London based horror actress Eleanor James has a red hot career that any up and coming horror actress would covet. In five short years she has appeared in dozens of horror films and shows no signs of slowing down. Some of her many titles include her wonderful role as Stitchgirl in Alan Ronald's 'Bordello Death Tales'e , 'Karl the Butcher vs. The Axe' with directors Timo Rose and Andreas Schnaas playing the title characters, Pat Higgin's 'HellBride' , 'Forest of the Damned 1 & 2' , 'Dead Cert' , 'Dr. Psycho's Chamber of Sadism' , 'Backslasher' , 'Zombies of the Night' , 'Webkam' , and 'Braincell' as sexy Nurse Monica with Joe Zaso, Eileen Daly, Raine Brown, and Billy Gaberina. The lovely brunette can also be seen in Ivan Zuccon's 'Colour from the Dark' with Debbie Rochon and fellow Brit scream queen Marysia Kay, Timo Rose's 'Barricade' , 'The Horror Vault 3' , 'Til Sunset' , 'Slasher House' , 'Eden Burning' , 'Monitor' , etc.

Recently Eleanor took some time out to talk a bit about her busy career, her ideas for a scream queen academy, ghosts and haunting on the set, and the price tag attached to her dream horror film role.

  Eleanor, why don't you start us off with a visual and describe the room or place where you are answering these questions?

In my bedroom in front of my computer - a mac - there is a cup of tea to the right next to my TV which has an episode of Sex and The City playing. It's slightly distracting.

You've really come into your own in a slew of horror flicks like 'The Horror Vault 3', 'Colour from the Dark', 'Harold's Going Stiff', 'Karl the Butcher vs. The Axe', 'Unwelcome', 'Forest of the Damned 1 & 2', 'Hellbride', 'Til Sunset', etc. Was there a point in your career where you consciously decided that you wanted to make a go of it in the horror realm?

I just wanted to make a go of being an actress and getting some work! I wouldn't limit myself to just being an actress that works in horror films, that would be a crazy move for an actress to make but if it happens that I just seem to get cast in horror then I'm definitely not going to complain because horror is an amazing genre and a huge passion for me. The first feature length film I did was a horror called 'Forest of The Damned', so at the very beginning of my career I became very aware of the huge buzz around indie horror and it's definitely quite addictive.

Tell me about your work as Monica in the upcoming horror flick 'Braincell'. Give us teaser that will make it irresistible to the Racks and Razors readers.

I play a nurse called Monica, who isn't really a nurse ... she's just pretending ... she's really a porn actress but she's undercover in a mental hospital helping to keep the patients happy and using her feminine charms to help stop them trying to leave! She has a very 'intense' working relationship with the head nurse who one minute seems to want to beat her up and then the next she wants to get it on with her, if I remember correctly there was a scene where Nurse Audra molests Nurse Monica in a corridor and she even licks Monica's leg ... to reveal that Monica is wearing some very sexy stockings and this is just before the zombies take over.

I also want to hear all about your role as Anna in Ivan Zuccon's 'Colour from the Dark'. What was that filming experience like?

Filming 'Colour from the Dark' was a very exciting time for me. Ivan Zuccon is a great director and I feel so lucky that he asked me to be in his film. It was great to see some more of Italy and work with a truly lovely Italian film crew. I was playing a peasant in the 1940's and I really enjoyed the costumes, getting into character and meeting the other actors, Marysia Kay who I had worked with on quite a few previous films so it was nice to know someone already and it was great to meet Debbie Rochon for the first time. We were filming mainly at night in the countryside and were next to a huge lake so instead of freezing on set in England I was actually warm but getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. I had about 20 huge bites on my feet and everywhere and was constantly scratching! We were filming in a beautiful derelict house which was definitely haunted (we named him Albert) so it was naturally very creepy as well.

You played Stitchgirl, a sort of *puppet*, in Alan Ronald's 'Bordello Death Tales'. So, if you were stitched together and could have something extra - gadget, limb, whatever - attached to your body, what would it be and why?

