Tiffany: "Wouldn't you rather be covered in
blood fighting some fucker with a hatchet".
Conducted by Phil
July 7th, 2004
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When it comes to B-movies, you
are never really certain that you are about to see a hidden gem, but one
thing is for sure: If you watch a B-movie starring Tiffany Shepis regardless
of the films quality, you are guaranteed to enjoy it.
Tiffany's no holds barred approach to her roles has
gotten her noticed amongst genre fans, and it's no surprise as this
amazing talent isn't afraid to show us her assets but only after she has
made sure we know she can act.
With starring roles in many of the genre's latest
efforts behind and in front of her, it's surely only a matter of time
before Tiffany crosses over to big budget horror and I personally can't
wait for it to happen!!
How did you get into the
I got in to the industry through Troma. When I was about 15 I auditioned
for a part in Tromeo and Juliet, got the part and have been stuck ever
You have been in many horror
movies, and in quick succession of each other. Do you actively go after
these parts because you are a fan of the genre, or do they find
I go after parts in genre films ‘cause I have the most fun shooting them.
I mean wouldn't you rather be covered in blood fighting some fucker with a
hatchet than doing some lame romantic comedy???? With the budgets on the
movies I’ve done, you’re not doing the film for the money, so you have to
have fun while you’re doing it. However most of the projects I want seek
me out as well. There aren't many of us "actors" out there that will do
what we do for the pay we get paid.
Halloween Camp (Bloody Murder
2) was released here in the UK at Halloween and I have to say it is far
superior to the original. Had you seen the first one and how did you get
the part of Angela?
I did see the original Bloody Murder. It SUCKED!!! I mean it was so bad
that I almost didn't do the second one, and if you have seen any of my
other films, you know that it would have to be pretty fucking bad for me
to turn it down:) Getting the part of Angela was interesting as I'm not
sure how they heard about me. They didn't know of any of my other work,
and they couldn't figure out who recommended me, but once I got the script
I knew if I wanted it the part was mine.
Was everyone including
Director Rob Spera aware of the reputation of the first
Of course, everyone knew how bad the first one was. We knew we would make
a far superior film (it wouldn't be hard) but the question on everyone's
mind was...why are they even attempting to make a sequel to this squirming
pile of crap???? Even so, no matter how bad B.M 2 was it would still be
the movie of the year compared to its mother film. But yes we were all
"I kind of get to set, do my job and
then just want to make it to the nearest bar.".
What was the atmosphere like
It was COLD it was the dead of winter and we were shooting a summer camp
film. Only on stupid B movies does this happen. NOT FUN:)
In one scene you sneak off
into the bushes with a male character for some fun. I've already been
hearing tales about cast members heading off to explore "locations" on
other shoots. Is working on a horror movie as much fun as it looks, and
are there any behind the scenes stories you would care to share with
Working on any movie is fun...and yes there is truth to the scandals that
happen on sets between co-stars, crew, animals, whatever. I find though,
that because I have done so many of these things. I kind of get to set,
do my job and then just want to make it to the nearest bar. It definitely
has become a job now for me.
Scarecrow was just released
here a few months back, can you tell us what that film was like to work
Scarecrow was an interesting project to work on. I think it was a great
little story idea and it had a super cool monster, but they fucked up on a
#1 with the amount of effects needed to make this film cool we needed way
more than 8 days to shoot it.
#2 Scenes with a kind of corny (no pun intended) monster killing kids
should not be shot in daylight EVER!! It just makes it look 10 times
#3What the hell happened to my character throughout the entire middle of
movie?????? Still wondering.
#4 The fucking monster should never ever ever under any circumstances
Oh yeah and #5 where the hell did he learn kung-fu?
So when you know all these things are going to hinder
you in making a better film, it kind of takes some of the fun out of
working on them. I did like the overall outcome of the film and I think Emmanuel did a
great job with what he had to work with; it’s just disappointing to know
that something could have been better.
You then went onto shoot Home
Sick, can you tell us a bit about the story and if you actually got to
work with Bill Moseley?
I loved working on Homesick. That was fun. It was shot in
Alabama with a bunch of kids straight out of film school. I had a
blast!!! I only got to work with Bill for 1 day and we only have one
scene together in the movie but just spending that time on set with him
made me realise why he is a cult movie icon. What a fun guy. I think he
improvised most of his lines and they were by far the hit of the film.
"He's home he's insane we kill him...
then all hell breaks loose".
The movie is kind of hard to explain. All I can really say is there is a
ton of gore and a great blood bath scene with me and my dead mother. Gore
fans and blood fetish folk will be in high heaven. I believe it's
supposed to be out in early summer.
After that you went on to
shoot The Hazing, again what is it about and did you work with Brad
The Hazing I'm really excited about. Actually for all you overseas folk I
believe the title is "Dead Scared". It's about a bunch of college kids
trying to get in to a fraternity. As an initiation ritual they are sent
on a Halloween scavenger hunt and then are supposed to spend the evening
in the infamous "Hack House"...there's a legend blah blah blah.
Well me and one of the other kids decide to break in to
Professor Kapps (Dourif) house to find one of the items on our hunt list.
. He's home he's insane we kill him.....then all hell breaks loose.
The film is definitely for a different crowd than the
ones who dug "Homesick". This one is a little more story driven with less
blood and guts. Really fun little movie though.
Finally what will 2004 bring
for Tiffany Shepis?
I just finished two films.
Abominable (about the snowman) with Jeffrey Combs and
Matt McCoy. I play yet another un-suspecting teen that becomes lunch for
a big hairy snow ball man thing. I also star in Corpses, by the same
director of "The Hazing". This one stars Jeff Fahey as my dad. The basic
story goes like this, dude invents a serum to bring the dead back to life
and we have to fight ‘em off. Fun little film. We don't call it horror
‘cause it kind of has a crazy Troma vibe to it. We are calling it a
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."
You can visit Tiffany's official web site right here: www.tiffany-shepis.com