|Mara, Happy New Year. Do you have any big plans
for the evening?
Hi Owen! I usually have a
few different plans...but this year, I am
spending New Years Eve with my family in
Winnipeg. Even though the plethora of invites in
LA are taunting me...it's going to be more of a
chill NYE, ringing in the next decade.
So tell me a
little something about your role as Mercedes in
'Psychosomatika' with Jeff Dylan Graham (with
whom you also made 'Blood Legend'
in 2006). How did this new role come about?
was a lot of fun to play. I adore Jeff. So,
getting the chance to work with him again - and
as his sister, no less - was a wonderful
experience. Jeff and I kept in contact since
'Blood Legend' and he gave me a call when
auditions for his movie came up. We were both
blonde when we first worked together - and we
both happened to have long dark hair when
'Psychosmatika' started pre-production...so. I
like to think it was fate. Lynn Lowry, Peter
Stickles, Lee Perkins, David Collupy and Ned
Christensen...they all just made the project so
I must say
'Gothic Vampires from Hell'
(2007) is one of those movies I would rent on
title alone. Is it as much campy fun as it
sounds? Can you give me a teaser that is going to
make it irresistible?
It was a
lot of "campy fun"...it was an
interesting project to work on. I play Rayne who
is in a band with her twin sister, Ravyne (I play
the keyboards and she plays the drums)...and this
record executive wants to sign us - but you come
to find out she is after a little more than our
Mara, you also
starred in 'Slaughterhouse Phi:
Death Sisters' (2006). So if you
were going to be the head of a Scream Queen
sorority what would be some of the hazing
activities you would have potential candidates go
through to see if they make the grade?
Excellent question. I was never really exposed to
the sorority/fraternity worlds - they aren't too
prevalent in Canada. But, I have come to learn
that they are pretty important in the States. I
would probably make them do something
nerdy...like whoever beats 'Monkey Island' (my
favorite computer game) first (while I watched -
no cheating!!)...or who has the best scream (give
me a run for my money. Lol.)...or who sews Monroe
(my little Chihuahua) the best Halloween
costume...or who makes me the best Caesar or
I also want to
hear about your 15 week run in
'Dracula' at The NoHo Theatre. We
don't talk much about horror on stage. What was
that experience like? Did you have a vampy crowd
in the audience or the more serious sort of Bram
was one of the best experiences I have had. I had
been dying to work with Ken Sawyer (director)
since I moved to Los Angeles and saw him direct
'Woman in Black' at 'The Road Theatre'. He is
absolutely amazing and has such an eye for
gorgeous visuals and provoking images. This was
just a perfect night of theatre. The talent was
solid. The set was stunning (Desma Murphy is
nominated for an Ovation award for the set
design!). The audio and mood that Ken directed
was absolutely thrilling (Ken is also nominated
for an Ovation award!). We had full houses every
night. It really was an amazing show and I was so
happy I got to be a part of it.
You've made a
good amount of films in the past few years. In
addition to those I've mentioned you done such
flicks as 'Munch',
'Deader Living Through Chemistry',
'In The Dark', etc. What is the
most frightening thing that has ever happened to
you on a set?
Dark' was shot in Arvada, Colorado, at this
abandoned hospital in the middle of nowhere
(which was actually torn down shortly after the
shoot). It was all night shoots...and I tend to
get scared pretty easily. The cast and crew
thought it was hilarious to make me scream at
every turn...so I was on edge 99% of the time.
One pitch-black night, while they were shooting a
scene I wasn't in, I went walking from set to my
trailer. You had to walk across a semi-scary
field to get to the trailer, that night. All of a
sudden, I saw this dark thing following me - and
I just started screaming...and SCREAMING!
Everyone stopped shooting and ran out to see who
was attacking me. I opened my eyes...turns out I
was screaming at....my own shadow!!! Super
humilating. I'll never live it down, so I might
as well share it with you! Lol. But it was super
scary *when* it happened!
Do you have
any other upcoming projects you want the
racksandrazors readers to know about?
summer was a lot of fun - I had a supporting role
in the action film, 'Ballistica' ; I played a
prissy Texan art dealer in 'Head Over Spurs in
Love' ; and I played a Marilyn Monroe-type
starlet-wannabe in 'Rock and Roll' . I also
recently shot a really funny skit for 'Chelsea
Lately' with Guy Branum, Chuy Bravo, Chris
Franjola & Sarah Colonna (which should air in
January) and a fun 'Vevo' commercial with Adam
Lambert. Coming up next is a really cool
Tarantino-esque project called 'Sushi Girl' ,
directed by Kern Saxton (who directed me in
'Deader Living through Chemistry' - which is on
the 'Diary of the Dead' DVD).
werewolves, zombies, witches, creatures, aliens,
telemarketers...what does it for you horrorwise
Mara and why?
One is sharks - 'Jaws' still scares me. Number
Two is spiders ('Arachaphobia' changed my life!).
Three is a tie between vampires and ghosts
because vampires scare me, but they are also kind
of sexy...and ghosts *could* be real. (I get
goose bumps and my eyes water when people tell me
ghost stories...like clockwork!)
What was the
first movie to scare the shit out of you?
above. 'Jaws'! (I was scared to go the bathroom
because I thought sharks would come up the
toilet!) Then, 'Archanaphobia' - I
"still" do a nightly spider check
(ceiling corners, floor corners, under covers and
under the pillow) thanks to that film. And then
'Candyman' (I couldn't look in the mirror for two
And what was
the last horror movie you saw that really annoyed
I thought that one was really bad. It still
remains the only movie I have walked out of (in
the theatre), along with 'Joe Dirt'. I really
didn't like 'Anaconda' either - because I felt
sorry for the snake/was on the snake's side the
pulling into the Mara Marini Drive In. What three
horror flicks are on the triple bill for tonight
and what goodies are they going to be serving up
at the concession stand?
'Arachanphobia' and 'Candyman!' Lol. With
chocolate sharks, gummi-spiders and jube jubes
(which was my nickname for Jeff Dylan Graham [my
onscreen brother] in 'Psychosomatika' ,
What is your
dream horror movie role?
It would be Mina in 'Dracula' - with Ken Sawyer
directing the film version!
favorite horror flick death scene?
Walkins' skinny dipping and then getting devoured
in 'Jaws' ...you don't see a lot of gore, but it
still gives me chills.
best Halloween costume you ever had?
scary - but Victoria Beckham, hands down. I had a
blast with it and my date looked quite a bit like
David. It was a lot of fun. My 2010 is going to
be pretty fun too...you'll have to wait and see!
you in real life?
sharks (when I am in the water. Lol), ghosts... I
still get scared when I am home alone that there
*might* be a monster under my bed. My friends
make fun of me because if I hear something in the
night - they think it is absurd that my mind
immediately goes to "monster" or
"ghost" instead of "robber"
or "murderer". Lol. Must be all those