Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sneak Peek At Tonight’s #OrphanBlack

orphan blackCheck out the first two minutes of tonight’s ‘Orphan Black’. The show picks up with the tragic accident of Sarah’s daughter, who was hit by a car after being lured into the dark night by Helena. She is a murderous, self-abusing fundamentalist who believes she is the ‘original’ and all her other sisters are ‘abominations’ to be eradicated. Totally Up-In-The-Minds! The show is totally addictive!

From Rickey Russell Writings: Demon In The Mist & Depressions Of The Soul Now Available

rickeyBorn in the south, and raised from modest means, Rickey Russell has gained a strong concept and understanding of the darkness. Living with Schizotypal Disorder, writing is my way to connect and express the world around me by focusing on the one thing that I truly feel connected to-Horror! I wrote my collection of poetry as a way to release the darkness that held me for so long.   Depressions Of The Soul is that collection that I  have chosen to share with others. They were written during a time of emotional chaos and despair.

Since learning to cope with mental disorder and refusing to let it imprison me, I have also found comfort in running a Horror blog as well as expanding my love for writing into horror fiction. Demon In The Mist is my first novel. The story came to me  during a particularly heavy fog that seemed to swallow the  entire mountain community I called home. I just kept imagining a malevolent creature- a demonic monster of sorts that lurked within it-stalking me. Where did it come from?-what forces would it be driven by? One thing led to another and The Ghost Walker Tale is the resulting vision-in it’s entirety.

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Demon In The Mist, my first novel.It is a story of demons, magic, relationships and enlightenment. The story is set in the Appalachians. You can find the book at Lulu, Createspace and Amazon Kindle store. The Createspace copy is in Trade Paper with an alternative book cover. The Lulu has the original book cover with original artwork by Rickey Russell.

  When Karen Ison learns of the disappearance of her neighbors she searches for answers. With the help of a stranger she soon embarks on a journey that will lead her into a world of legend and magic. Hardback and Paperback
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Amazon Kindle Store eBook

depression coverAlso if you are a fan of dark poetry then check out Depressions Of The Soul. A collection of dark poetry that explores emotions through nightmares, chaos and the Apocalypse. Hardback and Paperback
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For contact: Rickey Russell
Rickey Russell Writings Website

New Clip For Season 6 ‘True Blood’

true bloodTell the world you stand with the vamps and #showyourfangs.

Check out the latest clip from ‘True Blood’ . The lines have been drawn. The sides are set. The war has begun. This season world collides as fanatics force all factions into an all out Civil War on the new season of ‘True Blood’. The first episode premiere’s on June 16th.

The Dead Return Once More To BBC

2ea18442-5d81-4da8-924e-bbe77b871068_625x352BBC has picked up the hottest French show going! ‘The Returned’ is a the supernatural thriller/drama will premiere on Channel 4 in June. The show is based on the 2004 film Les Revenants. It is an eight part series.
In a small Alpine village, in the shadow of a vast dam, a small group of men, women and children find themselves in a state of confusion, trying to return to their homes.

What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back.

Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.

This is a homecoming like no other.





Bill Oberst Jr. Enters The Circus

circus of the deadWell not that kind of circus. Bill Oberst Jr. has actually joined the cast of the upcoming sick flick by directed Billy Pon titled “Circus Of The Dead”. The film follows a man tortured by a psychotic clown who forces the man to deal with his life’s indiscretions in the most sadistically horrifying way. Guess he should not have gone to the circus that day! Oberst will play that sadistic twisted killer clown Papa Corn in the horror flick.
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A man becomes entangled in a deadly morality game when the circus comes to town and a sadistic clown forces him to examine the things in life he takes for granted in the most horrific ways.

