WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Twenty One – Brittany Snyman!
1. What first drew you into the world of horror?
When I was younger I’d periodically stay at my grandparents with my sister and my cousins. My grandfather would always rent horror movies from Blockbuster for us to watch, so that was definitely how I was introduced to horror. I loved the feeling of being scared and I also loved scaring people! My sister and I loved decorating our front porch for Halloween. It started out as a few decorations and every year we just made it bigger and bigger. This was my first introduction to SFX – we would do her makeup and I would sit next to her with a monster mask from Spencer’s and we would terrify the locals of Gettysburg the whole night. It was awesome!
2. What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
I’d say The Blob (1988), Child’s Play and Gremlin’s sums up my childhood perfectly. The Blob introduced me to SFX, Chucky started my lifelong fear of dolls, and I’ve watched Gremlin’s so many times I can’t think of my childhood without that movie coming to mind!
3. What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
I don’t have a traditional influence in one of those roles. But my biggest SFX influences are Rob Bottin for his SFX work in The Thing (1982), Stan Winston for his SFX work in Aliens, Jurassic Park and Predator, and Greg Nicotero for his SFX work in The Walking Dead.
4. Who would you consider to be your horror twin? – Think about a character in a film or book that makes you think “That would totally be me, I’d do that”.
I’d say Ripley from Alien because who wouldn’t want to be a badass like her! I’d like to think I’d be as brave as her in that situation. I also went to school for Astrophysics and applied for the Astronaut program so we have that in common!
5. What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved with the horror community?
I actually left my Ph.D. program in Physics to pursue special effects and to be a Producer, so I would probably have my Ph.D. by now and I’d be working in a postdoc position somewhere.
6. Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
The first project I worked on was ‘SLASH’ in October 2018. After this I produced and did the SFX for ‘The Housewife’ (still in the festival circuit), ‘Ticks’ (in post-production, but almost finished!), ‘Sacrifice Me’, and ‘Nefarious’ (in post-production). Currently, I am in pre-production for the film ‘Delicious’ which will be shot in December of this year.
7. Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
8. Where can folks find your work?
9. Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
I would like to go up against Chucky because I have always thought that there was no way that he could be as strong as a human, which is how he is portrayed in the films. Plus, this might rid me of my fear of dolls! I wouldn’t want to go up against Freddy Krueger because everyone needs to sleep and I have terrifying dreams as is…I don’t need to add him to the mix!
10. Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself and if there’s something that you are passionate about, pursue it.
11. Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters.
Sigourney Weaver from Alien, Chucky, Ellen Sandweiss from The Evil Dead (1981) after she has become possessed, and Gizmo the Mogwai.