Sharknado: The 4th Awakens is almost here, folks. On July 31st, we’ll finally be able to experience the fourth entry in the flying shark franchise. To celebrate, we decided to talk to Caroline Williams, who stars in the film, and she had some interesting details to spill!
Dread Central: So, how did you land a role in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens?
Caroline Williams: Anthony C. Ferrante, the creator of the most popular Syfy franchise evaaaahhhhh, happens to be a big horror fan. Even more specifically, TCM2 speaks to him, and he wanted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film. And since chainsaws are the weapon of choice for slicing through Sharknado, having Stretch and the fam selling them saws is a solid natural!
DC: The general theme of Sharknado 4 seems to be that it will be bigger, louder, and more action-packed than the first three movies. Can you attest to this?
CW: Anthony loves action, and he keeps a blistering pace. I loved the chance to do the Chainsaw Dance one more time!
DC: Can you describe your character?
CW: I’m your ever lovin’ Stretch, from K-Okla in Burkburnett, Texas, Red River Rock n’ Roll!
DC: Do you get in on any of the flying shark action?
CW: The flying ‘nado takes many forms, using many substances. Believe me… Anthony Ferrante lets the ‘nadoes fly! It’s CGI, of course, so anything can happen!
DC: You starred in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, which turns 30 this year. Looking back, how do you feel about the monumental legacy that followed the film?
CW: Deeply proud and grateful to have been a part of such a vivid follow-up to a Library of Congress Original and to stand on the delicate shoulders of Marilyn Burns. The movie continues to win new fans every year. When costume contests feature 9-year-olds in full Stretch drag, spouting my lines, being chased by 12-year-old Leatherfaces, you know you’ve achieved a cultural moment!
DC: Can you talk about your experiences of working on the Blood Feast remake? Do you feel that fans of the original will have their appetites satisfied?
CW: I think fans of Herschell Gordon Lewis‘ 1963 classic will be gratified. Marcel Walz strikes a shocking tone; our cast is international, featuring a score of familiar, popular European faces, as well as Robert Rusler (my husband from Tales of Halloween’s “Sweet Tooth,” directed by Dave Parker); Sophie Monk, Australia’s leading lady; and me! It’s a crazy romp with SFX by Vancouver’s splatter master Ryan Nicholson.
DC: You’ve been in a huge number of horror film franchises, including Sharknado, TCM, Blood Feast, Halloween, Hatchet, Leprechaun, and The Stepfather. This is an achievement that very few other people can claim, so is this something that you’re particularly proud of?
CW: The fact that producers and directors found me to be a reliable reinterpreter of popular franchises makes me happy. Successive films have to hit the mark, or exceed it, and that’s a challenge directors have to meet. That I’ve been in so many popular sequels helped me make my mark. On the other hand, those sequels established my bona fides and are making me a choice for some new and upcoming originals. Stay tuned!
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Synopsis:
SHARKNADO: THE 4th AWAKENS takes place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in last summer’s SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO! Fin (Ziering), his family, and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks – and ‘nados! – are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected. Tara Reid is also set to return as April Wexler to reveal the outcome of the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social campaign. David Hasselhoff (as Gil Shepard) and Ryan Newman (as Claudia Shepard) will also reprise their SHARKNADO 3 roles. New additions to the SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS cast include Gary Busey, Tommy Davidson, Imani Hakim, Cody Linley, Masiela Lusha, and Cheryl Tiegs. SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS is a production of The Asylum. Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct an original screenplay written by Thunder Levin.
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