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Cursed Movies
The Oxford dictionary defines a ‘Curse’ as ‘a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something’. There are many different types of curses that we may have heard of over the years. We have seen sports stars who are allegedly cursed with a string of bad luck, families who have long runs of bad luck and are said to be cursed, but what happens when a movie is cursed?
The most famous of all cursed productions is The Poltergeist Trilogy. When making the first movie the crew used actual human remains as props which is what is believed to have caused the curse (yes, that in the picture above is a REAL skeleton – creepy, huh?). This was a case of life imitating art as the reason for the hauntings in the movies was they had built houses over an ancient burial ground. Within six years of the first movie four of the stars died. Child actress Heather O’Rourke, who played Carol Ann in all three movies, died just before the release of the third instalment. In June 1987 Heather was complaining of flu-like symptoms. She became very ill and was diagnosed with a parasite she had picked up from drinking water at a campground. After a course of medication this condition seemed to have been resolved. She woke up on February 1st, 1988 with swollen feet and fingers which had turned blue. The night before Heather had got into bed with her parents with an upset stomach and still felt unwell when she woke up. Her mum brought her to the hospital. She was suspected to have bowel obstruction and was rushed to theatre but unfortunately died from cardiac arrest on the operating table at the young age of 12. Unfortunately this was not the end of the tragic deaths.
We all remember the terrifying old man (Kane) in Poltergeist 2 who sang the words ‘God is in his holy temple,’ - ooh I’ve Goosebumps just thinking of it - well, this poor man also fell victim to the Poltergeist curse. His name was Julian Beck and he died of stomach cancer at the age of 60.
Two deaths were bad enough but there is more to come. Will Sampson who played the native Indian, Taylor, died following complications of a heart and lung transplant. And Dominique Dunn, who played the eldest daughter Dana in the first movie, also came to a tragic end. Dominique was in an abusive relationship with sous-chef John Thomas Sweeney and when she ended the relationship he strangled her to death. The curse on this movie cannot be denied. All these deaths were tragic and each victim suffered.
The Superman franchise is also thought to be cursed. Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster got cheated out of the royalties for this franchise when under contract to DC Comics therefore many believe it was these two men who called down the curse on Superman. George Reeves who played Superman in the 1950s TV show was found dead on June 16, 1959. It was ruled as a suicide due to a gunshot wound to the head but Reeves’ fingerprints were never found on the gun. He had been having an affair with the wife of an MGM executive and was due to be married himself which opens the door to a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding his death. Bud Collyer, who voiced the Superman cartoons from 1941-43 and again in 1966, died of a circulatory ailment at the age of 66. Lee Quigley who played the part of baby Kal-el in the 1978 movie died of solvent abuse addiction at the young age of 14. In 1995 Christopher Reeves, who played Superman in the movies 1-5, got paralysed from the neck down after being thrown from a horse, he died on October 10, 2004 following heart failure. Richard Pryor, who starred in Superman 3, developed MS and Margot Kidder who played Lois Lane in all five movies had a tragic life due to developing bi-polar. Marlon Brando, who played Superman’s father Jor-el, suffered severe weight and health problems towards the end of his career and his exact cause of death in 2004 was withheld with his lawyer citing privacy concerns. Once again, the evidence speaks for itself with the tragic lives and deaths of these Superman stars.
The Omen movies were said to be cursed and a documentary was made illustrating this which can be found on the 30th anniversary DVD release. Some of the incidences proving the existence of this curse include, on the first day of shooting the main members of the crew were involved in a car crash, Richard Donner’s – the director - hotel was bombed by the IRA, Scriptwriter David Seltzer’s plane was struck by lightning. Star Gregory Peck was due to take a flight during filming but had to cancel, the plane in question crashed killing all aboard. On Friday, August 13th, 1976, special effects artist John Richardson was in Holland working on another movie when he got into a car crash. Richardson’s car was involved in a major accident which killed and decapitated his female companion, in a way similar to David Warner’s death in The Omen. It is rumoured that upon stumbling out of his car he saw a road sign that said he was 66.6 kilometres from the town of Ommen. How freaky is that??
The Exorcist movies also had what some would call a coincidence and what others would call a curse. The set of the house in the original movie was destroyed in a studio fire and had to be rebuilt, yet strangely enough, Regan’s room (the child who was possessed) was not damaged. Coincidence? Linda Blair fractured her spine during filming; Max Von Sydow, who played the priest, got news of his brother’s death on the first day of filming. Then in The Exorcist, The Beginning, John Frankenhiemer, who was supposed to direct the film, died following a stroke he had after he had spinal cord surgery. The director who took over, Renny Harlin, went on to have several unexplained accidents which included a car crash that resulted in him getting 13 pins in his legs. The number 13 seems to keep reappearing in these curse stories…
So there you have it, just a few of the cursed movie stories I have come across. I will leave it to you to decide if it’s urban legend or fact.




