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Tormented - Cast interviewed

The cast of Tormented

Interview by Cassam Looch

THE hot young cast of British teen horror Tormented talk to us about the film and its themes, which might surprise many expecting another US type gorefest …

Joining me were April Pearson, Georgia King and Larissa Wilson, who play the popular girls with a very mean streak, Dimitri Leonidas and Tuppence Middleton, who are the couple who fall in love amidst all the mayhem, and finally Calvin Dean, the bullied boy who comes back from the dead for gruesome revenge.

Q: Do you think Tormented falls into the horror category or is there more going on in the film than that?
Georgia King: It does fit in that genre, you have the obvious gory and messy bits, but there are other things going on there as well.

April Pearson: It doesn’t start from the same place as many other horror films so you don’t have things jumping out of cupboards, but it does have that factor of the characters being tormented.

Larrisa Wilson: Actually, maybe more of a horror comedy perhaps… you are supposed to find some of the things funny.

Dimitri Leonidas: When we were making it we weren’t entirely sure, but I think from the edit and the whole process it works as both. I was never a massive fan of the slasher genre, I liked more of the psychological horror films and I think Tormented is in that vein.

Georgia King: It does have a very British element to it… it’s not afraid to take the piss out of its self, and it does have things that other horror movies don’t…

Q: Like the villain?
April Pearson: It’s the whole thing about bullying as well. People who bully tend to be very insecure themselves, and even someone who has been bullied to the extent that Darren Mullett has been he can still come back and get revenge. The victim can become all powerful, and even with the character of Justine you get it turned on it head.

Georgia King: Obviously, not that many zombies come back, but it could be in someone’s conscience with the character coming back and getting the upper hand… things will come back and get you one way or another, which is a cool message.

Dimitri Leonidas: When we were making it the bullying element didn’t seem that severe, but watching it back it’s quite inherent in the film. It’s not just Darren that gets bullied but even Justine’s character to some extent and some of the others…

Tuppence Middleton: I think it deals with it in a dramatic sort of way, no one wants to see a film which hits you over the head with the message, but it does show it and deal with it in some sort of way.

Q: Do you think the film will travel and who do you think it will appeal to?
Calvin Dean: I think it will do well in America actually; they certainly like the British thing.

April Pearson: There is no way of knowing, but I think there is some sort of mutual fascination.

Georgia King: Yeah, I think you always want to know what school is like over there and here so it will appeal. Also, everyone has gone through school, the ‘in-crowd’ thing, the Goth group and just want to have fun for 90 minutes.

Dimitri Leonidas: Because it is so styalised as well, I can see it appealing to an international audience.

Q: The death scenes were pretty violent, how difficult were they to film?
April Pearson: That was my favourite part, it’s so much fun dying on screen. I’ve never done stunts before so it was really good fun.

Tuppence Middleton: Also, I got to witness them all which was good, although I am quite squeamish about things like that.

Calvin Dean: And it was good fun for me to do the killing, the make-up for me was the worst part because that took three hours every day… I didn’t really change much in terms of what I was doing from the first casting. Also, I couldn’t blink in character so there were a few times when we had to redo scenes, which were tough with the contact lenses I had to put in. I thought it was going to be an easy job with no lines, but it wasn’t like that at all.

Larissa Wilson: I think they all fitted those characters. Mine was really weird because there was a lot of blood pumping around the screen and me screaming my head off at one point…

Q: That must have made the short shooting schedule even more difficult?
Larissa Wilson: Yeah, it was five weeks, so it was tough and intense. We often had a lot to do in a day…

April Pearson: And we were shooting on a university campus so it was quite surreal.

Georgia King: We had a very short rehearsal period which I think was just about enough, I mean there were times when we were wondering around Birmingham [where the film was shot] looking for a restaurant… it all brought the group together.

Q: And what’s up next for you guys?
Georgia King: I’ve just finished a new comedy playing a character called Weird Bloke, and I have a cool independent project in the works.

Calvin Dean: I’ll be off to America soon because there is some interest over there but at the moment I’m relaxing after this one.

Larissa Wilson: Yeah, I’m just in the process of meetings and different things at the moment.

April Pearson: I’ve been doing a play since January, and now I’ve got a series of auditions to go to. It was a real challenge to go from the screen to stage… scary but I did enjoy it a lot.

Tuppence Middleton: I’m shooting an Indie film called Skeletons, which isn’t a horror actually, it’s a sort of Withnail & I type movie… bit difficult to describe.

Dimitri Leonidas: I’ve just finished a small part in Centurion, the new Neil Marshall movie…

Georgia King: Oh and my comedy is called Fresh and it’s out in September!

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