Recently Dread Central was able to chat with star Christa Campbell about Spiders 3D, Texas Chainsaw 3D, and much more! Read on for the latest from one of the horror genre’s loveliest scream queens.
Dread: How did you initially get involved with Spiders 3D?
Campbell: Well, working primarily in the horror genre, I got the script, and they said, “Read it; let us know what you think.” I read it and thought, “Wow, this is great! Fantastic! I just hope they’re not going to have real spiders. But I need a job so let’s do it!” Thankfully, they didn’t use real spiders; it was all CGI. *laughs*
Dread: You guys shot this film in Bulgaria. What was it like shooting so far away from home?
Campbell: I love working in Bulgaria. I’ve done several films there. I have a saying for when I do things like that: “It’s like an adventure.” I had my own car and was able to drive myself around, but I couldn’t read any of the signs. I love meeting and communicating with the people there; I get a thrill out of it.
There’s a studio there called Nu Boyana; it’s twice as big as Paramount. It’s just like home. You had everything you needed. It’s an enormous studio. I think there were like 5 or 6 films filming there at the same time, but you never really saw anybody from them. It’s huge.
Dread: Spiders 3D is a lot of fun, but it’s also fairly serious in tone. How were you able to keep the balance between having fun and keeping it serious?
Campbell: I’m not really a comedy girl so I try to keep it very serious. There’s funny moments where I want to laugh my ass off, but I have to try to be serious. There was a moment during filming where a guy is hanging off a ledge, and he has what’s supposed to be a spider web hanging off his foot, but it’s actually just a piece of cotton or something. That struck me as really funny and I wanted to crack up laughing, but you have to keep it serious.*laughs*
The thing about a movie like this is that it’s fun to work on. Even though it’s fairly serious, there’s no deep crying or anything overly emotional. It’s not about murder or anything like that. Every morning you go to work and just have fun.
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Dread: You’re also a producer on the upcoming Texas Chainsaw 3D; how did you get involved with that?
Campbell:I had a meeting with Twisted Pictures about auditioning for “Scream Queens” or something like that, and I asked them, “What are you doing after Saw?” After that we had meetings with a few writers. I went off to film Spiders, and they got the rights for Texas. We said, “Let’s bring it to Millennium, and Lionsgate will put it out.”
Millennium does make horror movies from time to time, but it’s not really their kind of film. We kind of had to explain it to them; after they knew what it was we had to figure out if we could make it or not. Carl Mazzocone is the one that’s doing the bulk of the producing; he calls us if he needs help. He’s basically the one that’s at it on set every day.
Dread: It’s a sequel to the original series, right? Can you tell us anything about the story?
Campbell:Yes, it’s a sequel to the original films, not the remake series. I can’t really say anything outside of that. I don’t like getting angry phone calls. *laughs*
Dread: Earlier you mentioned that you were glad when you found out the spiders were going CGI and not real. Is that something you were really worried about before you knew for sure?
Campbell: I’m sort of that kind of person where I’m fearless; even if I’m afraid, I’ll take it on. Not knowing if the spiders were real was a little nerve-racking, but if they were, I’d just to have to take it on. It’s just a fear that I’d have to overcome.
Dread: Being a veteran of the horror genre, what are the kinds of horror films that you like personally?
Campbell: I like the horror movies that aren’t really in your face with the blood and gore… Orphan, The Orphanage, The Shining, Poltergeist, films like that. The blood and gore are okay, but the films I really love are the ones that get in my head and stay with me.
Following a crash of an old Soviet space station in New York City’s subway tunnel, a new species of poisonous spiders is discovered. Inadvertently the spiders mutate to gigantic proportions and wreak havoc on the entire city.
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