Interview with Jane Espenson


Jane Espenson is an American writer and producer. Jane started out working on sitcoms such as Ellen and Dinosaurs (Who remembers baby and the rest of the Sinclair family?). In 1998 she got her first staff job on a drama writing and producing for cult tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Jane has also wrote and produced for other highly successful tv shows such as Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Once Upon a time, Battlestar Gallatica, Torchwood, Angel, Firefly, Tru Calling, The OC, Gilmore Girls, Eureka and Dollhouse. More recently, Jane has co-created a new web series with Brad Bell called Husbands which has had an amazing response. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jane and this is what she had to say:

Hi Jane, Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to FTN. The first question I would like to ask you is; Of all the shows you have worked on which is closest to your heart and why?

 I have to say Husbands (www.HusbandsTheSeries.com), because it's something that Brad Bell and I created ourselves, and which I think has something very important to say.  But all the shows I work on have been important to me. I loved Buffy andBattlestar and Torchwood and now Once Upon a Time, which is a very special, very happy place for me.  I've been lucky that I've worked almost entirely on shows that I would have been a fan of, even if I'd never worked there, and I think that's unusual.  I love shows that have a "reason to exist".

You have stated before that you don't write what you know the fans want
to see, you write what you want to see...this has obviously worked
very well...do you think it is because you always maintain that element
of surprise in your storylines?

 Well, that's part of it. But a poorly-told story surprises you, because the events aren't motivated. It's more than surprise. It's that feeling that you're being taken on a journey by a confident story-teller with something to say and a real joy in the saying of it. That's what gives shows with strong creators that feeling of a powerful singular voice – it's not surprise, it's vision.  I love working for show runners who have vision because they're writing what they love.

You won a Hugo Award for your episode of Buffy...'Conversations with
Dead People' what do you think was so stand out about this episode to
achieve this award?

The episode is credited to Drew Goddard and myself, so we share the award, but in actuality, Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon also wrote portions of the episode.  It's an ep that tells separate stories woven together. I worked in particular on Dawn's story in the episode, and I wanted it to be funny as well as disturbing. Joss's segment was a very powerful and psychological story about Buffy. Honestly, I think that was the part that won it the award.

You wrote the episosde 'A Golden Crown' in Game of Thrones....is it
hard to join in on a tv series and write just one single
episode....what is your process for getting a feel for the characters
and story so you dont lose any important elements in the episode you
write?

It does sound hard when you describe it like that, but don't forget that Game of Thrones is a book; the characters and story are already written down.  So that was very easy.  I have written other freelance episodes, of course, for Nowhere Man and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and a few for Battlestar Galactica before I joined the staff full-time, and in all those cases I already knew the characters and tone because I was a fan.  And you should keep in mind that a freelancer is usually provided with the full support of the entire staff during the crafting of the story, so he or she is surrounded by people who know the show intimately.

Both you and Brad Bell have created an original web series called
'Husbands' which has already been nominated for an Indie Soap Award
and an International Academy of Web Television award...could you tell
us a little bit about this project for those who may not have seen it
yet?

Thank you!  We were nominated this year for nine Indie Soap Awards, five IAWTV awards and a number of Streamy Awards as well. We are thrilled to be having such a huge awards season! Husbands is a sitcom about a pair of newlyweds in a marriage equality world. These two young men, who haven't been dating very long, wake up drunk-married in Vegas and decide to make a go of it. We've made two seasons, both available to watch at husbandstheseries.com and we're very proud of it.  We have the best cast: Brad Bell, Sean Hemeon and Alessandra Torresani from Caprica, as well as some huge guest stars: Joss Whedon, Jon Cryer, Mekhi Phifer and lots of others.  We've been blown away by the positive buzz around the show. It's one of those shows where people decide to sample the first minute or so and end up watching it all in one night. 

