I'm going to start off with an apology. Sorry. There, I've done it. What am I sorry for? I'm sorry because I know what I am going to say about I Frankenstein, and it isn't pretty. Neither is the monster, played by Aaron Eckhart. I've not read the graphic novel this film is based on, but can say without reservation that it has to be better than this film. It HAS TO BE. It can't not be. First of all it won't have the annoying voice-over with Mr Eckhart digging into his boots to find a macho enough voice for the character.

Sometimes a voice-over works, such as in Blade Runner, where even though the film is better without it, at least the voice-over is well performed. This is not even close being as it is mostly exposition and still nothing of any great interest. It sounds contrived from the get-go and after a while is a little grating.

There's a simple plot at work here where the Frankenstein's Monster (Eckhart) is fighting other monsters because they are bad guys (Demons), and at that time is also being chased down by the good guys (Gargoyles). So we already have a mish-mash of creatures a bit like the Hugh Jackman "Van Helsing" effort. I quite liked that one, it was a little eccentric and tongue in cheek, which "I Frankenstein" isn't. It borrows heavily from Van Helsing in the overall style but lacks the humour, instead pouring on endless special effects of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer variety.

The graphic novel would also be better because it wouldn't have a soundtrack that goes from so quiet that you can hear a pin drop to something sounding like the apocalypse is taking place in a biscuit tin.

Ok, so I'm not impressed. Let's talk a little about his appearance. The photo above is the short-hair version, but he starts out with flowing locks. I don't have a problem with that as I too have flowing locks. What I do have a problem with is his face (Sorry Aaron). I have a degree of logic and a smattering of artistry, for me things need to look right, and the Monster just doesn't. My reason for saying that is simple enough; we've all seen images of Frankenstein's Monster before. The iconic image is this one:

Universal Studios 1931.

This is an intelligent creation. The face has limited scarring; it has a look of the dead about it. There are clamps and stitches to close the top of the head up after brain surgery, and the electrodes on his neck are for the power source to be connected to. It was made from cadavers but Victor Frankenstein used the best parts he could get as not everything came in a complete package. All makes sense. This lumbering monster was exactly that... A monster, and if 'Frankenstein' had never been created but you saw this walking down the road you'd run like Usain Bolt.

Using the same criteria, if you saw Eckhart's version walking down the road you might well think 'Poor guy, it must have been one hell of a crash'. I've seen ordinary people with worse scars than Eckhart's, but the real point is that if I were the mad scientist creating a mash-up Frankie, I wouldn't have used a face that badly damaged, not when there were many other options. For a guy who can reanimate corpses and perform brain surgery Victor's stitching leaves a lot to be desired. Monsters don't have to be covered in scars, just look at Hannibal Lechter, one of the greatest screen monsters ever and not a scar in sight.

Right, we've established that the monster is wrong, it looks wrong, moves wrong, speaks wrong and is just wrong wrong wrong. Is that enough to put someone off? Well yes it is, but let's say we dismiss that for a moment and see what else the film has to offer.

Other issues: Nasty evil boss Demon wants to resurrect thousands of corpses for an army of zombies to do his evil bidding. Nothing wrong with that idea, in fact on paper it looks rather cool. However, when the Demon boss is Bill Nighy I'm kinda sorta thinking that I've seen this before. I've got nothing against Bill Nighy except that he is already being overused as the go-to guy for 'evil leader' roles and this is just the same-old-same-old as his role in the Underworld films. He's an actor capable of much better than he gets to do in these roles, but hey, the guy has bills to pay, and if he's offered a constant stream of this sort of thing for the kind of money he gets then who can blame him. It's lazy casting though, and I am incredibly tired of seeing 'humans' transforming into demons in three seconds flat. This is doubly annoying when you have huge ugly stone gargoyles flying from the tops of buildings, swooping into a landing position while transitioning into human guise complete with clothing. I have a pet hate of shapeshifting that also includes clothes, jewelry and makeup.

If you are going to become another creature there's a really great way to do it:

That's from the John Landis film 'An American Werewolf in London', the guy above is 'wolfing out' in style there and you can tell that it hurts like hell, he's suffering as he contorts and his skin stretches, you feel his pain as his limbs snap and elongate. He rips his clothes off as he transforms into a naked snarling beast. It's a masterclass in physical transformation, prosthetics and animation, not the run of the mill 'Buffy-in-a-box' CGI stuff that's approaching critical mass these days. This is old school, and this is perfect.

Eckhart, Nighy… moving swiftly on... Oh, actually we'll just back this train up a little... Miranda Otto and Bill Nighy are opposing forces in this plot? She's the big boss lady 'Leonore', an 'Angel' leading the Gargoyles. Screen time limited, acting even more so. I found myself constantly wanting her to shut her pie-hole so the film could move on. You can take it from me that she is a pointless addition to an already overblown mess.

There are (almost) no other characters worthy of note in this, they are all stock cardboard in walk-on roles and none of them get to develop any depth.

