WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Nine – Briana Gonsalves!
- What first drew you into the world of horror?
My grandfather got me into the world of horror when I was very young, starting with classics like Night of the Living Dead, any horror movies you would watch that were in Black and White, and any and all Vincent Price movies. As soon as I watched my first horror movie, I was hooked. Kids love make-believe, hence why we watch Disney movies growing up where there are worlds with talking animals, witches, dragons, etc. Horror was its own make-believe, with vampires and werewolves and zombies. I enjoyed the adventure of a different, darker, world with different beings and scenarios than in real life.
2. What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
I honestly can’t pick! I love most horror, besides extreme gore just for the sake of gore without any real need for it. Anything dark and spooky, I am about it.
3. What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
Horror wise, as cliche as it sounds, Stephen King had a huge influence on me. His creativity, his depth, the attention to detail, just how dark he would get, it was very inspirational which helped me in my own writing.
4. Who would you consider to be your horror twin?
Everyone tells me Elvira, or Morticia or Wednesday Addams. Not bad, I’d say.
5. What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved with the horror community?
I can’t even imagine my life not being in the horror community. We are a family, and a pretty close one, too. I don’t think I would have as much fun in life if I wasn’t involved in the horror community.
6. Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
I was a zombie in “Dead Bounty”, a Lock It Down Productions film, which was the first set I was ever on. The film even features Tony Moran in it! I have been in a few other horror films that are still in post-production or that never were released, and some that were released. My resume is on IMDb. My modeling photos are on my personal Facebook. The latest of my acting has been in It Came from the 508 Productions’ The Box where I play the antagonist, and it will be premiering at my film fest BMG Events is co-hosting with It Came from the 508 Productions, Dead of Autumn Horror Festival November 9th, 2019 at Platinum City Gaming in Taunton, MA where The Box will have its world premiere.
7. Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
They can follow my event planning page on Facebook, BMG Events, to see what events I am hosting at the time, which several times a year I try to have horror/Halloween themed events. If someone wanted to follow me personally, they could request me on Facebook, and if I felt safe accepting them I will.
8. Where can folks find your work?
I do have an IMDb page, or they can add me on Facebook and see my work on there.
9. Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
I would not want to go against Freddy Krueger. I have very vivid dreams, and for a monster to be able to control my dreams to get me is a terrifying thought.
10. Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
If you can be a part of it, do it. The horror community is one of the least terrifying groups of people I have ever met, ironically. We are a family, and we would love for you to join us.
11. Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters.
I love Robert Englund. Between being an actor, voice actor, singer, and director, best known for playing Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, he is just so incredibly talented. When I watched Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, I had an even bigger appreciation for him and everything that went into those films and everything he did for them. I would love to meet him someday.