Monthly Archives: December 2011

HOSTEL: PART III

HOSTEL: PART III-United States-88 Mins. 2011

Kip Pardue as Carter McMullen

John Hensley as Justin

Sarah Habel as Kendra

Brian Hallisay as Scott

Zulay Henao as Nikki

Directed by Scott Spiegel

Written by Michael D. Weiss and Eli Roth (characters)

Guys, have you ever been standing at a urinal, just getting ready to zip up, when someone makes the comment about how if you shake it more than three times then you’re playing with it? With the first two Hostel films, Eli Roth and company shook us just enough to have a little fun. The third film in the series is just jerking us off altogether. I just watched this film and I am now completely aware of what a cheap hooker feels like. First of all, why did they have to set this one in Vegas? Was it supposed to be a pun? You know, ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ and all that bullshit. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the kills. The first two films had some pretty damn inventive kills. These were just anemic. But you know what really pisses me off about the kills? I have the unrated version of the film. If this is the unrated version of this film then the rated version must have been produced by Walt Disney. Mufasa from The Lion King, Bambi’s mom and Ole Yeller all had scarier deaths than this film.

The other thing that I hated was how they played us along by the old cliché’ of people not being what they seem. Hello! Assholes! Been there, done that a thousand times already! Get some new material. Anyway, if you want to be played with just enough to feel nice and tingly then by all means check out the first two films in the series. If you want to be anally raped without so much as a card or flowers, then Hostel Part III is the film for you.

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The first film in the series to not have a theatrical release.

The first film in the series not to be directed by Eli Roth.

Barry Livingston, who portrayed Ernie Douglas on the television series “My Three Sons“, has a cameo as an Elite Hunting Club client.

NO BLOOD DROPS

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SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-JANUARY 2012-ANNA PAQUIN

SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-JANUARY 2012-ANNA PAQUIN

She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Piano at the age of 11. She has starred in 2 X-Men films as the “you can look but dare not touch” Southern belle Marie aka Rogue. She’s starred in the films Darkness (2002), Trick ‘r’ Treat (2007) and Scream 4 (2011). But what our lovely Scream Queen of the Month for January, 2012 is most famous for is being the go-to girl for vampires Bill Compton and Eric Northman and the werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the hit HBO series True Blood. I get a feeling the ladies tune in to see the how this little ménage-a-quartet develops over time. The men tune in for a different reason altogether. But whatever the reason, the lovely Anna Paquin is the inaugural Scream Queen of the Month for January, 2012!

ZOMBIE STRIPPERS

ZOMBIE STRIPPERS-United States-94 Mins. 2008

Jenna Jameson as Kat

Roxy Saint as Lilith

Robert Englund as Ian

Written and Directed by Jay Lee

You know how you can tell that you’re a true, bona fide hardcore horror fan? It’s deceptively easy, really. It’s Friday night; you’re bored, you got no girlfriend (maybe because you live in your parent’s basement) and you’ve got nothing to do. So, you get a bright idea. You think “Hey! I’m going to go to the video store!” So you go, and you’re looking through the horror film section and all of a sudden you come upon a film with the most enticing of titles: ZOMBIE STRIPPERS. You grab it from off the shelf and you draw in a deep breath and you say, out loud, “ALL RIGHT!!! ZOMBIES!!! Then you look even further and you see that it stars JENNA JAMESON and ROBERT ENGLUND. Well, Katy bars the door because you have just become about as happy as Rosie O’Donnell at a discount carpet store. This movie has got ROBERT FREAKIN’ ENGLUND in it. Oh wait, what’s it about? You look at the back of the cover…military…experiment gone wrong…strippers turning into zombies…yada yada yada…Jenna Jameson. Yes, oh yes, Jenna Jameson plays a stripper in this movie. Ladies and gentleman, the award for biggest acting stretch goes to…oh, who gives a shit about Jenna Jameson? You can see her munching on all sorts of body parts if you do the right Google search. Incidentally, have you got a good look at her lately? I can assure you that they didn’t have to use much makeup to turn her into a zombie. But may I remind you once again that this movie has got ROBERT FREAKIN’ ENGLUND in it!! You put it under your hairy little arm, walk to the counter, slap down your rental card and your cash and bing, boom, bam you are out the door and on your way home to watch Zombies and that guy that played Freddy Krueger. What was his name again? Let me think…oh yeah, ROBERT FREAKIN’ ENGLUND!

