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‘The Witch’ 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (Plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) To Arrive On April 23rd!

‘The Witch’ 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (Plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) To Arrive On April 23rd!

One of the most original horror films of the past decade has never looked so good as when The Witch arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) April 23 from Lionsgate. Directed by Robert Eggers, winner of Best Director at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this supernatural horror tale stars Ralph Ineson, Katie Dickie, and up-and-coming star Anya Taylor-Joy in a “breakout performance” (Jake Coyle, Associated Press), and has been hailed by Indiewire as “the most exciting and genuinely horrifying American horror film since The Blair Witch Project.”

Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on-screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, The Witch 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack includes an audio commentary with director Robert Eggers, a featurette, a Q&A with cast and crew, and a design gallery, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with their five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey to an inescapable evil.

4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • The Witch: A Primal Folklore” Featurette
  • Salem Panel Q&A
  • Design Gallery
  • Audio Commentary with Director Robert Eggers

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Scream Factory Delivering ‘Warning Sign’ On Blu-ray This March!

Scream Factory Delivering ‘Warning Sign’ On Blu-ray This March!

When tampering with the natural order of things, man must not ignore the Warning Sign.  Making its Blu-ray debut on March 26th, 2019 from Scream Factory, the suspenseful thriller Warning Sign also includes a number of bonus features, including a new interview with director/co-writer Hal Barwood and a new interview with producer Jim Bloom, as well as a still gallery, theatrical trailers and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

In the rolling Utah countryside, a small town is host to a fortress-like research facility, which the townspeople believe is developing new advancements in agriculture. But deep within is a top-secret project to create a bioweapon that turns anyone exposed to it into a raging, psychotic killer. When the unthinkable happens and the facility is locked down, Sheriff Cal Morse (Sam Waterston, Serial Mom) must choose between keeping the town safe and rescuing his wife Joanie (Kathleen Quinlan, Twilight Zone: The Movie), who is trapped inside. But for Major Connolly (Yaphet Kotto, Alien), there is only one remorseless solution: contain the deadly virus … at all costs.

Written by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins (the team behind Dragonslayer) and featuring the cinematography of Dean Cundey (Halloween, John Carpenter’s The Thing), Warning Sign presents a nightmarish scenario of science gone wrong.

Warning Sign Bonus Features

  • New interview with director/co-writer Hal Barwood
  • New interview with producer Jim Bloom
  •  Audio commentary track with director /co-writer Hal Barwood
  • TV Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

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First Gory Trailer For Lars Klevberg’s ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot Springs To Life!

First Gory Trailer For Lars Klevberg’s ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot Springs To Life!

Chucky’s back in the first gory trailer for the Child’s Play remake from director, Lars Klevberg. The 2019 reboot, which arrives this summer, centers around Karen Barclay (Aubrey Plaza) a mother who unwittingly buys a murderous doll for her young son, Andy (Gabriel Bateman).

Check out the trailer below and weigh in with your thoughts!

MGM and Orion have slated ‘Child’s Play’ for a June 21st, 2019 release date.

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PET SEMATARY: Spine-Tingling New Trailer and Poster Art Revealed!

PET SEMATARY: Spine-Tingling New Trailer and Poster Art Revealed!

It’s time to get excited! The highly-anticipated theatrical trailer for the ‘Pet Sematary’ remake has arrived, along with some new poster art!

Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, the film stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Hugo & Lucas Lavoie and John Lithgow. The film is currently slated for an April 5th, 2019 release.

Synopsis: Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

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Classic Hammer Film, ‘The Witches,’ To Make Blu-ray Debut On March 19th From Scream Factory!

Classic Hammer Film, ‘The Witches,’ To Make Blu-ray Debut On March 19th From Scream Factory!

The classic 1960s Hammer Film thriller The Witches makes its Blu-ray debut March 19th, 2019 from Scream Factory. The release includes a new audio commentary with filmmaker and historian Ted Newsom, as well as the featurette on the women of Hammer Film and theatrical trailers. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Haunted by the terrors of her experience with African witch-doctors, school teacher Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine, Rebecca) accepts an appointment as headmistress at the Haddaby School run by Alan Bax (Alec McCowen, Frenzy) and his sister Stephanie (Kay Walsh, Stage Fright). Gwen initially revels in the peacefulness she has found in the quiet English countryside but soon begins to sense “undercurrents.” Before long, a local boy falls into a coma and Gwen discovers a voodoo doll impaled by pins. The danger that follows brings her face to face with witchcraft as a series of disasters unfold and lead her to the horrible truth.

The Witches Bonus Features:

  • NEW audio commentary with filmmaker/historian Ted Newsom
  • Hammer Glamour – a featurette on the women of Hammer
  • U.S. trailer The Devil’s Own
  • Double feature trailer Prehistoric Women and The Devil’s Own
  • Still Gallery

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Scream Factory To Release Cult Classic Crispin Glover Flick, ‘Willard,’ In February 2019!

Scream Factory To Release Cult Classic Crispin Glover Flick, ‘Willard,’ In February 2019!

Crispin Glover leads the pack in Willard, a skin-crawling thriller that takes an unforgettable journey into the mind of a madman! Making its Blu-ray debut February 26th, 2019 from Scream Factory, the 2003 version of the classic 70s film comes loaded with new bonus features, including a new 2K scan of the original film elements, new interviews with writer/director Glen Morgan and director of photography Robert McLachlan, a new audio commentary with writer/director Glen Morgan and director of photography Robert McLachlan, a new audio commentary with animal trainers Mark Harden and David Allsberry of Animals for Hollywood, and a new featurette with behind-the-scenes footage from Animals for Hollywood. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

For years, Willard Stiles (Crispin Glover, The Wizard of Gore) has been trapped in a dead-end job with no friends and no future. Willard’s life seems hopeless until he makes an eerie discovery: he shares a powerful bond with the rats that dwell in his basement. Now a guy who has been trampled in the rat race his entire life is suddenly ready to tear up the competition … beginning with his boss.

Willard Bonus Features:

  • NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Glen Morgan and director of photography Robert McLachlan
  • NEW Audio Commentary with animal trainers Mark Harden and David Allsberry of Animals for Hollywood
  • NEW The Road to Willard – an interview with writer/director Glen Morgan
  • NEW Destination Willard – an interview with director of photography Robert McLachlan
  • NEW The Rat Trainer’s Notebook – behind-the-scenes footage from Animals for Hollywood
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Glen Morgan, producer James Wong, actors Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey
  • The Year of the Rat – a documentary on the making of WILLARD
  • Rat People: Friends or Foes? – A Real Rat Documentary
  • Deleted/Alternate Scenes with optional commentary
  • Music Video BEN by Crispin Hellion Glover with optional commentary
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage and interviews from the electronic press kit
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots

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GAME CHANGER: Jamie Bernadette On Bringing Her Creative Vision To The Masses!