Trailer Released For “Chastity Bites”

chastity bites title cardCheck out the trailer and promo poster for upcoming horror/comedy “Chastity Bites”. The film looks dark, delicious and fun. With lines like “My will power is the only thing standing between us and the gates of hell!” Anyway the film is directed by John V. Knowles and stars Allison Scagliotti (SyFy's "Warehouse 13"), Francia Raisa (ABC Family's "Secret Life of the American Teenager), Louise Griffiths ("The Revenant"), Eddy Rioseco (ABC's "Parenthood"), Amy Okuda ("The Guild"), Sarah Stouffer ("Bloomington"), Lindsey Morgan (ABC's "General Hospital"), Jennifer Gimenez (Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"), Greer Grammer (MTV's "Awkward.") and Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator"). The world premiere is set for Dances With Films In L.A. June 1st.

Chastitiy Bites” storyline: Notorious serial killer Elizabeth Bathory believed that bathing in virgin blood would keep her young and beautiful forever. Still alive today she's found a perfect hunting ground for her "botox" as an abstinence educator in conservative America...but will a brave young blogger and reporter for the high school paper finally put an end to the "Blood Countess's" reign of terror, and save her best friend from becoming the next victim?

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Epic Motion Poster For “Carrie” 2013

carrieCheck out the awesomely epic motion poster “Carrie” 2013. The film hits theatres on October 18th and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer. This much anticipated revision that is closer to the original vision of King’s story is helmed by Kimberly Peirce. I wonder if there has been any reports of seizures yet?!

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Demon In The Mist On Kindle

Demon In The Mist now available on Kindle!

In a small cave atop Black Mountain, in the foothills of Kentucky, a demon had been born. It tore into this realm through fire and blood. Conjured by things it found repulsive and crude. The demon had been released, and now everyone would feel the suffering and pain that it felt in birth. It hated this place instantly, and everything held within it. The smells and sounds and the light were torture and pain to its very existence, and that made it angry. The only thing that gave it comfort from its pain was a liquid that seemed to sing out to it, and flow freely in this organic world of abominations called Man.

Info and other places to purchase your copy of this horror-fantasy-creature-nightmare-magic story! Plus check out the Rickey Russell Writings Website and Facebook Page!  



New 80’s Inspired Poster For “Don’t Go To The Reunion”

don't go to the reunion titleIn 2011 Steve Goltz and Kevin Sommerfield broke onto the Horror scene with the critically acclaimed short film “Teddy”. It was a truly original and bloody good slasher short that even landed in the top picks for Elvira’s Horror Hunt. The campfire nightmare won Audience favorite at Chicago’s Fear Fest in 2012 as well. The duo proved again that horror was in their hearts with the brutal high school killer short “Popularity Killer” which was followed up by the dark familial horror short “Blood Brothers”. Now director Steve Goltz and writer Kevin Sommerfield are extending their twisted slasher visions into a feature length fright fest with the homage slasher flick “Don’t Go To The Reunion” After a rigorous crowd funding campaign that proved very successful, the film has just released a very 80’s slasher-ific inspired poster for the project. Also check out a recent clip posted from the flick below the retro one-sheet.

“Don’t Go To The Reunion” tells the story of Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson), a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang reunite for their class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them and ready to see that they pay for what they did. Is Scott back for revenge and will the old gang survive to tell the tale? It'll be more gore for Class of 04. This genre delight stars Kaleb Shorey, J.R. Watkins, Stephanie Leigh Rose, Spencer Harlan, Kevin Sommerfield, Steve Goltz, Zachary Allen, Tink, Nick Sommer, Hannah Herdt, Taylor Huff, Tawnie Thompson, Breanna Priest, Elise McCready and Josh Van Lanen.

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Teaser Released For “Tis The Season Of The Witch”

tis the season of the witchA teaser trailer for the horror film “Tis The Season Of The Witch” has been released. The nightmare flick comes from writers Shaun O'Connell and Brian Hoesing. The movie will be directed by Brett DeJager. No officials on cast or release date yet. To keep up with this project hit the highlights. Meanwhile check out the teaser below.

An ancient power struggle between warring spirits is about to be rekindled in the most unlikely of places: a small-town high school in the Midwest. Now Charlie, his best friend Griz, and amateur reporter Phoebe must unlock the mystery, stop the evil forces that threaten the school, and save prom all in one, blood-soaked night.

