crowd at Dark Delicacies Collectables in
Burbank California was thick. Seated at a
long table between the rows of horror and gothic
collectables, books and movies were the stars and
creators of the new zombie horror/comedy
GEORGE: A ZOMBIE INTERVENTION. Among those
seated - Victoria De Mare. The actress, vocalist,
model and dancer had a supporting role in the film,
yet she seemed to draw as much attention as the
stars. Not surprising to B Movie Man Nic Brown. I
had the chance to interview Victoria not long after
the release of one of my favorite B movies:
IN A WOMEN’S PRISON and Victoria proved to be as
charming with the fans as she was during our first
When the crowd thinned out briefly, I
had the opportunity to steal a bit of
Victoria’s attention and was immediately impressed
with all the projects she eagerly told me about.
With several movies set for release, numerous film
projects in production and a new album, I was amazed
she even had time to breathe, let alone sign
autographs for fans. But Victoria is not
your typical Hollywood beauty; she’s a dedicated
artist who loves her work and she talked with me
about some of her new movies, her music and her
somewhat surprising fame in India!
Nic - You’ve been a busy lady since
we last talked. You have a number of projects that
have recently been released and even more coming out
in the next year. What are some of the films we can
look forward to seeing you in?
Victoria - Yes, I try to stay as busy as possible.
My current releases include the internet thriller
'Strangers Online', which played theatrically in
June in L.A. and Pasadena, and is now available on DVD; sci
fi/action/adventure 'Aliens Vs. Avatars', which
played theatrically throughout the summer in
multiplexes across India, and is now available on
DVD; and horror/comedy GEORGE: A ZOMBIE INTERVENTION
now available on DVD. Upcoming releases include the
sci fi/thriller BIO SLIME
(aka CONTAGION) and musical comedy EMMANUELLE IN
WONDERLAND. And, next year, the highly anticipated
KILLJOY 4 will be released as well.
ALIENS VS AVATARS
was released theatrically across
India in multiplexes. That’s fantastic! How does it
feel to be famous in India?
Victoria - I couldn't believe it when the filmmaker
sent me the links to the theaters’ screening
schedules. It feels amazing!
India is a major foreign market. I am so glad they
love sci fi/action films there as much as I do! :)
Nic - Some
of your roles, like the one in BIO SLIME required a
lot of special effects make-up; do you find that
aspect of acting difficult?
Victoria - I love to get all "painted up"! It adds a
whole other dimension to your character physically
that you become super aware of and actually thank
your lucky stars that you've had the opportunity
because, for me, it made me more of a physical actor
without the makeup, as well. The hours of
transformation can be intense, but I am always so
happy to be there, that I embrace the time and use
it as part of my preparation. As long as I can play
the NATURAL BORN KILLERS soundtrack over and over
again in my dressing room as the makeup department
paints me down, I'm cool with it. :)
Nic - Which of the characters you’ve
played do you think was the most challenging for
Victoria - My most challenging character to date was
"Batty Boop" in KILLJOY 3 (aka KILLJOY’S REVENGE).
Everything including her sound and her every move
were important in defining "Batty". It was the only
character I've played so far that I was so nervous
to perform that I puked my guts out the morning of
my first day on set! :)
Batty was your most challenging character, but who
has been your favorite one to play?
Victoria - Ahhh...my favorite one to play has not
yet been released, and unfortunately, I am not able
to disclose any information about the project at
this time, but what I can say about the character is
that I play a teenager (yessss!) who happens to be
in the wrong place at the wrong time. :) And "Batty"
was also most definitely my second favorite role to
play to date. I also truly loved playing "Mary" in
John Lechago's BIO SLIME and "Sarah Ragdale" in
WEREWOLF IN A WOMEN'S PRISON. :)
Nic - In addition to your talents as
an actress, you are an accomplished vocalist and
musician. Tell us a little about this aspect of your
Victoria - Yes, I am also a professional vocalist,
composer, lyricist, music producer & publisher.
