Elissa Dowling, Debbie Rochon & Erica Rhodes in “The Theatre Bizzare”
As Fantasia Film Fest 2011 invades Montreal, Canada so should we get to know the actresses that will leaves us wanting more. I start off with a Trifecta Of Sizzlers who have in one way or another been instrumental in the horror genre. Elissa Dowling, Debbie Rochon and Erica Rhodes are brought together in the psychedelic anthology “The Theatre Bizzare” that has been talked up due to its freaky, thought-provoking content. Graphically violent and sexually explicit, this has all the right ingredients to deliver stomach-churning terror. The six short films guaranteed to contain some of the sickest segments that builds upon the Grand Guignol horror tradition, a shock-horror style first popularized in the Paris theatre. Here I wax lyrical on the trio of the fiendishly clever “The Theatre Bizzare”.
Elissa Dowling – One of the busiest genre actresses who has 2 films premiering at Fantasia 2011 who is also appearing in “Abolition” with the legendary Caroline Wiliams. It’s her uniquely bewitching eyes that instantly has you entranced and Elissa is thoroughly first rate as a character actress.
Debbie Rochon – What more admiring words can one bestowed on the delectable and rousing Debbie Rochon that has already been said? Revered as a Scream Queen Legend, the passion she has shown for her craft and for her legions of fans speak volumes of the influential figure she’s constantly admired for being.
Erica Rhodes - “Plague Town” may have been her debut in horror but Erica made a fantastic impression in a feisty role. Don’t let her blonde cuteness detract you from her abilities to rouse your emotions as she’s done on the web as the ditzy Sandy of Upstairs Girl fame. Desired and desirable all at the same time.
That’s 3 Wonderfully Appealing Women For The Price Of One Ticket….A Huge Turn On I say!
Katherine Randolph in “Knifepoint”
I hope that sultry belle Katherine Randolph is cast in “Femme Fatales” in the near future as she’s at her dangerously sexy best in the thriller “One In A Gun”. Multiple glowing reviews are coming in for her scene-stealer of a performance as Katrina Webb, the scheming seductress who takes us into dark territory as the noirish film progresses. However in the upcoming “Knifepoint”, Katherine switches it up by starring as a woman who together with her sister are brutalized by a pair of sadistic criminals. From violent offender to victim, here’s an actress who’s comfortable being both and who can forget her striptease in the ultra-gory POV-style flick “Penance”. Rapidly flourishing as an indie starlet and destined to entice and enthrall in a host of gripping thrillers in 2011, Katherine will be in high demand.
BRIT MARLING in “Another Earth”
Just like how Jennifer Lawrence came to prominence after her riveting one-woman show in “Winter’s Bone”, expect Brit Marling to do likewise. The star and screenwriter of sci-fi drama “Another Earth” is stunning and intriguing in equal measures. Not one to conform to often mentioned label of newest ‘IT’ girl, Brit prefers to maintain an air of mysterious allure and and does not want success to get to her head. As we have seen in Hollywood, there’s always going to be another raved-about newcomer around the bend. But tried as she might, Tinseltown has come a-calling and she’s starring alongside heavy hitters Tim Roth, Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon in the thriller “Arbitrage”. On the verge of ascending as an indie darling with creative writing streak, it’s also her belief in being grounded in the face of fame that enthralls.
MELANTHA BLACKTHORNE in “Aversion”
When you want a raw sensuality with healthy doses of depravity on film, Canadian Scream Queen Melantha Blackthorne is the gal to make it all happen! And boy does she love the bloodletting as this voluptuous Terror Hottie has viscerally depicted in the movies she’s done through the years. None more so that in her newest indie “Aversion” where she’s Claire, the elegant wife suddenly afflicted by demonic possession. When she’s in the teeth-baring demon form, Melantha is truly a frightening sight. Of course under all the make-up lies a blonde bombshell and Melantha should be considered as one of the Sex Symbols Of the Horror Industry. She will no doubt tempt the hell out of you and then terrify you to death…hehe. That’s the adrenaline rush she brings to the table and her scary ways are not to be missed!
ELINA MADISON in “Chop”
Here’s an actress who’s been in highly controversial films namely the grindhouse throwback horror of “Someone’s Knocking At The Door” to the brutality of female incarceration in “Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go. Kudos to Elina Madison for pushing the limits of taste in and proving that there’s really strong characterization in the exploitation genre. She continues to provide the shocks in the revenge flick “Chop” which has been called a smart thriller with an assault on the senses ala the Korean classic “Oldboy”. From the trailer (above), there’s going to chunks of disturbing elements including the requisite torture porn that is now a staple of every horror fan’s diet. Elina is always an appetizing watch and has excelled in a variety of roles that are at times unsettling. Elina is showing why she’s one of the most stimulating actresses today.
CAROLINE WILLIAMS in “ABOLITION”
Despite not a trailer being released yet for End Of Days tale “Abolition”, having cult actress Caroline Williams attached to the project makes it even more compelling. She’s coming on strong on her return to horror and has managed to snag some meaty roles. In “Abolition”, Caroline plays Eva, the devoted mother of a troubled man who in the grand scheme of things could either be the world’s savior or the antichrist himself. There’s plenty to ponder in this supernatural thriller as we dig deeper into faith and spirituality of our human condition. Check out the behind the scenes clip (above) as Caroline give us an insight into the mysterious nature of the movie as well as the extent of her involvement in the priceless story. The ever alluring Caroline is famed for being the Final Girl Vanita ‘Stretch’ Brock in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel. But for me she stands out for her beliefs that women are never the exploited gender in modern horror cinema.