By the way, for those of you who aren’t bona fide hardcore horror fans; this movie has strippers in it. Jenna Jameson is in it, too. She gets naked. Yeah.

TRIVIA

The story is allegedly inspired by Eugène Ionesco‘s allegorical play “Rhinoceros”, in which citizens of a small French village inexplicably turn into the titular animals one by one. As a nod to this literary source, Robert Englund’s character is named “Ian Essko”.

LA-based recording artist Roxy Saint, who plays Lillith in the movie, also provides several of the songs on the film’s soundtrack, including Don’t Kill The Star, Bad Guy, and most noticeably Smother You, which is used both during Jenna Jameson/Kat’s first post-death strip scene, and over the end credits of the movie.
The name of the strip club is “Rhino’s” both a pun on the real life “Spearmint Rhino” and the book “Rhinocerous”.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES-United States-105 Mins. 2011

James Franco as Will Rodman

Directed by Rupert Wyatt

Written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

Suggested by the novel “La Planete de Singes” by Pierre Boulle

There are two things I remember about the 1971 film Escape from the Planet of the Apes. The first thing is an argument I had with my mother about my appointed bedtime and the fact that the film overlapped it by thirty minutes. To make a long story short, I lost. The second thing is the story that the chimpanzee, Cornelius, recounts to Armando, his human ‘handler’. The story is about how the first word ever spoken by an ape was the word ‘no’. At that moment I never would have imagined that someone would take that story and build an entire movie around it; but that is exactly what the creators of Rise of the Planet of the Apes has done. They have taken that one seed and they have nurtured it and have given us a film that serves not only as a prequel to the original Planet of the Apes series, but also as a new beginning for an entirely new franchise. My personal opinion as to how the saga should be handled from here on would be that the creators take their time. Don’t jump from Rise of the Planet of the Apes straight into Planet of the Apes. There should be at 2 films in between that detail the further rise of Caesar the chimpanzee and his simian revolution. Let’s face it; Bruce Wayne didn’t become Batman immediately after the death of his parents and Kal-el didn’t crash land in a cornfield, slap on a cape and start flying around with his tiny little super-pee-pee flapping in the breeze. In regards to the POTA franchise I would like to quote the talented singer-songwriter Steve Earle. He said “the revolution starts now”. Indeed it does; just don’t let it end after one film.

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This is the second film in which Andy Serkis plays an ape, having previously portrayed 2005′s version of King Kong. He was also the motion capture actor for Gollum in Lord of the Rings, where he bites off Frodo’s finger. His ape character Caesar bites the neighbor’s finger in this role, too.

Caesar uses a bundle of sticks to explain to Maurice how an ape alone is weak but apes together are strong. The bundle of sticks, or fasces, was a symbol of authority in ancient Rome, the origin of Caesar’s name. Caesar’s charisma is also reminiscent of Benito Mussolini, who adopted the fasces as the symbol of his Italian Fascist party. The fasces or bundle of sticks concept is also used in several symbols in the architecture of the American White House and Captiol and is the subject of the Aesop fable “The Bundle of Sticks” about a father demonstrating to his sons how they should work together.
The jigsaw puzzle that Caesar has nearly completed is a depiction of Taylor and Nova riding the horse down the beach just before coming upon the Statue of Liberty.
 Andy Serkis based Caesar’s behavior on a chimpanzee named Oliver, for the balance of behaving like a civilized chimp. His red shirt and black pants, his appearance and ability to sign well is based on another chimpanzee in science, Nim Chimpsky.
½

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM JOHN MOUNTAIN and WRITTEN IN BLOOD!!

