-- Interview by Nic Brown--
A beautiful, red haired woman stands chained before a group of leering men. In most circumstances the woman would be in serious trouble. However, the wild look in her eyes and the blood dripping from her mouth tell another story, and soon her captors learn that they’re the ones about to meet an unpleasant end. Of course this isn’t at all surprising when the woman in question is actress Victoria De Mare and she’s playing the lead in the cult horror hit WEREWOLF IN A WOMEN’S PRISON.
De Mare has a reputation for playing tough, sexy characters like this one and she does it so well that she’s been called “Hollywood’s Hottest Scream Queen,” But don’t think her talents end when the director yells “cut”. Professional dancer, published writer, film producer and model are just some of the hats that De Mare wears. Now she’s taking a break from working on development of her new film DEATH BY KISSES to talk with B-Movie Man Nic Brown about her newest projects, her passion for acting and why she’s happiest when she’s on the set.
Nic - Victoria, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in acting?
Victoria – Wow! Interesting, and thank you.
I don't consider myself a film maker, but an actor
playing in these films guided by the film maker's vision. I
do believe that I have had the immense benefit of working
with some very prolific film makers. I love every character
I play. If I didn't love them, then I wouldn't play them. A
few of my most favorite characters I've played so far have
been Cienega in AZIRA: BLOOD FROM THE SAND, Sara Ragdale in
WEREWOLF IN A WOMEN'S PRISON, Miriam in DEADLY BELOVED,
Melissa in THE VIDEO DIARY OF NICKY VALETTI & ADAM GREELEY,
and Mary in BIO SLIME.
Victoria - Wow, thank you very much! I really appreciate that. Yes, Sarah Ragdale is definitely one of my favorites. I loved her because she embodied a special combination of innocence and strength trying to survive in the most extreme circumstances. She was constantly mis-judged and underestimated, yet she stayed true to her intentions.
Nic - In addition to your work in film, I understand that you are an accomplished artist in a number of other fields. Can you tell us a little about that part of your career?
Nic - Victoria, you said that you're producing a film. Do you plan to do more work behind the camera such as writing or directing in addition to producing films in the future?
Victoria - The only position behind the camera I ever had an interest in pursuing is producing. I am currently in post-production with a feature film I starred in that I am also producing titled LOVING GRAM PARSONS. There are two more feature films I will produce that I know of for sure, one of which is currently on my slate in development titled DEATH BY KISSES. The only writing I have ever had an interest in has been my poetry, short stories, and monologues. I don't have an interest in writing screenplays. And, I had never had an interest in directing either, until recently when asked to consider possibly directing a short film by a colleague of mine, Douglas Neff. But of course, I will always work in front of the camera first and foremost. I am a performing artist - actor and dancer by trade. The other capacities are just an expansion of my desire to create my own projects, collaborating with a team of the other essential artists of their trades that are necessary in creating a film and at the same time always working in front of the camera.
Nic - You've been called "Hollywood's Hottest Scream Queen." What do you believe it takes to be a successful Scream Queen?
Victoria - Ah, yes, I began to be called "
Victoria - I am assuming you mean a character in an existing film, so I would say it is a toss up between two - Linda Blair's character Regan in THE EXORCIST and Juliette Lewis' character Mallory Knox in NATURAL BORN KILLERS. As far as a character in a non-existing film, I would say a character based on a real life person in a biopic.
Nic - You like sci-fi, horror and thriller films. What are some of your favorite films from these genres?
Victoria - ALIEN, THE EXORCIST, PET CEMETARY, PSYCHO, HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, just to name a few.
Nic - Victoria, you've said that you would be interested in playing a real life person in a biopic. Who are some of the people that you'd be interested in playing?
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