In regular life I sometimes refer to things as a 'soufflé', by which I mean 'all puffed-up but with little actual content'. This film is similar to that, it's a bit like waiting for Christmas because you've seen a huge red sack with your name on it and assume it is bursting with goodies only to find on Christmas Day that the sack contains a bunch of balloons, many with slow punctures. It could have been great, but after the initial disappointment you're left with a whole load of noise as they either burst or squeak away to nothing leaving you deflated.

Is there anything good about it at all? Well, I saw it in 3D and that was well done. The effects although far too many were well handled with a genuine feeling of depth in a film where the characters lacked it. I wouldn't say it was visually stunning, but it did better than most.

On the subject of visually stunning the film does have one saving grace, which is the tragically underused Yvonne Strahovski. She is pretty good on the acting front, but not in this, where all she really gets to be is the nerdy scientist working on reanimating dead rodents for Bill Nighy's master plan.
Reanimating rodents is all well and good, but as any scientist will tell you it's a far cry from being able to have similar results with bigger creatures or indeed corpses. There's also another pet-hate of mine which is all too common these days, which is the one where you get a horror film about a Demon and there's a classroom with students learning about that particular demon at the time… a bit convenient. In this film 'Adam' had been walking around for 200+ years. The Demons have been after him or his neatly bound volume of Victor Frankenstein's recipe book for all of that time, yet with all of their numbers and resources it takes until the modern day for them to even come close to achieving their goals. Gimme a break! As the centuries rolled he would have had far more places to hide, and with modern surgeons keeping accident victims alive he wouldn't have looked out of place. 150 years ago he would have stuck out like a sore thumb and been much easier to track down. Am I being pissy? Maybe.

I saw 'I Frankenstein' for free, and was left feeling that I'd spent too much to see it.


Otherworldly action thriller directed by Stuart Beattie and starring Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy. 200 years on from his formation, Dr. Frankenstein (Aden Young)'s immortal creation Adam (Eckhart) still walks the earth. Caught in the middle of a war between the benevolent Gargoyles led by Leonore (Miranda Otto) and malevolent demonic forces who are hunting him down, Adam is forced to confront those who seek to exploit his unnatural ability to live forever and put an end to their aim of destroying mankind...

Interview: The Booth Brothers.


The metal banding on a Stetson catching sunlight, giving a halo effect to the gentleman wearing it, making him look every bit the Saint that his moniker declares him to be. By his side a Bandana is keeping a rock-star mane under control and away from the viewfinder of a state of the art movie camera. They look for the whole world like the next incarnation of Guns 'n' Roses but are in fact identical twin horror impresarios The Booth Brothers.
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Christopher Saint Booth and Philip Adrian Booth are two 'good ol' boys' from the Northern Territories, of Yorkshire that is. In their youth they were, much to their mother's chagrin, a bit rebellious and rather than being 'normal' they became rock musicians with their band 'Sweeney Todd', doing great things before they emigrated, first to Canada where they continued to be a success and then to the bright lights of California. They have supported Motley Crue, but rocking out in front of 20,000 people wasn't enough for them and so they decided to break into Hollywood and soon became the 'go-to' guys for any job other people didn't much fancy. As a result of their work ethic they have to their credit around 60 film features for Playboy as well as a back catalogue of work on a huge variety of Hollywood projects from soundtracks to camerawork. It was during one of those essential jobs that the brothers took a look at a script and breakdown for the movie they were involved with, it was a sci-fi/horror called DreamScape. The brothers came to the conclusion that they could do similar things themselves, and so, with a head full of ideas and nerves of steel they decided to become film makers in their own right. Their documentary and horror movie company TwinTalk has been gathering pace ever since, and doing so with a dedication hard to beat.

The following link is for their Vimeo Channel SPOOKEDtv-OD which at the time of writing has fifty videos and trailers available:

GNOH to Both: For the benefit of our readers could you please introduce yourselves and state your individual roles?

PAB: Hello, (Ello)  I’m Philip Adrian Booth and I’m a Director of Photography, Writer, Editor and Director  and I make good coffee too.

CSB:  I’m Christopher Saint Booth and I am a Producer, Composer and Production Designer and I drink Phil's gourmet coffee too.

GNOH to Both: Your most recent release in the U.K. is "Dead Still" (Distributor: ContentMediaUK.), the story of a photographer with a most unusual camera. I have to say from the start that it is one of the best films I have seen this year. It stars Ben Browder (Farscape) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Reaper) in an effectively creepy chiller with storyline and visual elements reminiscent of the Twilight Zone and Silent Hill. Looking at the behind the scenes material it appears as if you are two parts of a single machine, each of you providing different skills in the overall process. Did you make a conscious decision for one of you to focus on a differing aspect to the other so that between both of you all of the bases were covered?

PAB: Well the best part of working with a twin is that you never have to worry about if that job is going to done as passionately as you would do it yourself. Chris produces the film and is also a marvelous composer and production designer as well. As the writer and editor it was easy for me to shoot and direct the film as I’m editing on the set in my head anyway. 