GAME CHANGER: Jamie Bernadette On Bringing Her Creative Vision To The Masses!

Jamie Bernadette is truly a star on the rise!

Veteran actress Jamie Bernadette is one of the most intriguing, versatile and dedicated actors working in the entertainment industry today. Over the past decade, she’s been quietly taking on a plethora of diverse projects, expanding her skillset and building a dedicated following. As an actress, her haunting performances left an undeniable mark on genre film. With each new endeavor, she continues to push herself to her creative limit both on screen and behind the scenes. Her latest project, “The 6th Friend,” is the next exciting chapter in her already captivating story. Co-written by Jamie Bernadette and director Letia Clouston, “The 6th Friend” is best described as a slasher film with a supernatural twist. It tells the tale of six college best friends that throw their own private graduation only to see it go terribly wrong when an uninvited guest arrives. Five years later, the girls gather once again and endure a night of more horror and bloodshed. The high-intensity film stars Bernadette, Chantelle Albers, Dominique Swain, Jessica Morris, Tania Nolan and Monique Rosario. The film debuts theatrically on January 11, 2019 via The Asylum.

Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Jamie Bernadette to get an inside look at her journey as an artist. In the interview, we discuss her early years in the entertainment industry, the lessons learned along the way, her process for bringing raw emotion to the screen and what lies in store for her in the years to come.

You’ve become a familiar face over the past several years. You’ve taken on great roles and continue to grow as an actress. Let’s start at the beginning. How did your journey as an artist begin?

I have always wanted to act, ever since I was a child. I would watch films and act them out. I was also involved in theater. I made the big decision to come out to Los Angeles with only $600 in my pocket. I drove across the country and the rest is history! [laughs] I did almost get off my path at one point with almost getting married back in Illinois, but I put a stop to that! [laughs] That’s when I came out to LA to do this instead!

That’s a big step! What was it about acting that made this the clear path?

It was always in my heart. When it’s in you, you can’t always explain it but if you try to go do something else, it’s always there and on your mind. I was talking to another actor friend of mine yesterday. There have been times when I’ve been like, “Man, I wish I wanted to do something different!” [laughs] There can be so many ups and downs, highs and lows and so much rejection. There are times I’ve been like, “Please, let me want to do something else!” [laughs] I think everyone has a purpose in life and it’s about knowing that. Sometimes, it’s unconscious and you have to bring it to light, be honest with yourself and not listen to other people. I think we all have a purpose, and this is my purpose and there’s no explaining why that is.

What went into finding your creative voice as an actor?

Wow! These are some question! [laughs] These are good! I feel like the roles and different types of characters found me, if that makes sense. For example, I play the tough girl a lot; the strong girl. That was not planned but I keep getting those strong girl or final girl roles in horror films and things like that. I play a martial artist and do fight choreography, if I would have known that I would have taken martial arts classes, but I didn’t know! [laughs] As far as my creative voice, I’m an actor who likes to do a variety of roles. I know some actors prefer the same types of roles over and over but I’m someone who likes to branch out and challenge myself. I really love very challenging, dark roles — that’s something I truly enjoy!

Was there anyone behind the scenes, perhaps a mentor, giving you a push or advice when you needed it?

Honestly, not really. Not during the tough times.

Wow! So, you really are that tough, strong girl we see on screen!

[laughs] Yeah, I guess so! I’ve never had any financial support. A lot of actors get support because how do you hold down a job when you have to audition all the time and then what if you don’t book? Who’s paying your rent? I’ve never had a boyfriend or anyone in my family supporting me. I’ve almost lived in my car three times. Somehow, I just always made it happen. There were some really rough times when I ate beans and hot dogs all the time! I’m from a family of nine and my mother raised us alone. My father passed away four months after I was born. She raised all of us and we were very, very poor. I’m not from a wealthy family and there was no one to turn to for me financially. I know actors who have their parents pay their $1,500 rent in Los Angeles or New York, paying for their head shots or acting classes. I’ve never ever had any of that!

Jamie Bernadette

Jamie Bernadette

What lessons did you learn early on that impacted you and the course of your career?

I learned not to listen to people! [laughs] There are a lot of negative people out there who will try to bring you down. Gosh, I’ve heard it all! People like to be right! For instance, I had an actor say to me, “If you haven’t made it by the time your 30, you’re not going to make it.” To me, that’s his justification for not making it himself. People love to be right and they do not want to be wrong, so if he is over 30 and he hasn’t made it, it’s not his fault. That’s just the way it is! So, he’s right in that way, in his mind. I’ve learned the psychology of all of this and I’m not going to listen to it! People pick up what other people say that is negative and they take it as true but really there are no rules to this game! Look at Lin Shaye, I love her! She was well into her 30a before she started working. Steve Carrell is another great example. There is also the diversity thing. If you’re not the race that’s hot right now, someone will say, “Oh, you’re not going to make it now. No one wants you!” All of that is garbage! Anything is possible in this world! I believe it’s how you think, what you put out there and how hard you work. You persist! I just don’t believe any of that negativity and I don’t listen to it. I learned that along the way, and it’s been really helpful!

Your body of work is impressive. When did you come into your own as an actor?

I had a movie come out in 2010 called “MILF.” It was an “American Pie” kind of film. It was kind of a dirty comedy but funny, very funny! I had a supporting role in the film. The Asylum, who picked up “The Sixth Friend” for distribution, made that film. That’s when I met them, and I’ve known them for over eight years now. That film helped a lot but there were other little pieces along the way and each little bit helped. It didn’t happen overnight. It was an accumulation. I think “All Girls Weekend” did really well. I did that in 2015 and I feel like I developed a lot of my fanbase from that. When I did “NCIS: New Orleans,” which I guest starred on, that really helped. It’s been an accumulation. Of course, when I booked “I Spit On Your Grave: Déjà vu,” the sequel to the 1978 original, I noticed a lot of people reaching out to me and offering me parts with the anticipation of that film coming out. That helped as well!

What does it take to have a career, like the one you are building, in this day and age?

