Interview - Karine Kerr

The Children of Samhain Exclusive:

The Pinup Dolls on Ice Interviews - Part Two with Karine Kerr (Fiona) 

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. I had the absolute pleasure of sitting with the co-directors when they screened the film at Shockfest FIlm Festival of Hollywood back in January, and I have been a fan ever since. After my review found it's way to Geoff and Melissa, we connected through social media and have been in touch ever since. I gave the film a stellar review that you can read here, where 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 was such a fan, that I wanted to know more about what went into making a movie that is as fun as it is brutal. So when we started discussing doing a few interviews, I was excited to learn that I would be getting to talk to more than just co-directors Geoff and Melissa, but most of the rest of the cast and the writer too. In the end we completed NINE interviews with the people behind making this fantastic indie-horror flick happen. And I would like to personally thank each and everyone who took the time to answer my questions, Last week we featured writer Michael Penning in Part One. And here is The Children of Samhain's Pinup Dolls On Ice Interviews: Part Two with actress Karine Kerr (Fiona). Cheers. 

Leo Francis: Thanks for taking the time to do this. Your background is in marketing in public relations for theater companies, and you're also the founder of RAW Productions. Can you tell me a little bit about the company and what it does? 

Karine Kerr: RAW Productions is a theatre company I founded to produce the play Closer by Patrick Marber. It's my favourite play and I always wanted to play the role of Alice (known as the role of Natalie Portman in the big screen adaptation of the play). So I decided not to wait for anyone to produce it and then cast me in it and just take it upon myself to do it. I assembled a great team and we had a very succesful two week run at MainLine Theatre in april last year.

LF: What drew you to doing the film, did you have a previous connection with Geoff and Melissa?

KK: I didn't know Geoff and Melissa before the film, which is funny because they live one street corner away from me. I saw a casting call for the movie and answered it and went through the process the same as everyone else; audition and callback. Once they told me I had the role, we got together for a breakfast to discuss the script and the character of Fiona.

LF: You seem like you've centered your career around 'live performance', working largely with theater companies and the Montreal Fringe Festival. Do you prefer the immediacy of performing live for an audience to the more intimate work that comes with performing for the camera? 

KK: Stage and film are very different medium and I couldn't say I like one more than the other. There's an immediacy to theatre, as the audience is present while you perform and reacts as the story develops. Therefore, they mold the play itself by the way they participate. It's a great feeling. But movies attract a larger audience and also permits you to do things that are almost impossible on stage, such as special effects. You can cut to a close up to show emotion and engage the audience to the inner thought of characters.

LF: Were you always a fan of the horror genre? If so what was the film that got you hooked? 

KK: I do love horror film, most specifically zombie movies. I don't remember which one first got me hooked though. I remember being completly traumatised by Child's Play when I was little. I still can't watch it. The thing is, i get scared when I watch horror film. And I think that's why I love them so much. I am that girl who screams in the movie theatre even though she totally knew it was coming.

LF: Many moons ago I lived with a burlesque type performer, so I have seen my share of burlesque over the years, and all of it looked absolutely amazing and completely authentic. Whose influence is that? Do any or all of you have a background as burlesque performers and if not, did you have to train for the role? 

KK: Thankfully, I didn't have to do any dancing in the movie. Only Jordan Mae Antoinette did, and she has a background in burlesque dancing. She's amazingly talented.

LF: Most of the female members of the cast end up literally 'on ice' and wearing very little clothing at some point in the film. Was it difficult physically shooting those scenes? 

KK: Insider's secret: the ice is plastic! ;) But we shot outdoors from mid-september to mid-october wearing very little, so yes, it was very cold. But we were treated well and offered blankets and hot chocolate in between takes. The adrenaline was rushing through my veins in most of the scenes, so I honestly forgot about the cold during the takes.

LF: The female roles all seemed to be pretty physically demanding in general, having to run in heels and perform in elaborate fight scenes with Moe. Is that accurate? Did any of you perform your own stunts or were there stunt performers? Did anyone sustain any 'battle scars' while filming?

KK: We didn't have any stunt performers and all performed our own! I hadn't done much stunts prior to the movie. William Jarrand, who plays Moe, is a lot more experienced and helped me out with some stunts. Melissa also tested out some scenes for me prior to shooting. That girl is fearless! I have a few scars, one of which occured during the boat scene in the woods. As I slid down the boat after Moe slammed my head, I cut my thigh. I didn't feel it happening, because again; adrenaline was pumping. I only discovered it later, in the shower. But all the bruises were well worth it! :)

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? 

KK: Evil children. Children are so innocent by nature that seeing an evil version of them freaks me out.

LF: Name a film you walked out of at the theater.

KK: I don't think i've ever walked out of a theatre…

LF: If you could punch one person in the face, who would it be? 

KK: I'm not particularly violent. 

LF: Has anyone ever made you feel 'star-struck'?

KK: There's an extremely talented Quebecoise actress who shares my name; Karine Vanasse. I saw her once at a concert and was totally star struck. I've since seen her a few times around Montreal.

LF: What's your favorite horror film of all time and / or the scariest movie you've ever seen? 

KK: The Descent really did a number on me. I was also a sucker for The Ring, I never stared at my TV the same way.

LF: Thanks again. 


- Leo Francis