How did your career as a Scream Queen come about?
Melanie: Well, my SQ career came about when I responded to
an audition notice for Netherworld. I had
always been a horror fan, but once I was
surrounded by the environment at Netherworld,
something about being a part of the horror, and
actually creating screams was rather
satisfying. Since then, I have sought out
horror movies as the genre I prefer to work in.
'Deadly Predator 3', 'Creature
of the Night', 'The Netherspawn',
and 'Demon Sight'...How long do
you intent to take this horror ride?
"Deadly Predator 3" was
actually the first film I worked on in which I
was the bad guy. I have really fond memories of
that shoot. Gary Lynch is a great director
to work with. He has since done a couple of
other horror films and I believe is working on a
new script. I would love to work with him
of the Night" was a film by Diana
Curry, whom I met on another film shoot.
She actually had the film mostly in the can at
that time. What I did on that film was get
together a bunch of the Netherspawn to play
victims to her werewolf as filler. It was
my first experience doing FX makeup on a
film. It was a fun experience, and I was
proud of the fact that it was several of the
Netherspawn's first time on camera. Since
then, several of them have gone on to play major
roles in independent horror films. I like
to think I helped them get their foot in the
Ah, the Netherspawn.
This is my family. No matter how far I
go in my career, I would never completely leave
the Netherspawn. In the three years that I
have been with them, I have gained unbelievable
experience. I've learned so much about
special effects makeup, horror, and
improvisation. It's indispensable.
What makes you scream in real
Melanie: Idiot people with circular logic. And
Who are your inspirations in the horror field?
Melanie: Who do I
look to- I have two inspirations.
Barbara Steele was fantastic. And though I
admire her work and her magnetism on screen, I
have to say I don't really feel I have as much in
common with her. But she is definitely one
that I look up to. I would have to say I
think I look to Bruce Campbell more than
anything. Yep. I want to be a female
Bruce Campbell. But since I can't do
exactly that, I'll settle for using him as
What have been your best and worst
Melanie: My best filmmaking experience is hard to
pinpoint. I think the set that I had the
most fun on was "Morning Glory," which
was a television pilot. We filmed two
episodes. I played a schizophrenic character
and, well, really got into the role. It was
freezing and we were filming in a drafty old
house, and I think I almost caught
pneumonia, but I didn't notice. It was
really fun and challenging.
experience. I sat on a set for 12 hours one
time having not filmed anything.
I'm used to that. Happens all the
time. But it turns out they had decided to
cut my scene earlier in the day, but didn't want
to tell me because they needed bodies there to
fill out the background. If they would have
told me this, maybe... MAYBE I would have helped
them out. No. No I wouldn't.
Because it was rude and unprofessional.