Singing has always had an extremely special place in
my heart. My dad was a "doo-wop" singer in the late
50s~early 60s. My earliest memory of music was
watching him and my uncle get out their acoustic
guitars and sing while playing. That blew my mind.
My career in music was always on the bottom of the
list of my skills, due to the fact that I would,
unfortunately, only perform on a part time basis a
couple of times a year in live shows as a featured
singer and/or back-up singer/dancer, etc. It wasn't
until about two and a half going on three years ago
that I started getting consistent opportunities to
record as a lead vocalist/harmony session singer for
many different indie labels. And, it wasn't until
last year that my first solo album was recorded and
released. Now, I am thrilled about the new material
on my new album in production as we speak. I have
poured my heart and soul into this one, and I am
extremely proud of it. Everyone can look forward to
checking it out early next year 2012.
Nic - It's
obvious that music is an important part of your
life. Who are some of your favorite artists and who
would you like most to work with?
Victoria - Music will always have a very special
place in my heart because I can truly feel my heart
"singing" when I sing, and to be doing that to my
own songs is better than a dream come true. Some of
my favorite artists musically include Karen
Carpenter, Janis Joplin, Patsy Cline, Led Zepplin,
Chris Cornell, Chris Isaak, Disturbed, Juliette
Lewis, and Joaquin Phoenix. Unfortunately, some of
those artists I can never meet or work with, but I'd
love to tour and open for Chris Isaak and Juliette
Lewis some day soon. :)
Nic - The movie and the music
industry are both undergoing a lot of changes with
the rise of the internet and other technologies for
content delivery. What are your thoughts on where
both of these industries are going and is it an
opportunity or a threat for talents such as
Victoria - Yes, the entire entertainment industry is
changing. But, I think it is a good thing. Change is
inevitable and it is nothing to fear. We have to
embrace what technology brings us and utilize the
benefits of what it has to offer in every way. I
think it is a great thing for artists. You don't
have to wait any longer for distribution of your
film or series or to be signed to a record label.
You can put yourself out there on your own now for
the world to see and/or hear you without waiting for
anyone else to put you out there.
Nic - As an actress you’ve been
involved in quite a few horror films, but are you a
fan of the genre? Also, why do you think horror is
such a popular theme?
Victoria - I am most certainly a fan of the horror
genre. It has always been my favorite genre of film
since I was a kid. The horror/sci
fi/fantasy/adventure category of film is the most
popular genre of film worldwide next to comedy. I
think that remains so because people love to be
scared and exhilarated the most next to laughing,
when they are being entertained watching a movie. I
know I do! :)
genre is popular and I think you've hit the nail on
the head for some of the reasons why. However,
horror is sometimes criticized for its violence and
its portrayal of women. Do you have any thoughts on
Victoria - I think some of the reasons why it is the
most popular genre are the violence and women! :)
People watch these films for the scare and
outlandish, psychotic moments of violence, as well
as the typically very attractive, scantily-clad
women. It is a basic formula that has stuck because
it sells. And, I have personally found more and more
roles for women over the years in this predictable
genre to be evolving into the killer and the one to
fear in the story, and not the victim at all.
"Batty" will carry a 'Tommy Gun' machine gun in
KILLJOY 4, and I can't frickin' wait for that!!! :)
Nic - Now
for the lightning round, and remember your answers
count for double points:
-Zombies, fast or slow?
-Jason, Freddy, and Michael Myers- Marry, Date,
-Vampires or Werewolves?
-Favorite movie monster?
-Best horror film of 2011?
Victoria - Oooo...Awesome!
-Fast Zombies! :)
-Oh, I'd much rather kill Jason, Freddy, & Michael
Myers than marry, date, or dump any of them! :)
-Werewolves, darling, Werewolves. :)
-Me, as the 'monster/creature' in BIO SLIME. :)
-KILLJOY 3 because it has just the
right amount of scary, funny, & sexy! :)
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