I think it’s staying away from drugs and alcohol. That’s the demise of so many people who do this. I mean, I drink occasionally but some people get crazy with it. Cocaine is really big in the entertainment industry. Getting into drugs is something you definitely don’t want to do because I’ve seen so many people ruin their careers with that. It also comes down to, like I said before, persistence. I think it’s also important to have other activities to enjoy and not to become so obsessed with acting. I like to travel, do photography, photo editing and I write. If I feel like I’m getting too sucked in and drowning, I will jump in my car and go to the mountains to get away. It’s extremely therapeutic for me to remember that there are other parts to life!

What are the biggest challenge you faced and overcome over the course of your career?

Early on in my career, there was a huge financial challenge, which I’ve already touched on. Trying to audition and support myself was certainly a challenge. I think loneliness has also been a thing, which is something a lot of actors talk about. With acting, when you’re really going at it, we work all the time. If we aren’t putting an audition tape together, we’re going to an audition, meeting with an agent or doing something with marketing or social media. You can get to the point where you don’t have a social life, which is something I’m trying to do better at because I can be quite a hermit and workaholic! [laughs] I’m in a few different cities and I jump around, of course, because there is acting work everywhere. However, in Los Angeles for example, it’s not a small town where you get together for football on Sundays. People just don’t do that here in LA. In the entertainment industry, everyone’s in their own little world. I have the best of friends, but I might not see them for eight months and that’s totally normal here! The isolation is very extreme. My friend, Maria Olsen, is big in the horror scene and we are really close. We were talking about this at length. We were discussing the isolation and loneliness and how depression can result from that! That’s definitely a challenge!

Your latest project is called “The Sixth Friend.” It’s interesting because this film seems to be ushering in the next exciting chapter in your career. How did the ball get rolling on this one?

I watched “The Descent” many years ago and I wanted to write a film with strong female characters like that film. The characters were smart and making intelligent decisions. They weren’t stereotypes but real women! I wrote the original screenplay for “The Sixth Friend” and, when we hired the director, Letia Clouston came on. She had some great ideas on how to change things up and make it different and wrote the second draft. We bounced it back and forth from there. That’s how “The Sixth Friend” came about. I ended up producing it with Chantelle Albers. I met her on an independent film we were doing together. We both act in the film and produced it. I don’t know, somehow the thing got done! [laughs]

You sound surprised! [laughs]

Yeah, it was an endeavor, man! You can describe producing a film from the ground up with the analogy of planning 20 different, huge weddings at the same time! It’s at that level! There’s so much that goes into it and people just don’t realize how crazy it is!

What was the biggest challenge from an acting standpoint?

Well, it’s a very emotional role. That’s always a challenge and I have to get mentally prepared before I do scenes like that and take the time to mentally prepare. I think so much of the preparation comes before you step on camera. You have to be in the right mindset before you do a scene like that. You can’t just force the emotion and not be there mentally. Being able to block everyone out on set is something I’ve gotten pretty good at! I’ve been on some pretty noisy sets and the people who’ve worked with me know that I can go into a corner and I’m off in my own world! [laughs] I did a movie in South Africa with director Darrell Roodt. He was convinced that I’m deaf! [laughs] I’m like, “I’m not deaf! I can hear you!” It’s funny, he teases me because I’m a very intense actor. I’m not Daniel Day-Lewis intense but I’m intense! I believe you have to give yourself the proper time and you can’t be joking around with people on set. Well, at least I can’t be joking around and then have them call, “Action” and be emotional. I don’t do that and it’s something I’ve learned doesn’t work for me. I’ve been doing for this for 12 years now and I’ve learned that I need time to prepare because the camera doesn’t lie! You can fake tears or emotion, but you can’t fake what’s in your eyes! That camera is really close! It’s right there and it’s mindreading in a way.

What is your typical process to build out a character and has that process evolved?

Yeah, it has evolved. Whew, that gets very personal! [laughs] That’s OK though! That’s why interviews are fun. A lot of people who don’t do film don’t know this but 99% of films jump around the script when filming. They will do the scene on page 80, back to page 20 and forward to page 99. As an actor, you’ve had to have done your homework so that you know where your character is emotionally, mentally and sometimes physically. I had a role in “The Furnace” where my character was handicapped. I have to know where I’m at during each scene. My notes will cover the script with ink! I do so much homework before I step on set, so that I don’t have to worry about that. When it’s time to do the emotional scene, I can just get into my head. A lot of times, that is about me regressing back to my past. I pull a lot from my past. I’ve had directors or producers wanting to know what I’m working with! Especially on “The Furnace,” they were like, “What are you doing? What are you using? What has your life been like?” [laughs] I’m a very private person. Very, very few people in my life actually know my real life, so I pull a lot from the past before I start the scene. When I’m in the scene, I am that character. I have done my work before the scene and got what I need to get emotionally, which is whatever is triggering me that day and it can change. I will scan through different things and find what is triggering something. Occasionally, I will use music, which I did a couple times on “The Furnace.” Every day on the set of “The Furnace,” I was an emotional basket case! There was always something going on with that film. So, I use music sometimes, it just depends. It’s definitely about being in a very dark place and staying there. I’ve learned along the way that when you do an emotional scene, don’t come out of that place right away because they may ask you to do another take even after they said they were done with it. If they change their mind, then you’re no longer that emotional. I will stay in it in between takes and in between scenes. That’s when I get very dark on set and people learn very quickly not to talk to me. Not in a mean way but people learn how I work very quickly.

Jamie Berndette

I imagine it takes quite a while to decompress from digging so deep.

Yeah, I can get very depressed for a little while but it’s worth it to me because that’s my art. I’ve heard some people say, “I’d advise against that. You don’t want to be depressed.” I’m like, “Are you kidding me? This is art! This is worth it!” So, if I’m depressed for a couple of days afterwards, please, it was worth it!

What do you look for in the material you are taking on these days?

When I get an offer, I first look at the director’s past work. That’s the first thing that I do. When I started my career, I was doing more quantity. However, for me personally as an actress, I wanted to move toward quality and make that the priority, as opposed to doing everything. So, I the first thing I do is look at the director’s work to see how it is. If I like it, I look at the script. If I like that and the character, then it’s a go!

You delved deeply into many dark roles. Was there ever a worry you might become typecast?

