At what age did you see
yourself as an actor?
I started when I was 6 and I was doing
stage and did my first professional stage show
when I was 9 or 10.
Did you see yourself acting in horror films?
Um... Yeah, because of my background in
magic and my brother and parents were magicians
too. I've always liked the darker stories and
magic. I was at an early age learning to use make
up and disguises like that. It made me more taken
with horror films. I liked making masks or make
up and I remember my friends not wanting to watch
horror films and I said to them naw that's all
fake and made up and not real monsters. I
remember was when how Hal Holbook was playing
Mark Twain using and using all those effects from
CBS. He came to Alablama 3 or 4 years ago doing
that show as Mark Twain in 'One Man Show' and it
was so great that he came here. I also liked his
character as Professor Henry Northup from
That was the chapter 'The Crate' from that film
with Adrienne Barbeau.
Yes, Hal played the husband of
Adrienne's who trapped her in his lab with that
What was your first horror film?
Hmmm... I believe it was 'Sleepaway Camp
3: Teenage Wasteland'
How did you get the part as Snoboy in the film?
My agent sent me to read for Tony
DeRaro. I went over and read for it and got a
callback 3 or 4 weeks later. Then my hair was
dyed black cause I was playing a Spanish guy in a
stage production. When I had another callback to
read with the actresses and this time was it dyed
white for another stage show (Laughs). I was then
asked to read for Snoboy. It didn't matter to me
to read for a different character as I was open
for anything. When I read that stuff I found it
much cooler. And the character Snoboy was perfect
cause I had bleached hair.
What was required for you to audition?
Kyle: They handed me a side couple pages of dialogue. I
don't remember what exactly I read. I was in
Atlanta for 6 minutes with the dialogue. I read
for both Tony and Snoboy.
What was it like working with Mark Oliver who
took the role as Tony?
He was great and really nice.
Did you see the original 'Sleepaway Camp' film
before you played the part as Snoboy?
No, when I came back from that audition
and rented Sleepaway 1 and was like what is
this??? Then my agent asked me how the audition
went and I told my agent I didn't know if this
was going to be worth it as I was busy with stage
and I found that the original 'Sleepaway
Camp' was totally different. I couldn't
figure what this scene was all about. I was
trying to figure out how they were going to tie
this in with and what I was going to do. My agent
told me that the script has changed with a
different group and it's gonna be very tongue in
cheek. It's Not a comedy but much more of a comic
twist and that I'd love it.
Did you enjoy the first one?
Kyle: Oh yeah, definetely! It was a classic!
Who did you get along with the most on the set?
Um... Hung out alot with Bill Johnson
cause of interest with make up. I had prosthetic
make up in my basement. I hung out with him alot,
and I also hung out with Valerie Hartman. She was
a sweetheart and a production assistant on the
third one and we hung out alot on set. I didn't
know she was Ally in part 2. We both went into
Atlanta several times at the mall. We also went
over to Birmingham to do stuff. We were at a
hotel one night and she showed me the trailer for
part 2 and saw Valerie in it as Ally and I was
like "Oh my god, you're in part 2!"
Do you have any memorable experiences you'd like
to share with us on set of filming it?
I rememember being impressed by the camera
assistant who's name was Dudley but I can't
remember his last name.. he was a big biker guy
and knew his stuff really well it was great. He
was really good and dedicated with his stuff and
I became involved as a camera operator for some
shows. The props guy very intense on his work and
I asked if he can be the one to be hit on the
head with the Phoebe stick and I wanted him to
smack me really good to make it look real and
knew the exact spot I wanted him to hit me so he
wouldn't hurt me. I can't remember his name
What kind of a set was the camp site done at?
Well it was a real camp right there in
Waco, Gerogia. It's been torn down since.
Why was it torn down?
Kyle: I think that the property was
sold to industrial warehouses. It was already
closed down when before we shot the film. You
needed a 4 wheel drive to get to the camp. The
roads have not been kept up since it was closed
and luckily had a 4 wheel drive. You had to
carpool there otherwise as it rained like crazy
and were stuck at camp. The hotel was another
exit down the freeway towards Atlanta. It was 8
miles away from camp.
Could you relate to your role as Snoboy?
Oh yeah absolutely. Pretty much I can do that
character to pull my own experience with. That
role to me was typical kid in class never took
anything seriously and wanted to goof off. Pretty
much like me
You weren't really a troublemaker were you?
No not at all. Snoboy wasn't much of a
troublemaker like someone Daryl Wilcher's
character Riff was like. He just a kid who
couldn't take anything seriously. You don't look
at it of not someone to trust like you would with
someone dangerous like Riff, just not to trust to
stay out of trouble. Snoboy was just a goof off.