CSB: That's what we do on all of our productions. Being identical twins we not only look alike but kinda think alike. That makes it a stronger team. It's like having two cameras covering what's going on, it's easier to cover what's going on and change quickly what's not working on the fly. If you ever said, "I wish I had another like me" well there you go… BOOM!
GNOH to Both: In 'Dead Still' Ray Wise, a veteran of over 90 films, is flawless as the Victorian 'Death Photographer' Wenton Davis, what was he like to work with?

PAB: Brilliant, I will never forget when I first met him on the set and he was in full Jack the Ripper wardrobe. I went “wow, he is perfect”, the man is a legend.

CSB: It was an honor, Ray Wise was perfect for the role. Ray loved the part. He wanted to put his own flair and touch to the character. Ray even grew a beard, studied the past of Victorian Death photography. He has been an inspiration for us with his work in Twin Peaks so when came on board we were like excited school girls, completely in awe. Originally the role was going to be played by Sid Haig but personally Ray Wise nails it. I think it's one of his best roles he's played to date.  A super talented actor with passion, charm and charisma, Ray definitely was our villain, our Jack Nicholson per-se in The Shining. Ray brings a lot to the table, an actor of intrigue with a creep factor you need in todays over saturated horror films. 
GNOH to Both: You both have so many strings to your bows, if you could only concentrate on one aspect of your talents what would it be?

PAB: I love to write, shoot and direct so that would be difficult. But I would say direct.

CSB: I think music; a film's score has always played an important role in movie making. Music has always been my first love and second being Production Design in which I do on all of our productions. Also being the Producer on this flick I must deliver the best of the best while keeping on budget and schedule. Creation and passion in anything you do is the key.

GNOH to PAB:  'Dead Still' uses subtle CGI for enhancement but a lot of 'Old School' effects too which to my mind at least really worked and harked back to the good old days of horror movies. What was the decision process behind using traditional techniques?

PAB: We wanted gritty, we wanted 1970's horror like Hammer films. Old school is a lot more disturbing and graphic than wall to wall CGI.

CSB: I'm not a big fan of all CGI on any productions. I feel it eliminates the organic, raw approach to the scare factor. A simple creepy mask, twisted dialog, the right angle, lighting and tension build-up can create a 100% fear factor. There are parts that definitely CGI is needed but the over use can desensitize the audience, the same with too many graphic kill scenes. It has to be the right amount per the storyline to immerse you into the classic horror zone. We were fortunate to have a great seasoned lighting and SFX makeup crew that cared, they used their imagination not their computers.
GNOH to CSB: With all of the horror remakes in the pipeline at the moment from various studios what would be the one remake you wouldn't mind being offered and why?

CSB: Philip and I were courted to do the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, the one with Jessica Biel. For some political reason it didn't work out. A lot of that movie has scenes and lighting exactly like our film 'DarkPlace' starring the late Matthew McGrory. I think the 1980 film 'The Entity' starring Barbara Hershey would be a great one to tackle. We actually have been playing around with that one ever since we met Barry Taff the real para-psychologist who studied that creepy case. So you never know, it's on our twisted-bucket list.

GNOH to PAB: What is your 'Holy Grail' of haunted places that you would love to have filmed in but can't because it's either off limits or long since demolished?

PSB: Danvers Psychiatric Hospital has been torn down and Buffalo Psychiatric Hospital is off limits I’m afraid, both were true “Hell Houses”  Maybe we could shoot at the actual "Bedlam" Hospital in England. Yeah right, lol

CSB: There're so many now, they all are being torn down. One can always recreate the location but there is nothing better than shooting in a real haunted asylum, hospital or house. Our film 'Death Tunnel' was filmed in the infamous haunted Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Talk about production design, real aging paint and warped walls not to mention the real gurneys and medical equipment left behind. I was like a kid in a candy shop scouting that place, I was like "can we use this and this and oh we got to use this, it's so damned twisted". Bedlam Asylum in England comes to mind on our wish list.

GNOH to CSB: I know you have said that America has a huge supply of haunted places, but would you ever consider film-making outside of the USA if the right project came along?

CSB: Of course. It just has to be the right story. We like to take on projects that have never been told. It's all about the story and the redemption. Would love to film in Tibet.
GNOH to Both: What is the one question which you wish that the fans and interviewers would just quit asking?

PAB: So you guys are twins huh, what’s that like.?  Not!

CSB: Are you guys twins and the question you just asked, lol....

(Thanks for that Christopher.)

GNOH to Both: If you won the opportunity to have one of the current batch of Hollywood A-Listers to star in your next film for free, and they had to do exactly what you wanted them to, who would you most like to work with and why?

PAB: Geoffrey Rush, Powers Boothe, Tommy Lee Jones they would make great evil characters in the tradition of the Hammer film style.

CSB: A-Listers, that's a hard question really as A-Listers have a tendency not to scare you as much on screen as some unknown. Michael Parks from the film 'Tusk' is incredible as a dark-villain, Gary Oldman is a chameleon and can adapt to any role so I think it would have to be someone that truly has a performance art approach. The late Dennis Hopper was a favorite.

GNOH to Both: Memento Mori are popular in your films, do you have a favorite piece of your own and if so, what makes it special?