New Promo Art For “Hatchet III”

A new promo one-sheet has been released for the third installment of the Victor Crowley legend. “Hatchet III” brings back the unstoppable nightmare slasher played by Kane Hodder, as well as Danielle Harris. Also in the cast are  Zach Galligan, Derek Mears, Caroline Williams and Sean Whalen. This new horror story in the franchise sees BJ McDonnell in the director’s chair with the script being penned by creator Adam Green. “Hatchet III” hits theatres in New York and L.A. on June 14th.

“The film continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.”


Promo Poster For Demon In The Mist

Demon In The Mist is my first novel. The story is one of MAGIC, SHAMANS, DEMONS, GODS, GOOD&EVIL, with SEX, DRUGS, DESTINY, ENLIGHTENMENT. It is available at and Createspace-with two book cover designs depending on which site you order your copy. When Karen Ison learns of the disappearance of her neighbors she searches for answers. With the help of a stranger, she embarks on a journey that will lead her into a world of legend and magic.


In a small cave atop Black Mountain, in the foothills of Kentucky, a demon had been born. It tore into this realm through fire and blood. Conjured by things it found repulsive and crude. The demon had been released, and now everyone would feel the suffering and pain that it felt in birth. It hated this place instantly, and everything held within it. The smells and sounds and the light were torture and pain to its very existence, and that made it angry. The only thing that gave it comfort from its pain was a liquid that seemed to sing out to it, and flow freely in this organic world of abominations called Man.

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click on the book cover to get your copy. Choose the cover you like. 

Teaser Trailer For “Provoked”

ProvokedCheck out the teaser trailer for Jordan Pacheco’s “Provoked” In case you haven’t already, below is the teaser for the upcoming paranormal thriller. The film stars Chris O'Reilly, Nicole LaSala, Dan Liebman, Jami Tennille,
Sean Carmichael, Kati Salowsky, Camille Farnan, Michaelah Nunes, Charles Tacker, Jeanne Lohnes, Kenneth Siddons, Paul Flebotte, Jackie Fabian, Angel Connell, Alana Taylor and Tony Moran.

“Provoked” follows a group of amateur investigators who, despite investigating for months, have never found any proof of the paranormal. During the group's most recent investigation, like many times before, they come up empty. At this point, team member Matt losing faith in the existence of the paranormal performs risky attempts to provoke the spirits. At first, Matt's taunts appear to go unanswered but while on his way home the investigating equipment starts to register at it's highest level. The spirit answered Matt's taunts and followed him home. Terror quickly escalates for Matt, and his girlfriend, who attempts to defend his house from the ghostly intruder.

Choose Your Faction; What Is Your Divergent

divergentNeil Burger’s feature adaptation of the sci-fi novel “Divergent” by Veronica Roth isn’t due out until 2014.  Shailene Woodley, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort are among the stars in this young adult romantic-action/ science-fiction flick.  Check out the symbols that are associated with the five factions that make up the central theme dynamics of the movie-below.

Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, sixteen-year-olds have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. Beatrice Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret she's kept hidden, because if anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves... or it might destroy her.

Divergent – Abnegation I will be my undoing if I become my obsession.   
Divergent – Amity  Trust. Self-sufficiency. Forgiveness. Kindness.

Divergent – Candor Dishonesty makes evil possible. Truth makes us inextricable.
Divergent – Dauntless We believe in freedom from fear, in ordinary acts of bravery, in defending those who cannot defend themselves.
Divergent – Erudite Knowledge is the only logical solution to conflict. Intelligence must be used for the benefit of society.

Posters Released For “The Smurfs 2”

Check out the posters that tease the release of “The Smurfs 2” The animated film that brings to life the loveable blue creatures hits theatres on July 31st 2013. The film will star the personalities of Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Sofía Vergara, Katy Perry and Hank Azaria.

