Brooke Lewis is a Philadelphia girl through and through. The vivacious dark haired beauty was born and raised in The City of Brotherly Love and is a huge Eagles (as in the football team) fan. In 2002 Brooke was industrious enough to start her own production company which she called (approproately enough) Philly Chick Pictures. Since then she has produced and starred in a number of films such as 'Polycarp' (2007) with Michael Pare, 'iMurders' (2008) with Gabrielle Anwar, Tony Todd, and Billy Dee Williams, and the upcoming 'Bind' with Devon Sawa and Ken Foree. Additional credits for Ms. Lewis include the star studded and highly anticipated scare flick 'Blood De Madam: The Fallen Ones', as well as several other films such as 'The Drum Beats Twice', and 'The Dreamless'. She was also Scream Queen of the Month for November 2008 as well as playing Amanda on VH1's Scream Queens show. Yes, Brooke has been a very busy girl, but despite her packed schedule she was also sweet enough to take a few moments to chat for this exclusive interview.

Brooke can you start us off here at Racks and Razors with a visual and describe the room where you are answering these questions?

Oooo... a sexy question! It is late at night and I am in my "brothel" style bedroom with my red walls and throw rug and purple satin sheets and throw pillows... lots of red and purple candles. Red and purple represent passion and prosperity, ya know?

In 2002 you began the production company Philly Chick Pictures. What was your mission statement or what did you want to achieve by creating the company?

As my website intro states, "to produce entertainment with an attitude". My movie career started as an actress in low budget independent films in NYC. I was always the actress, with a ton of energy and a business brain, who would call in a favor to help attach talent, crew, locations or think fast enough to do damage control on a set. After doing this work for other people's companies or projects and not being credited or compensated, I finally realized that I had been "producing" all along! I learned that I have a creative soul and a business mind. I have never been the type of person to sit back and wait for things to happen (or agents to call :), so I created Philly Chick Pictures to further my acting and producing career, make films with an edge and develop strong roles for women!

'Blood De Madam: The Fallen Ones' sounds so promising (love that title) with a huge cast that includes Tiffany Shepis, Debbie Rochon, Monique Dupree, Bianca Barnett, Melantha Blackthorne, and Victoria De Mare. How did you come about being cast in that production?

I love the title too, Owen! It kinda reads "Scream Queen" to me! And, how lucky am I to be cast with all of the gorgeous and talented horror actresses you listed? These Scream Queens have worked in the horror genre a lot longer than I have, so I was really flattered when the associate producer, Faron Brown, sent the script to my company. As soon as I saw that the legendary horror director, Herschell Gordon Lewis was signed on, I knew I had to read it! It is an interesting story with a lot of potential. I was also very attracted to the project based on the writer/executive producer, Keith Stoddard's passion.... passion, for me, goes a long way! They offered me a role and asked if I would come on as a consulting producer, as well. I have been helping to develop the script and get the "business" part of the project in tact! (Here I go again with the " business" end of things!)

You're also producing and starring as Joan in 'Bind' with Devon Sawa , Ken Foree, and Christa Campbell. Can you tell me a little something about this upcoming production?

'Bind' is a very special project to me! This is one of those low budget "labor of love" projects! Philly Chick Pictures has partnered with GrounDead Productions in Canada to do a Co-production deal for this film. I ran into the Canadian horror "genius", Dan Walton, at the LA Fangoria Convention earlier this year and when he returned to Vancouver, he called me and said "You know the more I think about it and get to know you, the more I realize how perfect you are for the lead role, Joan, in my film." Joan is a tough, little bitch, so I don't know if I should be flattered or offended! :) Either way, I fell in love with Joan (a really strong female character), sent the script to one of my producing partners and co-stars, Jim Pacitti, and here we are. The script has gone through many changes and budgets and we will shoot it in Vancouver in the spring of 2009.

You were the executive producer and starred as Agent Lori Romano in 'iMurders' (2008) along with a cast that included Gabrielle Anwar, Tony Todd, William Forsythe, Margaret Colin, Charles Durning, and Billy Dee Williams. What was the toughest part about doing both jobs?

As a producer and and actress, it is always a challenge to wear both hats! Again, my creative soul wants to focus on the art and the spirit of the film and my role, but the business brain must focus on what is best for the film, including raising funds, casting actors who will help the film to get distribution and, sometimes, making choices that you might not always agree with, while maintaining your integrity! As one of the executive producer's on 'iMurders', alongside, Robbie Bryan, Dan Wulkan and Jeff Quinlan, I helped to attach talent and crew, consulted and raised some financing. I am forever grateful to the producer, Ken Del Vecchio and the director, Robbie Bryan, for hiring me for this project, as I truly believe this film took my acting career and horror career to another level! As a director, Robbie Bryan was incredibly generous in allowing me the space to focus completely on acting. Plus, when you are starring opposite the fabulous (and, tall!)Tony Todd, how can you focus on anything else?