PAB: My favorite piece is about redemption, there has to be a message, a deep meaning or a twist that leaves you thinking at the end.

CSB: Yes I collect something from every set and story we have been involved in. For instance, an 18th century prosthetic arm from our paranormal doc 'Children Of The Grave, old clothes and letters from abandoned hospitals we found and of course the diary of the real Exorcist case. Talk about a reality check. When you read the real writings from the real people you are showcasing it's your mission, your duty as a filmmaker, a story teller to get it right.

GNOH to PAB: You have the ability to make rather expensive looking films with limited budgets, what tricks can you share with our readers about how you pull that off?

PAB: Pre-production is everything. Lots of coffee and no life J

GNOH to Both: Is one of you more 'Hollywood' than the other and if so can you explain the process of finding the middle ground to getting things done?

PAB: I believe I’m the more laid back, inward dreamer of the two of us. It helps push the deeper story-lines and depth behind the lens but the other flip side you need someone to make a fuss about getting things done on schedule and budget. It takes reality to make dreams come true.

CSB: I don't think Hollywood comes into play with any of us really though it may be me as I dig sports cars, sushi, cool clothes, bright shiny lights and sexy women. But I also love spirituality, the Dalai Lama, Shiva and innocence. I do believe as an entertainer that what you are supposed to do is entertain. I think you just need to be who you are whether that is mortal or immortal. We need both to figure out which one we are. For me everything is 100%. There is no Plan B in my life so give it your all. David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust comes to mind, an alter-ego so one can perform with a safety net yet not afraid to jump. Ridley Scott is a great example of an artist and a business entity. No compromise, yet do it in style.

GNOH to Both: As you are a couple of lads from Yorkshire is there anything at all that you miss about Yorkshire or indeed England as a whole? Do you ever go back there and visit relatives/friends?

PAB: I would really love to film there; our relatives are all still there. The hospital we were born at would make a frightening location in it itself. lol

CSB: The countryside in the North is beautiful. The history is haunting and the culture say of Europe is far more artsy. Much more open to deeper and darker ideas. America is catching up. Our Mum and relatives are buried near the moors. I love castles and Jack the Ripper but my family is here now.

GNOH to Both: You've had a very interesting time of things, rocking out in front of 20,000 fans, ghost hunting, documentary making, working on albums and videos, making horror movies. Is there something that you dream of doing which is totally unrelated to showbiz?

PAB: Living on a beautiful rural farm surrounded by water, animals and lots of pure and wholesome organic food. My wife and I’s dream is to have an organic farm someday. 

CSB: Being a spiritual teacher of sorts. Of course not with the fast cars etc, lol, but just inspiring the world not to give up, to stand by one's dreams and never giving up. I think meditation and believing in yourself is so important. I think I just realized this is my Plan B but really should be my Plan A. :) A remix by Skrillex of my life would be perfect.

GNOH to Both: The floor is yours; you can ask any question to anyone. What would you ask and to whom?

PAB: What would you like to see a film made about, what is the scariest thing you can think of? 

GNOH: Borley Rectory or 50 Berkeley Square, London, either of those. The scariest thing I can think of at the moment is no more Booth Brothers films ;)

CSB: I would ask Dalai Lama if he believed in ghosts and our fans if they believed in Reality TV?

GNOH to Both: Regarding the paranormal, exploring Waverly Hills Sanatorium was a turning point for you both and the genesis of your film 'Death Tunnel', but what were your expectations before going there?

PAB: We actually did not have any paranormal experiences prior to that film, but that place changed our lives. Our film-doc “The Unseen” takes you to what happened to us there, it is mind blowing.

CSB: It's weird as I did not have any expectations. We were just going there to scout a location. But boom when we got there, life changed. 'Introduction to the paranormal 101'. It was eye-opening to witness the paranormal activity there and then try to deal with it when we went back to Los Angeles. I will never forget driving up to Waverly Hills for the first time; It was like finding Frankenstein's castle in the middle of nowhere. What an after-LIFE lesson it was. 

GNOH to CSB: Was there ever a project you passed up on and regretted your decision?

CSB: Yes, being an Indie film company, one cannot move fast enough sometimes. There have been many projects and stories we were adapting, setting up to shoot and Mr. Big from Hollywood would move in days before. But that's the nature of the beast. It's important not to have yesterday regrets, become cynical and bitter. That will destroy today and days to come. We owned several adaptions of stories that have not been told. For instance; 'The Possessed' the true story of America's first possession, 'The Exorcist File' being first to film inside the real Exorcist house, lead a paranormal investigation and document untold events, 'Death Tunnel' and 'Spooked' to unveil the history and hauntings of Waverly Hills Sanatorium and 'Children Of The Grave' uncovering ghost children in haunted Orphanages. The night and career is young so stay tuned for more mind blowing projects.

GNOH to Both: With the growing popularity of shows such as American Horror Story, The Haunting, The Walking Dead et cetera have you ever considered making an entirely fictional TV series?

PAB: Yes and I would love to do that and am currently drafting concepts as we speak.