No, I always wanted to do horror, ever since I was a little girl. It’s a total dream of mine and I love it! Ya know, I think we are passed the time of, “Once you’re a scream queen, you’re always a scream queen.” I think we are done with those days, to be honest. I did a guest star on “NCIS: New Orleans” and one on “Midnight, Texas,” where I played a vampire. Then I did “The Furnace,” which is a faith-based drama. I have crossed so many genres, so I don’t think we are putting people in boxes like we used to.

That’s cool to hear. It’s equally cool we’re living in a time where we can go back and see your early work at the press of a button. What were the most challenging roles you took on and what should we check out?

I think “4:20 Massacre” turned out really well. It’s playing on Showtime still! I think it’s been on there for like four months. I enjoyed that one a lot. “All Girls Weekend” was an earlier one for me that I also enjoyed. That was a tough shoot. I think that was the coldest I have ever been in my life on any movie! One reviewer was like, “Oh, how dramatic! At the end of the movie, bring on the snow.” I’m like, “Uh, no. That was real snow, man! That was ice! That was real!” It was a fun film and a neat story. Those are just a few!

What are some of the things you are anxious to tackle as your career moves forward?

I would love to book a TV series regular, honestly. That’s been a lot of my focus lately. Then, I’m also writing “The Sixth Friend 2.” I’ve always intended on doing a sequel and I’m halfway done with that. I’m also talking with someone about producing something and it actually might happen! I thought I was done with producing for a while but when a good opportunity seems to present itself to me, yeah, I might consider it! We might film in South Africa, so there is talk of that. I also write poetry, which I’ve done since I was little. I really need to get my book together this year. That’s one of my 2019 goals. I always wanted to build up my name big enough to where I felt a publisher would take it on. I don’t want to self-publish.

Wow! That’s amazing. What can you tell us about your work as a poet?

I would relate my work closely to Sylvia Plath. It’s kind of dark, free verse.

One of the hardest working artists in the business, Jamie Bernadette has a ton of new projects on the way!

Is stepping behind the camera as a director something you might take on in the future as well?

I’m definitely interested in directing and it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. The director of “The Furnace,” Darrell Roodt, has been directing since the ‘80s. He was nominated for an Oscar and he’s a phenomenal talent. I’ve been meaning to ask him if I can come along sometime. I’d love for him to teach me some things. I’d love to be his shadow on a movie! I’ve been interested in directing for quite a long time but it’s something that just hasn’t happened yet but it’s definitely in my list at some point!

What projects are on the way in 2019?

“I Spit On Your Grave: Déjà vu” is coming out in 2019. I don’t know exactly when. That’s all that they’ve told me. I also did a really fun horror movie, with Sean Cain directing, called “Cerberus.” I play one of the villains and it’s a really neat role, which has me really excited. I have another one called “Nicole, Her Ex & The Killer,” which is more of a horror-comedy. I loved my role in that. I play the stuck-up sister of the lead actress, which is a different kind of role for me. I’ve never really played anything like that before. Let’s see, what else am I forgetting? “State of Desolation,” which is the second film I produced, is a post-apocalyptic drama. I lead the film with Craig Stark, who’s currently on his third Quentin Tarantino movie right now! He’s doing really well! There are some really great scenes in that film. I’m really excited about that and we are wrapping up the post-production on it and I hope we get it out this year.

As you said earlier, you exploded onto the radar of many horror fans when you were cast in “I Spit On Your Grave: Déjà vu.” What was it about the franchise and film that made you want to take it on?

I had seen the original ’78 film before I ever saw the audition notice and I thought it was real and powerful with the way it makes the audience feel. It’s so hard to watch, which is very effective filmmaking! I love that original film and I saw the casting notice and thought, “Oh my goodness! Are you kidding me right now?!” I thought literally, “I won’t get this.” I had been thinking negatively even though I try not to do that! [laughs] I figured I wouldn’t get it, but I’d click submit anyway. Then they were like, “Send in a tape.” I sent in the tape and then they were like, “OK, we want you to come to an in-person callback.” I thought, “Well, if I meet director Meir Zarchi, who is the writer and director of the original, I’m good! I don’t care if I don’t get the role but if I meet him, my day is made!” I walked in, met him and had a long audition. It was like 40 minutes and I thought it really went well. I really cried in the audition, I was emotional, and I took my time with the scenes as Meir directed me. After that, it was a lot of back and forth with producer Terry Zarchi, who is Meir’s son. There was a lot of back and forth and lots of questions. I also had another movie that was maybe going to conflict, “Fight Valley,” which did very well but I ended up pulling out because of that potential conflict. There were a couple of months before I got called to a third callback that was five hours long! [laughs] I read with all of these different actors and I gave my input. I read with Maria Olsen, actually, who I knew from before. We weren’t good friends yet, but I knew her. I really pushed for her to get the part, not because I knew her but because she was simply the best. They wanted my input on everyone, but they hadn’t told me I had the role yet. It was really interesting. Next thing you know, a few more months passed and there were more phone calls with Terry! [laughs] He would ask me questions. I was on set, in Florida, filming “Smother By Mothers,” when I got the call from Terry saying I got the part. I literally hung up the phone and cried on my bed for 20 minutes because I had wanted it so badly and I couldn’t believe I got the role.

You immersed yourself in the role and have seen the completed film at this point. What did you bring to the role that might not have been in the original script?

I think I brought a sameness and depth that wasn’t on the original written page. She’s a model, she’s tired of her career and she doesn’t eat. I lost a lot of weight for that role and I looked pretty sickly. You know how models can be. I didn’t even want to eat a salad. I think there is a real sadness there. Modeling is a really lonely life. Then, there really was an eating disorder. That all wasn’t on the page, that was my character development. I could have gone an entirely different way with it and been happy and chipper, but I didn’t go that direction. I went serious.

I’m sure we will cross paths a little later in the year to discuss that film in depth, so I don’t want to dig too deep yet. I know we’re short on time, so I have one more question for you. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey so far?

I guess it all comes down to persistence. I’m big about that. I believe that if you persist at something long enough, eventually, something’s got to break! Eventually something’s got to happen! [laughs]

True and things are definitely happening for you, thank you so much for the hard work you put in. It really shows on screen.

Thank you so much, Jason! I look forward to talking to you again soon. I appreciate your time!

‘The 6th Friend’ opens theatrically on January 11, 2019 via The Asylum. Check out the official trailer for the film below. Follow the continuing adventures of Jamie Bernadette on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Scream Factory To Bring Bela Lugosi’s ‘The Return of The Vampire’ To Blu-ray On February 19th!

Scream Factory To Bring Bela Lugosi’s ‘The Return of The Vampire’ To Blu-ray On February 19th!

