Thursday, 12 December 2013

Mel Heflin: the Unknown Indie Horror Actress! (Interview) (December 2013)

Actress/Model Mel Heflin.
Mel Heflin is a sweet lady who resigns in Florida, USA. She is a actress who does her own stunts and models between films and voice acting and is a keen animal lover.

She has been in the modelling since 2003, and for the next 6 years she has done all sorts of modelling, from swimwear, to fetish, to lingerie and nude. In 2009, she caught the acting bug with her debut in Scarlet Rain as Cece and acted in a fantasy horror called, Jinn. Since then she has worked on a dozen projects, from shorts and web series to features. One of her most recent roles will be a part in Carlos Dunn's: I Thought You Were A Nice Man once the funding is rasied - see HERE.

Mel has an impressive imdb acting list, but due to lack of funds, again - some features were never finished so her future plans are to make one herself. She enjoys the horror genre and shows like The Walking Dead, in which she would love to be a part of, even as a Zombie for the popular show one day and meet the cast.

Heflin has also worked with artists Dennis Willman, Bobby Ray Akers Jr and on the fantasy Comic Book: Frosty: Twas the Night Before the Apocalypse in which characters were modeled after her and good friend and body-painter, Samantha WPG among other internet model.

Check out Mel's Facebook Page and Twitter Page whilst her website can be found, HERE.
Indie Horror, Scarlet Rain can be watched online, HERE.

Can you tell me a bit about the internet horror film, Scarlet Rain?
It was my first film ever! My acting was rough around the edges back then haha! I was sad to have a few scenes cut when I first saw it, but you learn to accept stuff like that. Its due to get a re-release soon I've heard.?

Do you plan to make films yourself, seeing that you are on the Independent film scene
I do actually! I'm keeping it mainly under-wraps since we all know how films like to drop off the face of the earth. I have the script being written by an incredible script writer! Keep your finger's crossed for me from directing in the past. I love it!

In that case, who are the filmmakers you look up to?
Tim Burton and George A Romero will always be my favorite film makers!

How come some of your films never got made or Produced?
I have no idea. I come in, do my job, then move on to the next project. Its really sad because there is some really long hours and hard work and blood and sweat and tears put into some of those films. Everyone was so passionate about them in the beginning then they disappear. That's the key to why I want to attempt my own film.

I've lost too many incredible movies that I so badly wanted to share with the world. I won't let a project fail on my own account. It breaks my heart when people buying autographs from me at cons ask "how is (film name) going?" and I have no idea because the producers disappear and none of the cast or crew know where our hard work went. Its looking up though! I know some of my work is due out in 2014.

How did you get involved with the "Frosty" comic book?
Samantha Wpg (a good friend of mine) introduced me to Dennis Willman and Bobby Akers, all fantastic people! They create truly unique projects that I'm honored to be a part of.

What are your favorite horror movies/non-horror movies?
Favorite movies are Zombie Strippers, Diary of the Dead and most well made indie films.

Mel's film debut - Scarlet Rain (2010) 
Merry Christmas - Mel is a featured model in Frosty! Got my Copy!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas Slay - Festive Indie Horror from Kent, UK! (Interview) (December 2013)

Ho Ho Ho, merry Christmas horror and fright fans... have you heard of Christmas Slay??? I mentioned it in my last post, it stars glamour model Dani Thompson and is directed by Kent Independent Films' Steve Davis. It is scheduled to start filming in February, 2014 and has had various online funding campaigns behind it such as Kickstarter. A killer Santa clause is on the loose and the body count is going up, I hope Steve can deliver on this horror project, spawned from the Indywood team. We all ready know what Antony D Lane is doing with his unique Zombie film, so can Steve do the same and help put Kent on the map with his own festive horror film?

When do you start filming Xmas Slay, Steve?
"We start production of the main Christmas Slay shoot on February 8th (2014), on our return we will be releasing a teaser and doing one last big fundraiser via indiegogo or Sponsume to cover additional shooting and post before completing filming in April."

When do you aim to release the film? (Difficult Question, it may seem in Indie-film terms)
"In terms or release i honestly haven't got a clue at this early stage, our aim is to have Christmas Slay completely finished by November with its première in December, it will then be my priority to make sure all of our AMAZING backers and supporters get to see the film before anyone else, so if all goes to plan a few of our backers should be watching Christmas Slay on DVD by Christmas."

Who are you looking forward to meeting/working with on the film?
"Each and everyone of them, i am extremely lucky to have such an amazing and talented crew involved in our film, it is going to be an absolute honor to work with each and everyone of them."
Model/Actress Dani Thompson stars in Christmas Slay.

Will there be a sequel?
"That completely depends on the success of the first film, im hoping horror fans like it and that there is a demand to see a sequel as it is something i would love to do, the original idea was to make 3 Christmas Slay movies, so if people want it, it will happen."

Are you a festive man, yourself?
"Yeah Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year, I just love the lights and over the top decorations, its a romantic happy time."

What are your favorite Christmas Horror Movies?
"My all time favorite Christmas horror has to be Rare Exports, which is quite surprising as there is NOT one female in the whole film, its madness, but i love films such as Saint and the original Black Christmas, i also enjoyed last years Silent Night."

How can people help raise the funds for Xmas Slay?
"People can help in so many ways, they can donate through our site, they can tell there family and friends, they can share through social media and retweet up on Twitter, any donation and anything that helps us spread the word about Christmas Slay really helps alot."

Thank You, Steve!!
Please check out the Latest Christmas Slay Indiegogo in order to support the film and project - I promise it'll be all worth it and Steve is always good on his promise!
Xmas Slay director, Steve Davis of Kent, UK.
For more information, check out the Website, Steve on Twitter and the Facebook Page.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Invasion of the Not Quite Dead! (December 2013)

Check out the Blu-Rays... Ant & daughter, Daisy!
Anthony D Lane has been a busy man as of late, marriage, a new daughter, touring with indie/rock band, Wheatus, etc;. His new take on the zombie genre is being shot in various different locations like Kent and even in Europe. It's called INVASION OF THE NOT QUITE DEAD and I even became a Producer on it to show my support. What does Ant need donations for? Well, I'll tell you, he has been busy building sets and paying actors and make-up people get his dream done. It started out on Twitter and has blown up over the internet with horror and indie folks everywhere around the world. He promises it to be a spin on his favorite film genres, Zombies and B-Movies.

Anthony is also doing this for his late Legendary film mentor, Ken Russell, who he met in 2006 at film school and is honoring the film maker in doing the project. Others on the project are special effects make up lady, Michele Mulkey, who has worked on several Hollywood films in the past and Ant's long time friend Steve Davis - who is filming Christmas Slay with glamour model Dani Thompson. Even if you can't afford a donation, please share this blog page or the fundraising site as mentioned below and SUPPORT Indie Horror and film.

To support and find him, check him out on his Twitter page for INDYWOOD FILMS.
To contribute click, HERE.

IN MEMORY: Carlos Dunn (Indie Film-maker) has Passed Away! (Rest In Peace) (September 2018)

Some sad news to report. The film community in the Indie Field are stunned to learn that Film-maker and Writer , Carlos Dunn has pass...