Gargamel creates Hackus and Vexy, a couple of evil Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties, to harness the magical Smurf essence. When he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants and that only Smurfette can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and takes her to Paris, France where the Naughties teach her to become one of them. There, with the help of the Smurf essence, Gargamel hopes to use the Eiffel Tower as an energy-generating antenna to finally return home. It is up to Papa Smurf, Brainy, Gutsy, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to the human world and seek help from Patrick and Grace Winslow and their son, Blue.

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Demon In The Mist Now Available On Createspace and Kindle

Demon In The Mist is my first novel. It is a story of demons, magic, relationships and enlightenment. The story is set in the Appalachians. The novel can now be purchased on Createspace as well as Kindle ebook. 

When Karen Ison learns of the disappearance of her neighbors she searches for answers. With the help of a stranger she soon embarks on a journey that will lead her into a world of legend and magic.

From Rickey Russell Writings. Like it on Facebook and Check out the Website

New Posters And Trailer For “Maniac”

Maniac-Poster-3Check out the two latest poster for the remake of the cult classic slasher flick “Maniac”. The film stars Elijah Wood in the iconic role of the delusional schizoid serial killer Frank . Also in the cast as the object of Frank’s twisted desire is Nora Arnezeder. The new vision of “Maniac” is directed by Franck Khalfoun and the film, that manages to encompass nearly every creepy and classic atmospheric element that frames the original, can be seen on VOD June 21st along with a  limited theatrical release.

 Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank (Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.


The Provoking Proclivities Of The Paranormal Investigator: My Interview With Actress Jami Tennille

jamiJami Tennille knew from childhood that she wanted to be an actress. As did many young girls, she too performed fictional acceptance speeches in the bathroom mirror, solidifying that firm belief of one day making movies and that it was more than a passion-It was her destiny. Whether or not the actress has her heart set on being a solid “horror maven” is still to be determined. Aside from the upcoming role in “Provoked” Jami also has the film “Almost Human” currently in post-production. That project plays heavily on a sc-fi vision of horror that puts me in mind of classic creature feature’s such as “The Thing” and “The Hidden”. I recently had the opportunity to ask Jami Tennille a few questions about her upcoming role in the film “Provoked”, where we discuss among other things, her experience filming in the Lizzie Borden house.

In  “Provoked”, a paranormal thriller by Jordan Pacheco,  Jami Tennille plays the sagacious “Kristina”. A character that holds some reservations, toward crossing the line, when dealing with matters of a paranormal nature. In the film Tennille’s character is an investigator who faces paranormal research with a cautious respectfulness. The character is also very strong and matter-of-fact in her proclivities. The character of “Kristina” should prove a very vibrant dynamic against the more abrasive character of “Taylor” played by Sean Carmicheal, a fellow team member that Tennille proclaims as being despised by “Katrina”.

ASouthernLife: You play Kristina, one of the paranormal investigators, can you tell me a little more about the character and her relationship to the other team members?
Jami Tennille: Kristina was a little more timid and fearful when it came to the paranormal compared to the other investigators.  She despised Taylor and was friends with the rest of the team.

ASouthernLife:What drew you to the character and how did you prepare for the role? Was it easy to relate to her?
Jami Tennille: I was drawn to the project because I knew it was a great team.  I always try to find parallels between the roles I play and relationships/experiences in my own life.  I also watched "Paranormal".  I never watch horror films so i wanted that perspective.  I found it easy to relate to Kristina.  She has interesting hobbies, she sticks up for herself and isn't afraid to drop an F bomb when necessary....enough said.

ASouthernLife:  You have worked with Jordan Pacheco and David Langill in the past. How did you meet the two and how has it been working with them on "Provoked"?
Jami Tennille: I met both of these fine gentlemen on the set of another feature Almost Human.  It was comforting being on another project and knowing how kind and fun they both are.  I love working with them both!

ASouthernLife:  Have you always been interested in paranormal research or is something you had to learn for this role?
Jami Tennille: The idea that "spirits, souls, ghosts" exist or are present in our lives has always intrigued me.  The equipment and specific terminology I had to learn for the role.