CSB: Funny you should mention that. Yes that is on our supernatural chalkboard to come. That is the big thing now; more networks are wanting quantity rather than a single show. I think its great outlet for creators and ideas that just can't be done in one movie. I look forward to getting that green-lit. We are full of twisted tales.

GNOH to Both: What was the worst project you were ever offered?

PAB: 'Sharkasaurus', say no more, lol 

CSB: I see ones every day and most of them are Vampire or Zombie related. Nothing against biters and eaters, I just think it's overdone. It's hard to take serious Spider-Vampire-Man or Zombie Shark but you know thinking about it now I could see that selling.
GNOH to Both: Tell us a joke?

PAB: I just did, lol

CSB: Kayne West. JK… lol

GNOH: Not quite what I had in mind, but have to agree on Kanye.

GNOH to PAB: You shoot stunning visuals with amazing color and depth, would you ever consider filming in 3D?

PAB: Thank you very much.  Absolutely, I’m currently working with 6k resolution, UHD and IMAX, would love to do 3D and 4D. We could really make you jump then.

GNOH to Both: You are both known to use state of the art equipment, but is there any old school stuff, tech or programs that you just can't move on from?

PAB: Cooke 18-100 zoom lens that was used in Stanley Kubricks "The Shining" 

CSB: Old school being the experience and imagination from our seasoned crew. Analog video and audio tricks and recording techniques creates a warmer picture and a fatter sound. Digital is far too clean. Grit up everything, shoot organic rather CGI, dust everything down on set. There is nothing more annoying than shine or un-aged period sets, props and wardrobes. Yes there you have it 'Movie Dirt', use lots of it.
GNOH to CSB: Your respect for a faithful background to your horror films and documentaries is laudable, has there been a particular person discovered in your research that you felt the most sorrow for?

CSB: I think all of our characters have their own sad stories. Being empathy driven we have a tendency to focus on their spirit to overcome, children being the most difficult. When you have a child of your own and it cries you will do everything to comfort the tearful one but when you are dealing with ghost children how do you comfort them? It's absolutely heartbreaking. All you can do is tell their story and hope it creates closure.

GNOH to Both: In your documentaries and movies you give texture without sensationalizing or using too much gore and too many jump scares. Do you believe that holds you back from becoming more famous?

PAB: I believe we offer a thinking person’s horror film, a romantic nightmare. And in the end we care about the characters and that is important. Famous is over rated J

CSB: We don't make slasher films, nothing against them it just seems like watching the news to me. We prefer good ghost stories with that dark Asian horror feel. I think you can disturb much more by what you don't see. The kill scenes in our films are very gory and disturbing. We prefer to use fear and twisted visions of horror. With that said Dead Still has some great new approaches to sick and twisted deaths.

GNOH to Both: Matthew McGrory's last film (DarkPlace) was with you guys, what lasting memory do you have of him?

PAB: Matthew is known for playing Tiny in Rob Zombies '1000 Corpses' and 'Devils Rejects'. Our film 'DarkPlace' was Matthew's last film. I remember Matthew hitting his head on the ceiling in my Hollywood house and everyone running to get off the balcony when he came out because the deck was so rickety. We all laughed, he was the most gentle human being I have ever met. I miss him greatly.

CSB: What a great chap he was. I will never forget working with him, what a fun loving soul. We had to remove the seats of my Range Rover to transport him around set due to his size. My regret was not meeting him the week before he passed for a drink due to my being busy composing the film. Matt liked his Jack Daniels, we shared a flask to keep us warm on the set. RIP Matty.
GNOH to Both: What's the one thing you would never do in one of your films?

PAB: Rape or Snuff, Bad taste to me.

CSB: Settle...Don't ever Settle… for bad lighting, bad acting and cheap SFX make up. If budget and time is a concern which it always is, make the call to cut it out, shadow it or rewrite the scene.

GNOH to Both: Exclusive, you heard it here first folks: Can you tell our readers something about yourselves that you have not said in any documentary or in any other interview?

PAB: Well, I really enjoy being a husband and a father a lot and I need to work on that more and balance out my scheduling much better. I love my wife and daughter very much, I have a great passion for my work but these projects tend to take a lot out of us.

CSB: I've just got married which I never thought I would again as I have been married three times before. It has been an incredible adventure so far to live day by day with your own personal cheerleader. Meaning someone that believes in you and supports the long hours and the dreams of a crazy artist. I recommend if you find that special person never let them go. Salvador Dali had his Gala and now I have mine, my true artistic muse.

GNOH to Both: What general advice would you give to anyone wishing to get into the independent film business?

PAB: "Dream The Film, Film The Dream"

CSB: Never give up. Don't get so lost in the business of filmmaking that the art suffers. It's important to know the business especially in today's film market but don't cheat yourself from the thrill. Love what you do. 

GNOH to Both: What's next for The Booth Brothers?

PAB: Sleep, lol J

CSB: We are working on a supernatural series as well as completing a project on Voodoo we started filming in New Orleans last year. We are also starting up our own channel that presents Indie films at their best. It's going to be a busy and creative adventure to say the least, and of course we have some new films in the works.