TWILIGHT ZONE-THE MOVIE

TWILIGHT ZONE-THE MOVIE-United States-101 Mins. 1983

Vic Morrow as Bill Connor (Segment 1)

Scatman Crothers as Mr. Bloom (Segment 2)

Kathleen Quinlan as Helen Foley and Jeremy Licht as Anthony (Segment 3)

John Lithgow as John Valentine (Segment 4)

Based on the television series created by Rod Serling

Segment 1 Written and Directed by John Landis

Segment 2 Directed by Steven Spielberg

Story by George Clayton Johnson

Screenplay by George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson and Josh Rogan

Segment 3 Directed by Joe Dante

Based on a story by Jerome Bixby

Screenplay by Richard Matheson

Segment 4 Directed by George Miller

Based on a story by Richard Matheson

Screenplay by Richard Matheson

It’s been over 20 years since I last saw this movie. In the years since its release it has been recognized more as a center of controversy and not as a science fiction cum horror anthology film. The Twilight Zone was one of the greatest series in the history of television. So, how does the movie stand up? I will review each individual segment of the film. If I should stray from my appointed task I will need someone, somewhere to call my wife and tell her that I have just stepped over into…the Twilight Zone.

Prologue

Dan Akroyd and Albert Brooks star as two travelers on a dark winding road. With no radio for entertainment their only option is to talk to each other and play TV theme song trivia. This acts as an introduction to the film and does nothing to further the careers of either actor. Moving on…

Segment 1-”Time Out”

In the only segment of the film not based on an episode from the original series, Vic Morrow stars in his final role as an angry, bigoted man who believes that all the good things that he feels he deserves are being taken from him by minorities. His trip into the Twilight Zone is one based on his own intolerance. To the Nazi’s he is a Jew, the KKK a black man and the American troops see him as North Vietnamese. It was originally intended in the latter that he find redemption by rescuing two children from the US troops. Unless you’ve been without radio, television or newspaper for the last 40 years or so you know that’s not how it ends. This is the worst segment of the series and it’s sad that Vic Morrow, Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-yi Chen gave their lives for this segment of the film. Honestly speaking it’s just not good enough to be worth it.

Segment 2-”Kick the Can”

You know that old trees just grow stronger, 

and old rivers grow wilder every day.

Old people just grow lonesome, 

waiting for someone to say

“Hello in there…hello”

-John Prine

You would think that with a segment of the film directed by Steven Spielberg that I would be reminded of more than just a song. But sadly, that’s not the case. Based on an original series episode, the segment feels as old as the residents of the Sunnyvale Rest Home instead of fresh in the fashion of their juvenile doppelgangers. Spielberg is usually an ace when it comes to directing children; but in this story starring Scatman Crothers as a man who knows that the secret to staying young is contained in a shiny tin can; the once and future best director Oscar winner kicks the can and misses altogether. Without Crothers this segment would have no redeeming value.

½

Segment 3-”It’s a Good Life”

Finally a segment of the film that plays not only on the strength of the episode that it was based on; but on the strengths of its director and its cast as well. I remember seeing this segment for the first time and thinking how truly beautiful Kathleen Quinlan was in her role. Watching it again after all this time I see that not only is she a visually striking woman but an incredibly talented actress also. In this Joe Dante directed tale, we meet Helen Foley, schoolteacher. Miss Foley is a woman moving on in life. But there is always the possibility of a detour in the Twilight Zone. That detour comes in the form of a boy with an amazing and frightening power. This is an example of a remake adding to the quality of the original story. It is a cautionary tale of what happens when we indulge our children without any structure or discipline in their lives. After the first two segments and their unintended boredom this segment is a breath of fresh air.

