Sarah and I were fortunate enough to sit down for a few minutes with Brad Dourif, Brian Metcalf and the cast of Fading of the Cries. We all introduce ourselves, Brad offers me a chair and we sit down to talk. Brad is immediately sweet and helpful, and we canât wait to do the interview.
Our first question was about Fading of the Cries. Brad was highly complimentary to Brianâs talent and if youâve seen the trailer for the film you know exactly what heâs talking about. The images look outstanding, and quite convincing when you factor in that itâs a fantasy/horror film. Thereâs not a trace of camp to be found. Brad indicated that Brian had limited funds to achieve what he wanted. To say the least, weâre blown away by what weâve seen. Hollywood needs directors like Brian Metcalf.
âBrad is a demonic overlord. Heâs reeked havoc trying to find a necklace.â
The film stars Thomas Ian Nichols, Holly Marie Combs, Elaine Hendrix, and Hallee Hirsh as Sarah, the character whose uncle owned the necklace. The protagonist of the film saves Sarah and her mother from the evil that runs rampant through the town.
âI wanted Brad back when Exorcist III came out,â Brian adds.
And why wouldnât he? Brad Dourif is an icon of horror films having performed in One Flew Over the Cuckooâs Nest, Alien Resurrection, Rob Zombieâs Halloween, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Childâs Play series (probably his most familiar role).
âDo you have a favorite role?â I ask him.
âWhatever Iâm doing is what I love and then I put it behind me. I love making movies and really making it crackle.â
âWhat made you want to become an actor?â
âMy mom,â says Brad. âMy mother played Anastasia and there was this scene where she was talking about a butterfly.â He gestures toward an empty space where an imaginary butterfly would be. âI could see the butterfly, and where it was and what it was doing. I wanted to do that.â
âHow do you connect to your characters?â I ask Brad.
âIâm a monster,â he responds without hesitation. He gives us a quick overview of what heâd like to do to other drivers while heâs on the road. That sounds all too familiar.
We ask Brad if he can shed a little light on the nature of horror.
âEverybody carries a genetic coding that says âdonât get eatenâ. Weâre animals. And with horror you have a monster who doesnât negotiate.â Sounds like Chucky. âNo matter how funny Chucky becomes he will turn you into meat. I always stress that to directors. He loves his work. He loves killing.â
âWere you surprised at how popular the character became?â asks Sarah.
âNo,â says Brad, âThat didnât surprise me at all. I thought it was really smart that the series made fun of itself.â
âDid you always like horror?â asks Sarah.
âWhen I was young I didnât see them,â Brad tells us. âI couldnât sit in the seat.â He goes on to explain that he spent more time in the bathroom and the hall than in the showing of a horror film. âHorror has changed. It used to be about the event. Then Tobe Hooper came along and filmed this movie that looked like a documentary.â I incidentally just watched The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and itâs still dramatically intense.
âWhat is Rob Zombie like?â inquires Sarah.
âHeâs such a sweet guy,â says Brad pleasantly. âIt always surprised me because he doesnât seem like the kind of guy who would direct, but he really takes an interest in things. You can just sit down and shoot the sh*t about sh*tâ
I canât help but mention Bradâs role as Saavedro in Myst III: Exile.
âMyst III was fun,â Brad smiles. âI love the graphics. Everything was blue screen. They had the whole world created before I was there.â
Too soon weâre out of questions and we thank the team of Fading of the Cries for taking the time to speak to us. Meeting Brad Dourif has been so exciting for me that I forget my backpack, with which the whole team is kind enough to reunite me.
This has been our first celebrity interview and I feel very fortunate to have spoken with an actor as talented and gentlemanly as Brad Dourif. Sarah and I are extremely enthusiastic about Fading of the Cries and we encourage everyone to check out the trailer on Youtube. The movie is slated for a 2010 release.