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An Interview with Melanie Denholme, Star of Aquinas' Anna: Scream Queen Killer, Dark Satanic Magick, Ancient Succubi

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2013

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In recent months, you have starred in quite a few movies by "mysterious" director Aquinas [Aquinas interview - click here] - so how did this ongoing collaboration come into being? And turning the question right onto its head, what draws you to the strange visions of Aquinas?


The films directed by Aquinas involve very brave actors and actresses, so I suppose my history in horror films has proven Iím far from timid so I guess being one of very few British actors who is prepared to take on such extreme roles set me in good stead for Aquinas films. I suppose I see every film Iím asked to do as an opportunity regardless of the content and I donít have the attitude that if I do this then I won't get a role on Eastenders, because my ambitions are so much higher than that so therefore I need to be prepared to stand out and I believe these roles do that, they're not your everyday sort of films, definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but what they are, they're shocking and talked about.


More often than not, you are the sole actress with any kind of sizeable role in Aquinas' films - so what kind of a strain is it to carry a whole movie on your back, and to what extent does that influence your preparation for your given role?


Massive!! I get extremely frustrated with myself if I struggle with any of it too. A lot of Aquinas' films is improvisation and as much as I love improv, I do struggle because of my lack of imagination on the subject, although I research the roles, go into extreme depths for the character, itís very hard when realistically I donít have an evil sick brain, so when Iím asked to think up some sick and weird way to do something then yes itís very difficult, so I ask a lot of questions. Luckily Aquinas has got the right imagination for these types of situations and helps me a great deal.


Aquinas' movies do tend to go quite far when it comes to nudity and sexual content - so is there a line you have drawn regarding that aspect of your movies, and was this line ever questioned during a shoot, by others as well as by yourself?


Iíve only ever had one diva request and thatís no shots of my lower private region, Iím prepared to do what it takes to get the right shot and to make it look as real as possible but thatís where I draw the line, some things I would like to keep to myself and thatís one of them, there is one film that gets very close to that line and crosses it a few times and that is Ancient Demon Succubi, but I knew what the film entailed and I knew there was to be no holding back so I will forgive myself for this time, but that will be the first and last time I do cross that line, and as awesome as the film is and I really do think itís one not to be missed Iím very proud of it, but it did show me what I was comfortable with and what I wasnít in regards to what I can see on the final edit. I guess I needed to learn my boundaries, and for that I have no regrets, especially when the finished product is what it says on the tin, pure shock, horror and gore.


Let's start with your very first collaboration with Aquinas, Anna: Scream Queen Killer, on which you also have a co-writer and co-director credit - so what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character?


The story goes that Anna auditions for a role in a horror film with a series of bizarre and highly erotic screen tests. The Director is totally silent and shoots alone as he slowly makes Anna do more and more sick and twisted roles. From being kidnapped by aliens to bursting out of a strange man sized balloon naked, Anna takes it all in her stride until one thing pushes her beyond her limits. Anna, a young actress, is desperate to make it in the movies, she wants the role so badly and is torn, she pushes herself to do what is asked of her but it all becomes too much.


Given the film's theme, I bet at least to some extent Anna: Scream Queen Killer was based on your own experiences within the industry, on shady industry characters, and on anecdotes you've been told - so to what extent did you base your character on yourself, and where do the similarities end?


Well to be honest Iíve been lucky enough to not have experienced auditions where I have been made to feel uncomfortable, every audition I have attended has been completely professional so I couldnít base Anna on myself or experiences that I have had, I could of course use audition experience to a great extent but not the content of the auditions.


Dark Satanic Magick - once again, what is it about?


The story line is very simple and thatís - Alone. No memory. Just a room. And a dream. A slave to he who protects, feeds. Reach within to find that inner strength. Explore the energy. Will it. Become it.


According to my information, Dark Satanic Magick was filmed on a single day in a single room - so what was it like to play a sex-slave for a day, and what did you draw upon to make your character work?


Ha ha, very interesting because these rituals and situations are very real even in this day and age, so I engrossed myself in research for this role, it was the only way to find my character. Each action, prop and sacrifice had a reason and a meaning and I had to learn about every one of them - so yes even though it was shot in one day it was a massive eye opener to what does actually go on within certain cults and beliefs.


Ancient Demon Succubi - the story and your character in it?


A woman finds herself alone with a strange man. No comprehension of what came before or what will happen. An ancient evil takes hold and suddenly life changes. The Succubi are here. Prepare for a mind bending trip into the darkest recesses of your mind; prepare to witness a body taken, a soul eradicated, a human become evil itself. One by one the men will fall victim to the sickest of deaths.

My character to start was a fun, flirtacious party girl who is soon taken over and basically becomes a sadistic evil torturer of men.


In Ancient Demon Succubi you play a homicidal sex demon - now without wanting to come across as indecent or something, how much of yourself could you find in the character, and what did you find appealing as well as repellent about her in the first place?


My role as the Succubus was pretty dam intense, probably the most demanding role Iíve ever played. There is as usual not an ounce of myself in my character which Iím quite relieved to say, her character however was extremely appealing as she has multi personalities during the film and this to me is always a great challenge, I suppose I would have been more repelled against her if the situation was based on truth rather than myth so I didnít have those feelings towards her, I just had to embrace her as if she were true and feel what it was she was supposed to feel and find her passion for revenge against man!!


What's working on an Aquinas-set usually like?


Random!! He is always throwing in a few surprises along the way and you sink or swim, hopefully I swim but Iíll leave that opinion to the viewer. Iíve learnt to expect the unexpected when filming with Aquinas!


Based on these three experiences, will you ever be working with Aquinas again? And other future projects you'd like to share?


Of course - in fact the next project is lined up for next year called Alien Invasion starring a very famous musician so I canít wait.


Of late, you've starred mainly in horror movies, often of the erotic variety, but I just happen to know you're also an extremely gifted comedienne - any chance you'll share your comic talent with your audience again any time soon?


Oh I hope so, I love comedy in fact I think Iím better at it, which is bizzare as they are two completely different genres. The last comedy I acted in I also produced and that is A Killer Conversation, written by yourself Michael Haberfelner and directed by David V.G. Davies [David V.G. Davies interview - click here]. The script was the funniest thing I had read in years so it was a blast to do, the film is currently in post production and will be released 2014, so watch this space!


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