½

Segment 4-”Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

Segment 3 played on the strength of its cast and director along with the original story that it was based on. Segment 4 does the very same thing only this time it amps the intensity up to 10. The expression ‘they saved the best for last’ was meant specifically for this segment. Director George Miller takes all the action of his open road Australian classics Mad Max and The Road Warrior and compresses it into a space no larger than the passenger section of a commercial airliner. Throw in a masterful performance by John Lithgow as a frightened, claustrophobic passenger, mix in a series of unfortunate events caused by a slimy little gremlin and you’ve got a recipe for terror that can only be found in the darkest corridors of the Twilight Zone.

Epilogue

The end of segment 4 finds John Valentine strapped into the back of the ambulance. He is presumably on his way to the hospital for mental evaluation after his little incident on the plane in Segment 4. But look, the driver is Dan Akroyd, the passenger from the prologue. Listen, Creedence Clearwater Revival is playing on the cassette deck. The epilogue is slightly better than the prologue. Say, you want to see something really scary?

So, there you have it; Twilight Zone-the Movie. Based on the ratings of the four segments, the prologue and the epilogue, I’d say that the final rating for this film would be about ½ blood drops.

See you in the Zone.

TRIVIA

Mention is made of Lieutenant Neidermeyer getting “fragged” by his own troops. This was the fate given to Neidermeyer in the ending of Animal House, also directed by John Landis.

Segment 2, “Kick the Can,” features Steven Spielberg’s future mother-in-law, Priscilla Pointer, as Miss Cox.

In the diner, when Kathleen Quinlan is asked where she is from and where she is going, she answers with two town names that were used in old “Twilight Zone” episodes: “Homewood,” from Walking Distance, and “Willoughby,” from A Stop at Willoughby. The cook refers to “Cliffordville,” from Of Late I Think of Cliffordville.

In the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun, one episode has Dick (John Lithgow) meeting the Big Giant Head (William Shatner) at the airport. Lithgow asks Shatner, “How was your flight, sir?” Shatner replies, “Terrible. I could have sworn I saw a man on the wing of the plane!” Lithgow said, “The same thing happened to me.” This was an intentional tip of the hat to The Twilight Zone episode, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. Shatner played the disturbed passenger in that episode, and Lithgow played the disturbed passenger in this movie.

Known for his meticulous preparation, John Lithgow had worked out certain scenes in his airplane seat in conjunction with the manufactured lightning outside the window. However, during filming, the crew member in charge of the lightning flashes would activate it too soon or too late, throwing off Lithgow’s timing. Although initially annoyed, he later came to value the experience after viewing the film, seeing that it added to his anxious, fearful character as he looked genuinely startled by the lightning.

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST-Italy-95 Mins. 1980

THE FILMMAKERS

THE SEARCH TEAM

Directed by Ruggero Deodato

Written by Gianfranco Clarici (story)

A group of filmmakers set out to make a documentary and are never seen or heard from again. Six months later their footage is found. Sound familiar? In his interview with Written in Blood, The Blair Witch Project co-writer/director Eduardo Sanchez stated that if Daniel Myrick and he had been shown this film before doing Blair Witch they would have never made their film. The film he’s referring to is  Ruggero Deodato‘s Cannibal Holocaust and it just may very well be the prototype to the modern-day ‘found footage’ film. But that’s where the accolades come to a screeching halt. Normally I’m in favor of the original over the copy. For instance, Tom Waits’ original version of ‘Downtown Train’ is a better version than the Rod Stewart cover. For those of you who have no idea who I’m talking about allow me to direct your attention to either tomwaits.com  or rodstewart.com . That of course is for the benefit of the younger readers. Now, back to the CH-BWP debate; Blair Witch may not be the first found footage film, but it’s definitely the better. Cannibal Holocaust seems more interested in the shock value of its images rather than in maintaining an interesting storyline. What made the film famous was the controversy surrounding it. Deodato and his film crew were arrested on the charges that they had made a genuine snuff film and that some of the actors had actually been killed on camera during shooting. I have a feeling that if this hadn’t happened that Cannibal Holocaust wouldn’t be enjoying the notoriety that it has for the past 30 years. Simply put, the film is just not that good. I’ll take Team Blair Witch over Team Cannibal Holocaust any day of the week. *

*That is NOT a Twilight reference! Put that out of your minds.

