGI? 

 “I know a lot work goes into CGI and those artists are talented but it’s just not real. You can’t interact with it, feel it, wear it or be scared in real time with it. Practical FX are the only way to go in our opinion. It’s not a crime to use CGI to slightly enhance something but it should always be unnoticed.”

 What is the hardest part of staying true to classic horror?

“I’m not sure. We write what we want to see. I think sometimes you have studio people who don’t understand or even watch our genre telling people how to make films. That’s a bad recipe.”

From a producer’s stand point, which producers (horror or not) have been the most influential?

 “Well we are only producers because we pay for all of our films (except TDG which we are crowd funding).”

What kind of advice do you have for other indie producers? 

 “Well we like to focus on the writing and the directing. If we worked with another producer we would want them to trust that we know what we are doing. Too many producers want to see things their way but they don’t write so they nitpick other people’s art…no bueno.”

 What can we expect to see from Night Walker Cinema in the future?

“Hopefully we can get The Dinner Guest into as many festivals as possible and hopefully get distribution! After that, we have many films in the pipeline from more shorts to features!”