On February 19, 2019, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present Bela Lugosi’s cult classic THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE on Blu-ray. Directed by Lew Landers (The Raven), this blood-curdling horror classic stars Bela Lugosi (Dracula), Frieda Inescort (A Place in the Sun), Nina Foch (Spartacus), and Miles Manders (The Man in the Iron Mask).

In 1918, Armand Tesla (Bela Lugosi), a 200-year-old Hungarian Vampire, prowls the English countryside, feeding from the jugulars of the villagers. But Tesla’s reign of terror is interrupted when a pair of scientists, Lady Jane and Sir John Ainsley, drive a railroad spike through his heart. The “un-dead” Tesla remains safely entombed for two decades until the impact from a stray Nazi bomb accidentally releases him. Along with his werewolf servant Andreas Obry, the resurrected vampire now plots vengeance on the family that put a halt to his nocturnal feasting.

Special Features:

  • NEW Audio Commentary with film historian Troy Howarth
  • NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Gary Don Rhodes
  • NEW Audio Commentary with film historian Lee Gambin
  • Silent 8mm presentation
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

A must-have for movie collectors and loyal fans of Bela Lugosi, this definitive Blu-ray release contains new audio commentaries by film historians, special features and more! Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com.

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Scream Factory To Release Twist-Filled Thriller “Valentine” As Collector’s Edition Blu-ray In February!

Scream Factory To Release Twist-Filled Thriller “Valentine” As Collector’s Edition Blu-ray In February!

Revenge is sweet, just like Valentine’s Day chocolates. At least, that is what a vengeful, Cupid-masked killer thinks in the teen slasher Valentine. Making its Blu-ray debut February 12th, 2019 from Scream Factory, this Collector’s Edition of Valentine also includes a plethora of new bonus features, including an audio commentary with director Jamie Blanks and filmmaker Don Coscarelli moderated by author Peter Bracke, new interviews with actresses Denise Richards, Marley Shelton, Jessica Cauffiel, an interview with co-writers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, over two hours of never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from director Jamie Blanks’ personal archive, additional cast and crew interviews, and much more! Fans can order their copies now on ShoutFactory.com

Be my Valentine … or else. Broken hearts and other mortal wounds await a cast of contemporary young stars when they play dating-scene veterans dying for love in this humor-laced, twist-filled thriller cleverly directed by Jamie Blanks (Urban Legend) and starring David Boreanaz (Angel, Bones), Denise Richards (Starship Troopers), Marley Shelton (Scream 4, Planet Terror), Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) and more. Cards, candy and flowers are nice. But for fans of stalker-shocker terror, there’s nothing like a Valentine.

Valentine Bonus Features:

  • NEW 2K scan of the original film elements supervised and approved by director Jamie Blanks and director of photography Rick Bota
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Jamie Blanks and filmmaker Don Coscarelli, moderated by author Peter Bracke
  • NEW Thrill of the Drill – an interview with actress Denise Richards
  • NEW The Final Girl – an interview with actress Marley Shelton
  • NEW Shot Through the Heart – an interview with actress Jessica Cauffiel
  • NEW Writing Valentine – an interview with co-writers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts
  • NEW Editing Valentine  – an interview with editor Steve Mirkovich
  • NEW Scoring Valentine – an interview with composer Don Davis
  • NEW Almost 2 hours of never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from director Jamie Blanks’ personal archive
  • Audio Commentary with director Jamie Blanks
  • Vintage “Making of” featurette featuring cast and crew
  • Extended interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the electronic press kit
  • Deleted Scenes including extended death scenes
  • Music Video
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Hidden Easter Egg

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UNSTOPPABLE: Debbie Rochon On Her Career, Artistic Evolution and New Projects!

UNSTOPPABLE: Debbie Rochon On Her Career, Artistic Evolution and New Projects!

Debbie Rochon is the definition of the word survivor. While the deck has always been stacked against her, she continues to defy the odds and blaze a unique path as an artist. Through determination, she pulled herself from the depths of life on the streets as a homeless youth at 17 years old, to a promising new life as an actress in the ultra-competitive New York City scene.

Her journey began by cutting her teeth on numerous off-off Broadway theater companies, performing in more than 25 stage productions and taking on some of the most memorable exploitation films of the era. Her iconic appearances in cult films such as “Tromeo & Juliet,” “Terror Firmer” and “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV,” solidified her as a fan favorite and elevated her to Scream Queen status. However, as die-hard fans of her work know, Debbie Rochon is much more than a pretty face (coupled with a killer rack!). While that might have been what got her in the door, what kept her in the room was an undying devotion to her craft. Her ever-evolving skill-set never fails to elevate the material of each project she takes on. Through the years, she continued to defy the odds, while challenging herself and her audiences with complicated characters and ambitious material. Her latest project, Jon Keeyes’s “Doom Room,” is no exception to that rule.

Based on a horrifyingly true story, “Doom Room” centers around a woman who wakes up locked in a small room with no memory of how she arrived there. Unable to escape, and tormented by a series of paranormal entities, she must uncover the riddle of who she is and how she got here. Scripted by Keeyes and Carl Kirshner, the film also stars Nicholas Ball (“Red Dwarf”), Johanna Stanton, Hayden Tweedie (“The Harrowing”) and Matthew Tompkins (“Prison Break”). The riveting tale comes to digital January 15, 2019 from Wild Eye Releasing.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down for a chat with Debbie Rochon to discuss her amazing journey in the film industry. Along the way, her evolution as an artist, the making of Jon Keeyes’ “Doom Room,” her plans for a revealing autobiography and stepping behind the camera for her next directorial undertaking, “Torment Road.”

You’ve been a staple in genre films for decades. What intrigued you about acting and made you pursue your passion professionally? It’s not the easiest route to go when it comes to having a career.

