-Interview by Nic Brown-
Nic – Suzi, you're an actress, model and a writer. How did you get your start working in the entertainment industry?
Suzi - When I was in college, I submitted some
pictures to a number of different modeling agencies, and got a
few bites. I did a lot of print work (catalogs, campaigns, etc)
and commercials. I took an acting class about a year into the
modeling, and realized that was my true love. There's just
something so cathartic and enjoyable about immersing yourself in
a character who has nothing to do with your real self. My
writing career began when the editor of Horror Mania Magazine in
Nic - One of your recent films that has caught people’s eye is "Claang: The Game". That’s an unusual title; can you tell us a little about the film and your role?
Suzi - "Claang: The Game" is a period piece
fantasy film, similar in kind to movies like "Gladiator" and
"300". "Claang" refers to a specific type of "game" played by
Italian warriors who fight to the death in arenas. I play the
female lead, Princess Eleanor, who is devastated over the death
of her husband Tyr, defeated by the ruthless
We shot this film on location in
Nic - Another of your films that has an eye catching title is “Bikini Girls On Ice”. The title says a lot, but not everything. What’s this one about?
Suzi - "Bikini Girls on Ice" is about an iceskating troupe of bikini clad girls who get summarily whacked on the ice.
Just kidding! :-)
It's really a classic slasher film, with no shortage of
scenes that will make you jump. It's centered around a bikini
car wash and a maniacal garage station attendant named Moe.
The film was directed by
I'm thrilled to work with Geoff again on his next
horror feature, a thriller called "Loknus" about the infamous
Nic - Your work as an actress in the horror genre has earned you the title of "Scream Queen". Is that a title that you are proud of and what do you think makes a "Scream Queen"?
Nic - A famous comedian once said “Dying is easy, comedy is hard”. Which do you think is more challenging: doing horror or comedy?
Interesting question. I think it depends in part on the actor. I think some actors find that comedy comes more easily, and some find that drama (or horror) is more natural. The art of comedic timing is something that's hard to learn - I think it's something that is better "felt". Either you got it, or you don't. So I think this is why some actors find it difficult. You really have to be in your element, and understand the comedic nature of the scene. You also have to really click well with the other actors in the scene in order for comedy to be effective. The chemistry needs to be there. Comedy is probably the most noble genre, as there's nothing more rewarding than making people laugh. And as we all know, laughter is healing and cathartic.
And different actors have different styles. I remember reading something about a comedy that Vince Vaughan and Reese Witherspoon were working on. Supposedly, Vince drove Reese crazy (and vice versa), because he's very much an off the cuff, "let if flow" kind of actor. He's really into improv, and while improv-ing, he often gets some of his best material. Reese, on the other hand, wanted to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, because that's her comfort zone. She couldn't understand why Vince couldn't focus and be as disciplined. But it just wasn't his nature. So there you have an example of 2 great actors, but 2 totally different approaches.
Nic - What do you find to be the most challenging part of acting?
Ummm... probably when you're in the middle of a gory scene, and covered in blood, slime, dirt, occasionally some real blood, bruises, etc. I've been stabbed, shot, cut, gouged, maimed, trampled, severed, gutted, beheaded, you get the idea.... Combine that with filming outdoors on a winter day, and yes, that would be the toughest obstacle to surmount as an actor. ;-) In terms of acting itself, I just think you really need to "get" the character you're portraying. You need to understand their background, their history, life events that have made them who they are today, and what their specific motivation and drive is.
Nic - Do you want to step behind the camera and direct or write your own feature?
I actually did. I came up with the story idea for
"Won Ton Baby!" which was directed by James Morgart. I am also
one of the producers on the film. We premiered it in October at
the Gorezone Weekend of Horrors Film Festival in
I also co-wrote a short film about 2 serial killers (Bob Berdella and Belle Gunness) for Gorezone Magazine. I play a "demon host in hell" and I educate the viewers about the grisly crimes of the murderers, equipped with reenactments of their crimes, and also a little fictional abuse of the serial killers in "Hell". Hey, they gotta pay the piper, right? ;-) The short film is going to be included on a compilation DVD that will accompany each issue of Gorezone Magazine sold.
Nic - So what does Suzi
I like to watch movies, travel, and create whimsical animal art (painting/drawing).
Nic - As someone who works in the horror genre and writes about it, what are your thoughts on why the genre is so popular?
Nic - On the flip side of its popularity, there are a lot of critics who would say that the genre portrays women in a negative way and promotes violence. What would you say to them?
I think sometimes they're right. But sometimes
they're wrong. It's a case by case basis, and it totally depends
on the movie. Take a movie like "Alien" where Sigourney Weaver's
character is bad ass and completely empowered. There's no way
someone could argue that this promotes violence against women
and/or exploitation. But then take a low brow film like "Busty
But sometimes, there's still some gray area. Art is subjective. What may be offensive to me, may not be to another person. It's up to the actor to scrutinize the script, and make sure it's something they're totally comfortable with before signing on.
Nic - In addition to the acting and modeling, you write for a number of horror publications. Any thoughts of trying your hand at writing horror fiction in addition to writing about the genre?
I have written a bit of horror fiction. I wrote a horror short story for one Gorezone issue, and the serial killers film I recently completed for Gorezone was also co-written by me. A lot of it was indeed factual, but almost half of it included some embellishments and "fictional tales", straight from the twisted brain of yours truly.
Nic - We’ve talked about why horror is popular
and why it’s sometimes criticized, but we haven’t hit on the
most important question yet: what are Suzi
Nic - Hollywood seems to be obsessed with remaking films, especially horror movies. Any thoughts on that and is there any one film you think needs to be remade?
Remakes - arggh! Has
Nic - Now for the lightning round!
- Zombies: Fast or slow? Slow, lumbering zombies are the bomb.
- Vampires or werewolves? Werewolves. They amuse me.
- Freddy. Jason, and Michael Myers? Freddy! Can't live without his one-liners.
- Favorite movie monster? Belial - that handsome little devil from "Basket Case". He was the mutant Siamese twin of his brother Duane, and was a gnarly little misshapen growth that Duane kept in a basket.
- Your choice for best horror film of 2009? "Drag Me to Hell" was quite brilliant. Love Sam Raimi.