GNOH to Both: Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview, I've had a great time talking with you and I look forward to future offerings from TwinTalk entertainment.

PAB: It was our pleasure. Thank you. 

CSB: Never too busy for you. Loved it cheers.
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Interview: Françoise Pascal.

The following interview first appeared on the Ginger Nuts of Horror website.

'GNOH' is me asking the questions on their behalf.

For the benefit of the younger audience who may be unaware of the work of Françoise Pascal I will begin by making a brief introduction to her career. Françoise Pascal, originally from Mauritius, stood out clearly in the London of the 'Swinging 60s' and soon became a dancer in the British TV show 'Top of the Pops', by the age of 19 she had a first film role in 'Loving Feeling'. From that time on Françoise has had a quite remarkable career on stage, in films and TV on both sides of the pond, acting with the likes of Peter Sellers, Lee Remick, Rex Harrison, Goldie Hawn, Frazer Hines, Barry Evans and Mickey Rooney. In a world in which 'National Treasure' and 'Sex Symbol' are all too often misused I believe I can refer to Françoise Pascal as being both with absolutely no doubt that they apply to this film star and former Penthouse Pin-Up. Her charm, sense of humour, and obvious beauty put her in the forefront of the entertainment industry for decades. Although having a significant body of work on stage and screen she is perhaps best known to UK viewers in her standout role as 'Danielle Favre' in the hit sitcom 'Mind Your Language'.
Françoise is currently working on several projects which I will shamelessly plug with info and links following this interview, not because I have been asked to, as I haven't, but because they are well deserved. I recently watched 'The Horrors of Burke and Hare' (aka 'Burke and Hare') in which Françoise has the lead female role and that inspired me to contact her for this interview. Françoise graciously agreed, so here we are:

GNoH: Your first appearance in the horror genre was an uncredited role in 'Incense for the Damned' ('Bloodsuckers' US) in 1970; it was somewhat brief but memorable. The film starred several of the top names of the day such as Patrick Mower, Edward Woodward, Patrick Macnee and of course one of the all-time-greats of the genre: Peter Cushing. What access, if any, did you have to these stars and what were they like to work with?

Yes I had been filming small roles for numerous film productions and as usual (a 70s trait) the 'sexy French girl' roles. I certainly was not a newcomer on the showbiz scene, as I was acting since I was 12 years old on the stage and then turned to film acting since 1966 in 'Loving Feeling'. 

In 'Bloodsuckers' as we know it, I did not work with these wonderful actors, they brought me in to supply excitement to the film as it turned out to be a very dull film. I was working with extras and made a good addition to the film, sadly the film got panned from the critics and I ended up without a credit. I knew Peter Cushing, Edward Woodward and Patrick Mower as colleagues in the business. I did work with Patrick on a show called Cluedo and Give us a Clue too.

GNoH: The same year as 'Incense for the Damned' saw you working in 'There's a Girl in My Soup' with Peter Sellers, whom as I am sure you will agree was something of an international superstar, and Goldie Hawn, famous at the time for 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In'. That's absolute A-Lister territory, were you nervous to appear in such a high-profile film?

Yes, that was the highlight of my career. When I was interviewed for the role, I was actually interviewed at Shepperton studio with Peter Sellers and Roy Boulting, the Director. They both had put me at ease and it was wonderful to be in their company. So I knew Peter before I started and knew Goldie when I did a stint on Laugh-In. So it wasn't a big deal for me. I just adored them and was thrilled to be in a film with them. Although my scenes were not with Goldie but she used to be on the set sometime. You forgot to mention the lovely Diana Dors who I have worked with three times in my career, and the ever so fab Tony Britton who starred in Robin's Nest. 

GNoH: It certainly was an all-star cast. In 1970 you had a role in a TV series 'Go Girl' about a Go-Go-Dancer/Detective. It sounds like a great idea and looked to have something of an 'Austin Powers' vibe to it. Sadly (in my opinion) the series didn't make it beyond the pilot episode. Can you tell us more about that?

This was a project for Luanne Peters and she also wanted to produce it without Sue and I but I guess she messed it up and nothing came out of it. When you behave like a Diva, you don't get anywhere but if you were a good business woman in the first place, you could get everything. The script was very light and there was no substance in it. I think they should have had a better writer that could have done it as an Austin Powers kind of TV series. Susan Shiffrin who is now David Cassidy's wife and I were the unhappiest people on that Pilot. Luanne Peters was horrible to us and did not want us in a lot of scenes so we decided that we were above all that and Susan and I excelled in our dancing choreographed by Matt Mattox of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Arlene Phillips was supposed to do it but if memory serves me right she had another job so gave it to Matt who found Luanne as difficult to work with! 

GNoH: In 1971 you made the horror/comedy 'Burke and Hare' with Derren Nesbitt and Glynn Edwards. There is one scene in particular set in a brothel with you being chased around a bedroom by a rather large soldier; it looked as if you were having a lot of fun, what are your recollections of that scene and the film in general?