No, it’s a hell of a slog! [laughs] You have to love it more than any other aspect of your life to really want to do it. Today, there is a much larger volume of projects being done and there is much more capacity for a person to spearhead their own starring role, if you will. All of that stuff is so much more accessible now and doable. Whether it’s good or bad is a whole other ballgame but it is a lot easier nowadays, in certain aspects. The drawback is that because it’s so accessible and so much of it, now you have to really stand out in the crowd which is comprised of a whole lot more people. It’s not as though, when I started, that there were any less people wanting to do it. What made me want to get into it was, simply, salvation. Really, it was salvation for me. I was a street kid and I worked for three months as an extra on a movie. It was a punk rock/rock ‘n’ roll movie with Diane Lane, Sex Pistols, The Clash and all these great people were in it, that I had no idea about at the time. Of course, Diane Lane wasn’t even famous then. This was 1980, so you had barely heard of some of these people at that point. Certainly, being a street kid, I definitely hadn’t heard about a lot of this stuff and I definitely wasn’t what was going on at the time because I was just worrying about surviving. I spent three months on that set and I really threw myself into it. No matter how minuscule the thing was that was asked of me, I did it 110%. I was totally into it and thought it was pretty amazing to have feedback. So many people were there who were like, “Eh, yeah, this is boring.” It was all this kind of crap. I thought, “OK. Whatever for you!” [laughs] Of course, I’m thinking it but barely spoke back then because that was just the way it was back then. You had to hold everything close to your vest back then to survive the streets. That was the first thing and it was really cool, important and meaningful. It gave me direction and whole lot of other things! It gave me a little bit of self-esteem and that blew my mind open to the art world, if you will. I said, “OK. I want to go study acting. I want to study it because it’s what I want to do, and I want to recreate this experience over and over again.” Of course, I didn’t know any better back then! [laughs] I just knew that I needed training, so I saved up, went to New York City and that’s what I did.

Tell us about those early years. What went into finding your creative voice and when did you come into your own as an actor?

These are great questions! Nowadays, we all know how people tend to just poo-poo things. A lot of people don’t realize that everyone’s journey and path is completely different. It’s apple and oranges. It’s whatever extreme examples you can give. That’s the difference between one person’s journey and someone else’s journey. Mine was, coming up when I came up, you had to do a lot of studying. You had to audition for everything, including extra work. Then you were given a word before a line. Then you were given a couple of words and then maybe a line. You would graduate from there. The early work, it’s interesting. I’ve been trying to get Media Blasters to release “Banned,” which is a movie I did with Roberta Findlay. We did it in 1988 in New York City. She gave the OK to Media Blasters to release it but, as a company, they didn’t go away completely but they did go dead silent. It was the first time since it was made in 1988 that she gave the OK. That was in the past few years. She finally said yes after decades! She just didn’t like it. I think it’s such a time capsule of a movie and it’s so much fun! I think it captures the punk/new wave era or feeling in New York City. Before that, besides her porn stuff, she was doing a lot of horror movies and they did fairly well. For some reason, she didn’t like this movie. It was probably because it was the only comedy that she made. It’s kind of a supernatural comedy, if you had to label it. I certainly wouldn’t say that it is any worse to put it that way than some of her other movies. It’s of my opinion that it’s far superior but it’s because it lands in my tastes. Anyway, that’s going back and slightly off-topic but hopefully that will get released soon. After all these years, it at least deserves that, right?! [laughs] It needs to be let go to the public but whatever will happen, we don’t know.

From there, I did a couple movies with Chuck Vincent, who much like Roberta Findlay, when he stopped making porn movies and transitioned into the T & A Cinemax movies. The last couple comedies he made for Cinemax, I was in them, before he passed away. Anyway, that was my start in the New York scene when there was this exploitation stuff going on. If you were working really hard, auditioning for a lot of stuff and not being cast in some of the really, really bland but very well-paying type of regular stuff and you were offbeat like I was then you would get work in the underground. It turns out that those are the films I like best anyway as a viewer, so there are certainly no complaints. I went through the ‘90s and tried to find my footing. Once in a while I would and then I wouldn’t but then I would. By 2000, that’s when I truly found my footing. You can sort of split it from “American Nightmare” forward. It was at that point that I understood, even with all the training and working hard on all the films, that people either have the talent or luck to click very soon after they begin, and some people have to study or work for a long time. You have to be really dedicated and then something will click for them. I think it’s a combination of all of those things coupled with being resistant to certain emotions because I had to be cut off when I was a kid to protect myself. Again, my journey or process was just so different. In 2000, when I made “American Nightmare,” I think that is the separation movie and date for me.

What lessons did you learn early on that impacted the course of your career?

There were many lessons! As savvy as I was on one hand, I was very naive on the other. By that I mean, I had this weird notion in my mind, due to this amazing world that I first experienced through the movie Paramount Pictures made and I was an extra on, of how films worked. I didn’t realize that [on these smaller films] you weren’t necessarily going to get paid, that it was going to be a safe set or that you wouldn’t be manhandled when you shouldn’t have been during a certain scene. That was my naivety. I thought all I had to get into this world that I really wanted to be in for the rest of my life, and everything would be OK. Whatever that means! [laughs] It was just a dream or fantasy. That was my naivety. These are the things that I learned. Even being savvy, you encounter all of these things from sexual harassment to getting blackballed because you wouldn’t do blankety blank with so and so and all of these other things that you don’t see coming. That’s the interesting difference about coming from the world of a street kid and working in an industry. Being a street kid, at least you knew straight-up what everyone was about. Being in the film industry, you don’t always know the truth of what people are about. That is the lesson that I personally learned.

No one can deny your longevity in the entertainment business. What does it take to keep a career like yours growing but still creatively satisfying to you as an artist?

It takes quite a bit! I think you really have to understand that there are going to be waxes and wanes or ebbs and flows. You go with those ebbs and flows, and you have to understand that you can do really well for a stretch of time, although it may not be on the tippy-top of the echelon. People can fatigue, and I’ve experienced this, and you will go through a period of time where it’s fashionable to be bashed. You just have to understand that this is just kind of how it works and that there will be another cycle of people digging the work and everything being great.

I think the best example I can give is someone like Lloyd Kaufman from Troma. When I started working with him, it was more sort of on the low swing. It was just prior to when we made “Tromeo & Juliet.” We were on an upswing through “Terror Firmer” and probably “Citizen Toxie 4.” Then there was a little bit of a downswing again. It’s hard to describe. It’s about how people talk from “These guys are great … “ or “These guys are garbage. Rip those titles off your resume because they will do nothing but destroy your career … “ to Lloyd as an icon and legend. Being in the business so long, he’s just gotten to the point where he is just legendary. He’s really not going to go through one of those major, decades long ebbs and flows again because he’s just at that point. He may very well direct another movie. He did say, this past summer, when we made “Shakespeare Shitstorm” that it could be the last movie he would be directing.

