|What are your
earliest recollections of the horror genre?
Our earliest??? How far back do you want us to date ourselves?
I know all of us can remember the old TV shows, "Creature
Features", "Ghoulardi", "Outter
Limits", and "Twilight Zone"
... and for some of us, just the intro music of the "Twilight
Zone" often had us hiding under the couch.
||What were your initial
reactions to reading the script for The Evil Dead? Were you mostly
sold on working on the picture due to Sam, Rob and Bruce's enthusiasm?
I think our initial
reactions included the fact that the script wasn't too long. It
certainly didn't describe the blood and gore scenes (as well as
others) in detail, and we had been told that some scenes might
be changed. Indeed, much of the script was changed once we started
shooting. Ellen was sold on working with Sam and Bruce in particular
because of her friendship with them. They had been good pals all
through high school. Betsy and Sarah thought this might be a good
experience to jump into, were intrigued by 'the boys' and their
quirky sense of humor, and of course, the fact that we all received
an enormous salary... NOT!!!
was it like seeing the movie again on the big screen for the 20th
anniversary reunion in Detroit as opposed to seeing it for the first
time 20 years ago upon the films initial release?
Not everyone was able to be at the premier, but being all together
20 years later was a real thrill. We were all catching up on old
times, talking about mortgages and kids, and sitting down together
in one place to enjoy something that many of us weren't sure would
ever make it to the screen 20 years prior. And sitting in the theater
full of 'EVIL DEAD' fans? What more could you ask for?
You all did a live read through of 'The Evil Dead' script on stage
with Bruce & an audience member before a screening of the movie at
the Flashback Weekend convention in Chicago back in 2002. How'd
that all come about & what was it like to "act out" some
scenes from The Evil Dead 20 years later for a live audience of fans?
It was a hoot!!! It was our idea (the "Ladies", that
is) and Bruce was more than willing. We thought it would be fun
for us and entertaining for the audience as well, which it definitely
was on all counts. Of course it was quite brief, because as we
all know, The Evil Dead is not known for it's meaningful dialogue!
|Was seeing Bruce
and his interaction & relationship with his fans a motivating
factor in getting into the convention appearances? Were you surprised
by how many fans really wanted to meet you at these conventions?
YES, and YES! None of us had ever had any exposure to fan conventions
of any sort, so seeing Bruce at events and seeing the fan response
was quite an eye-opener to us. We were absolutely amazed at both
the quantity of E.D. fans out there as well as the diversity of
people who love this film.
Any odd, interesting or funny stories from your convention experiences?
Ellen was quite amazed to see 2 different men with her Cheryl/ Deadite
face tattooed on their arms. The artwork presented to us by fans has
ranged from a ceramic candy bowl with figures of the ladies sitting
in it to posters, caricatures, etc. We've met many fun celebrities,
but probably the best was Alice Cooper, who is a BIG Evil Dead fan and
who we interviewed on camera for our upcoming documentary.
what's the latest on your upcoming documentary "LIFE AFTER
DEAD"; about your experiences touring the convention circuit?
We're in the process of editing the 30-plus hours of footage we've
collected over the past few years. It's of conventions as well
as interviews and other events relating to the Ladies lives and
activities; both during the shooting of Evil Dead, as well as
now and the years between. Hopefully it'll be released some time
next year on a DVD featuring an Evil Dead 25th anniversary cast
reunion in Morristown, Tennessee.
You've all done some work in film, television, commercials, voice-overs,
and/ or with singing & acting on stage. Is there any particular medium
that you all enjoy the most out of all those or that you might find the
Betsy and Ellen have a fondness for the stage, particularly musical theater,
but would also love to do more film. Theresa (Sarah) has made her living
as a voice-over talent, but would also like to add a few more films to
you recently worked with Dante Tomaselli on his upcoming film "Satan's
Playground". How'd you get involved in that project?
Dante has always been a HUGE Evil Dead fan. Then, 2 years ago, Rue
Morgue Magazine did articles on Dante and the Ladies in the
same issue, so Dante saw that i was out there. He e-mailed me and
asked me if I'd be interested in being in his next film, and a year
and a half later, I was in Jersey filming "Satan's Playground".
Were you familiar with Dante's previous films before working with him?
|No, but I watched them before I agreed to be in Satan's Playground.
spoke very highly of the job you did in Satan's Playground.
What was your working experience with him like?
Dante is a fabulous director and a wonderful human being. He's highly
focused, cares about his actors, and knows exactly what he wants
in his films. I enjoyed every minute of working with him and hope
to do it again in the near future.
Special thanks to all 3 of the lovely Ladies of the Evil Dead
for speaking to us here at Icons Of Fright!