Whilst I was filming 'Bloodsuckers', The Exec of Twickenham Studios came on the set during our lunch break, suddenly I heard this shout 'I found my Marie, I found my Marie' at the top of his voice, astounded I looked around and there was Guido Cohen pointing at me. "Wow", I said to myself, "who is this Marie and most of all what is he going on about?" I found out that he has been looking for his Marie for quite a while and now found her in me. How lucky was I? 
GNoH: One of those fortuitous moments for sure, by the sound of it something you needed after your prior upsets.

Early in your career you played several roles in which you were mainly the object of sexual desire, do you generally regret having done nude scenes?

Yes I do, I wish I had done a James Bond or a Hammer Film, but this was not to be. Looking back on it, they were all exploitation films be it a Bond Film or a Hammer Film. I regret doing the rubbish that I did, that's for sure.

 GNoH: You have many projects you are currently working on as well as promoting your recent autobiography 'As I Am', did you write it all yourself or did you as many celebrities do, employ a ghostwriter?

I wrote it all myself. I had to, but got a bum deal with the Publisher. They never marketed my book properly so therefore it did not make a hit on the market. It was a good book, no longer available as I sacked my Publisher and never got a penny from them. I am at present writing another one and a Children's book.

GNoH: Has there ever been an acting role you would have loved to have been offered, if so, what and why?

Yes I would have loved to have been asked to do a Hammer film as a main role. They never asked me! I don't know why? I guess I will never know!

GNoH: Do you see being a celebrity as being a 24/7 job or would you say that you have a normal lifestyle?

No being a Celebrity is only when it is needed to be, I like my life being normal and spending it with my grandchildren and then going home and having 'Me time'. These days I like my anonymity as it is not a life of celebrity that I lead but a life of a jobbing actress.

GNoH: You've been for dinner at 'The Ivy', who were you there with and what did you eat?

I mostly eat fish in restaurants as I cannot stomach meat. My digestive system will not allow it. The Ivy has great wine and I like a good Pouilly-Fuissé white vintage which they seem to stock.

GNoH: You have said on occasion women in general don't care much for you; can you share an example of the animosity?

Many times in my career in the 70s, there have been many women who were either jealous of me or envied me. I never could understand that kind of feeling, if I see a beautiful woman I would not envy her or be jealous of her, on the contrary I would applaud her and admire her beauty as well as respect her. I had a woman once at a party who was glued to her husband because she was afraid that I would be admiring and chatting up her husband.....Please.....Not my style, but she looked at me as if she would have killed me if I had said boo to him! She was an idiot!

GNoH: What things wouldn't you leave the house without, things other than the obvious clothes, money, keys et cetera?

I cannot leave my house without my everyday Jewelry which consist of my watch, an Egyptian gold chain and my rings as well as my lucky chain. I just don't feel dressed without them.

 GNoH: Who was the last celebrity to chat you up?

Oh My Gosh! What a question! I don't remember, I guess the last Celeb to chat me up was Danny Dyer at a party after his play! I think he was a bit drunk! Not much to say there is there? 

GNoH: Have you ever had any obsessive fans or stalkers?

Oh Yes! Several over the years! I now have them online! Trouble with some fans they think they know you and then they think they own you! NOT! I own me! I am just doing a role on screen not the real person, and I wish they would understand that. When I was doing Mind Your Language, they called me Danielle, now they still call me Danielle specially the fans overseas. It's ok though. I like them a lot trolls et al!

GNoH: Who've been the celebrities who were not what you thought they were for good reasons or bad?

I met a few in my lifetime that were not what I thought they were some good and some bad.

GNoH: Sensibly tight-lipped eh? Wise move.
What is the best thing that's ever happened to you, not just in the entertainment industry but in life?

The Birth of my son! The best thing ever that happened to me! 

GNoH: The world of horror movies has changed a lot in the technical aspects yet they're still arguably exploitative where women are concerned, even if they are in a starring role. What are your views on this and what warning would you give to potential actresses seeking an inroad into the entertainment industry?

I think horror movies are being done independently with independent money. More and more creativity is added and they don't have big studios behind them anymore as the audience has also changed. Unless you have big names in your movie, you can bet that it will not be marketed properly. Some independent Horror movie producers are in it for the glory, some for the gory effect, some for the money and some for the sheer joy of just doing a horror film. Saying that, Dani Thompson is an inspiration to all of them, she makes films to make money and to be creative. I like that lady very much, not only beautiful but savvy.

Yes they are still exploiting women, women have been exploited for over a century in the Cinema, it is not new. Nowadays, there are not many great parts for women. The young ones if lucky can get a juicy role, the over 30s corner the market for that age but as for the middle aged and the older generation NO CHANCE! 

GNoH: We now live in a world where Andy Warhol's prediction of everyone having 15 minutes of fame has potentially come true, there are more Internet celebrities than real ones and people are far too willing to do far more for far less. As a genuine celebrity, what do you make of 'Reality TV' and would you ever go on 'Celebrity Big Brother'?

