WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Four – Aimee Stolte
1. What first drew you into the world of horror?
A friend once broke down for me the significance of meaning in well-done horror films. How, for some of them anyway, it’s not just about the “scare” but oftentimes there’s a deeper meaning in the story, socially, emotionally or politically. I have always been more drawn to psychological horror than straight-up scares or gore. However, the past year since I shot my first horror film Fear PHarm, I have found myself more and more intrigued by horror films; American, Japanese and Korean horrors. I struggle deeply with torture scenes and paranormal scares. For example, I watched SAW and closed my eyes and ears for most of it, and I won’t watch anymore of them because of the torture. The Grudge and Paranormal Activity are two of the hands-down scariest movies I’ve ever seen in my life and I try not to recollect them haha. They are very good films, and very effective, but I struggle with paranormal horrors because no place is safe in those movies. It also recently came to my attention that Horror films can bring quite a release for a lot of people. The fear they perhaps feel in their lives, or political or societal climate, can be experienced and expressed through the fear they feel in horror films and the adrenaline release can be quite cathartic. Also, Horror Comedy is so much fun to watch for me! The comedy helps relieve the tension for me and I appreciate that. So for a lot of these reasons I have a deep appreciation for the Horror Genre and will continue to test myself with them (within reason haha!).
2. What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
This wasn’t the biggest influence (as honestly, I can’t narrow it down to one) but the FIRST film I can recall watching that affected me was Labyrinth. I was fascinated by the imagery, the dream, and fantasy elements, it scared me a bit as a young kid and mesmerized me at the same time. It also included my first ever on-screen crush, David Bowie. haha. I’m sure I’m not alone in that. But I will add this too: Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 have a special place in my heart and not only the character Ripley but Sigourney Weaver and the Alien itself go down in my “young Aimee’s influences.”
3. What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
I have no clue how to answer that I’m sorry! I have too many. However, if we stick to Horror genre I wouldn’t call them my biggest influence but Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock (probably having a “duh” moment here, I know) I just absolutely adore when it comes to Horror and psychological horror. Takashi Miike and Takashi Shimizu, two huge horror writers and directors that know how to get under the skin but brilliantly keep you engaged and have underlying commentary in their work. Also Ira Levin, who wrote Rosemary’s Baby and Mia Farrow’s performance in it.
4. Who would you consider to be your horror twin?
Oh haha, I have no idea. I’ll leave that up to you to decide 😉
5. Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
Megalodon – 2018 SyFy channel film which aired this year and last year during shark week (for all the shark movie lovers out there) and is available on a variety of streaming services. Escape The Night is a Youtube Original Show, Season 4 is streaming now to binge on youtube – I play The Gorgon and have some fun action scenes too!! The makeup is out of this world, and it’s a really fun show. Fear PHarm is an amazing horror/comedy that will be released sometime in the near future and I am SO excited about it especially for Horror Fans! I’ve got another film coming out sometime this fall/winter by the Director of Megalodon, James Thomas, which I’m stoked about for fantasy/space fans! I’ll be filming a feature in October something I don’t think I’m allowed to talk about yet – but it’s a horror film and I’m sooooooo excited!
6. Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
Instagram is the best, @stoltenator is my IG. You can follow me on twitter too but I don’t do as much on there haha.
7. Where can folks find your work?
On YouTube Premium, you can watch me as The Gorgon on Escape The Night. You can find Megalodon on Amazon Prime. In the near future, there will be more to add to that list!
8. Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
Jamie Lee Curtis. Hands down. Either way – on her team or against her I would take it in a heartbeat! I love her.
9. Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
Depends on how they want to be involved. If it’s acting – I say keep your wits about you, don’t do anything you don’t feel is safe or you’re not comfortable with, do your research and have fun with the genre!!! Making Horror films is honestly a ton of fun!
10. Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters.
I don’t think I can narrow this down, my list was going on 20 people and I wasn’t stopping anytime soon haha!