WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Two – Melissa from Boombastic Films
What first drew you into the world of horror?
As a child, my parents would let me watch horror movies with them on the weekends, as I got older, the types of movies they would let me watch with them changed and my love for the genre just grew.
What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
The first horror movie that I loved was the 1984 A Nightmare on Elm St…though I had nightmares for a week after that, I couldn’t get enough of Freddy Krueger!! Bookwise, Stephen King’s, Salem’s Lot, was the first horror novel I fell in love with, to this day I’m still afraid to go into the basement without checking to make sure the stairs are still where they are supposed to be…lol…and my dad got me hooked on Dark Shadows! I watched that religiously with him, Barnabus Collins was the first vampire character’s name I remembered.
What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influences?
Stephen King has always been a big influence in my life. I have been reading his books since I was 7 years old and have pretty much read everything he has put out even under his pen name. The director that influenced me the most was definitely George Romero and how he used the most basic stuff to make a scene look extremely graphic. Actor, hands down, goes to the late Sid Haig, he was so versatile in the roles he played and always put his all into everything he did.
Who would you consider to be your horror twin?
My horror twin? That’s a tough one…lol…not anything I have ever really thought about before. If I had to choose someone I guess I would have to say Felissa Rose if we are going to be judged by personality, both of us are outgoing and love to meet people.
What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved with the horror community?
Probably be working in the medical field like I do now, thankfully the horror community allows me to interact with people I have something more in common with and have all been great influences on me and given me opportunities I may not otherwise have been involved with, something I will forever be grateful for.
Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
I am the originator of the radio show Shock Treatment on 990WBOB. COM, with my co-host Mathew Fisher, You can find past casts online, upcoming projects are also with Mathew Fisher, coordinating wardrobe for a few upcoming movies he will have going into production under his BoomBastic Films label, and there will be new episodes of Shock Treatment coming soon as well.
Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
I can be followed on Twitter @melissap8577 or @ShockTreat2018, Instagram @ m.potter8577 and Facebook I can be found Melissa Ruth.
Where can folks find your work?
Past casts for Shock Treatment are on 990WBOB.COM or you can follow the Shock Treatment page on Facebook for which conventions you can find us at the BoomBastic Films Facebook page as well.
Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
I’d like to go up against maybe Freddy Krueger, see how lack of sleep would affect that fight and I most definitely would NOT want to go up against Pinhead, I don’t want to spend my life in eternal hell because there are days where I feel like I am already there.
Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
NEVER give up on your dreams! If being involved in the horror community is what you want to do then get out there and meet people and talk and get your voice heard and make a name for yourself and there is nothing you cannot do.
Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters.
My horror Mt. Rushmore, Freddy Kruger; Captain Spaulding in honor of Sid Haig, Stephen King, and George Romero