May I correct you, now I am not really a celebrity in this day and age, I am an Actress. I hate Reality shows and what they represent for the minorities with no brain. Most of these poor saps become celebrities without doing a piece of work in the business. They have appeared on Reality shows so therefore they are STARS according to the Sun or The Daily Star or The Daily Mirror. Models are becoming actors because they have a name on the catwalk. No I am not envious not jealous as I had my days but there is no dignity left in this business. I feel ashamed sometime to be called a CELEBRITY!

GNoH: I still regard you as one, maybe because I'm from a generation which recognizes true celebrity, not the manufactured 'Kardashian' type trashiness we're palmed off with.

What are the questions and topics you hate being asked about in interviews?

My Private Life!

GNoH: Moving swiftly on…. Please tell us what's been the most difficult role you've ever played and why?

The Girl in La Rose de Fer. It was a very demanding role and I felt very vulnerable in that role. I had to carry the film on my own back because I had a very difficult and uncooperative co-star.

GNoH: What would be your dream role?

My dream role would have been to play Cleopatra on Stage and on TV. Unfortunately, I miss out on both counts.... Age too young and now too old! Story of my life! 

GNoH: If you could do something illegal knowing for a fact that you can get away with it, what would you do?

Oh I always do things by the book, but walking into Buckingham Palace and visiting the Queen in her private sitting room would be just awesome. Of course, that is if I could get away with it. Met the Queen Mother at a lunch that her Grenadiers gave for me, I was their pin up! The Queen Mother came in for a drink and me practically drunk had to behave.

GNoH: Do you currently have any hobbies, if so, what do you do? If not, have you ever had any?

I had many hobbies when I was young including knitting. Nowadays I like cooking, and when possible being with my grandchildren.

GNoH: You have 24 hours in which you can be anything, do anything, have anything… A complete fantasy. Describe your fantasy day?

OK! Easy, I dream that I would be a Bavarian Princess as the sister of Elizabeth of Austria for a whole day and be presented to the Court of Austria in Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. Dance the Waltz and be admired by many suitors as well as a Prince Charming rescuing me to his palace where we marry and have many little princes and princesses, but then the dream broke and I am back on hard soil! 

GNoH: Who are your biggest celebrity crushes past and present, and why them?

Never had celebrity crushes in the past. Now it's Jason Statham and Stanley Tucci. One a hard man, the other a funny man and a great actor...Go figure! xxxx

GNoH: In 1973 you starred in the previously mentioned Jean Rollin film 'La Rose de Fer' (The Iron Rose), which was a somewhat Gothic romance and most certainly your film as you stole every scene. You're on record as saying your co-star Hugues Quester didn't get on with the director. His acting appeared (to me at least) to be very over-the-top, do you think that was why the film was relatively unpopular with critics?

La Rose de Fer was a very difficult film for Jean Rollin to do let alone having a very uncooperative actor on the set. Hugues Quester was a fine actor but decided that the script was shit and did not want to be associated with the film. He hated Rollin and did not want to accept any direction from him. So he directed himself and did what he thought was right for himself. I, on the other hand was very happy to cooperate with Rollin and work with him as best I could. The film was unpopular not because of his acting but because Rollin's fans wanted a typical Rollin film of vampires and gory happenings such as blood and nudity as well as vampires. They did not accept Rollin to be artistic. Rollin sank all his money in La Rose de Fer and it is now that the film is being recognized as a cult movie. I for one am very proud of the film.

GNoH: 'La Rose de Fer' (The Iron Rose) largely takes place in the beautifully creepy Amiens cemetery, there is a certain amount of desecration of the graveyard happening throughout the film, were they props or genuine funereal objects and how did it feel to be filming there?

They were generally genuine all of what you see was genuine. The graves etc. The Cemetery genuine, we filmed at night and finished at 6am. We filmed when the cemetery closed and finished at dawn before it would open. We did not desecrate any of the graves, some were just empty and we used it. The bones were not real. They were put there in the cemetery for the film. It felt very eerie and I use to be scared come midnight that a spirit would appear. I knew that Jules Verne (Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days etc) was buried there and use to call his name for protection. I loved filming at night it was great fun too.
GNoH: What type of film or TV roles would like to be offered in the future and what would you definitely turn down?

I would not turn down parts nowadays as they are far and few between. Too old for nudity and would not do it either. 

GNoH: One of your more recent projects was narrating an episode of the upcoming horror series 'Fragments of Fear' (2015), what was that like for you?

I loved it because it was acting a narration. I loved it because I was able to go overboard with it. I loved it because I was working with young people who have a vision of what the film should be. I enjoyed working on Fragments of Fear very much.

GNoH: More independent film makers are making horror than ever before, would you be happy to do more work in that genre?

Yes, since I missed a lot of the Hammer films, I would welcome more horror films or TV for me. I have a penchant towards the unknown or the gory.

GNoH: You have one personal message to give to the world, what would you like to say?

Just as Marilyn Monroe said:      

I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

GNoH: Françoise Pascal thank you very much, it's been a pleasure talking with you.

Many thanks to Françoise for her co-operation.