 Thanks so much Jane for your great interview...before you go...what is your
favourite movie of all time and why?

 Oh, that's impossible!  Maybe Tootsie? So funny!



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Kris Van Damme Interview

Kris Van Damme is the son of legendary action hero Jean Claude Van Damme. Kris is 25 and has starred alongside his Father in many films such as The Quest, Derailed and Dragon Eyes. He had his first acting role alongside his Father in the original Universal Soldier movie in 1992 where he played a young Luc Deveraux. Kris also has a passion for writing and directing and received his first credit as a writer on the 2010 Van Damme movie The Tower. Kris took time out to talk to us here at Following the Nerd.


Kris....your father is one of the biggest action stars of the
80's....you have starred in many action movies with him such as
Universal Soldier...Derailed...Dragon Eyes...Is this the genre of
movie you prefer to work in yourself or is it as you might say
'following the family business?

I prefer to use the term versatility just as my father has discovered along his path within the film industry. Everyone eventually discovers their inner talent and thrives from it using it's power at the upmost comfort and beauty possible in order to achieve greatness within their line of work and most importantly themselves. In this case, that field being acting. You can always perform truthful and make any script a certain percent believable if you honestly believe in your character.



You have expressed an interest in Directing have you had much
experience in this area?

Yes. I was an assistant director on my father's film, "FULL LOVE" which is currently in it's final editing period. I am currently directing a short film of my very own with a goal that gages into another form of entertainment using the form of live action filming containing a selected live action cast of characters I have both created and developed and am now directing along with myself included.


You have also mentioned in the past an interest in Fantasy
worlds....if you could have directed any of the fantasy movies which
has been released in the last 20 years which movie would it be and
why?

I can't recreate a world(s) and galaxy(s) that brought me to my thoughts and love for making them myself, for without them I wouldn't have that extra push that causes me to create my own worlds and galaxies now. I will do my best to bring our world some of the most amazing worlds our races will ever experience through films, video games, and animation that we have ever experienced.



You have a couple of movies coming out this year....Enemies Closer
and Welcome to the Jungle...could you tell us a little bit about what
we can expect from these movies?

Enemies Closer: Solid director (Peter Hyams), so you can expect the proper suspense and thrill of style. My role is more sinister than most of my other roles I've portrayed in the past. I believe this is one of my best films so far.

Welcome To The Jungle: A fun comedic experience for all viewers. My role in this wasn't as big as promised to me by the producer of the film since I brought them my father into the project, but I just had fun with it. That's Hollywood at times and at a certain sector of power for you. The point is, it was a great experience and working with actors such as Adam Brody and Rob Hubel was very fun.


Here at Following the Nerd we love our Superheroes...what super
hero would love to play and why?
There was a hero I believe was the original Flash Gordon named Impulse. I would really like to portray this character in a film.


Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us.....what are
your plans for 2013?

Finishing my personal project and moving onto the next one along with films and TV shows on the side. God Bless You All And Your Families Forever.







Interview with Nicholas Brendon

Nicholas Brendon is best known for his role as Xander Harris in the hugely successful cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer which ran from 1997 to 2003. To this day fans of the show come out in their thousands to meet the star at conventions all over the world. Nicholas first got into acting to overcome a stutter which led to him being named The Stuttering Foundation of America’s honorary chairperson from 2001 to 2003 following his dedicated work with the foundation. In more recent times he is known for his role as Kevin Lynch in Criminal Minds where he plays an FBI technical analyst and love interest to Penelope Garcia. Nicholas has been so busy this year with convention appearances and filming both Criminal Minds and his new movies but he was kind enough to take some time to talk to us here at Following the Nerd. Here’s what he had to say.

FTN: Hi Nicholas, thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us here at FTN. Firstly, you decided to become an actor to overcome a stutter. It was very brave of you to tackle this problem head on. How long did it take you to overcome and what advice would you give others with the same problem?


Nicholas: I went to speech therapy, and did tongue twisters like ‘A big black bug bit a big black bear.’ Then I started acting – I thought it would be a really big challenge, and it was. It was nerve-wracking, but it also helped me focus more and I learned discipline.

I’d just tell others to keep working at it, maybe find a good speech therapist you can trust and who’ll work with you. Believe in yourself, and you’ll get there.