ASouthernLife: Have you experienced any paranormal activity while filming "Provoked"?
Jami Tennille: When we did the actual paranormal investigation I definitely felt that something or someone was present with us at that moment.  I was freaked out!

ASouthernLife: What has it been like for you filming inside the Lizzie Borden house"
Jami Tennille: It was exciting and interesting.  The history, story and photos were amazing to read, hear and see.

ASouthernLife: You have been in some creepy movies before this project, how does this one measure up and is there any scenes that make you apprehensive?
Jami Tennille: This was the most real "creepy".  The Borden house was the site of actual horrific events.  It added to the creepiness...absolutely!

ASouthernLife: In the film there is measures taken to stimulate the spirits, how does your character feel about that approach to collecting evidence?
Jami Tennille: My character was the most fearful and apprehensive of the group.  She would never have taken that approach.

ASouthernLife: Would you or have you ever held a séance or used a Ouija board to talk to the spirits?
Jami Tennille: When I was younger at slumber parties we would alway play with the Ouija board.  I would do it again...after a few glasses of wine, of course!

ASouthernLife: What are some of your favorite horror movies?
Jami Tennille: The ones that stick out the most in my mind are Poltergeist, Nightmare on Elm Street and The Blair Witch Project.

ASouthernLife: Who in the cast do you think would be most scared by a paranormal experience?
Jami Tennille: Sean Carmicheal....hands down.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Demon In The Mist By Rickey Russell Now Available At Lulu

Demon In The Mist is my first novel. It is a story of demons, magic, relationships and enlightenment. The story is set in the Appalachians. It is now available in Hardback and Paperback at 

When Karen Ison learns of the disappearance of her neighbors she searches for answers. With the help of a stranger she soon embarks on a journey that will lead her into a world of legend and magic.

You can read two excerpts from the novel here and here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Demon's Nature: An Excerpt From Forthcoming Novel Demon In The Mist

Below is a passage from my forthcoming novel Demon In The Mist. It shows the nature, and drive of the creature the reality Karen Ison and her friends must face in order to survive the creature, that has invaded their world.

Excerpt from Demon In The Mist:     
          It was weakened by the old man and his magic. It knew this magic well. The magic that held them back from this realm for eons, keeping them from feeding upon these hideous creations. It felt angered by the man's power against It. Demon should be controlled by no one, not even the wretched gods that invaded and took claim on their sacred darkness. It was abomination against the chaos to allow these creatures life, with these foul sounds, smells and illuminations.
         It did not want for this world. It wanted to be back with Its own malevolent forces. It loathed this disconnected place, where the vibrations and light burned, causing it pain. The darkness here in this world was not even equal to the darkness of the true chaos. How it longed to be back in the solemn abyss joined eternally in the void with Its on kind. It knew though that this place forced the dark ones to exist in torment next to man's light. They were abomination and demon demanded their blood. Would taste their flesh and devour there life until the songs were vibrant no more. This was what It was driven to do. The only connection It felt to this place, this realm of man was a destined destruction. It craved it with the passion. It desired to return to the abyss.
         It was hungry now. The old man had weakened It with his magic. Had caused it pain. It needed to feed once more upon the fluid that ran through these things. It was stronger until the old man sent it hurling back into the hills, forcing it to disperse into the mist. It lost most of the energy It had acquired- now It wanted -no-needed more so that It may fight this magic man, who was not of natural man. Demon knew the smell of the old man. The old man was deity. Forged from magic and light of the gods to rid demon from man's world. Deities held back demon's from entering this realm and feeding on man. They were more of abomination than man himself. Deity had magic of gods. It wanted to feed on deity as well.
         It knew the deity's energy would be enough to allow demons to break the mystical barrier and devour this putrid world with it's songs and smells. Things that created a eternal pain and contempt throughout the darkness. The darkness had came first and was the true form of everything. Then gods came with their light and magic beating back the dark. Caging demon against a veil of insufferable sounds, that taunted the dark with things of man.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Check Out The Sales Trailer For “Missionary”

missionaryThe sales trailer for horror thriller “Missionary” has surfaced.  The film is directed by Anthony DiBlasi and stars Cynthia Calhoun, Gricel Castineira, Jeff Chase, Connor Christie. Missionary is a dramatic thriller about a single mother who gets romantically involved with a Mormon missionary. When she decides to get back with her ex-husband, she discovers that the missionary is not who he seems, and will stop at nothing to get her back.