Hmmm ... a massive pair of tits?! Nooo ... Some wings, so I could fly. That'd be cool. But I'm sure someone would shoot me down and then all my puppet stuffing would float to the floor. That would be pretty tragic.

In smaller budgeted horror movies some very interesting things can happen on set. What is the craziest, scariest, or simply most unusual thing that you've ever witnessed on a movie set?

Some filming we did for the movie 'Backslasher' (which is now in post production) was kind of unusual because most of the finale is set in a 'sex chat phone in' place and we were filming in a real set for a call in TV channel so we were filming all these crazy scenes, running down theses corridors and getting chased etc and every other door down the corridor had a real 'sex chat' glamour girl on a heart shaped bed talking on the phone with cameras everywhere. Can't have been nice for them to know that we were making a film about girls doing their job getting murdered by a psycho and I don't think my screams in the background would have done it for the guys calling in.... unless they were sickos.

Eleanor, you're considered a top scream queen and I am sure lots of women would love to follow in your stilettos. If you were to run a school for future scream queens what sort of courses would they need to take and what would you have them do as a final exam?

All future scream queens should take a course on ... A) How NOT to fall over when being chased by someone that wants to chop you up. B) How to wear high heels and still NOT fall over at inappropriate moments or when psychos are about. C) How to learn to love fake blood ... really embrace it and become one with it ... you might as well take a bath in it actually knock yourself out and go half drown yourself in it. That's about it really. And then for a final exam they would all have to give me an amazing non sexual foot rub.

Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like the racksandrazors.com readers to know about?

Yes ... I'm very happy to be the lead role in Mycho Pictures latest horror movie called Slasher House, its being directed by MJ Dixon and produced by Jonny Raw. The plot outline is when Red, a young girl, awakens in a house, she has no idea how she has come to be there. Exploring her surroundings she soon realizes that she is not alone, in fact everyone else in the house is one of the worst serial killers in the world. Now it is a race against time as one by one the cells open and each killer is unleashed to stalk her through the inescapable corridors of the SLASHER HOUSE. We begin filming in about 7 days time. The majority of the film is being shot in an abandoned prison on the Isle of Man. I've done some research because the whole cast and crew will be sleeping at the location too and it's apparently very haunted. In cell number 4, prisoners were so scared they would put bibles under their beds and they wouldn't touch the walls at all. I've got the numbers of 3 cells in particular I'm going to be avoiding like the plague. The last hanging there was in 1973. It's going to be a very crazy few weeks but we all have high hopes for the film, the script is really brilliant and I can't wait to get over there and start shooting!

What differences, if any, do you see in the indie horror world between the US and the UK?

I really don't know that much about the US horror world, only what I read! It seems similar to the UK, creative people trying to make the best movies they can on whatever their budget is. It seems like there's more movies getting made in the US though.

Zombies, werewolves, vampires, witches, creatures, aliens, ghosts, psychos --- what does it for you horrorwise Eleanor and why?

Ghosts and psychos and possibly a really big werewolf would do it for me horror wise. Aliens don't seem that scary, I think they're just more of an inconvenience, like "how long am I going to be abducted for and what time are you planning on returning me" kind of thing. Vampires and witches I think would quite like me so they're not a threat and zombies and creatures can be dealt with quite easily with a bitch slap or if they're really persistent a hammer and chisel.

What was the first movie you saw that scared the shit out of you?

The Shining. I was about 9 or 10 and I saw the twins at the end of my bed for years afterwards.

Okay, we're pulling the car into the Eleanor James 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?

'Rosemary's Baby', 'The Exorcist', 'Paranormal Activity' ... hot dogs and popcorn and banana smoothies.

Do you have a horror dream role?

Yeah one that pays me a million pounds.

What is the best Halloween costume you ever had?

Not sure I ever had one!

Do you have any collections, obsessions, or true loves?

Shoes and handbags.

What scares you in real life?

My phone bill.