FTN: Your obviously best known for your part as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.....what was your favourite episode?

Nicholas: Well, you have to put the musical aside, because that was just such a special, magical experience. … I really enjoyed playing Renfield in ‘Buffy vs. Dracula.’ He was just a different character, and loved tapping into that. And he had some great lines: ‘Like any of that's enough to fight the dark Master. Bater.’ ‘I'm finished being everybody's butt-monkey.
I also really loved ‘The Zeppo.’ I remember when I first got the script, I closed it and it made me tear up a little – Xander was growing up.

FTN: Buffy has such a massive cult following and you are in constant demand for convention appearances, did you ever think that people would still want to come out and meet the cast of Buffy so many years after the show ended?

Nicholas: We knew the show was something special, but I had no idea it would have this kind of an impact. It’s been a really beautiful gift to still be able to meet so many wonderful fans, thanks to the show.

FTN: You have a recurring role as Kevin Lynch in Criminal Minds.....can you give us any clues as to who is stalking the BAU team or what's in store for Kevin and Garcia?

Nicholas: I can’t – well, I could, but I don’t want to get these writers mad at me: Have you seen what they do to characters on ‘Criminal Minds’?

FTN: You just finished filming two movies, “Morningside Monster” and “Big Gay Love.” What can you tell us a bit about them?


Nicholas: They were both a lot of fun – and completely different experiences, going from a horror movie to a gay romance. Which is why I love acting – you get to slip in and out of different characters, go from monsters and terror to being the love interest. I have a great job.


FTN: Nicholas, thanks once again for your time, before you go.....Marc, the Following the Nerd manager has always thought you would make a great Peter Parker in Spiderman.....are you a fan and is this a part you would have liked to play yourself?

Nicholas: I didn’t read comics when I was a kid. I tried one Archie comic, and I was like, ‘Nope.’ I was more into baseball. But I’ve heard that a lot – some fans even had an online campaign when they were casting the role the first time. Being told you’d make a great version of an iconic superhero, though? I’ll take it!”












Master of Horror: Wes Craven

On August 2nd 1939 the bold, imaginative and innovative genius that is Wes Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Wes had a strict upbringing by his hyper religious Mother who was extremely judgemental towards Wes causing him severe insecurities. Due to the way he was treated by his Mother, Wes was too scared to talk too girls until he went to college and he believes this caused him to marry too young. His first marriage was to Bonnie Broecker with whom he had two children Jonathan and Jessica.  This marriage ended in divorce in 1970.

Prior to becoming a director, Wes was a humanities Professor at Clarkeson University, New York.  In 1972 he wrote, directed and edited his first feature film, The Last House on the Left. Craven admitted in the documentary ‘Inside Deep Throat’ that he had worked directing many porn movies prior to this to perfect his craft as a director.  In 1982, he married Millicent Eleanor Meyer. Unfortunately this marriage was also doomed. Wes said it ended when he realised it ‘was no longer anything but a sham.’ However the rumour for the end of this marriage was the Meyer had an affair with Sharon Stone.

In 1977 he wrote and directed the cult classic ‘The Hills Have Eyes,’ this movie did fairly well when it was released. Wes won ‘Prize of the International Critics' Jury' in the "Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival" for this movie.

1984 saw the release of another cult classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street with New line Cinema and Craven’s most famous creation, Freddy Krueger. Wes has always had a knack for discovering fresh new talent and he hit the nail on the head here by casting Johnny Depp in his first feature film role. This movie was an instant success and resulted in a whole franchise and a stream of sequels. Wes only worked on parts 1, 3 and 7 and these are actually the best ones in the series of movies, without Wes New Line just did not seem to get it right. He was actually set to direct Beetlejuice but dropped out to work on the third Nightmare movie. Wes said the idea for Nightmare on Elm Street came from a series of stories he had read in the LA Times about young men who were dying in their sleep. The character of Freddy was based on an old man he seen when he was 10 years old. One night he looked out the window of the apartment he lived in and a drunk man dressed similar to Freddy was looking directly at him and continued to stay there looking at the window for several minutes. This scared him so much that he thought this would be the perfect image for Freddy. It is also rumoured that the name Freddy Krueger comes from a boy who bullied Wes as a child. In 1985 this movie won 'Critic's Award' at the "Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival".

