When Reyna Young was a little girl she saw John Carpenter’s
HALLOWEEN for the first time. That film helped her discover
a love for the horror genre that would inspire her creative
side. Now Reyna has her own production company, Last Doorway
Productions, and hosts her own online program, The Last
Doorway Show, as her alter ego Miss Misery. As if hosting
the show and making short horror films was not enough, now
Reyna is working on a feature documentary on women working
in the horror industry.
Reyna has put her put down her camera and taken off her
filmmaker hat for a few minutes to talk with us today about
her work, her love of the horror genre and what seeing her
watching THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE can
tell you about her mood!
Nic - Reyna you are the owner and driving force behind Last
Doorway Productions. Can you tell us something about Last
Doorway Productions and how you got started?
Reyna - I gave birth to Last Doorway Productions about two
years ago. It was something I had in mind for a while but
didn't go through with. I had a lot of people who I thought
were my friends tell me it was a dumb idea and I'd never
make it. But eventually I got over what everyone else said
and did what I wanted to do. I basically started it to help
get my short films watched. I started out with short films
that I wrote and I produced and
directed and also acted in. Then it evolved into an online
show called "The Last Doorway" helping other independent
artists get their short films or anything else they have out
there. Now Last Doorway Productions presents "A Nightmare To
Remember" - a film fest we throw every year in San
Francisco, helping short horror films get shown....
Nic - Your credits
include Horror Hostess, Writer, Director, Producer, Actress,
Make-up Artist, and you even do scoring. Which one of these
many jobs do you enjoy the most and why?
Reyna - That is a hard question because I enjoy all that I
do! They are all me and all fun. My number one love is my
guitars!! I play guitar and love to write music. That's my
number one passion. But also directing is so much fun and so
me. I love creating and putting it down on paper and then
filming it. Directing is my passion!!!
Nic - Can you tell
us a little about your newest project: WELCOME TO MY
DARKSIDE: WOMEN IN HORROR?
Reyna - It is a documentary that I have had in my head for a
while now to help focus on the women in the genre. Our
future in horror. I wanted to really put out there what
women have to go through in the genre. Not just Scream
Queens but also the directors, FX artists, horror
photographers, etc....I want to show the world the sick and twisted female
minds behind the future of this genre, from questions like
"How do you feel about the way women are treated in horror
films?" to "What does horror mean to you?"
Nic - In your documentary you've asked a lot of women in the
horror industry this so now I have to ask you: what does
horror mean to Reyna Young?
Reyna - Horror to me means when you’re standing in a dark
room and you’re alone, all of a sudden you can feel a
presence of someone in there with you but you cannot see
them, and you look around but all you can do is feel them.
Your heart races, your hair on your body stands up and you
start to shake because you know something bad is about to
happen. And all you can do is stand there and be scared, not
knowing what is about to happen to you. That to me is
horror. Having that moment of fright, being chased by a big
guy with a chainsaw, having the fear but loving every moment
of it. When I saw Halloween
for the first time it was strange because I wasn't even
really that scared; I mean I was scared but I loved it, it
intrigued me. Being frightened of this thing intrigued me to
keep wanting more of it.
Nic - So what's been
the most surprising thing you've found out while working on
WELCOME TO MY DARKSIDE?
I think the most surprising
thing would be I have learned a lot more about myself and
what I want out of this genre and where I am going with it
in the future. Now knowing about all these talented women
and where they come from and their passions really inspires
me and gives me more hope that I can make a difference in
this genre and do what I have always wanted to do, and not
be held back just because it's male dominated or I have
people telling me I can't succeed in this business. That's
what I have learned….
Nic - Other than
your documentary, do you have any plans to do a feature
length horror film of your own?
Reyna - Yes! Yes! Yes! I'm planning on making two of my
short films into features. CONFESSION and OUT OF PRINT.....
I am working on scripts right now and hope to soon be
finished with. Not only are they original but something new
to add to the genre. You know, something fresh. I cannot
wait to start shooting. This documentary has taken up a lot
of my time because I want to make it perfect. But yes I
cannot wait to get started in filming them!!
Nic - How do you
think the internet is changing the film/television industry?
Reyna - I think the internet is wonderful. You can self
publish anything and sell it. You can start your own
website, merchandise store, anything really. It doesn't help
for major companies who want to distribute your film and
take a percentage because I can just do it myself and keep
all the profit! I think we will be seeing a change in the
film and television industry as the years go by. It does
make it easier on me to do things and not have to rely on
others.... Nic - As a
filmmaker, who have been some of the biggest influences on
you and your work?
Reyna - Now they are all men! Growing up I have had all male
influences because in horror, it's all done by men!! Another
reason why I am doing this documentary: young girls need
some female power here. Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Edgar
Allan Poe, and Crispin Glover!!! I just blanked out and
forgot her name but the director of "American Psycho" is a
huge influence on me. Also any female who kills in a horror
movie, now that is awesome. Oh and the actress who played in
the movie "Teeth." Yeah, she rocks!!
Nic - What do you
think about all the remakes of classic horror films like
FRIDAY THE 13TH, HALLOWEEN, and such?
Reyna - I don't really like remakes. I'm not into them and
try not to watch them. I admit I do get curious but what can
I say, everyone has run out of ideas. Run out of something
original to do to the point where now they see cash flowing
with these remakes and so now they're remaking everything. I
don't agree with it. But with so many coming out now I can
see it's the new thing, and slowly horror as we know it will
start dying because without the original art of horror what
else do we have? Remakes get old and tired and it's the same
damn thing every time. That's why I'm hoping to help break
it with a script I am working on and soon will be casting
for. We need more originality in the horror genre right now.
Nic - There has been
a lot of criticism of horror as a genre over the years for
promoting violence. What's your take on it?
Reyna - Well you know there's violence everywhere you go, at
least this violence is fiction! Unless based otherwise! I
don't really see it as promoting violence because in these
movies are the bad guys really telling you to go out there
and hack somebody to pieces? Horror is a form of
entertainment in which one’s mind thinks of something
grotesque or sickening for an audience to watch and be
scared. Let’s take me for example. I know I have a sick mind
and when someone gets me pissed off I do in fact think of
ways to kill them, but I know right from wrong. My father
raised me right. Do I act on these thoughts? NO!!! I write
them down to scare other people. Again
As for these actualy sick
bastards - I don't care for them at all! I don't support
violence or rape or murder, or clowns eating little
children. Those sick bastards obviously were not brought up
right or have a chemical imbalance. When I hear about
anything on the news that has to do with kidnappings or
murder, it does hurt and I don't want to hear about those
In movies it’s different.
It's a movie intended to scare people. To get them to cringe
or close their eyes. I don't think it promotes violence at
all. If someone wants to watch one of my movies and then go
act on it, its their problem, I didn't tell them to do it.
There's just something mentally wrong with them. At least
that's what I think!!!
Nic - When you're
not working on projects for Last Doorway Productions what
does Reyna Young like to do for fun?
HAHAHAHA I wish I had a life!! No I'm just kidding. I like
to play Guitar and write songs. I love to go to the movies
or rent movies. Just relaxing with a good movie is great!
When I get really irritated I like to watch THE TEXAS
CHAINSAW MASSACRE - it makes me feel better. Also I am a
sucker for bubble baths. I love to go to comic book shops
and I admit it, I like shopping sometimes! Only sometimes!!!
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