PANDIE SUICIDE INTERVIEW
Suicide Girl turned horror staple Pandie Suicide gives us the 411 on her new project Massacre, talks about the current state of horror and how, ironically, her favorite films all seem to encompass the word 'massacre' in them.
What kinds of horror movies do you like?
Pandie Suicide: I love classic horror movies, vampire flicks and the slasher genre. Films with buckets of blood, crazed killers, cannibals, dead or undead things, these all appeal to me a lot. Some of my favourite films include everything from the Saw and Hostel movies, The Collector, The Collection, Bride of Frankenstein, The Black Cat, Nosferatu, Night of the Living Dead, The Exorcist, Evil Dead (remake and original), Hellraiser, The Shining, Pyscho, and of course the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films - basically any film with the word 'massacre' in it is okay by me! To give you an example, I just watched Fright Night 2 last night and loved it – all that blood and undeadness was just the thing, as well as the Fright Night with Colin Farrell. I have also started getting more into some old school Italian Giallo flicks of late. I saw this really grotesque Japanese film called Mermaid in a Manhole a long, long time ago that I have been thinking of rewatching as well as some of the other films from that series. Another film I'm excited to see is Eli Roth's Green Inferno. Really, I like it all, though I will usually choose slashers over ghost stories, probably because they're more visceral and violent as a general rule, but truthfully I like it all.
Is there one you've been in that you're also a really big fan of?
PS: All of them!
Where does Massacre sit? What subgenre of horror would you say it falls under?
PS: Massacre definitely sits under the Slasher sub-genre, but with a little twist!
If the poster is anything to go by, can we expect the film to be somewhat gory?
PS: You know, what's really funny is that I sent the final film to my agent (who is also London May's agent – one of my co-stars in the movie) to check out, and she replied that she took one look at it and had to turn it off. To quote London, "It was even too bloody for our agent!' So you can definitely expect the film to be somewhat gory!
You can catch a glimpse of the gore for yourself at our official trailer if you like!
Can you give us a hint as to some of the scares in the flick?
PS: Blood, murder and a twist.
They still using corn syrup for fake blood?
PS: For the photo that the promo poster is based on, and for some pick up shots in the film, I was completely coated in the stuff. Homemade corn syrup-style fake blood is incredibly sticky! I don't really recommend it as a first choice if you're going to be covered in it, but it's cheap and easy to make and looks great! All you need is some corn syrup, chocolate syrup and some red food coloring and you should be good to go. For the massacre scenes in Massacre though, we were lucky enough to have the talents of husband and wife SFX make up team Sierra and Josh Russell providing the blood and gore, and that was some special stuff, no corn syrup! They did an amazing, realistic-looking job of the blood FX. No wonder my poor agent couldn't take it!
You have the lead role in Massacre - did that make you work even harder, knowing so much of it falls on your shoulders?
PS: I always believe in giving it your best, but yes of course. I wrote the thing, I created it, so I already had this deep sense of who the character is, a familiarity with this girl I was playing Marianne James. I mean, she literally came from inside my head, which I think helped to allow me to get inside hers. Director Erik Boccio was of course also instrumental in pulling my performance out of me. He understood the story and the characters so well. He is definitely a director to watch.
Do you think the state of the horror movie industry is healthy at the moment? Anything you'd like to see less or more of?
PS: The great thing about the film industry in general in this day and age is that we have such great access to technology and the internet, that making a film is no longer relegated to huge studios, anyone can make a film if they really want to! And with horror we are seeing a lot of amazing independent films come out that might not have had the chance to even be conceived 20, 30, 40 years ago. Maybe even 10 years ago! One thing I would like to see more of in the horror industry though is more female directors, more female writers, more female producers, and more strong female roles in general break in and get more press, etc. There are some pretty badass female horror filmmakers out there already, for example the Soska Sisters are doing amazing things, I loved American Mary and it would be a dream to work with them on something; and there's Ama Lea who is a super talented director and photographer directing her debut feature soon entitled Sweethearts, which I'm excited about playing a small part in; and there are definitely others like Mary Harron, who directed American Psycho, which is a piece of complete brilliance; and recently Ana Lily Amirpour with her amazing A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; and Kathryn Bigelow's earlier horror work. But realistically horror is still a very male dominated genre and I think it would benefit from opening itself up a little to the twisted visions of some more female filmmakers!
HorrorTalk would like to than Pandie for taking the time to give us the rundown of her project!
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