Other movies to his credit in the 80’s were Swamp Thing, Shocker. The Serpent and the Rainbow and Deadly Friend.  He also made a sequel to The Hill have Eyes which he later disowned. Between1985 and 1986 he worked on some Twilight Zone episodes. Then in 1991 came The People under the Stairs. Like many of Wes’ creations this was also based on a story he had seen in the news of parents who lock their kids up and never let them go outside. This was one of Wes’ favourite movies that he worked on and he has talked about the possibility of a remake. In 1992, the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film presented him the Pegasus Audience Award for the thriller The People under the Stairs. Some of Wes’ trademarks in his movies are booby traps and secret passageways due to the fact that he loved that kind of stuff as a kid. In 1992 he also created the short lived TV show Nightmare CafĂ©. This saw him reunited with Nightmare on Elm Street star Robert Englund. Unfortunately low ratings led to its cancellation.

In 1995 he directed Vampire in Brooklyn starring Eddie Murphy who wrote the script. This movie did not receive great reviews and was seen as one of Wes’ poorer movies but he was about to reach a whole new level of success with the release of Scream in 1996. Craven directed this movie which received Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards that year.  The GĂ©rardmer Film Festival granted him the Grand Prize in '97 for Scream and he was also nominated for Best Director for Scream at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, in 1997.  Scream introduced us to the new slasher character Ghostface and was such a success it spawned a trilogy.  In 1999 between Scream movies he got offered the opportunity to direct a movie outside the horror/thriller genre called Music of the Heart which seen Meryl Streep earn a nomination for best actress for lead performance.

The noughties saw the return of Freddy in Freddy v’s Jason, where two of the greatest slasher movie characters of the 80’s came head to head in a fight to the finish. This movie was directed by Ronnie Yu. This was well received by fans of these two fiends. During this decade Wes also remade some of his most popular movies The Hills have Eyes, Last  House on the Left and Nightmare on Elm Street. In 2004, Craven married Iya Labunka. She frequently works as a producer on Craven's films. In 2005 he directed thriller Red Eye which received great praise from publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine and The New York Times. Since 1994’s Wes Craven’s New Nightmare he had not both wrote and directed a movie and made his return to both roles in 2010 with the movie My Soul to Take. He collaborated with wife Iya Labunka who helped produce the movie.  This movie was slated by critics. But in Wes Craven style a comeback was on the cards and it came in the form of the much anticipated 2011 movie Scream 4 which seen Craven once again praised for his directorial talents.


Wes Craven is high on the list of the masters of horror. He knows what makes the audience tick and how to delve into our worst nightmares. When talking about horror movies he stated that……. "It's like boot camp for the psyche. In real life, human beings are packaged in the flimsiest of packages, threatened by real and sometimes horrifying dangers, events like Columbine. But the narrative form puts these fears into a manageable series of events. It gives us a way of thinking rationally about our fears."







Owen Colgan is one of the stars of a brand new Irish movie called The Hardy Bucks which is set to hit cinemas on February 21st. Produced by Universal Pictures this movie will be one of the funniest movies we will see this year.  One word of warning is it won’t suit those who are easily offended (i.e. it might be best if you don’t bring your Granny to see it haha).

The Hardy Bucks started out as a series of  webisodes written by Chris Tordoff, Martin Maloney and Mike Cockayne with moments of inspired genius from Owen Colgan, Peter Cassidy & Tom Kilgallon. After winning the Storyland competition held by Irelands National Broadcaster RTE in 2009 the boys got commission to make a tv show of the Hardy Bucks. Two seasons and a host of live shows later the boys are coming to the big screen.



Owen plays Buzz a 24 year old who loves drinking, smoking and fighting. Owen has a great sense of humour and you never know when he is serious and when he is joking. He is always ready to lend a hand in raising money for various charities. FTN caught up with Owen this week:

FTN: Hi Owen, Thanks for taking the time to talk to FTN. For those who have not yet watched The Hardy Bucks could you tell us about the show and how it came to be?

Owen: It's a mocumentary about life in the west of Ireland and in particular, the life of a group of "tough lads" who don't have much for doing.

FTN: As you said the show is a mokumentary, it has been compared to Trailer Park Boys, would you be a fan of that show yourself and who are your comedic influences?

Owen: My comedic influences are Ian Paisley, the cast of Saved by the Bell and the guy on the left from the mangroup "Jedward".

