The amazing Chloe Traicos is a writer, actress, producer and director. She took time to speak with Horrornews.net for an exclusive. Her new film “Devil’s Cove” is out now.
Hi Chloe, How are you doing?
Chloe- I am great. Thank you so much.
So tell us about the film “Devil’s Cove” – You wrote and star in the film.
Chloe- The film is called “Devil’s Cove.” It is a psychological-thriller. It is about a lesbian couple who commit a murder and have to leave to town. I wrote the script and I star in it. It was my idea and I read a lot of True Crime. I wanted to write something where you women doing what men normally do. In this one you’ve got women running from the police, women shooting guns and all of that. It was kind of an idea that came from various sources and I wanted to do something that was for female audiences.
That is what I liked about this film. It wasn’t the ordinary… I should not say ordinary but it had a good story and it was different. Very psychological.
Chloe- Oh, thank you very much. I am glad that you thought that. I originally wrote it as more of a psychological for the total character. The original version just had the first murder of Toni’s husband. It was more of a journey of Toni sort of realizing that the partner was an abusive character. When I showed it to Jon Cohen who is my co-producer on it said “this will never sell. You are going to have to have more murders.” So then I started to rebuild it and made it more into serial killings.
Now, because you did write and star in the film. Did you face more challenges or were you happy that you were able to play and write the character in your vision?
Chloe- Right, yes. Erik Lundmark had directed me in a music video earlier that year and I really liked his work. He’s got a very good eye. He was wonderful because he got it. We were on the same page. He added more ideas when we started shooting. It is challenging but it’s also really nice when you’ve got a director that you can trust.
What was it like for you working with the cast and with the director Erik Lundmark?
Chloe- It was great. Erik is a very good director and incredibly patient. The actors react well to him because he gets on your level. He is very well organized and we shot this on a zero budget of about ten grand. We had fantastic actors. Everyone was professional and we all go on very well.
You know what else I noticed and likes about this film. It had that sort of gritty, realistic look. You guys sort of nailed it with where you filmed and the scene where you walk into the bar. It was sort of very real and something you might actual see in reality.
Chloe- Oh great. We wanted it be sort of gritty and real. I love it. It is the kind of story that you can do on a low budget to make people feel like they are along on the journey.
What are you working on next?
Chloe- I have several projects that I am working on. I have a romantic-comedy that I’ve written. The script is done. We are director hunting at the moment. I have another project that I wrote called, “Shylock.” We are hoping to get an A-List cast. Inside I am always working on something. I am always writing something in my head.
What advice do you have for writers and actors?
Chloe- I would say don’t do it, unless you love it. You have to be able to face rejection. Don’t do it if you want to make money because you are never going to make money right away.