Interview with Caroline Williams
--by Nic Brown--
was fortunate enough to have the chance to talk one-on-one
with one of the stars of a horror film classic, Tobe
Hooper’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2”, Caroline Williams
during the 2007
Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas.
Caroline it is wonderful to see you here
today. Are you enjoying the Texas Frightmare Weekend?
It is bigger than I ever thought it
be, much bigger than last year and to have started with such
ambition and to have been so rewarding for everybody
involved, it exploded with growth in just since last year!
The Texas Frightmare Weekend for 2007 really has surpassed
my wildest dreams. I have had the time of my life this year!
I’ve heard the same thing from a lot of the
guests who were at last year’s convention as well. In fact
many of the Texas based filmmakers have said that last years
TFW helped them get funding for some of the projects they
had to show at this year’s TFW. Have you had any of that
kind of luck?
Well, I’m hoping to have some of that
luck! I’ve written a film called “Fanatic” with my good
Ethlie Ann Vare she’s with the Sci-Fi Channel
and we’ve come up with a terrific movie. The setting of the
film is a fan convention and it is fully scripted and ready
to shoot! We sat down with Tobe Hooper three weeks ago and
read the script aloud to him over lunch at Art’s Deli in
L.A. Tobe was very enthusiastic and offered us some good
suggestions and we’re seeing if we can get a meeting with
his management company and his film company about working on
the project! We’ll see what happens!
That sounds like an exciting project, good
luck with it! I also wanted to ask you a few questions about
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2” which is arguably your
most famous role in the horror genre. What motivated you to
want to work on a sequel to such a cult classic as the
original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”?
I was impressed that Tobe Hooper
wanted to do a sequel and the fact that he was directing was
key for me. Plus, at that particular point  I was a
very ambitious young actress in Dallas and I knew that the
sequel to such a classic would do very well in theaters and
that it would get a wide theatrical release so it really met
a lot of different dreams and ambitions for me at the time.
Caroline, how would you say the horror genre
in general has changed in the 20 years since “Texas Chainsaw
Massacre 2” came out?
By today’s standards the film [“Texas
Chainsaw Massacre 2”] almost seems sedate and old fashioned.
The film had no nudity, no overt sexuality, I won in the end
and I kicked everybody’s ass! In a lot of the films over the
recent years there’s been a bit of a sadistic and nihilistic
element that has entered into the films. Just as a view it
is tougher for me to watch some of today’s films. I think a
lot of the viewers feel that sort of really out of control
edge and it works for them in a great way but for me some of
them really terrify me and not in the good way. That’s
really the biggest change I’ve seen in the last few years.
For me and a lot of the fans of the genre the
next question for you is, would you be involved in another
“Texas Chainsaw” film if the opportunity presented itself?
No, I don’t think so. The series has
been done as well and as often as it can be and I think Tobe
Hooper’s original vision is very stand alone. I don’t think
any of the succeeding interpretations have been up to what
Well along similar lines, picture yourself in
the directors chair for a moment...
(Laughing) That’s a big chair to fill
for Tobe Hooper!
Yes it is, but if you were there, what is the
one thing that you might change or do differently with
“Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2”?
That’s a tough one because I like the
film so much. I guess I only wish that Cannon films had not
had such a strangle hold on Tobe’s creative vision. I mean
so many things that were in the script did not show up in
the film. That was really heart breaking for me and to all
of us involved in the production. I would simply have wished
that the script that was originally would have been the
version of the film that was shot and that the original
vision could have shown up on the screen.
Now for one silly question! Ed Gein [the
killer who inspired “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”] or
Leather Face, which one is hotter?
(Laughing) Oh, Leather Face by
far! He has the biggest saw in town! (Winks)