Your new movie Horrors of the PNW VI - in a few words, what
is it about?
It's a horror anthology series, hosted by Zee Monsta. Some segments are
curated shorts like Tristan Risk's directorial debut Parlour Tricks [Tristan
Risk interview - click here].
Others are thematically set into Zee Monsta's universe. The ongoing theme
of the series since the beginning has been a celebration of women, and
anti-hero revenge horror.
This year we are exploring motherhood. There will be seven segments
focusing on this outside of the curated selections. We have announced two
of the segments thus far, 333: Illuminaughty and Mother's Day:
The two shorts that I'm a part of are 333: Illuminaughty
and Mother's Day:
Cicadas. They are both very different and differently made. However, both
explore the themes of motherhood, family, and loss.
How did the project fall together in the
first place, and what can you tell us about the Horrors of the PNW-series
I started the series 7 years ago. I approached the convention / film festival
Crypticon Seattle with the project for sponsorship. They liked
the idea, and we are now on our 6th year presenting the premier with them.
It is set in an anthology format, with a silent film horror host who isn't
quite human, Zee Monsta. The film segments tend to run the gamut; strange
and surreal, dada-esque, creepy, to gory + music videos and interviews.
I love Horrors of the PNW and I'm trilled to be able to be a part of it
What were your sources of inspiration when
writing Horrors of the PNW VI?
There's so many. The overall inspiration for this year's subject matter
stems from having incredible conversations with my co-horts about how we
all grew up. Our perspective of a mother's role in society, and what it is
to be a mother. I feel even the word "Mother" is powerful. I
wrote Mother's Day: Cicadas with Barbara Magnolfi in mind for the lead
role. Her character embodies Beauty and Evil. She's a thorny rose.
Captivatingly depraved. I was blown away by her performance. For 333: Illuminaughty
Tonjia Atomic and I built together within the Zee Monsta
universe. The idea for the 333: Illuminaughty
project first sparked when we were in
Toronto last year on the set of Rabid. We found ourselves on the subject
again when making plans for attending Medusa Underground Film Festival in
Las Vegas. In conglomeration with the festival we began filming at the
event. We used real world immersion for our found-footage format and
placed the stipulation upon ourselves that we had only one take per scene
outside of technical difficulties. I feel like we had to fight the urge of
getting over 18 hours worth of footage. I think the true inspiration for
it was all the fun that was had in the process.
Personally, I worked on 333: Illuminaughty. It was an amazing project and
process. We created it as we went using improv and real life situations.
It was a lot of fun to do. Michelle and I really work well together. We
would bounce ideas back and forth and grow ideas off of one another.
Do talk about your
movie's approach to horror for a bit!
I'm a deep lover of revenge horror and super powered anti-heroes. That's
always a major part of Horrors of the PNW. But it's also meant to be a
gateway drug for aspiring artists, and an open door for established
artists who wish to get more of their personal works out there, and
collaborate. It exists to celebrate the entire horror community whilst
highlighting fellow indie filmmakers. It's one big love note to the horror
TA: 333: Illuminaughty
deals with the horrors of the unknown and secret
societies. What is going on behind closed doors after all?
What can you tell
us about the overall look and feel of your movie?
format for the series is very 90s punk & industrial. I feel like its
the equivalent of a floating paper zine you'd find in the dispenser of a
sodapop machine and late night Canadian television that would play Kids in
the Hall reruns followed by a club event with Skinny Puppy - at least
that's how I picture it in my head. I hope something of that translates
for other people?
both also appear in front of the camera in Horrors of the PNW VI -
so do talk about your respective characters, and have you written them
with yourselves in mind from the get-go?
I play Zee Monsta (aka Ven) and a number of other characters. She was my
imaginary friend when I was a tatertot. I used to make little comic books
about her. But I actually ended up playing her myself by happenstance. The
actress I had originally cast to play her was a no show on set and the
equipment rental was already pricy. So it happened in a split decision.