Greg: What kind of an
experience was it like meeting Pamela
Kyle: It was great. For the first two days of shooting
I didn't know who she was. She was extremely nice
and easy to talk to. People Magazine came up to
me and said what's it like working with Pamela
Springsteen and do I think that her attitude is
affected by who her brother is? I looked at him
and said "Who's her brother?" I had no
idea and he laughed and said "Oh that's
good." He said that her brother is Bruce Springsteen and at
the time he was the deal. They didn't call him
the big boss for nothing.
Did you see her in any of her other films like
'Fast Times at Ridgemont High', 'Reckless' or
'Scenes from the Goldmine'?
I've seen all of those 'Fast Times at
Ridemont High' is important to me. Sean
Penn is just phenomenal. Wow.
I believe that Pam dated Sean a bit when they
were doing the film.
I had no idea..
I heard that her brother did fly down to Georgia
to do an unplugged session nearby.
Someone told me that he came to the
camp. All the production guys were jamming qwith
musical instruments at the old dining hall with
the fireplace, drum sets, keyboards, guitars and
anything you could imagine. It was so great!
After filming, the crew people would come down
jamming and the day after filming someone claimed
that Bruce jammed with them. It was on a Saturday
I think and someone said next day after my
shooting was finished that Bruce played with them
all at the mess hall.
the actors good to work with? Any of them
difficult at all?
All of them were great and the only guy
who was hard to get close to was the guy who
played Barney and was he was a fight
choreographer and stunt guy for the film as well.
Yes, Cliff Brand.
He was choreographing a fight scene between Mark
Oliver (Tony) and Daryl Wilcher (Riff). He was
probably keeping that stand offish attitude while
he was playing a character. He was a nice guy he
didn't wanna talk to anybody. He stayed pretty
stern while others goofing off having a good
Sounded like that he kept to himself.
Michael J. Pollard and I got along. He
was quiet and shy. He would talk to me and we
talked about nothing I guess cause we were
talking about what was going on there instead of
me asking him about his movies like 'Bonnie
& Clyde'. Michael, Valerie Hartman
and I went to the Buckhead Mall ritzy mall and it
was cool walking around as Valerie was production
assistant. Next thing Michael has disappeared and
we were looking around the mall for 45 minutes
and ended up finding him in a shoe store cause he
was tired of people following him around as he
always had people following him around since he
was a name. It was probably part of the contract
too as Valerie was not his assistant and his
assistant said that she was responsible for him
if they were going out somewhere with him and we
ended up losing him. (Laughs)
How long did you and Valerie date?
We went out a few times during that couple weeks.
We just went out to eat, go to a movie and went
to Birmingham. We tried to stay in touch
afterwards but was busy and she was looking to
take off to L.A. She was thinking of acting in
Simpson's upcoming comedy 'Fast Food'. Michael A.
Simpson mentioned the film to me but afterwards I
never heard from him. Michael A. Simpson was a
super nice guy and I would happily work with him
Did she do any other acting gigs that you
No, I hadn't seen or heard of any.
Your line was "Party all night! Teenage
Wasteland!" Did it give anyone an idea with
that one liner to title it Teenage Wasteland?
Kyle: No, it was already called that I was like
"Oh man, I hate that!" I got over it
and did tough it out not to think about it so
much. Something like that for an actor can be so
forced like "My name is Bond! James
Bond." It was a goofy line.
Greg: Originally in the
script of your character getting killed was that
Angela was spraypainting your face and then lit a
match but instead she whacks you in the head with
a log and then burns you. When was that changed?
It was changed about 3 or 4 days before filming
it. It was a higher budget to do it and more
time. They blew all budget on Part 2. I was
disappointed about it as I thought it would've
been better but it would take a whole day to
shoot. The stick scene was shot in about 3
different coverage takes. Saved alot of money.
Is it true that the film went direct-to-video?
I'm pretty sure it did. I knew it went theatre's
in Italy told by my agent. I'm pretty sure it
went direct-to-video elsewhere.
Did you ever get a screener copy of it when
editing was done?
Kyle: No I sure didn't. I ended up buying it when it
was availble on video.
Did you ever get feedback from fans of the film?
Kyle: No, just people that I know who have seen it. Not
people I don't know. Alot of guys I work with at
the Haunted House were saying "Party all
night! Teenage Wasteland".
You have your own haunted house?
Yes, I run it with a few people. We open it every
October for charity. It's one of the largest
haunted houses in history. Go to www.atroxfactory.com to find
Have you kept in touch with any of the actors
No, I worked with make up guy Bill Johnson for a
couple jobs. Then with assistant director Jerry
Pece ended up doing a horror film in Alabama
called 'Elvis' Grave' since we
lost our original AD and Jerry took over did a
pneumonal job. The film was a comedy horror
What is the story about?
It's about a psychotic Elvis impersonator and he
basically decides to be crowned the best so he
kills other impersonators.
Who do you play in it?
I played a guy named Pervis and he was the lead
in it. Purvis is a horrible Elvis impersonator
and is really bad. An event has a big Elvis
contast and all these other Elvis impersonators
come and this character freaks out and kills
It got a limited release in theatre's but
Graceland Estate put a cease and desist on it or
would be sued. The guys that owned it freaked out
cause something was wrong with the insurance.
