Jessica Cameron is an upcoming B-movie actress. Her accolades include winning a Golden Cob last year for Rising B Movie actress.
When was the first time you watched a horror film, and how did it affect you?
One of the first horror films that I ever watched was Stephen King’s IT. I was at a sleepover party with a bunch of pre-teen girls and we were all scared to the point that we could not sleep. Most of the girls did eventually fall asleep but I could not close my eyes, and stayed up all night. I was also afraid of showers for a few months after that, but I loved the adrenaline rush that it gave me and sought out more horror films after that. I also loved to read horror novels, since my mom did not appreciate me watching the horror movies I would often get around that by reading the book, after all parents want their children to read.
What was it that first attracted you to horror?
As an actress it is a huge challenge to make the impossible seem believable. That is very difficult, particularly when you are dealing with circumstances that few, if any, have experienced (like running from a zombie attack, or hiding from a serial killer). On top of that horror fans are the greatest fans in the entire world! Ask any actor and they will tell you that. They are the most loyal, fun and are incredibly supportive!
What achievement are you most proud of?
Right now I am just proud to be a full time working actress who does not need a second job (outside the acting world). The sad truth is that few actors are able to say that, and I am so blessed that I have been able to maintain it now for nearly two years. I have great respect for those that juggle their acting careers with another job (and I did so for four years) but it’s a nice luxury to be able to give it 110% of my attention.
The following projects are what I will be working on over the next year. American Girls is a film about the abduction of two high school girls in a small town and exposes the corruption, greed and murder that lie beneath the demeanor of everyday God-fearing people. It also stars Devanny Pinn, Brandon Slagle, and Tawny Amber Young.
Where were you when the lights went out in Rio? centres on a young female filmmaker who travels to Rio with her friends to film a documentary and uncovers a horrible urban legend.
Then there’s Shadow by director, Dave Reda.
Who do you admire in the horror world?
Two directors that I admire in the horror world are James Wan and Oren Peli – both came from the low budget indy filmmaking world and have become major box office success stories! They each had a clear vision of what they wanted to do and utilised their passion and skills to create the best film possible.
I thought Saw was revolutionary in its original premise, and loved every moment. It was the first real torture film that I adored.
Paranormal Activity is such an amazing film – the classic fairy tale of what one talented, intelligent and ambitious man can do with minimal funds, equipment and crew!
Do you prefer gore or psychological horror?
It depends on my mood. I love them both – but there are times when I want to just get lost in a film for a few hours, and that’s when I grab a more gore-based film.
I love watching psychological horror films with a group of friends. It always makes for some interesting conversations after the film is over…
How important is it to unsettle a viewer?
I think it is crucial in a horror film to unsettle the viewer. After all if the viewer wanted to be left with happy images of puppies running through flower fields they would not be watching a horror film to begin with! In fact I would argue that the most successful horror films often unsettle the viewer the most.
How do you evoke fear?
This depends on the filmmaker, and their team. In general though, you find a fear that is common and relatable, and then you make it appear to be reality… for at least ninety minutes! What really gets me scarred is when I feel as though I could end up in the situation that I am watching on screen. When you relate to the character it makes feeling their pain that much stronger.
What scares you?
Losing someone that I care about. Or someone that I care about getting hurt or in trouble. Even more so when I do not have any control in the situation…
I am going to assume that you are expecting a more detailed response other then the simple fact that I am awesome?
Let’s see – you and your readers should watch my films since I put a lot of effort and energy into selecting my projects to ensure that I am involved with the best in the independent film world.
How far is too far when it comes to horror cinema?
For me, the only thing that is really too far is snuff films. But I do tend to have a stronger horror palate than many.
How do you think horror cinema will evolve in the next ten years?
I am hoping that the advances in technology will help the talented indy filmmakers produce more awesome projects without studio assistance. Now just about anyone can easily make a film, if they want to (technically speaking). Most cameras have a video record button and video editing software is available online for free. But just because you can do something does not mean that you should, this classic saying is especially true in the world of filmmaking.
Recommend a film.
Wrong Turn 4. I know what you are thinking, not only is it a sequel but its a third sequel (technically it’s a prequel). But seriously – check it out – it’s a really fun film, and does not take itself too seriously. It’s totally horrific and over the top – in a good way!