FTN: The Hardy Bucks movie is out this month and it was produced by Universal Picutres...what is the plot of the movie?

Owen: Eddie Durkan wants to get out of town for the summer and what better way than to head to the European Championship Sensational pro soccer tournament competition cup which is being held in Poland. As per usual in the life of Eddie, his mates and his arch nemesis "The Viper", the path is to the super soccer cup is lined with hiccups.

FTN: Did you ever think when you guys started making youtube video's that you would come this far and be on the big screen?

Owen: Yes, In fact at this stage I believed that I would have cracked Hollywood or at the very least appeared in a movie with Adam Sandler.

FTN: The Hardy Bucks also do a lot of live shows....are there many on the cards this year and ifso...where?

Owen: We have live shows coming up across the country and in the UK, the venues are normally posted onto the Hardy Bucks Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/TheHardyBucks?fref=ts

FTN: Owen I wish you the best of luck with the movie and your own projects....thanks for talking to FTN.


Owen: Thanks a mil





Elvira Mistress of the Dark

The 1980’s is renowned for its comedy horror genre and one of the most well -known of these was the 1988 movie, Elvira Mistress of the Dark.

Directed by James Signorelli (Saturday Night Live Producer) the movie tells the tale of Elvira, a horror movie hostess who loses her job after refusing to sleep with her boss. She finds out that an aunt has died leaving her an inheritance so Elvira goes to her aunt’s small hometown to collect it, not realising the life changing adventure in store for her.

With her figure hugging dress, drag queen make-up and a cleavage that is actually real unlike many in the celebrity world of today, Elvira has built a massive cult following that has spanned across four decades.

Actress Cassandra Peterson talks to FTN about her character Elvira Mistress of the dark.

1. Hi Cassandra....thank you so much for taking the time to be
interviewed by FTN.....The character of Elvira was first created in
1981, both you and your friend Robert Redding came up with the image
for the character...but you originally wanted to base the characters
image on Sharon Tate in the Fearless Vampire Killers...do you think
Elvira's popularity would have still spanned over 4 decades if you had
gone with that image instead?

Hmmm...It’s honestly kind of hard to say. I think there is one crowd that just appreciates Elvira's wacky sense of humour and another segment of her fan base that appreciates the 'horror' aspect but I could have possibly lost the 'dirty old man' contingent, which makes up a good 30% of my fans!  Robert and I still would have made sure that the Fearless Vampire Killers look would have been pretty sexy though, trust me, so may not have affected a thing.

2. Elvira Mistress of the Dark has become an extremely successful
franchise...you have had everything from perfumes to beers and guitars
to books! Was this always the plan for the character or was it a
surprise how much people embraced her?

I certainly didn't start out with the idea to do licensing and merchandising of the character. I was just happy to be getting a weekly pay check. But as time passed, and the fan mail poured in, we saw the possibility of Elvira merchandise become a reality. This was after we were able to acquire the rights to license the image (which we were given in lieu of pay raises).


3. You have had comic books from three publishers: DC, Marvel and Claypool Comics. A new comic book called Mistress of the
Dark was announced for publication in 2013....could you tell us a
little bit about that project?

The Marvel comic was a one off comic book of the movie, "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark".
I'll be collaborating on the new comic book project with writer Rachael Stavis, who created the backstory for Lara Croft and artist Zarnow
Unfortunately, at this stage its still TOP SECRET so can't go into detail.


4. It must feel amazing that after all these years Elvira still pulls
major crowds at conventions and other public appearances....do you
ever get any strange gifts from fans at these P.A.'s

I HAVE gotten a few strange gifts...like pasties and tassels someone knitted especially for me, the world's tiniest Elvira sculpture made out of chewing gum and even a baby python, but the best thing about going to the conventions besides just meeting my fans, is the Elvira tattoo's I get to see!  Seeing a tattoo of yourself on someone's body really is a thrill!  Definitely the sincerest form of flattery.


5. Thank you again Cassandra for your time...my final question is...as
a child you said while other little girls were playing with dolls you
were more interested in horror characters...who was your favourite of
these?

Well, not that he was really a horror character, but Vincent Price was "horror" to me. He personified the genre in my mind, and I never missed a film he was in. The first scary movie I ever saw starred Vincent - House on Haunted Hills - and he became the monster that appeared and reappeared in my nightmares for years.





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