But I actually love playing her. Zee hunts by producing doppelgangers as
lures. But she also has a vast lineage, sometimes lookalikes pop up. We
have met some of her family over the years. (Last year we met Vesper
played by Tristan Risk [Tristan
Risk interview - click here] in the film Just a Prick.) In 333: Illuminaughty,
we meet the De'Bloome girls, I play Lily who, although a terrible person,
is still just a human learning how to be. In Mother's Day: Cicadas I
play "The Ugly Daughter".
I play Rose in 333: Illuminaughty. I'm an older sister who has a bit of an
attitude. I'm a bit of a know-it-all plus I have a bit of a chip on my
shoulder. Although I don't want to wear my heart on my sleeve I am an
emotional and sensitive person. Even so, I can play rough with others.
What can you
tell us about the rest of your rather star-studded cast, and why exactly
Everyone involved is so incredible. I'm astounded by the immense talent of
Barbara Magnolfi. Barbara is such a major aspect of what inspired me to
become a filmmaker. And Debra Lamb [Debra
Lamb interview - click here], she truly is a fire breathing scream queen.
I'm also such a fan of Tonjia, I love working with her every chance I get.
Her film Plain Devil is actually in my top 10. It is pure dada art.
Barbara Magnolfi was wonderful to work with. She brought a great emotional
depth and understanding to her character in Mother's Day: Cicadas. I think
she'd be a great creator and director herself. Debra Lamb really got what
we were doing with 333: Illuminaughty. She was able to improv and create
along with us. She's very creative and I'm looking forward to learning
more about her own artistic creations. Of course, Michelle and I work so
well together. We have similar sensibilities but differences enough to
push each other creatively.
A few words about the shoot as such, and
the on-set atmosphere?
There's so many segment sets on this project, but the feeling of joy is
always there. For 333: Illuminaughty we were at Medusa Underground Film
Festival @ The Artisan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Incredible place &
event. Very art deco meets baroque, meets funhouse. We had a lot to work
with. It was very magical.
One thing that I couldn't help noticing was that there is a feeling of
support on set. It never feels like butting heads or a competition.
Instead, it feel like a collaborative atmosphere that brings out the best
in each of us.
You are currently running a
fundraiser for Horrors of the PNW VI - so do talk about your
I do it cash out of pocket with help as the series is sponsored by various
companies and there are producers involved. This year is a lot bigger than
the prior years. And to make it the very best that it can be, we are
seeking crowdfunding. We are raising $5,000 to help cover expenses for the
project, which is a modest amount. This goes toward helping cover costs
for talent, crew, travel, per diem, + locations. We have some really cool
perks to get in on. Copies of the entire series thus far. Producer
credits, a chance to star in a segment for 2020.
I'm really excited about the perks in the campaign. I appreciate each and
every bit of support. It's really going to help us make the best project
that we can.
Michelle, Debra Lamb, Tonjia
The $64-question of course, when and where can
Horrors of the PNW VI be seen?
You can come see it during the premier at Crypticon Seattle in May. Or at
the various theatres and festivals as they are announced throughout the
year, or you could choose the "Sign of the Times" perk!
projects beyond Horrors of the PNW VI you'd like to share?
MN: 333: Illuminaughty
is actually being released as its own full feature in
October. We are in the works with Debra Lamb [Debra
Lamb interview - click here] on another project, but we
can't say much about it right now. I have a meta piece I will be working
on soon. I'm very excited about it, it's a rather well known piece of
I'm in pre-production on several projects. Unfortunately, I can't talk
about any of them yet. I'll just say that they involve some familiar faces
of the horror genre, Manos Returns, Horrors of the PNW, and Michelle
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else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
This project is actually conglomeration of nine total film projects
combined to create the anthology with curated picks, we are so excited to
be able to present it to everyone. We are running an IndieGoGo right now
to help with funding, we are only raising 5000 to help with supplementals.
Any and all support is appreciated. Thank you, to you for this interview,
thank you to your readers, and everyone involved.
for the interview!