|What are your
earliest recollections of the horror genre?
I remember as I child a film called "Sweet, sweet Rachel",
and a Kim Darby movie-of the-week called "Don't be afraid
of the dark", about these creepy litlle guys who lived in
her basement chimney shaft. Both films scared the pants
off me, and yet I couldn't NOT watch them either. Horror
films can be so fun for the fright experience!
Tell us about how you initially got involved in acting?
Acting was something I knew I wanted to do even before I started
kindergarten. It just kept being a reoccurring theme throughout
my school years, it became part of my personal identity.
I was never, however, a musical comedy gal. I remember being
in a one-person show in grade school called "The Last Flower",
about being the last living thing on earth, it felt so cutting
edge at the time, and such a priviledge to do something so enjoyable
and seemingly edgy!
||Your first role
on film was in "Married To The Mob". Tell us a bit about
working on that?
"Married to the Mob" was my first feature film experience.
I met Jonathan Demme through Bill Murray, who had become my friend
when I lived in NYC, and he gave me the part of a pushy reporter
who interviews Dean Stockwell's character. Blink, and you'll
miss it, but the experience was invaluable.
4: The Return Of Michael Myers" was your first lead feature
film. What were your initial reactions to the script for "Halloween
4"? Were you familiar with the films that preceeded
I thought Alan McElroy wrote a good, scary script. The
screen test was such a thrill, I had to wait an unbearable weekend
and on Monday they gave me the role of Rachel Carruthers.
I had seen bits and pieces of "Halloween", which is
a classic, but the plot line went astray in "H3".
You were only
in a few short scenes with Donald Pleasence, but what was it
like working with him?
Donald was a consumate pro, soft-spoken with a wonderful
quiet sense of humor, which you need during night shoots!!!
You spent a good chunk of time with Danielle Harris during Halloween
4, which was also her first feature. What do you remember about your
experiences together during Halloween 4?
I worked very hard, under some pretty tough conditions, the
roof top scene, for example. They had a roof built to match
the real one, but it was still high up with barrel tiles to
slide down! Dwight Little was a fabulous director who mentored
Danielle and I. I learned a great deal from him. His insights
You had a bit of an on screen rivalery with Kathleen Kinmont's character,
Kelly Mecker. How'd you get along with the rest of the cast when the
camera's weren't rolling? Did you manage to stay in touch with
anyone involved in the production?
We all got along
beautifully. I try my best to get along with everyone on
some level because you're all in it together, woking
long hours together. The crew on that movie was awesome
and supportive. A good tone was set from the get-go. My
co-star, Sasha Jenson, and I went on to do an Afterschool
Special together for ABC right after "H4"...what a
There's a story from the set of Halloween 4 that involved you injuring
yourself badly during the imfamous rooftop scene. What exactly
I slid down the tiles and got a slice down my torso. But no stitches,
no guts, just alot of sympathy from the crew and a panicky on-set
What was it like to see "Halloween 4" for the first time on
the big screen with friends and family?
I went to
Westwood to go see it, with my agent at the time, the wonderful
Philip Carr, and this line of people went around the
block. I asked someone what the big fuss was, and they
said "Halloween 4". I thought I would bust out of
my skin, I was so excited. It's a huge kick to have a
first big job where folks actually go to see it. I'll
never forget there were policemen at the back of the theatre,
I guess there had been riot threats...
Were you surprised by the success of "Halloween 4"?
I knew Dwight was on the right track because he honored the scipt, he
didn't order huge changes mid-stream, and the characters were ones you
cared about. Sometimes simple is better.
What would you consider your favorite scene while watching "Halloween
4"? And what was your favorite scene to work on behind the
I thought the
scene when I mow Michael Myers over in my truck was soooo cool!
The audience was yelling "Hit him!, hit him!"...so
that was fun. The great part of that sequence was that while
we were shooting it, some fellas were bouncing on planks propped
under the truck to make it look as though I'm driving for the
close-ups. You gotta love the movies!
What are your
thoughts on the radical direction the series COULD have taken,
as implied by the ending of "Halloween 4" in which
Jamie would've carried on as the killer?