That’s a really good example to give where you don’t have the titles or the career that men have. Sometimes that’s an easier example because I can point to it quicker. Take for example someone like Bruce Campbell. He’s been idolized by both men and women since day zero! Not even day one! [laughs] Since day zero! It’s well-deserved! But when you’ve sort of broken in by way of exploitation, you’ll always have those people who want to have a certain opinion or think they can say a certain thing about you, which is just not true. Times change and so do people’s choices in what they do. While I can’t stop them [from saying things] … I mean, hey, I made “Broadcast Bombshells.” Who gives a shit! [laughs] To some people, that disqualifies me from ever being a serious artist. If that’s how narrow minded they are, I just can’t help that. That’s their problem, not mine! [laughs]

What I’m saying in such a long, blown out way is that I love to mix things up. I love to write. I love to write articles. I love to write about things. I love to create projects. I like to do roles that are very different — roles that are evolving with my age. That’s something a lot of people don’t like to do or are uncomfortable doing but I like doing that! The rest is just, “Thank God there’s an interest!” Longevity is just being able to go through the ebbs and flows and realizing nothing comes easy. You have to work for everything! You have to work! It’s not just going to magically happen if you don’t put the work in. If you just keep working, you’re not as obsessed, if you will, with what’s going on within pop culture. Just keep your head down and keep working!

How do you view your evolution as an artist with so many different creative outlets?

Debbie Rochon

It’s pretty massive! Pretty massive, I would say! [laughs] It’s pretty incredible! I can honestly say that I’ve done everything from exploitation-sleaze to some really cool, artistic, damn challenging, fucking hard roles! Now, I’m about to direct my second feature and I know I’m trying to say and touch on with this work. It’s like, “Thank God I’ve gone through all of that!” While everything I did may not be popular with everyone, I’m so glad that I did it! I have to tell you, I came up in a world that was not super-PC. I’m saying that’s a good thing, but I experienced that. Coming into the world that we are in today, the difference is that there is so much to draw from. There are certain parts where I might think, “God, I wish it was like this … “ With other parts, I might say, “Oh, I’m so happy it’s like this now.” It’s sort of mix-and-match. That all kind of funnels into your art — what you want to do versus what you can do. There are a lot of hands tied today, right in this moment. Again, it’s like a pendulum. It swings so far back! It has to go to extremes. Even back in the day with Women’s Lib, it had to be really obnoxious and extreme to catch on before it eventually balanced out. That’s how I look at the times we are in now. We are on a swing and it will eventually balance out. As far as artistic stuff, that’s only the stuff I’m interested in now. I mean, when I started out, I just wanted to get work. It was study, audition, study, audition. It was decades of doing that relentlessly. Once I had enough work, I could say, “OK, that was cool. I totally enjoyed that stuff but now I’m really at the point where I have something to say!” That’s kind of where I am now!

With that said, it has to be an exciting time for you as an artist. What can you tell us about your second feature as a director?

“Torment Road” is very different from “Mortal Hunger” in so many ways. However, the basic ways it differs is that it’s a lot more paired down. It’s not simpler as far as saying something or story. It’s simpler in the sense that “Mortal Hunger” was very ambitious. I’m so proud of it but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think it has flaws, but I am very proud of it. Going into “Torment Road,” I came up with the idea and then contacted James Morgart because I love his writing. I said, “I really, really, really want to do a road movie!” I love road movies and it doesn’t matter if they are horror, noir, comedy or whatever! I also love the indie ones! I love “U-Turn” as well, which was a big budget road movie, but I just love them all! I said, “Style-wise, let’s go road movie and layer on the story from there.” Although you are dealing with weather and all these other elements that weren’t as much of a factor with the first film, this is a little more fluid. We’re also going to be doing it in a lot less time because the budget is going to be smaller. That is going to give us the ability to do and say what we want to say because it is funded by many people and there is no one person or company that is worried about if it’s going to get play or not. That is very freeing, yet very difficult. When you have a small budget, it’s not a bad thing, but it’s always a challenge! While I have a smaller budget, I have the most amazing crew! It’s incredible and it’s going to be a really special movie. The basic story is that a woman gets out of jail and she’s in search of her child that was taken up by nefarious, drug dealer/pimp type of guys. It’s about all of the different situations, people and insanity that she has to go through to find out what happened to her kid. There are a lot of horror elements in it. That’s coming up in the spring!

We know you aren’t one to shy away from a challenge! It’s sounds like it’s bringing the best out in you!

Yes, it is! Luckily, I know other people who love a challenge too! It takes a village to make a movie — a really amazing village! I’m blessed to have one so I’m very happy about what’s on the horizon!

Your latest role is in a film called “Doom Room.” What spoke to you about the project and made it one you wanted to pursue?

Well, it was directed by Jon Keeyes, so no matter what, the answer was going to be “Yes!” That’s even before you read the script! As you know, we had done “American Nightmare” together in 2000. I know this film was going to be something really special. When I read the script, I was like, “Oh my god! This is nuts! This is absolutely fucked up!” It’s based on the true story of a women here in America, even though we shot in Manchester in the UK. The film features an almost exclusively English cast, except for Matthew Tompkins and I, who play the husband and wife. It was based on the story of a woman who was kidnapped by a couple and was put in a box under their bed for seven years. She was only let out for an hour a day! It’s a really horrible story but luckily, in real-life, the woman got away and was able to reclaim her life. She’s a stable as one could ever be after something like that occurs. That’s the basis and jumping off point of this film. It’s the way the story is told, how it’s told and from what perspective that makes it so unique. It’s such a head-trip! I’ve never done a movie like this before and I’m so excited for people to see it! I really mean that! I cannot wait for people to experience this movie and talk about it. It’s horror because it has to be. It’s not like it’s blood from beginning to end but it’s horrific. It’s absolutely horrific yet artistically trippy. Everybody, in front of and behind the camera, was great. It was another joy! A special joy for me was working with the makeup and hair department on this film. This is a pretty rare thing in indie filmmaking, but they understood the importance of developing the look of the character and development of the look as the story progresses. Since this is such a trippy movie, they understood that the look can alter as things progress to reflect how insane things are getting. This happens without explanation as the film takes a lot of artistic liberties, let’s say. It was just a joy to be a part of. I’m so proud of Jon for making such a kickass movie! I think people are really going to love it!

Debbie Rochon in Jon Keeyes’ terrifying new film, ‘Doom Room.’

What does director Jon Keeyes bring out in you creatively?

