I don’t know if you Fellow Fans out there have had the chance to check out All Hallow’s Eve 2 yet, but if you’re fans of anthologies and/or short horror, you owe it to yourself to give it a watch. We had the chance to speak with the star of the wraparound segment, the lovely Andrea Monier.
LeglessCorpse: Tell us about your work on ALL HALLOW’S EVE 2; what was it like on set?
Andrea Monier: I really have to say horror sets are by far the most fun. Everyone knows we are here to have a good time so it’s always a very warm, friendly environment. This was a fairly short and contained shoot due to the format of this as a wrap around segment rather than a full feature length. We really wanted to focus just setting up the scenario as in the first All Hallow’s Eve where a woman receives a strange VHS tape and finds these disturbing vignettes on the tape…in addition to some other haunting images, which I won’t spoil the fun and tell you anymore
LC: What do you think of short horror as a medium? Anthologies?
AM: I think audience’s attention spans are changing vastly due to our insatiable appetite to consume content all day long. We need stories faster, and scares more intense and I believe short horror, specifically anthologies can provide us this. There are some incredible shorts out there without a wide audience, so why not give some of these talented filmmakers a chance to have their films seen? One of my favorite movies this year was actually an anthology called WILD TALES — it was FANTASTIC.
LC: Did you have a personal favorite of the films gathered together for ALL HALLOW’S EVE 2? If so, could you tell us what makes it stand out for you?
AM: I really loved Jack Attack, The Last Halloween, and Alexia. They were all SO very different, yet conveyed the perfect momentum of terror, which for me, is really the true test. Can you carry that sensation of dread through out the whole piece? I thought those shorts did this marvelously.
LC: You’re building quite a filmography; with films like The Black Water Vampire, Day of the Mummy, and of course, All Hallow’s Eve 2, you are really establishing yourself in the horror field. Are you a big fan of the genre? Would you like to see yourself, amongst continuing your path as an actress, as something of a “scream queen”?
AM: I really enjoy independent films and I think horror is a great foundation for many actresses. It allows you to challenge yourself in trying conditions, concise shooting schedules, physically and emotionally challenging roles, and for me, it’s all about the experience. I think horror is a very cool genre due to the fan loyalty and their vast knowledge of film. I personally love supernatural/sci-fi and psychological thriller/horror best. I don’t really consider myself a scream queen as much, but I am SO okay with people thinking I am one! Bring them on!
LC: I’m often told what a good time is had on set while that working on horror films. Do you find this to be the case? Any favorite anecdote or memory from your experiences stick out in your mind?
AM: YES, horror films are by far the most fun. I think no one working on them takes themselves too seriously, we all know we are there to make audiences jump and enjoy their experience. One of my favorite memories is meeting my best friend on the set of Are You Scared 2?, a Lionsgate geocaching horror I shot several years back. I still am grateful that I got cast in that!
LC: You’ve taken some turns in the Producer’s seat on several films; do you prefer acting to producing? Any future plans for other filmmaking roles, like writing or directing?
AM: Yes, I find producing is more proactive and acting is more reactive, as in you are waiting for opportunities and auditions and people telling you what to do, what to say. Although I will say acting is less stressful I love being a part of filmmaking as a whole and am excited to be a hybrid right now so don’t make me choose! I mean, look at women like Tina Fey, Brit Marling, Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig, these women can do it all and I aspire to be as pivotal for female filmmakers as these women are. I would love to be able to add writer, and perhaps director some day to my resume, we will see!
LC: What projects do you currently have in the works for us to be watching for?
AM: I am working on some VERY exciting anthology films that are so ridiculously good. Ruthless along with DreadCentral will be announcing those titles shortly and I can’t wait for those to be seen. I am acting in a dark comedy next month, writing a sci-fi script now for myself to act in, and also collaborating with several other filmmakers on wide range of projects. I think 2016 will be a very busy year!
I’d like to thank Andrea for taking the time out to chat with us, and wish her all the luck in the world in her future work! We’ll for sure be watching!
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