I'd go see it, continuity is a good thing when the product's
worth the keep.
Rachel has always been a fan favorite. Was she always scripted
to die in Halloween 5? It it true you agreed to come back only
if they killed off your character?
Rachel was scripted to have scissors shoved down her throat,
which I wouldn't agree to do. I was reluctant to do the sequel
because Dwight Little wasn't on board, and the tone of the story
5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers" is considered a very odd
entry into the series. What's your take on that particular
Obviously, what I took away from the "Halloween" experience
was under Dwight' Little's direction. I still get a kick of
Rachel running through her yard in "H5", wrapped in
a towel, and getting Mr. Cornish to help her. I always
think of Cornish Game Hens!
with both George Wilbur's version of Michael Myers and Don Shanks
version of Michael Myers. What were the differences in
the two Michael's you went up against?
I liked George's Michael Myers because I KICKED HIS BUTT
for a while there! Don was a sweetie, especially during
the death scene which was less than pleasant.
Is it true
you had a part in "A League Of Their Own", but had
to drop out at the last minute? Which part were you initially
I have no idea where they wanted to put me, but somehow I ended
up on the "A-list" of actresses to play for the USC
coaches, I caught a fly ball from heaven, and next thing I know
I'm interviewing with Penny Marshall because I can play good
When did your
production company "Mindfire Entertainment" first
In the late 90's, two very funny knowledgable movie nuts sent
my husband and I a script that we fell in love with. We
shot it during the rainiest January in LA history. It
was renegade filmmaking at it's finest.
feature you produced was the cult favorite "Free Enterprise".
How'd you meet both Mark Altman and Robert Burnett?
We read their script, and had tea at the Plaza with them. We
share a mutual love of the movies and working with good honest
folks. Mark and Robert are the real deal.
Enterprise" had an excellent cast including Eric McCormack,
Rafer Weigel, William Shatner, Audie England and Patrick Van
Horn. What was the casting process like on that film?
Christine Sheaks is a casting genius. Eric got "Will and
Grace" about a week later. Who knew? Christine did!
You had a little cameo as Robert's ex-girlfriend in "Free
Enterprise". How'd that come about? Was it a given that you'd appear
somewhere in your production or was it Mark & Robert's idea?
Thankfully, Mark and Robert knew my work from the "Halloween"
films and thought it would be a kick to dust off the ol' gear and put
me back in the game.
Is it true you're
working on a sequel, "Free Enterprise: My Big Geek Wedding"?
Only Kirk knows!
Tell us a bit about your second production, "The Specials"?
A very funny script...I actually laughed out loud when I read
it. That's rare.
Of The Dead" come together?
We worked diligently to acquire the video game rights from Sega...a
script was written, a German director(Uwe Boll) came aboard,
and we set sail....
Were you always
keen on the idea of taking the role of Jordon Casper or did
you just want to play a bad-ass?
What housewife doesn't dream of playing a bad ass? I'd
do it again in minute, but I'd shoot it in LA. Vancouver
was chilly and damp, especially at 5 in the morning, the sun's
coming up after a 12 hour day, and I have to get on a plane.
You made an
appearance last year for the "Return To Haddonfield: 25th
Anniversary of Halloween" convention. What's the convention
experience like for you?
Surreal! We have such supportive fans! It was well
organized and attended, as it should be.
I think just about every male Halloween fan has at one point
had a crush on Rachel. (Ourselves & our friends included!)
Are you surprised by all of Rachel's fans and her popularity
in the series?
I don't consider Rachel "crush" material, but rather
a character you respect and pull for, attributes I'd take in
a minute over the "flavor of the month" gals.
I liked her, too!
You're going to work with another "Halloween" victim (PJ
Soles) on the upcoming "The Second Line." What can you
tell us about that project?
It shoots in the Spring if our schedules line up...I might be in Prague
but I'll find my way to Illinois!
next for Mindfire Entertainment?
Our cups runnuth over! I start "All Soul's Day"
this week, fittings tomorrow, rehearsals the next day. Is this
fun, or what? "House of the Dead 2" starts in
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