TRIVIA

The film caused some scandal in Italy at the time of its release. Ten days after premiering in Milan, the film was seized by the courts, and the director, Ruggero Deodato, was arrested and charged with obscenity. He was later charged with murder and faced life in prison on the belief that several of the actors were murdered for the camera. Deodato contacted Luca Barbareschi and told him to contact the three other actors who played the missing film team. He presented the actors, alive and well, to the courts, and thus, the murder charges were dropped. The film remained banned in Italy for another three years.
The animal slaughterings in the movie were real, which ultimately resulted in the movie’s being banned in its native Italy after the snuff film rumors were proved false. The killed animals were a coatimundi (erroneously referred to as a muskrat in the film), a turtle, a snake, a tarantula, a spider monkey, and a pig.
Though uncaring towards the nature of his film during shooting, Ruggero Deodato now regrets everything he did, mostly the actual animal killings. He said once that he wishes now that he never made the movie.
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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OUTSIDE THE HORROR GENRE

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OUTSIDE THE HORROR GENRE

 I love horror films. It’s a simple fact that deserves an equally simple statement. But just because I love horror films doesn’t mean that I want to watch them on a constant basis. I’d go even more insane than I already am. So, for your reading pleasure; at least I hope it’s a pleasure; I present to you my top 10 favorite films outside the horror genre. You may agree or disagree with my choices. If you agree, hey, that’s fantastic. If you don’t then make your own list of your own favorite movies of all time. Enjoy. Commentary for each film is below the trailer.

MAGNOLIA

Rumor has it that Paul Thomas Anderson wrote most of the script for Magnolia after stepping out of friend William H. Macy’s Vermont cabin and seeing a snake. Afraid to go outside, he chose to write instead. Look how far we’ve come in 2000 years. Eve saw a snake and mankind was screwed; Paul Thomas Anderson saw a snake and made a masterpiece.

THE DARK KNIGHT

With Batman Begins Christopher Nolan showed us how a superhero film could be made. With The Dark Knight he demonstrates how they should be made. Heath Ledger gave the performance of a lifetime as The Joker. Brave, bold and full of bluster, it never once loses its human element.

THE GODFATHER

 Do you want proof that The Godfather may very be the greatest movie ever made? Just listen and you will hear someone, somewhere making a reference to it either in parody or in reverence. It’s been that way for years and it’s never going to change. If you disagree I’ll be glad to send you some oranges.

GOODFELLAS

If The Godfather was the saga of life in a mafia family, then Goodfellas is life in the mafia, period. Martin Scorsese does what he does best here and that is to make the world’s greatest movies.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

 You know what I believe defines a great movie? It’s when you’re surfing channels and you catch the movie in the sights of your remote and no matter how many times you’ve seen it you stop surfing and start watching. I bet there are a lot of people out there who are guilty as hell of that when it comes to The Shawshank Redemption.

UNFORGIVEN

Clint Eastwood took everything he learned from Sergio Leone and those spaghetti westerns and came up with what is arguably his greatest film as a director. The western isn’t dead; it just needed a swift kick in the balls from good ole Clint.

BOOGIE NIGHTS

Paul Thomas Anderson resurrected the career of Burt Reynolds, made the world stand up and take notice of Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman and made a star out of Mark Wahlberg. Marky Mark has made some great movies (The Departed) and some not so great movies (The Happening), but he will never be as electrifying as he was as Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights.

TAXI DRIVER

It’s hard to notice through the performances of  Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Cybil Shepherd that director Martin Scorcese and writer Paul Schrader make the city of New York a  character all to it’s own. De Niro’s greatest role, bar none.