In a statement to ShockTillYouDrop, DiBlasi had this to say of the film; "Missionary is a film I'm extremely proud of and can't wait for the public to see. Today we have a couple unofficial things leaking on line from Cannes, and as foreign sales goes, sometimes those things are not exactly representative of the film itself but made to sell the film for an international market," He went on to add, “So, with that said, if our Missionary poster comes across your desk, let me go on record saying that our Missionary doesn't ever hold a butcher knife! And for some reason my Missionary's nipples say Midnight Meat Train! But other then that, enjoy the unofficial sneak peak! Official stuff coming your way soon!" 

I have posted that bloody sales poster below….


Trailer Released For “A Field In England”

a field in englandCheck out the trailer for “A Field In England”. The film is directed by Ben Wheatley and stars Michael Smiley, Peter Ferdinando, Reece Shearsmith, Julian Barratt, Richard Glover and Ryan Pope. “A Field In England” will be available on all media outlets including theatre in the UK on July 5th. Blu-ray & DVD, Video On Demand all will offer access to stunning visual story.
England during the Civil War.

A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O'Neil and Cutler.

O'Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.

Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.


A Model Lead For Ass Kicking: My Interview With Actress Lindsay Norman

lindsay norman 2Four days ago I broke the news story that Andee Martin has bowed out of the lead role in Jeremy Campbell’s feature film adaptation of “Velvet Vengeance”. Campbell had posted the news on the film’s Facebook Page, where he declared the replacement actress taking on the iconic role as heroine, to be Lindsay Norman.  The split between Martin and the project was very amicable and the project is still on course. With Lindsay taking over the role I must admit it does seem to open the film up to a larger visual and conceptual dynamic. The actress is stunning to say the least, and with two projects already in production (Sylance 3D, The Prodigal), there is no denying that Norman has the makings of a very strong female ass-kicking lead. So of course I jumped on the opportunity to talk to this former Army “brat” and rising star.

Lindsay Norman grew up as a military child born in Monterey, California. After moving from several communities, much like military kids often do, it seems Texas has been home for most of her younger years. I have to say that the state is better for it. Acting it seems has just been a natural progression of the young actresses’ journey of discovery. After high school she won a scholarship to  John Casablancas Modeling and Acting School where she realized her passion for acting while doing Improv. Lindsay Norman is multi-talented and very focused about who she is and where she wants to go in life as you will discover from our interview.

ASouthernLife: When did you realize you wanted to become an actress, was there one specific moment?
Lindsay Norman: I would say it was when I started doing Improv. I didn’t start my training with scenes, I started with improv. I honestly think that is a strength of mine and I enjoy letting my mind wonder. This is when I felt it was necessary to start expanding into different skill sets and learn more! Now there is no way you can stop me! I’m addicted!

ASouthernLife: You won the John Casablancas scholarship for Modeling and Acting, did that help direct you as far career choice or did it only heightened your interest?
Lindsay Norman: It geared me more towards the acting. I always knew I wanted to act but this really jump started my passion. I was able to meet new people and learn a few things about certain parts of the industry.

ASouthernLife: Being an army "Brat", something that requires discipline or set standards, was there another profession that you felt destined for before the acting "bug" hit you?
Lindsay Norman: No. I have never had a profession that fit me. I always changed it, and still find myself changing it in college. I went from a science major to a law and now I, I think, I am set and stone with majoring in business management and minoring in mathematics.

