WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Five – Emily Sweet
WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear
- What first drew you into the world of horror?
I’m going to be honest – I didn’t get into horror until my twenties. My parents weren’t horror people so I didn’t grow up with it…in fact, even though Halloween has always my favorite holiday, I was so scared of anything horror and everything was always way worse in my head. In my twenties, I joined the circus and met some of the most amazing people. When American Horror Story: Freak Show came out, I wanted to watch it because I learned a lot about the “freaks” that were being portrayed in the show while being in the circus. So! I forced myself to watch and after the first episode I realized 1. it wasn’t scary and 2. if this wasn’t scary then probably nothing else was as scary as I imagined. So then I went down a giant rabbit hole of everything horror and became obsessed with it. Now I love it and I can’t believe I waited so long to get into it!
2. What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
I have to say American Horror Story was a great lead-in to horror. It desensitized me to blood and gore and made me confident to get into darker, deeper, horror. As far as movies go, “High Tension”, the twisted French film, has always stuck with me. Long after the movie ended I was replaying the violence, story, and twist in my head. I specifically remember seeing visuals of that movie I swear happened, and then upon rewatching, realizing these things never happened. For example, a character’s head is placed in-between the bars of a staircase and a dresser is shoved in his director and rips off his head. Now…I remember seeing his head come off! But when I rewatched it you never see the head coming off. I think this movie does a fantastic job of tricking your brain of what you see. It’s so intense! Such a great film. For books, we had to read Frankenstein in High School and I remember absolutely falling in love with that story. That then made me delve into the classic monsters (Frankenstein, Dracula, etc) to which I had a fierce fascination.
3. What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
I love Barbara Crampton. She had the horror career in the 80’s and 90’s that I am hoping for today and has recently made a giant comeback. She has so many classics under her belt. I also really enjoy Ari Aster’s and Guillermo Del Toro’s work. Ari because he is making horror more than just blood and guts and Guillermo because of his fantastical works. Both directors are incredible storytellers.
4. Who would you consider to be your horror twin?
I dare not compare myself to Barbara Crampton, she’s an icon, but she was in the original “Castle Freak” and I just wrapped a month or so ago on Fangoria’s reimagining of “Castle Freak”…so maybe she’s my twin in that aspect?
5. What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved with the horror community?
Honestly, I would probably be trying to claw my way into the horror community! I’ve always wanted to be an actress since I was a little, little girl, so it’s hard to picture me doing anything else. However, there was a point in my life where I thought being a mortician or doing crime scene clean up would be a good career.
6. Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
One of my favorite all-time movies I’ve ever done is called “FearPHarm”, a horror-comedy about a group of friends who are fighting for their lives in a corn maze. I guarantee it will make you laugh and give you a scare. That’s supposed to come out in February of 2020. I also have “Desert Shadows” (horror/sci-fi drama) releasing in 2020 along with the reimagining of the cult classic “Castle Freak” (horror) hopefully releasing as well in 2020. I have a sci-fi movie releasing in December of 2019 about a group of friends who get sucked into a video game in hopes to save one of the friend’s brother. The title for that is still up in the air but as for now we’re calling it “Rancala”.
7. Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
People can find me on Instagram and Twitter at @itsemilysweet
8. Where can folks find your work?
I did a drama (“Palace”) that can be watched on Amazon or you can purchase the DVD, but most of my work excitingly comes to theaters in 2020! 🙂
9. Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
Okay…I’m not even talking about liking or disliking this franchise. And I guess I don’t even know if these guys are considered “icons”, I’m only speaking about the characters, but I’d hate to face The Devil’s Rejects (RIP Captain!) only because they never lose. They’re specifically set up to always win and that wouldn’t bode well for anyone haha. You know you have a chance of survival with Michael M or Chucky. If smart enough you could escape from Ghostface or Jason…but with the Rejects you are going to die.
10. Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
There is a great horror community on Twitter! Follow as many people as you can – it’s a great way to stay connected and network with people in the industry.
11. Who is on your horror Mount Rushmore?
This is tough because there are so many characters I love in the horror world….how to narrow them down? 🙂 I hate to not answer the question but I truly have no idea who I’d choose!