BADLANDS

Loosely based on the life and crimes of Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate, Badlands introduced us to an amazing new talent in Terence Malick. Incidentally, Bruce Springsteen’s song of the same name and the opening lines from his song Nebraska were directly inspired by this film.

AMERICAN BEAUTY

You know, every time I watch this film it’s the highlight of my day. It’s a cinematic masterpiece, enough said.

GREMLINS

GREMLINS-United States-106 Mins. 1984

Zach Galligan as Billy Peltzer

Directed by Joe Dante Written by Chris Columbus    It had been a long, long time since I sat down to watch Gremlins. But, as I was watching it again after all those years I got the nagging suspicion that I had seen this all happen before in real life. No, I don’t mean that I saw cute little Mogwais and scaly, slimy little gremlins fighting it out for the fate of a small town straight out of ’It’s a Wonderful Life on Crack’. I just mean the way they were behaving. Then it hit me and I knew exactly what this movie reminded me of: Black Friday.

Think about it. Have you ever been at a mall or a department store on the first shopping day after Thanksgiving? Think about how the people in the store were acting. They knock each other down, grab things out of other people’s hands, tempers flare, fights break out, grown men cry and on and on and on. Now, think about the scene in Gremlins where Stripe and all his scaly Gremlin buddies are in the movie theater. If that doesn’t remind you of the crowds on Black Friday I don’t know what will.

Another defense of my belief in this is the whole thing about don’t feed them after midnight. Everybody knows that most department stores and malls start their Black Friday sales in the wee small hours of the morning. So before that time most people are sweet, calm, cool and collected. In other words they’re like Gizmo, a Mogwai. But lo and behold, a transformation comes over them as soon as those doors open and those sales begin. They turn into Stripes, evil Gremlins all!!

So, it should go without saying that Gremlins is the perfect holiday movie. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have shopping to do. Online.

TRIVIA

The idea for these creatures was born in a loft in Manhattan’s garment district that was home to NYU Film School graduate screenwriter Chris Columbus. “By day, it was pleasant enough, but at night, what sounded like a platoon of mice would come out and to hear them skittering around in the blackness was really creepy.” Columbus recalls.

In Cantonese Chinese, mogwai means devil, demon or gremlin. The Mandarin pronunciation is mogui.
Among others, the voices of the Gremlins were done by Michael Winslow.

An Interview with Tuesday Knight

Tuesday Knight

Those of you who are fans of the original Nightmare on Elm Street series will remember Tuesday Knight from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. But although it was her feature film debut, it was certainly not the beginning of her career as an entertainer. Tuesday’s manager, Michael Perez, was courteous enough to allow Tuesday the time for an interview.  As far as graciousness goes, I couldn’t have asked for a better guest than Tuesday Knight.

AN INTERVIEW WITH TUESDAY KNIGHT

First of all I want to say thank you for agreeing to this interview, Tuesday. I guess the first question I want to start off with is what was your life like before becoming an actress and singer? Your father, Baker Knight, was a composer who worked regularly in the film industry and was the writer of “Lonesome Town”, the hit single for Ricky Nelson. How much of an influence was he in your choice to become an actress?

Thank you so much, it is such a pleasure.  My father is such an amazing and brilliant man, and he did write and compose for some amazing people like Elvis, Rick Nelson, and Frank Sinatra (to name a few).  So growing up around that I really didn’t think too much about it, I thought it was just life as we know it.  It really didn’t influence me too much on being an actress, because I got into singing long before acting. 

Once you decided on acting as a career, what then? Do you remember you very first role?

Well after being in the music industry for about 5 years I had gotten myself out there and it was advised that I get an agent.  That is just what you did in those days. My agent calls me and tells me that I was chosen for a small part on “General Hospital” due to the fact that I had this Madonna look going on.  And they wanted me to play a very bad girl on the show.   I remember having a lot of fun on the set, and didn’t realize that the acting gig was a very tough thing to do, especially soaps.  There are a lot of lines to remember and you work every day and you work early.  Well the short lived role turned into a lead in the show, and that lead me to get cast on another great television show called “Fame“.  Where I actually got to act and sing, bringing those worlds together really made me feel like I was living life, and that I could really do this thing called “Acting”.