Do you have any memory of filming 'iMurders' that you would like to preserve in a time capsule?

The role of Agent Romano required me to look a certain way that I hadn\rquote t looked before in a film.... much more conservative and much less sexy than the other roles I have played. In the investigation scenes, I have my hair all pulled back in a ponytail,very little make up and bulky button down shirts.... not very flattering to me! At first, it freaked me out a bit (I still freak out when I watch these scenes!), but when you let go of your "looks" and really focus on your character and the "work", it is incredibly "freeing" for an actress! Of course, I will always remember working with this cast of such talented, seasoned actors.

You were the co-executive producer and starred as Dr. Grace Sario in 'Polycarp' ('Kinky Killers') (2007) opposite Michael Pare. What attracted you most to this role?

Grace is one of my favorite roles I have gotten to play.... perfectly written for me by writer/producer Ken Del Vecchio. She is a psychiatrist who is smart, strong and a bit misleading.... she may even have a dark side This character has a great arc and many "sides" . Plus, I got to star opposite sexy men like Michael Pare, Mark Belasco, Eric Etebari and Brandon Slagle.... how could a woman not be attracted to that???

Do you have any other upcoming film projects you would care to let the Racks and Razors readers know about?

I feel very blessed that things are exploding for me in the horror world! I am in "talks" with a few horror films and was cast in the gorgeous and talented, Ford Austin's 'Dahmer Vs. Gacy' that will shoot in LA in December. Outside of horror, I have 2 films directed by the young super talent, Marc Clebanoff, that will be released in 2009.... 'Break' stars Michael Madsen and 'Gerald' stars Louis Mandylor. We are also very close to producing Sal 'Ubatz' Polisi's 'The Sinatra Club', directed by Gabriel Bologna.

So what has been the biggest perk of being named Scream Queen of the Month for November 2008?

Hmmm.... like EVERYTHING!!! It is such an honor and has made me feel so welcome in the horror community. I have been getting fan mail because of it and I have already gotten 2 film offers because of it! I have to admit, however, that the biggest perk was that I was given a photo and video shoot at DRAC Studios. My friends and business associates, Todd Tucker and Harvey Lowry (the incredible owners of DRAC Studios), invited us to do a shoot at the studio, where the multi-talented Roger A. Scheck shot my photo shoot, and, if that wasn't special enough, the unstoppable Hart D. Fisher and his AMERICAN HORRORS crew produced a video for me! Insane!!!

Tell me about being chosen the Hot Hunks Of Horror's Hottie 2009?

Another honor... especially because it has a greater purpose! My friend and mentor, Parrish Randall, contacted me to tell me that he and two other awesome "horrific" men, Andy Rose and Marv Blauvelt, were producing a HOT HUNKS OF HORROR Calendar for 2009 and I was chosen as the Hot Hunks Of Horror's Hottie 2009 to be the inside cover and female voice of the calendar, which benefits the LYNN SAGE FOUNDATION for Breast Cancer Research. I was truly ecstatic! Please look for it them online and help us raise money for a good cause.

What was the first movie you saw that made you sleep with the lights on?

That's a toss-up... I was very young, but it would have to have been either 'Amityville Horror' or 'The Shining'. I did, however, have very strange fantasies about Dracula biting me in bed as a kid, but that story might be for a different interview

We're pulling into the Brooke Lewis Drive In. What three horror flicks are on the triple bill tonight and what goodies are they going to be serving up at the concession stand?

'Friday the 13th' (the original), 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (the original), 'Prom Night' (the original), OR ANY ROB ZOMBIE FLICK!
Sushi, sake and filet mignon.... okay, so I am a high-maintenance Scream Queen

Back in the 1950s there were a series of films with titles like 'I Was a Teenage Frankenstein' and 'I Was a Teenage Werewolf'. If they were to make a movie of your teenage years it would be called 'I Was a Teenage ______________' and why?

'I Was a Teenage Make Out Queen with Big Hair'. It was late 80's, early 90's and I was from back east, so I had big teased hair! And, I LOVED to kiss boys... still do... think I always will!

What scares you in real life?

Okay, Owen... here comes the serious Brooke and I will get emotional!

I am scared of going through life and not living out my dreams.
I am scared of growing old alone.
I might be scared of success!

Thanks Brooke.

Thank you so much for this opportunity RACKS AND RAZORS!
Love, Success and Horror, Brooke Lewis