So it was shown?
Yes. We beat the film 'Quigley Down Under'
starring Tom Selleck at our theatre down in
Is it availble on DVD?
The writer/director David Hughens is trying to
get a way to get it released but to protect
himself from getting sued by Graceland. I have no
idea what assets he has.
You are in a new comedy-horror film called 'Hide
& Creep' which is soon to be playing at film
festivals but it did play last September 23rd at
the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival with your
comedy flick 'Alice Misadventures in Wonderland'
as a sneak preview. How was the turnout for that
It was a sold out show. The reviews are on Movie
Poop Shot and www.hideandcreep.com . The
reviews are all good. Everyone is comparing it to
'Shaun of the Dead'.
When will we be seeing 'Hide and Creep'?
Go to the www.crewless.com you would
find out where Hide & Creep
So it's already playing in festivals?
What is your role Keith all about?
He is a president of the Thorsbygun Club and he's
basically one of the redneck survivalist types
guy. Keith is one of the heroes in the film. When
he saved the day the audience applauded at the
sneak preview and I didn't realise the audience
would cheer for it.
Is he the lead in it?
Keith is one of the leads. He kinda follows the
five people. The story follows the characters of
me, Chris (Chris Hartsell), Barbara (Melissa
Bush) and the Preacher (Barry Austin).
Is this flick very much like other comedy-horror
zombie flicks like Shaun of the Dead, Evil Dead 2
and Return of the Living Dead?
Yeah it's really clever the way the film is done.
The comedy is really good and very dry the way it
was acted and clever. Several tips of the hat to
the very famous films and you can only catch the
story to this one if you were a fan of the films.
Zombies take over the town and nobody questions
about it. No silly stuff going on the way people
treat the situation which makes it funny. The
southern rednecks were not done in a typical
idiot Jethro Hillbuillies redneck way or stereo
typical toothless idot ways. People are getting
to see that.There's no goofball Jim Varney type
This is a horror film?
Oh yeah. Very much compared to 'Evil Dead
2' and 'Dawn of the Dead'
and is being brought up in reviews it's being
With your Hot-Mic productions you could easily
help out some of the local Georgia actors you
worked with like Mark Oliver, Daryl Wilcher, Kim
Wall and Haynes Brooke get more acting work since
acting is so scarce. Have you thought of
contacting them about future film projects?
Um... no, I don't do much in the casting area and
with Hot Mic. I'm not doing a whole lot of
production anymore. Everything I do is right here
from the studio doing commercials and voice over
work as it's a cool job. I'm busy acting in other
peoples work. Usually how casting directors work
is that they have their own ideas of who they
want. Only time was when Jerry Pece was assistant
director on 'Elvis' Grave' or
Bill Johnson for make up. I've done it only those
Now a film will be coming out called 'Return to
Sleepaway Camp' which is Hiltzik's true sequel to
the first one. He may make another one if this
one goes well if he asked you to be in it would
you do it? Snoboy's character of course was
killed off in 'Teenage Wasteland' but Hiltzik is
making 'RTSC' a true sequel to his first one and
ignores Simpson's work on them.
Of course I would!
Now here's some fun stuff: What are your
favourite horror films?
First one comes to mind as little kid is 'Salem's
Lot'. I'll always be connected to 'A
Nightmare On Elm Street' nobody could
get a look at Freddy and wanted to make a Freddy
costume. I started going out and making my own
Feddy costume as I had the stuff to make it and
no one else did and winning costume contests. Now
places started selling Freddy gloves etc.
I also love all Vincent Price films.
If you have a film you'd like to change what
would that film be?
Hmmm.... I guess it would be 'Elvis'
Grave'. I'd want another shot and get
the damn insurance they need cause it's a great
What is the film you acted in that you
would cherish the most?
That's hard... I mean for me the work when I'm
actually on the set, then when it's over and then
watching it is a different thing. Lots of films
I've worked on I enjoyed. Film is an editors
medium. All you can do is enjoy the work you're
doing. The most fun I had with the last two films
were 'Alice's Misadventures in Wonderland'
and 'Hide & Creep' Another
film titled 'Peanut Business' is
something I'm proud of too. Awards I won was a
little film I won 'Who Is Colin Cherry'.
That's the one I'm most close to. I won a Writing
Award Audience Choice Award. The film is
a mocumentary about a performer.
If you were just a top scream king for a
day whether this actor was alive or dead who
would he be?
Bruce Campbell. He's phenomenal!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Riding my chopper in the middle of nowhere
without my cell phone.
What is your ambition in life?
I'd like to continue doing film work. My
voice over acting I enjoy doing too. I had a lead
in a video game for Acclaim but it went out of
business. It killed me and I am dying to get into
the video game and cartoon stuff. I Haven't
landed anything yet but I've been up for several.