I was never satisfied in the retail, service, or event planning industry. I just felt something was missing and I wasn’t meant to be there. I am someone with ADD and with acting, its perfect! Every day I am doing something different and learning new things. This is my profession and I am a natural entertainer ready to take on the world.

ASouthernLife: In regards to taking on the role of "Alice" in Velvet Vengeance, How did you become a part of the project?
Lindsay Norman: I had previously auditioned for VV and from what I was told, did a great job. It was down to me and one other girl. I guess I stayed in the producer’s and director’s head enough that they ended up offering me the role!

ASouthernLife: Where you apprehensive about taking on the role considering the history around the project?
Lindsay Norman: Of course, in this industry everyone has to have some sort of “conscious” if you will. But then again, I only say that, because it is a business just like any other. Once I figured out the necessities, I of course accepted the role and was more and more excited the more I read the script.

ASouthernLife: Did you see the short film prior to getting the role or know Jeremy Campbell previously?
Lindsay Norman: I have seen the short film but that is not how Jeremy and I met. I found out about the auditions and of course I auditioned. We do have a decent amount of mutual friends, we found out later, so that helped!

lindsay normanASouthernLife: The role of "Alice Kersey" has a lot of physical demands, how are you preparing for the character's action sequences?
Lindsay Norman:  As an actress and model it’s all about the “looks” and skill. I am currently training for a figure competition. I have a trainer and want to be on stage by August. I also took kick boxing in college and had a lot of “brothers” growing up along with being in sports my whole life. I will be able to pull off the stunts easily.

ASouthernLife: What are some of the film's scenes that you are most looking forward to shooting?

ASouthernLife: Are there any expectations that you feel will really test you-as an actress?
Lindsay Norman: This character is a new character for me. She reminds me of a young Angelina Jolie. She is very determined, relentless and grounded. She seems to not waste time and take crap from anyone, I like that. She reminds me of, well, me! But of course, this is Alice and I will bring her to life. She has been through a lot and will get her revenge. This is going to be a great adventure for me as an actress and test me. I can’t wait.

ASouthernLife: You also are filming the dark thriller "Sylance" 3D, can you tell me a bit about your character-"Cindy"-in that film?
Lindsay Norman: I AM ACTUALLY NOW “TINA”… I apologize for any confusion, but Tina is a “pageant” girl, pretty ironic huh? Ha! She is a pretty girl with a Football star boyfriend. She is not the typical snooty girl, whom I like. She is shy being new to the group of people she is hanging with and is just looking to have a fun trip!

ASouthernLife: The storyline seems to have a very strong "cult-origin" theme, what drew you to the character?
Lindsay Norman: It reminded me of Children of the Corn for some reason. The cult aspect in Children of the Corn, in my opinion, was “corny”, but that was what gave character to the movie. With Sylance 3D, I enjoy the cast and production team. It is another movie that is different than what I usually am cast for. It is another project I am excited to be a part of.

ASouthernLife: Are you a big fan of horror movies? What are some of your favorite films?
Lindsay Norman: I do enjoy scary movies. I haven’t watched any lately because they don’t scare me! Old classics are the best, a few favorites are, House of 1,000 Corpses, House on Haunted Hill, The Exorcist and Poltergeist (the first one) to name a few.

Hyde Park Thriller “Every Secret Thing” In Post

every secret thingThe Hyde Park International's Thriller “Every Secret Thing” has in the post-production phase. The Amy Berg directed film starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald tells the story of Nancy Gates, an officer who is still haunted by the case of several missing young girls. She must relive that nightmare as a new case of a young girls disappears shows striking similarities. Gates believes the answers to this present-day kidnapping lie with the previous crime's perpetrators: two now-teenaged girls named Alice and Ronnie. Nancy's investigation leads her again and again to Alice—a troubled young woman guarded fiercely by her protective, eccentric mother—and it soon becomes clear that Alice's many dark secrets may hold the key to saving a little girl's life. The script was written by Nicole Holofcener and Laura Lippman.


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