5'3" Wisconsin born Nicola Fiore is a martial arts loving force to reckon with. Moving from Sarasota FL. to her current home in New York City where she lives with her girlfriend, Nicola has been making films back to back. As a result in only a little over two years she has catapulted to the front lines of scream queen horror notoriety. Some of her credits include Ron Bonk's 'Ms. Cannibal Holocaust' , Erik Matthew's 'Dead End' with Linnea Quigley, Joel D. Wynkoop, and Debbie Rochon, an interactive project called 'Chuckle's Revenge' , Timo Rose's 'Game Over' with Raine Browne and Debbie Rochon (for which Nicola won Best Scream Queen 2009 at The International Haunted Horror Fest), 'For Christ's Sake' which she also produced, 'Unholy Reunion' , 'Terror at Blood Fart Lake' , 'Post Mortem, America 2021' , 'Bloodbath in the House of Knives' , 'The 12th Victim' , Marc Leland's 'She Wolf Rising' with Ruby LaRocca, Tiffany Shepis, Debbie Rochon, Tina Krause, and Alan Rowe Kelly, and has even just completed her work as Scarlet in the very interesting sounding musical 'Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical'. In demand seems a gross underestimation of this woman's career.

Recently Nicola took a few moments away from her very hectic schedule for this exclusive Racks and Razors.com interview.

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

Sitting at my desk in my tiny city apartment. And no, I will NOT tell you what I may or may not be wearing! (Just kidding)

Have you always been a fan of horror?

Actually, no. It was a friend that I made my first movie with that introduced me to horror. I always thought it was silly and almost insulting to my intelligence to watch. "That is not scary!" I would say. My thing was martial arts movies. My dad and I watched all the greats. Gordon Liu and the 36th Chamber movies are my favorite.

Tell me about your work as GoGo in 'Dead End' with Linnea Quigley and Debbie Rochon. Give me a teaser that is going to make it irresistible to Racks and Razors readers.

Dead End is set in the 80's and is an homage to all the great zombie movies. My character "Go-go" is reminiscent of Linnea's character "Trash" from "Return of the Living Dead". It is horror comedy and I love all the different zombies that they pay tribute to.

I also want to hear about your work as Gwen in 'She Wolf Rising'. Do you have a certain memory from the filming that you would like to put into a time capsule?

One of the days we shot was at a strip club in Jersey. We were getting ready in the dressing room there and I remember all the crazy notes they had up. "If you are back here, you are not making money!" and "No leg-warmers after Memorial Day" was a good one. There is also store next door that has great stripper attire and we were in there giggling at some things and even trying stuff on. Good times!

Debbie Rochon has been a sort of mentor to you - what did she do and what about the business would you pass on to up and coming scream queens after you?

Well, I did my first 2 horror films in 1999 and 2002. I worked on "For Christ's Sake" in 2007 after a long break. At the time, I was anti-internet and MySpace was big and it all seemed like a waste of time. Debbie did encourage me to get online and put myself out there but everything else was up to me. The best advice I could give is not to take this too seriously. This is not therapy, school or social hour, either! It is film making and art after all. Do not expect to do this for the notoriety or the fame. (Forget about money all together!) You have to be confident and tough to take all the shit. The best thing I did was waiting until my late 20's to give this my all. I did not have the confidence or even a sense of who I really was until then.

I also want to hear about the interactive project you've done called 'Chuckle's Revenge'. Was the process of making something like that any different that shooting a regular movie?

It was! Each scene we did needed a death scene as one of the options. I was always asking director Tara Robinson, "Where are we in the script? What part is this for?" Shooting in the Florida heat was also pretty epic.

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

'Mr. Bricks' is a heavy metal murder musical that I have been working on all year! It has turned out to be the most challenging and the most amazing project so far. It is great to finally work with my friend Travis Campbell who I met working with Troma where he has been their editor for the past few years. We both have backgrounds in hard core music and share a love for it. Singing has been something I have really disliked throughout my life and it is good to finally put those feelings to rest. At first I thought he was crazy for wanting to do a musical! But this is a new kind of musical and the songs are really great!

Given your career and popularity I'm sure you've had fans ask you some very strange things. What's the most unusual thing you've been asked?

Being asked for pics of my feet! And being asked anything about my sexuality. No, you cannot have pics of my feet (there aren't any!) and it is my business how I have sex with my girlfriend! This is a weird business and I make weird movies so it comes with the territory.

In the smaller budgeted horror movies and such 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?

We had to leave Timo's (Rose) house in Germany with sheets over us while shooting "Game Over" because making movies with that rating and content is illegal there. I also remember when Ron Bonk fell in sewage in the beginning of the day during the "Ms. Cannibal Holocaust" shoot. It was terrible! I felt so bad. During the "hooker" scenes for "Mr. Bricks" cops actually stopped to talk to me. I pulled out the NYPD badge (which is authentic) and they actually thought I was undercover! Shooting 'Mr. Bricks' on the streets of NYC guerrilla-style is what this is all about to me. I get a rush shooting guerrilla-style and NYC is so full of energy. Then again, just knowing you are doing something you are not supposed to be doing for the sake of art is a rush altogether. And god knows we all suffer for our art as well!

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

GORE. At the end of the day, that is what horror is about. If you don't show the kills or some gore, it can change the genre of the film completely. That is what sets horror actors apart from the rest as well. Our ability to work with effects and make-up and blood is what we do. Working with Timo Rose on "Game Over' was rewarding for that reason. He is the ultimate in gore!

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

I really don't get scared that easily. Dee Snider's "Strangeland" freaked me out because that shit could really happen. Monsters are not real and ghosts are bullshit, but people really have tortured, kid-napped, and raped. Dee was great in that. Some would say that Hostile or Saw made torture films popular. That may be true, but this I saw years before and new Dee was on to something.

Do you have a horror dream role?

I do! And it is in the works and I don't want to jinx it. (There is another- see below my thoughts on "Frankenhooker"!)

Okay, we're pulling the car into the Nicola Fiore 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?

First off, where the hell is there a drive-in? Since moving to New York, I don't have a license! Just kidding. If I had a triple feature it would have to have some comedy and some action in there too. "This is Spinal Tap" for sure. I have been on a "Frankenhooker" kick lately too. "Drunken Master 2" has one of the best fight scenes ever shot. I am anti-junk food and eat a macrobiotic diet. But if I could put a pizzeria in my back yard, I would! Wait, there is one practically in my back yard! If you mean a triple feature of my own movies, I couldn't answer that. I have not seen a lot of what has been completed yet. I know that "Terror at Blood Fart Lake" is turning into a surprise hit. Who would have thought? I get messages about the one all the time!

What is the best Halloween costume you ever had?

There have been many! Halloween is my favorite holiday. My best costumes weren't scary but more slutty. I dressed up as the "Like a Virgin" bride one year. I liked being Chun-li from Street Fighter too. I may need to rock the "Frankenhooker" look this year!

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

I have a guitar collection. My father is a musician and used to own a guitar shop. He has tons, but there are a few I have picked up like my hollow-body Washburn and an acoustic to match. I hope to be even half as good as him one day. I really love living in New York with my girlfriend, Melody and hope to one day have the rights we deserve to get married.

What scares you in real life?

Anymore, not a lot. The night of the Times Square bomb scare, I was stuck underground for over an hour trying to get to the set of 'Mr. Bricks'. I realized then that I am at peace with what seems to be terrifying to most. Living in fear is not living at all. There is one kind of fear that keeps me going though: The fear I feel when I am singing in front of people or the fear I feel when I get on a motorcycle. I get a rush that is addicting. Overcoming those fears have been the best experiences in life.