You had roles on TV shows like Fame and The Facts of Life before landing the role of Kristen Parker in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: the Dream Master. How did the role come to you and how did it feel knowing that you were replacing another actress, Patricia Arquette, in the role?

Well, being on “Fame” gave me the best of both worlds.  And the gig on “The Facts of Life” was just due to my music ability and the look I had going on was what was in, that was the oddest show to work on. I was still working on “General Hospital” full time and finishing up my debut album for CBS Records.  Then one day I get a call from my agent saying this Producer (Rachel Talalay) and Director (Renny Harlin) wanted to meet with me. Thank the Lord that I was actually in Los Angeles at the time because I was back and forth to NY and Florida doing my album when I wasn’t in Los Angeles working on “General Hospital”. So I go down to Hollywood and meet with Renny Harlin, who was very intimidating at first because he was so BIG in size. And I hardly remember reading the script; he jumped up and said “You got the part!”  I was shocked and so happy to be in my first Feature Film. They explained to me that I was replacing an actress by the name of Patricia Arquette, and I knew exactly who she was.  She came to a couple of the shows I did with Quiet Riot, because she was around the music industry people a lot.  I think she dated a couple of musicians. So I went home and I rented the first three “Nightmare” films, and I LOVED THEM!  But I studied Patricia and how she held down the character Kristen.  And I tried to keep that essence to a degree, but I decided that I was going to bring a little of “Me” into the role. When you come into something knowing that you are replacing an actor, there is a lot of stress.  You have to worry about the fans of the films liking you and accepting you in the role.  And then you have to worry about the Director and Producers liking you; or hating you if you are not doing a good enough job. Then you have to worry about the co-stars who actually had worked with the previous actress.  To this day I cannot tell you why she didn’t come back for the role, but I am happy with the way things turned out. 

 After A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 the majority of your films have either been drama or comedy. You seem to have gone out of your way to avoid horror films. Is there a reason for this?

It is weird I get asked this question a lot in person, I never went out of my way to not do another horror film.  I guess the only credits I have in the genre are “The X-Files” and my cameo in “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare“.  But it wasn’t deliberate or anything. After “Nightmare” I went on to work in music, and then I started getting those roles that were just in another genre.  I guess people saw me as more than just a victim.   I cannot complain about the films that I have done, I have worked with the best actors and directors and not to mention some of the top Producers in the industry.  I feel that “Nightmare” had something to do with that. But to answer your question, it just happened that way… I love Horror!  I would love to do another Horror Movie, if it’s the right fit.

You also have a singing career and you even did one of the songs for the A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 soundtrack (“Nightmare”). Do you prefer singing over acting, or vice versa?

Well before I got the role in “Nightmare” music was my life.  I had worked with Quiet Riot and Steven Tyler and a ton of people. Then I had released two albums myself.  And when I met with Renny I had mentioned to him that I was a singer, and he said to go write a song and come back with what I had.  My writing partner and I went into the studio and cranked out “Running from This Nightmare” in just 2 hours.  He loved it and said it was going to be in the film.  I had no idea where in the film, but when I heard it as the opening credit song at the premiere I nearly fainted. But after doing “Nightmare” I just fell in love with film, and my life in music started to calm down.  I never stopped but I never followed it as much as I did acting. But acting is my first love, and music would come 2nd.  I even found my love in designing jewelry.  I have been a pretty lucky girl.

Do you still keep in touch with any of the stars from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4? I read that you and Lisa Wilcox are best friends, but what about some of the other cast members like Rodney Eastman, Ken Sagoes and of course, Robert Englund?

