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Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Six Questions for Angela Pritchett

“Angela Renee Pritchett was born in Charlottesville, VA. She started performing at a very young age. At the age of fifteen, her family moved to Asheboro, North Carolina, where Angela continued to stay very active in Theater and Music. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for Music Education; she graduated in 2006 and then went back to UNCG for her Masters in Ethnomusicology and Liberal Studies. During her time at UNCG, she was very active in the Independent film community and has also written and directed many short films. Her short films have won her awards such as Best Director and Best Kills.”

1. How did you get into the industry?

I’ve been acting since I was 8 or 9. I did a lot of theater as a child, and then got into student and Indie film towards the end of high school/early college. I was already very interested in acting and special FX makeup, and being able to hone that talent with student and Indie film work helped me better get into larger aspects of the industry as the years went by.

2. What Scream Queen/Woman in Horror inspired you the most?

There are so many women in horror that have inspired me. I grew up watching a lot of Hammer Horror films, so basically all the ladies in those were a great inspiration. Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween definitely.  There are also a bunch of amazing woman in film now that are super inspiring to me, like the Soska Sisters, Devanny Pinn, and Lou Simon, who are boss female filmmakers and are doing amazing things! I like it when my community inspires me to want to do better, and these ladies definitely do that!

3. What horror film hooked you on the genre and why?

I LOVE J-horror and Asian horror. I grew up watching the classics in the US, and Hammer Horror films, but Asian horror always captivated me and really scared me. Ringu is an all-time favorite film of mine. I have so many other films I love so much from Asian horror. I am also a huge fan of Asian horror comics and books (which many of the movies were based on) so my love of the genre there is pretty spread out.

4. When you are presented with a project, what are the things that draw you to certain projects and away from others?

Is the story interesting and original? Visually how will it look? Those are always aspects of film and shoots that draw me into a project. As an actress, I try to see the best in any project I work on or am approached with, but sometimes your heart is into one of them more than another. If it is a film shoot, it really depends on the genre, since I have worked on a wide range of genres from Horror, drama, comedy, to Christian films. So there has to be something in there that interests me, or a message in there that makes me think it would be a great project to work on.

For print and model shoots, it is all about how visually stunning or what you want to get across in the images. I take this same approach when directing and writing out a script as well. When I have worked with my directing partner Mariah, we will talk about shots and what we want certain parts of the film to look like while we are writing the scripts, long before we have even set our shooting schedule. If the project captivates me then I am always eager to work on it!

5. The evolution of women in the genre continues to change almost daily, so what are your thoughts on how things have changed and what do you see coming for the current and future women of horror?

I am so happy that Woman in film is so big right now. It still has a long way to go, but you see so many more women out there making movies, and working in different aspects of film, and they are boss at it! I still get spoken over on set when I am directing, and have even been speaking to a female director, asking them a question about my character, and have had people try to speak over them as well. So we still have a ways to go, but having so much woman dominance in film now is the right step and showing that woman can create, captivating and interesting films, that stand up to anything that was made before is what is going to continue to make female led projects happen, and that makes me so happy!

6. What are the next couple projects you are working on?

I have a few films lined up for 2018; I also have a ton of fun music videos that I am working on! A few of the film projects I am working on I cannot talk about as of yet, but I also have a bunch of films in film festivals at the moment. So if you get a chance to check out “She Was So Pretty 2”, “Prelude: A Love Story”, and “7th Guest the Series”, then please let me know what you think! I also regularly post on social media when I have new projects out and where they are playing, so check out my Facebook and Instagram for those!

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