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An Interview with Tiffany Shepis, Star of The Frankenstein Syndrome

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2012

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Your new film The Frankenstein Syndrome - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

The Frankenstein Syndrome is about a group of research scientist that perfect a serum that can bring the dead back to life, but it’s not without a few glitches. DOM DOM DOM... LOL. 

My character is Dr. Elizabeth Barnes and she’s one of the newest members of the group. She smart, strong and plays a key role in making the dead….walk.

 

How did you approach your character as an actress?

 

I had known a friend who got some stem cell therapy done over in Mexico so I was pretty familiar with the type of lab I would be using in the movie. Understanding that type of “medicine” and the need for secrecy really helped. Sean wrote such great characters though that not much research was needed cause it was all on the page, ready for you. All I had to do was memorize ;)

 

What drew you to the project initially? And a few words about your director, Sean Tretta, with whom I understand you are also personally involved [Sean Tretta interview - click here]?

 

with Sean Tretta

and unidentified head

What drew me to The Frankenstein Syndrome? Well I don’t often get to play smart doctor types, certainly not ones that keep their clothes on. So getting a chance to play a REAL character was my main reason. Also when speaking with Sean about the project he was unlike any other director I had ever worked with. He really knew what he wanted. He knew what he wanted from the actors, the DP, the lighting, everything. He really treated our small budget like it was a big time studio production. He expected the best out of everyone and because we all trusted him… I believe he got it. He’s pretty great… so I married him.

 

Let's leave the present behind for the moment and move forward into your past:

How did you get your start in acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I was about 15 years old living in NYC and I saw a ad that Troma Films was holding auditions for Tromeo and Juliet. I had never been in a movie before nor had I really wanted to but something drew me to it. I had always loved horror and I really dug Troma films, so I went to the casting call - and GOT A PART! 

 




I never had any formal training, I did take some on-camera and film tech classes just so I would know what I was doing. After that I just started getting calls for bit parts and doing some interviews and modeling gigs for places like Femme Fatales and Horror Mania. That was almost 100 movies ago. God damn I’m old. LOL

 


Early in your career, you could be seen in quite a few Troma-productions. A few words about these films and about Troma as such?

 

I love Troma. Obviously if I had never seen that ad and didn’t go to the audition, I would not be writing this today. They really gave me a start in the industry. PLUS one can learn a lot more from Troma than just how to be hot on camera. I have worn many different hats in this industry and not cause I went to fancy film school but because I worked with Troma.

 

Any past films of yours you'd like to talk about?

 

I was a big fan of my movie The Hazing! 80’s type college movie very similar to Night Of The Demons, and it stars everybody’s favorite evil doll Brad Dourif!!! 

I also did a very strange movie a few years ago called The Violent Kind. The Violent Kind played Sundance and if you like your horror with a bit of WHAT THE FUCK thrown in… you will love this indie gem!

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 


Have a movie that stars Michael Madsen, Dean Cain and myself that comes out this week it’s called Dirty Little Trick. Not a horror film but a money heist type thriller. Check it out! Also working with the husband on a few that we will hopefully be telling everybody about very soon!

 

Most of the films you have made are horror movie. Is that a genre you're especially fond of, and why?

 

I love the horror genre. For me it’s more fun to scare somebody or be scared then to just share a laugh or pretend to be in love. Not to say I wouldn’t or haven’t been in something other than horror (read above). Horror movies are mostly what I watch, what I know and what I love the most.

 

Women in horror are almost automatically labelled scream queens. A label you can at all live with?

 

I don’t think the scream queen title is worth a shit anymore. Like you said ANYBODY that makes a horror film is scream queen. I prefer to be called “person that acts in a shit-ton of horror flicks” ;)

 

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Actresses (or indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

None. My family inspires me.

 

Your favourite movies ... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Love Motel Hell, Hellraiser, Trick 'r Treat, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama are just a few. 

Movies I hate??? Hmmmm I’m not a fan of really sappy sad stuff like The Notebook, I hated that Albert Brooks movie Mother… God that was horrible. Ummm I also thought The Town was a waste of time but not something I HATED.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Website for fun cool photos and movies is www.screamshepis.com. Facebook just search TiffanyShepis. OR @tiffanyshepis on Twitter although I never tweet anything all that interesting ;)

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Yes, I’m so sorry this has taken me like 8 months to do but I love Searchmytrash so much I wanted to make it perfect!! ;)

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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