|Dai, did you make any New Year's resolutions for
a matter of fact I did! My resolution was to not
make any as I didn't want to start the New Year
with a lie. I'm really bad about that.
So you write
the column 'Horror Talk with Dai'
on HorrorNews.net. Tell me how that gig came
about and what made/makes you the right woman for
Well, it all
started a long time ago in a land far away....
Ok, that's really not the right answer. I joined
HNN the day it opened to the public. From Day 1,
I wanted to make this site different than the
other sites that had already existed so I talked
the owner, BoneDigger, into letting me start a
column and from there many more were born. What's
The Bloody Deal with Dai was born and stayed as
such until about the middle of 09' when I wanted
to take it in a different direction. The favorite
part of my job has always been finding out what
the fans of horror wanted and what they though,
so I changed the basis of the column to fit more
around them. As far as being the right woman for
the job, it wasn't about being the right woman or
the right man; it was about being the right
person. Plus, I think even the EIC forgets I'm a
woman sometimes. I just love the genre and wanted
to make our site a place where people who felt
the same way could come and feel satisfied at the
end of their visit. And I am a slave driver. That
always helps. Just kidding.
Tell me about
'Podcast from Hell'! Give me all
the dirty-bloody-gory-gruesome details.
'The Podcast from Hell'. That is our web show
where we talk about movies, real life horrors,
everything in the genre, pick on each other
mercilessly, have on celebrity guests, and cause
a bunch of chaos amongst the masses. My co-host
is John Torrani from AmericasBadKids.com, who is
like a perfect match for everything that my
deviant little mind can conger up and is probably
one of the most kick ass people I know. Our
recent guests have included AJ Bowen, Ben
Templesmith, Sid Haig, Tom Holland, Kevin Tenney,
Terrance Zdunich, Debbie Rochon, Gunnar Hanson,
Anthony DiBlasi, and we have many more coming up.
The gory details are normally seen in our live
chat room during the show where the audience gets
very out of hand and keeps us laughing throughout
the show. You can listen to all past episodes on
the PODCAST section of Horrornews.net
were also interviewed in Reyna Young's Women in
Horror documentary 'Welcome to My
Darkside'. What were the main
things you wanted to convey during your
fantastic isn't she!? She came to me and asked if
I would like to talk about what I do with HNN and
the status of women in the genre. I thought it
was a great idea! So often are women just chopped
up to be bare breasted victims in horror films
with nothing else to offer. This couldn't be
further from the truth. I know MANY women in the
genre that are often looked over for and by their
male counterparts that contribute SO MUCH to the
genre and industry itself. I wanted to convey
that we should be recognized for what we do and
be taken just as seriously as those who have the
male genitalia. We are writers, artists,
actresses, directors, producers, and amazing
people who sometimes do our jobs even better than
the men. I look forward to the day when the
stigma of the 'gina goes away.
Is acting in
horror a big aspiration of yours?
to me, is a fun way to hang out with people in a
smaller setting than the conventions. I have a
lot of fun on the projects I am working on and
it's more of a honor for me than an aspiration. I
just like to create things and have fun with the
people I know and adore and sometimes that
happens by being in front of the camera.
Do you have any other
projects lined up you would like to let the
racksandrazors.com readers know about?
starring in a very special season ending episode
of 'The Chainsaw Sally Show' with April Burril
and Debbie Rochon. This will be a one hour
special with an ending that will the horror
audience will love. You can check out the show at
ChainsawSallyShow.com and mark your calendars for
the season finale coming in February! I will also
be appearing in San Francisco for Reyna Young's
Women in Horror Convention on Feb 27th. You can
find more details at www.LastDoorWayProductions.com . As far as
films, I am set to be appearing in a few that at
this point are very hush hush, but I promise to
keep you updated!
werewolves, zombies, witches, creatures, aliens,
telemarketers...what does it for you horror wise
Dai and why?
I am a
ghost, demon, and witch FREAK! I love films that
can psych you out with things that you really can
not fight against. On an unrelated note, I am
also a Garden Gnome enthusiast. Some people find
them scary, I find them adorable! And
telemarketers. Damn assholes.
What was the
first movie to scare the shit out of you?
original 'When a Stranger Calls'. I mean, c'mon!
"Have you checked the children"? That
is the freakiest thing ever and Carol Kane's eyes
were scary enough anyway but when she got all
wide-eyed, that was some freaky stuff!
And what was
the last horror movie you saw that really annoyed
Do I really have to answer this?? Fine, one the
last movies I saw that REALLY annoyed me would
have to be 'The Legend of Bloody Mary'. How can
you mess up a film with such an awesome premise?
Everything about that film just seemed poor to
me. BUT someone out there may like it, so check
it out and judge for yourself.
pulling into the Dai Green 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?
question! 1st: 'Martyrs'. We'd serve beef jerky,
pistachio oatmeal, and Bloody Marys. (My drive-in
would have to include a bar haha). 2nd: 'Cannibal
Holocaust'. We'd serve Turtles (The chocolate
kind), Kebobs, and Sex on the Beaches. 3rd:
'Killer Clowns from Outer Space'. We'd serve
cotton candy, ice cream, and vodka spiked Cherry
favorite horror flick death scene?
comes from the upcoming film from Stacy Davidson
and Ted Geoghegan. The film is 'SWEATSHOP' and
the kill is courtesy is of The Beast (played by
Jeremy Sumrall) who smashes people with his
insanely huge hammer. This is a good one folks;
keep an eye out for it!
best Halloween costume you ever had?
going to sound cheesy but when I was a kid (six
years old) in summer camp we had to dress up for
a "costume parade". Well, let's just
say there were no silver spoons in my family at
all so my mother had to find things at the house
to dress me up in. She ended up putting me in HER
clothes and sent me as Lily Tomlin's character in
'The Incredible Shrinking Woman'. I could barley
walk because I was tripping not only over the
pants that drug the floor but the shirt drug as
well. Everyone doted on me for how cute I looked
and I was the hit (among the adults) of the
parade. That always stuck with me.
you in real life?
than terribly personal things, I would have to
say rats, the Asian woman from 'The Grudge' (the
movie sucked but that woman is the scariest
f****** thing ever!), driving long distances by
myself, and dead fish. Shut up, dead fish are the
scariest and grossest things in the ENTIRE world.
But I don't mind them in a cooked or sushi