The Children of Samhain Exclusive:
The Pinup Dolls on Ice Interviews - Part Five with Ashley Almon (Kristy)
If you haven't heard me raving about Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira's sexy homage to the slasher genre, Pinup Dolls on Ice, then you've been living under a rock. And if you haven't been following my nine part series of interviews with the directors, cast and writer, then you've been missing out. After I gave the film a stellar review (that you can read here) in which I describe the film as 'A cross between a traditional slasher movie and a drunken night at Jumbo's Clown Room… that works like a charm.' I jumped at the chance to speak with the people behind making such a brutal old school slasher. I would like to personally thank each and everyone who took the time to answer my questions, and a special shout out to directors Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira who are currently in Madrid attending Nocturna, Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico, where they are screening the film. So here we go. First we featured writer Michael Penning in Part One. Then we featured Karine Kerr in Part Two, Jordan Mae Antoinette in Part Three, and last week featured Kyla Shinkewski in Part Four. And here is The Children of Samhain's Pinup Dolls On Ice Interviews: Part Five with Ashley Almon (Kristy). Enjoy!
Leo Francis: You not only have a background in ballet and an extensive modeling portfolio with some scattered acting credits, but according to your Twitter bio you're also a graphic designer and an artist. Which of your many talents is your true passion? And how do you have time to juggle all of these?
Ashley Almon: I'm artistic, that's my talent. I love acting and that's also my passion. Graphic Design is really busy for me right now as I am in College and graduate in August. I'm also kind of getting a hard-on for photography. I actually have two comedic credits soon to be added [to IMDB] , is that... eerie? Haha. I dropped out of ballet in January this year so I could focus on Graphic Design. I rebel against authority and things that are too ridged anyway.
LF: You've called acting 'your therapy'. Is there really something therapeutic about being brutally murdered onscreen? Isn't it emotionally difficult to film something so violent? And by the way, your death scene is awesome.
AA: Aha. Acting is the only time where I forget about the real world and I am totally happy. Happiness in it's most purest form. But yeah it becomes emotionally difficult when a scene is so physically demanding it just breaks you down from exhaustion you know? It's only hard to film something violent if I 'do this thing'. If I get into the game and completely disassociate (for any dramatic role), It's hard to come back to the regular me. That's when It's shitty. But always worth it! Yeah I dunno maybe that sounds cliche and stupid but it's the only time I feel happy. The cast and crew become your family and you bond by going to Denny's everyday...
LF: What drew you to doing the film, did you have a previous connection with Geoff and Melissa?
AA: I submitted to a casting call they had online and from there I had to send an audition tape, I received a call back and then I had to submit another audition tape. After that, next thing I knew I got a call and it was Geoff and Melissa on the phone congratulating me and I almost passed out.
LF: Were you always a fan of the horror genre?
AA: Umm yeah I like horror. I was always peeking around the corner while my sister and her friends watched Friday The 13th and Nightmare On Elm Street. My sister is ten years older than me, so I was four when I started seeing horror movies. She was fourteen, you can imagine the Michael Myers, Jason, Chucky, Snoop Dog, Nirvana and 90's dance I was exposed to. And Nintendo. Loves the Nintendo.
LF: What was the film that got you hooked?
Friday the 13th. Jason scared me. I had nightmares until maybe 6 years ago when I made peace with him in my dreams. I think we drank some wine. I used to play that Friday the 13th game on Nintendo and that's what gave me nightmares. 'Member where you pick a character 1 of four boy counselors or 1 of four girl counselors and you try and run around Camp Crystal Lake finding Jason? And Jason was 4X the size of you? It would go from morning to afternoon to dusk and then night and then morning again while you run around. Zombies would come out at night, you had to go into cabins and see if Jason was there! You'd have to chase him and find him in a time limit if he stole kids from the cabins and then he'd start killing them off... See? I'm still frightened. I wish someone would make that with google glass or at universal studios as 3D. Drool.
LF: I was in love with that game. The female roles all seemed to be pretty physically demanding in general, besides having to run in heels and perform in elaborate fight scenes with Moe, most of you end up literally 'on ice' and wearing very little clothing at some point in the film. Is that accurate? Did any of you perform your own stunts or were there stunt performers? Did anyone sustain any 'battle scars' while filming?
AA: Haha yeah that's pretty accurate and we all did our own stunts. I feel bad for Moe (which we also affectionately call him in real life) he is such a gentle actor when it came to performing the stunts with us. I think he got the brunt of it [wounds] though. I had some gooders. I was proud of them. In fact we had trouble covering one of my bruises up for a scene it was so beastly. My ass and hip were one big bruise from the scene where Moe drops me. Mel had a helluva time covering that bitch up. It was a 12”Lx6”w- er for sure. Most of it was fake ice. Summer nights were when most of PDOI was shot so it was cold but it was a little nippily. We all drank a sick amount of hot chocolate, coffee and hot soup though. I like what Kit Harrington said, he said it's not like he loves doing nudity. And I don't love doing nudity, or being scantily clad. I'm not afraid to be human or hide anything. Everyone has a stretch mark somewhere. You know, if someone is being a jerk and you really want to humble them? Repeat back whatever jerky thing they were just saying and then tell them, “You know, everyone has a hairy ass…” I heard a bikini waxer say that as a fact and now that's the line I use on jerks.
LF: How was filming your death scene? Was it fun getting to get the makeup on and get bloody?
AA: Makeup is always cool! But the blood sucks because it's so goddamned cold. I hate blood because it's sticky and cold and the chocolaty taste makes me gag. BUT I love blood because it makes me gag. Man it's not to hard to throw up after being around so much spit mixed, thick, sugary blood.
LF: What scares you? We're all scared of war and disease and things like that. But when it comes to horror films, what genuinely scares you?
AA: Uhh, like tapeworms and leeches and stuff. Worms. Spiders and snakes are cool beans, but worms and things without eyes? Awe fuck off! Oh sorry I answered the question wrong. That was literal. I really mean it here, WELL DONE GHOST FILMS. The Amityville Horror for example. Fire In The Sky. Anything with good history, evidence and multiple accounts of reports or witnesses is truly scary.
LF: Name a film you walked out of at the theater.
AA: Don't think I have ever walked out on a movie, but fell asleep in Jack The Giant Slayer. Rather lick a boot.
LF: If you could punch one person in the face, who would it be?
AA: Megan Fox. I can't believe you said that about Transformers after they gave you such a cool opportunity and a bad ass action role. Man I hate divas!
LF: Has anyone ever made you feel 'star-struck'?
AA: I just got to see Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice on their cross Canada tour. I peed my panties like a little girl and pranced around like a little goat.I have a bad, terrible unclean humor that can only be explained by their show Kenny vs. Spenny.
LF: What's your favorite horror film of all time and / or the scariest movie you've ever seen?
AA: Fire In The Sky. What can you say about a movie based on a true story and lie detector tested?
Oh and the scariest movie I saw was The Blair Witch Project. We need another found footage movie like that, and done right. Too much over-done CGI wrecks a movie that you're trying to make believable.
LF: Thanks again, Ashley. Cheers.
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- Leo Francis