First of all, he’s just flat out great. He contacted me after seeing “Hellblock 13.” I play a serial killer in that movie. When he was making his first movie, he wanted me to play the serial killer in “American Nightmare.” At the time, I was at a point where the synapses were firing and the angst in my life was just perfect. The timing was perfect, the collaboration was perfect, and Jon was the type of guy who really trusted me. There was a scene where I just have a shovel and someone is supposed to be buried alive many, many feet below. He said, “Tonight, we are shooting the scene with you and the shovel. We’re going to light it. There will be lots of dirt. Improvise!” [laughs] This is the type of stuff I had studied to do for so long but also the stuff that I am so into and love to do! I was in the perfect headspace where I could just go. I didn’t even need words. Words are great but the life of the character is so much more than the words. He trusted me and just let me go on the scenes where he could. There were a few of them. He would just say, “OK, go!” It was great because it was his first time doing it, so he was enjoying it and understanding that you could bring the right people on to do really cool things with your characters if you are willing to let them go because they know what they’re doing and are fully committed. The nice thing about doing “Doom Room” was really the same thing. It was very scripted because the lines are very important in a movie like that where it’s all over the place. The dialogue must tie everything together. With that said, there was still a lot of improvisation! A lot of these characters are very expressive physically, mine included, and that was very important. He would just say, “Go!” I love that because, like I said, I’d trained so long to do that kind of thing but it’s so rare when you get that! I love that about him. He enjoys that process! You both agree on where the starting point is, but he wants to see what happens if he lets you go. You don’t get that opportunity all that often, so that is one of the many reasons I love working with Jon.

What can you tell us about your process for getting into the headspace of any given character? Has it changed much through the years?

Debbie Rochon

It has stayed the same to a certain degree. I have come to understand a lot more of the intricacies that I’ve always worked on but may not have mastered. The preparation itself has been the same over the past decade. I’m not a super social person when I’m working on a movie. I’m always thinking, preparing, going through my process and waiting for the word “action.” Something you will never see me do ever is talk about the weather, to use an example of something benign, or make jokes right up until the word “action.” I know a lot of great actors can do that but that’s not me. Like I have found with everything I do, I really have to put in the work and when I do it pays off. When I don’t, it’s like you have one foot in and one foot out. What’s the point in that!? There is no sense to it. When I’m making a movie, I’m somewhat anti-social in that at night I’m in the room preparing for the next day or in between scenes I’m preparing. This is something that happens to me all the time; people might say, “Yeah, she was just very quiet. She went to her room. She didn’t talk a lot on set.” Once the movie is cut together, they will be like, “Oh, this is what she was doing!” [laugh] Then they might see me at a screening, convention or whatever and will be very talkative with me because now they understand me a bit more. That’s more important to me than making new best friends. I’m not being glib about that because I know it’s all about making friendships, making connections and networking. I’m not the guy you get to make everyone laugh for two minutes. I’m the guy you get when you want someone to keep their head down, focus and work, as opposed to making everybody laugh for two minutes. If that’s what you want, I’m the guy for you!

What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey?

Oh boy! Well! [laughs] I think the best lesson someone could take from my journey is something I mentioned already — ebbs and flows. Really! Just let it happen, keep working, don’t let up and things will change. Things may seem thinner at a point, but they will come back again. Everything goes in cycles. Just keep the faith and keep working because the hard work will pay off. I had a good friend of mine, who is a young actor, message me recently saying, “I thought things were going so well but then they dried up. Is this normal? Should I quit?” I said, “Quitting is up to you but realize that if you’re a lifer, like me, there are ebbs and flows. You have to understand that it’s never going to stay the same.” That is the nature of life and it’s the nature of art, even more so. Just hang in there. If you know what you’re doing, then just let everyone else find out and catch up!

We are just scratching the surface of your career with this interview today. Do you have any desire to tell your life story in book form at some point?

Yeah, I definitely have the content! [laughs] It is something I really want to do. The funny thing is that I’ve had that same answer for quite a long time now, but the challenge has been dealing with all of the stuff that I’m writing about. It’s not like it’s an easy sit down and write session but it’s an important one. It’s that early stuff that’s so important to understand people or if someone wants to understand me. It’s about the human experience. That’s what it’s really all about. This is even before the film stuff! That turns it into “Alice In Wonderland” insanity once you introduce that into the story! [laughs] I think it’s so important to do it but also not to rush! It’s a scary but amazing experience. You have to go into it and not fake it. I’ve read some biographies, and I’m not going to name names, that were so weak or limp-wristed, meaning that I didn’t believe it. They were making statements that I didn’t believe to try and protect their brand name. Good for them if they sold some copies and I’m very happy for them but it was just weak! I want something that’s as biting as one of these rock ‘n’ roll, been to hell, died, been resuscitated and brought back tales! That’s the reality I want. One of my favorite books is “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.” It’s amazingly good and you can’t get more truthful and honest than that! That’s where I really want to go with this because, otherwise, why bother?

The unstoppable Debbie Rochon.

I know it will be one hell of a read, so I’m definitely rooting for you!

[laughs] Thank you!

We’re about to embark on a new year as 2019 is ushered in. What does the future hold for you?

2019 is going to be all about “Torment Road.” I don’t mean the whole year but that’s the biggest thing that is going on. There are two or three other projects that have been in the works for quite a while and are very exciting. They should be flying on in 2019 but ya never want to jinx it! [laughs] Whether they happen in 2019 or 2020, whatever! They are really cool projects with people I have worked with before. Speaking of Jon Keeyes, we are doing a 20th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray release of “American Nightmare.” We are doing some extras for the crowd that likes that movie. That will probably be coming out around Halloween of 2019, which seems to be the appropriate time. There will also be a lot of writing for all kinds of stuff. I have a column in a brand-new magazine called “Asylum,” which is out of Italy. I’m very proud of it and it’s inching forward with every issue, where every article is in both English and Italian. Anybody who wants to support physical media, please buy an issue or subscribe! That would be great. You can go to any one of my social media sites to see how. It’s a beautiful magazine out of Italy and, as you can imagine, it’s gorgeous. I’m really proud of it. And finally, the book! The book venture is on my radar. Maybe you can be my editor! [laughs]

Thank you so much for your time today, Debbie! I’m looking forward to catching up with you next year to hear all about the making of “Torment Road.” Until then, I wish you all the best!

Thank you, Jason! I appreciate your time. Thank you so much!

Visit Debbie Rochon’s official website at www.debbierochon.com. Follow her continuing adventures through social media via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. ‘Doom Room’ will be released on January 15, 2019 from Wild Eye Releasing.

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