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An Interview with Charlie Bond

Charlie: "Plus there was always something bizarre going on. Mainly topless girls tottering about and being chased by scary were-beasts!".

Charlie Bond
Interview conducted by Steven Davies
25 April 2012


Charlie Bond is one of the UK's hottest rising talents and this Friday (27 April) she will be making her big screen feature debut opposite horror icon Robert 'Freddie Kreuger' Englund in new Birtish comedy horror 'Strippers vs Werewolves'. Charlie took some time out ahead of opening night to chat with us about her experiences on the project and spill the beans on werewolves, strippers and everything in between.

Thanks for taking the time out to speak with us here at Horror Asylum.
You’re more than welcome – I often keep up with the reviews on HA, it’s a fantastic site!

How was it making your feature debut on new brit comedy ‘Strippers Vs Werewolves’?
It was brilliant, I couldn’t have had a more perfect start. It was such a lovely cast that were all so comfortable and happy to be together, that it was just nice to be there. Plus there was always something bizarre going on… Mainly topless girls tottering about and being chased by scary were-beasts!

Charlie: "As a massive horror fan, working with Robert Englund was AMAZING!".

What was your favourite part of the whole experience?
There’s a great scene where the club’s bouncer Franklin (played by the brilliant Nick Nevern) is driving us all home. We spent the whole night driving around Piccadilly Circus in an open top BMW with a camera crew – we were freezing but it was such fun! It takes a lot of dedication to work in film and you have to enjoy those mad moments when you get them- otherwise you’d go mad from the antisocial lifestyle!

How did you get on working alongside your fiancé Jonathan Sothcott on the feature?
It actually worked out really well - we both share a massive passion for horror films, and so all the little in-jokes for horror nerds that are nestled within the film really meant something to us. We worked between us to make sure that certain homages were made, we really bonded over it! Also, I really enjoyed just spending the time with him and his producing partner Simon Phillips in all the madness. Aside from being my hubby-to-be Jonathan is absolutely my best friend and he always makes sure I feel like one of the boys! That aside, I really learnt to respect all the hard work that goes into producing a movie. I couldn’t do what Jonathan does, and I think he’s amazing to be able to make it happen. He’s a real self-starter. I’m so proud of him – and I know that he’s going to keep going from strength to strength as he takes over the British film industry. At the Elfie Hopkins premiere last week I was beside myself with pride – that’s another film that just couldn’t have happened without him – but he swooped in and gave this amazing little film a shot at becoming a new UK cult flick, and in the process put the spotlight on some incredible UK actors like Jaime Winstone, Ray Winstone Kimberley Nixon, Kate Magowan, Rupert Evans and Aneurin Barnard. Can you tell I’m besotted with the man?

Charlie: "The clientele just aren't interested in her vanishing anything other than her bra".

And how was it to work with horror legend Robert Englund?
As a massive horror fan, working with Robert Englund was AMAZING! I was more than a little star-struck by the man, he’s quite fabulous with brilliant stories that make you want to sit at his feet and listen– but when he turns on the actor and gets to work – boy, is he scary. He’s got this dark gravelly voice that just sends shivers up my… Eeeeeee!!! Getting the shivers just thinking about it! He’s truly in a league of his own.

Tell us a little bit more about your role of ‘Carrie’ in ‘Strippers Vs Werewolves’.
Carrie has had enough of getting her kit off for tips, and wants to show the world she’s got some talent, too. Kindly Jeanette the ‘den mother’ lets her loose on her punters as a walking club magician – but the clientele just aren’t interested in her vanishing anything other than her bra. Finally, she gets a chance to show off to a pack of horny punters and she shows them a magic trick – only to find out that they aren’t your regular creatures of the night!

Charlie: "Carrie has had enough of getting her kit off for tips".

We understand you’ve worked previously as both a fire breather and illusionist before moving into acting. Do any of these talents get utilised in the movie?
Luckily I had a good basic understanding of some simple sleight of hand work, which meant I was comfortable with basic parlour tricks for my magician role!

But I’ve been performing all sorts of alternative cabaret for a long time, and I wouldn’t trade it for any other kind of training. Getting out there and performing original material and directing yourself gives you such an amazing grounding for acting, it takes your characters off the script and gives them personalities that you create yourself, making for more enjoyable watching. So I guess that means all my experience in those fields gets used in my acting work – although I am still waiting for that script to turn up where I play a foxy firebreathing horror fanatic!

Could you explain a little more to our readers about your work on the Industry Trust’s ‘Moments Worth Paying For’ campaign?
Oh, it’s a fantastic idea, and I’m pleased as punch to support it. It’s to make people think about the various moments from the movies that have stayed with us throughout the years, that were made possible because people love films, and more importantly, love to experience them in the way that they should be experienced. I also think that it’s really important, from an actress’s perspective, to make people more aware of how the fate of the film industry really is in the hands of the public. It’s a business like any other – when no money goes in, no product can come out and when people scrimp on less than scrupulous downloads then it deprives film makers of the money to make that amazing next film and it means that actresses like me are out of a job. When people who love film show their support for the industry by downloading legally and safely from loads of great sites via www.findanyfilm.com then it means the industry can continue to thrive and our amazing British talent can continue to flourish within it.

What can we expect from your upcoming role in the Edgar Allan Poe-based horror project ‘The Mask of the Red Death’?
The script is still being finalized at the moment, but I’m really looking forward to starting it later this year. It’s an original, steampunk styled take on the short story that is centered around Marzo, the self-proclaimed king of post-apocalyptic London, with just one fear – The Red Death. I’m playing a young gypsy girl, Margaret, who is captured by Marzo when she tells him that she can help free him of his fear. It’s very dark, very gory and very sexy, everything you would expect of the genius behind Mindflesh (2008). I’m a big fan of the director, Robert Pratten, and can’t wait to start shooting this one – and can’t wait for it to hit the horror community!

Charlie: " I am still waiting for that script to turn up where I play a foxy firebreathing horror fanatic!".

If you can sum up ‘Strippers Vs Werewolves’ in just 3 words what would they be?
Uhhh… It’s a ‘Joyful Sexy Gorefest!’

And finally, what is your favourite horror film?
So many good ones, not easy to choose!! I’m going to go for the 1958 Dracula, because I chose it for my Industry Trust poster as my ‘Moment Worth Paying For’. Seeing it on the cinema big screen was a turning point in my horror education. I fell in love with the sight of the heroic Peter Cushing sprinting along a long table, leaping high onto the drapes, abseiling down the wall and unleashing the dazzling sunshine onto a finally defeated (and totally NOT sparkling) Christopher Lee, as the mysterious and fearsome Count.

Thanks so much guys – enjoy Strippers Vs Werewolves and hopefully I’ll catch up with you again soon!

"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview Charlie.
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."

For more info on Charlie's upcoming projects you can follow her on Twitter: @misscharliebond

'Strippers vs Werewolves' hits UK theatres on 27 April 2012 and arrive on DVD and Blu-ray from 7 May.


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