Well I dated Andras Jones for 3 years after the film, and we still remain really good friends to this day.  And I still talk to Toy, Brooke, Lisa, Rodney, Kenny, Renny and many others from the film.  When you make those films you kind of become like family, and it and the people in it kind of become part of your life. I am really excited because I am getting to reunite with Robert Englund at Monster Mania in March.  This is going to be my first big Horror Show.  I hear the fans are great (They sure show me a lot of love on Facebook) and I am just really excited to see him.  I haven’t seen him since we did “New Nightmare” together. Should be lots of fun!

Robert Englund has become an icon of the horror film industry. What was it like working with the man who brought Freddy Krueger to life?

It’s hard to say what the experience was, I was a big fan of his from when he was on the show “V” and he was totally professional.  He never acted as if he was better than any of us because he had been doing this longer than us.  He shared his trailer with me on many scenes we had together (Beach Scene).  He is a brilliant actor and he deserves all the attention and recognition that he gets.  I think being “Freddy” has really paid off. It was a real pleasure!

Do you think you will ever do another horror film?

I would love to! I’m just looking for the right one.  I actually got a call to do a cameo in the re-make of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and at first I was so excited, and then I had called Wes and asked him if he had anything to do with this.  When they told me no, that was my answer to the studio.  The whole thing to me is a big slap in the face to Bob Shaye who worked really hard at making those films into what they are today, and the way he was treated was just not how a human being should be treated. But I would love to work with Wes or even Rob Zombie.

According to the Internet Movie Database your last film was Diamond Zero in 2005. What have you currently been doing?

Well I have done a couple of other projects since then, but the name of “Diamond Zero” was actually changed to “Ice Maker” and you should see it.  It’s a great film! But I have been wrapped into the Fashion Industry creating 2 jewelry companies called “Toe Brights” and “Tuesday’s Hip Vintage”. Both have done really well, and have gotten a lot of celebrity attention, and have been featured in many magazines like: Harper’s Bazaar / Vogue / Italian Vogue / Cosmo / Playboy and so many more. 

 You’ve worked with everyone from Robert Englund to Robert De Niro. Are there any anecdotes you’d care to share?

 I can only say that I have worked with sooooo many people, that I feel totally blessed.  All have been such a great pleasure to work with.  I think the most fun I ever had on a gig was when Drew Barrymore and I were doing “2000 Malibu Road” together.  She was really great as was Wesley Snipes.  Life has been really good to me, and I am thankful for everything that has happened for me. 

I’ve heard actors sometimes voice their displeasure at not getting certain roles. What role would you have liked to have gotten and why?

Well I tried out for the part of Susan in “Desperately Seeking Susan” which went to Madonna.  And I also auditioned for “The First Wives Club” and Elizabeth Berkley got that part. Those were two films that I would have loved to have been a part of.  They were both a lot of fun. But you play the hand you are dealt and you just move on to the next.

Aside from singing and acting you also run a jewelry business called Tuesday’s Hip Vintage and you’ve had a number of celebrities as customers. Can you tell us a little bit about the business? Do you think that being a celebrity has helped it to be a success?

 I love designing jewelry.  I think that being in the social media helped a lot because it gave me that connection to get my jewelry to people. A lot of people knew me and knew that I designed and they came to me.  With time so many people were wearing my designs (Cher / Madonna / Ashlee Simpson / Nancy Grace / Jessica Simpson / Paris Hilton / Gavin Rossdale / Gwen Stefani / Stella McCartney) and it just blew me away! Like I said it is all a blessing, some people don’t find what they are supposed to do in life, and I have found 3 different things that I can do and that I have been successful at.  And I have to thank God for that.

Finally, what does the future hold for Tuesday Knight? Have you ever had the desire to write, or perhaps direct?

The future? … Well anything is possible.  I write all the time, and I am currently producing a new film that will start filming in April.  More jewelry is along the way for the next year. And I plan to go back into acting full time and also work on a new record with some amazing people. 

Tuesday, you are a wonderful lady and I wish you nothing but the best. Thank you.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to do this.

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