Originally hailing from New Zealand, Pandie Suicide, known for her part as one of the models in the beloved Suicide Girls website, not only has the beauty to turn heads, but a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies, as well as being an avid journalist in her down time. If those accomplishments weren’t already impressive enough, then Pandie is ready to do the trick with building quite the impressive resume in filmmaking as well, both in front of and behind the camera. Roles in films such as Joe Dante’s BURYING THE EX, ALL TOGETHER NOW and TV’s Community, Pandie has zero intentions of slow down, with upcoming roles in everything from the Ama Lea-directed SWEETHEARTS to MASSACRE, a film that she not only wrote and is starring in, but also features musical legends Billy Morrison and London May.
We caught up with Pandie to chat about her previous and future work, in everything from David Lynch’s “Crazy Clown Time” music video to SWEETHEARTS and beyond. Read on!
First question: Do you have to be a horror film fan to be in one?
I don’t think you necessarily have to be a horror film fan to be in one, but I think it helps! I’m a big fan of blood and violence (in movies, well mostly ha), so horror is such a natural genre for me to like since there’s so much of those things in there, particularly in the slasher genre which is one of my favourites! As an actor though, I think it’s great to be able to perform in a range of different genres and styles of films, as doing any kind of acting whether in comedy, drama, thriller, horror, or anything else helps to strengthen everything and give an actor more experiences to draw from and give that unique, magical performance we all want. I’m also a fan of art house films, a lot of French cinema, dystopian sci fi flicks and black comedy, as well as just any well-crafted, interesting and/ or beautiful film that speaks to me. But if you throw in some blood and guts in there as well, even better!
As a big fan of the genre, I definitely always wanted to make my own horror flicks, and in fact have dabbled with it before when I was studying film at university and even in high school – I made this little vampire flick with some of friends for a school project when I was about 16 or 17 but it ended up being waaay too edgy for me to turn in to my teacher. I was going to a very liberal school at this point but the amount of blood, biting and bedtime vampire visitation scenes that were featured in the film might likely have got me suspended!
Could you have written something for another genre as easily?
To be honest, I don’t think I really truly consciously control what I write. At least not in the beginning, in the rewrite, sure, but that original idea that comes and forces me to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, that comes from somewhere else. For Massacre, it came to me in a dream. I woke up from a nap and wrote the whole script down in a notebook in one sitting. After I typed it up and transferred it into a real life script, I made some changes sure, but for the most part the final film stayed true to a lot of the bloody vision I lived in my dream.
How close to the lead character are you in your everyday life?
Well the character came from me, so there must be a part of me in there, right? But I don’t want to ruin the film for you by telling you too much. I would hope we are quite different though! One thing that was not at all like me about this character, named Marianne James, is that she’s a blonde thing with no tattoos, quite different from my everyday appearance! Similar to one of my co-stars, Billy Morrison who is a great actor who also plays guitar for Billy Idol. In real life he of course looks like a rockstar with his tattoos, piercings and spiked up hair, but in the film as ‘The Paramedic’ he cuts quite a different character indeed – glasses, slicked back hair, tattoo-less. In fact his transformation into a paramedic was so perfect that not one, not two, but THREE people who have known him for a long time that also make an appearance in the movie, walked straight past him on set several times and didn’t even recognize him!
You can expect blood. Lots of it. In fact there was so much blood my agent (who is also my other co-star London’s agent) couldn’t watch it! You can also expect stellar performances from both Billy Morrison as the Paramedic and London May (who also previously played bass/drums for Glenn Danzig’s band ‘Samhain’) as the Detective. You can expect drama, violence, and twists. You can also expect an amazing soundtrack courtesy of the incredibly talented Jeordie White and Rob Patterson (who also make cameos in the film), which features original music from them and also a country-styled track by an artist named Shannon Crawford. The film actually won an award at its first screening at the Fantasmagorical Film Fest, which is part of Fandom Fest in Louisville, KY, this month, its world premiere, for the soundtrack by Jeordie and Rob. I’m so happy with the work they did on it, it’s so amazing, and I think they deserve their award 100 times over! You can also expect exceptional directing by Erik Boccio (who is a very prolific director on funnyordie.com under the name ‘Weirdfellas’) and camera work by Evan Pesses, as well as awesomely bloody SFX, which are all practical FX by the way, from Sierra and Josh Russell, our rockstar SFX make up artists.
Tattoos are obviously a big part of you, when did you get your first one?
I waited until I was 20 years old to get my first tattoo back home in New Zealand. Now I have so many I’ve almost lost count. I think there’s 12 of them now, but they all sort of blend together and form one. I’ve very lucky to have such beautiful, colourful work from such amazing artist as Dan Smith, Connor Garritty, Brian Gonzalez, Dean Sacred, and Simon Morse.
We’re all big fans of David Lynch, can you tell us a bit about working with David?
I worked with him a while back on his music video for ‘Crazy Clown Time.’ The song is from his debut solo studio album of the same time. The music is really interesting and eerie and atmospheric and strange and wonderful and a little bluesy, I really like it. The video theme is kind of along the lines of a backyard bbq gone terribly wrong, in fact nightmarish. It definitely has that tone and touch of the surreal that David Lynch does so well with his movies, and I personally think translates very well also into his music. We shot in the backyard of a home and for my main part I was lying in the grass with a mustachioed man, mouthing the words to the song as Mr Lynch leaned over us with the camera and sang the lyrics to his own song along with us and out of time, and in time. Very amazing and surreal, he was wonderful to work with and I’d love to work with him again on another project of course. I can’t wait to see what he does with the new Twin Peaks!
What other filmmakers, which you’ve worked with, have left an impression on you?
All of them! I think every filmmaker you work with leaves an impression on you, every experience whether good or bad. I have been very fortunate to for the most part have had almost only great experiences with working with filmmakers! I used to do a lot of music videos and still do a few now and then, but working on the video for Pantera ‘Piss’ with Director Zack Mercks was phenomenal, as was recently working with Mark Pellington on a video for Three Days Grace. Another fun video I recently made a little appearance in is for one of my favourite bands ‘Ghost’, for their song ‘Cirice.’ It had a really 70’s horror movie vibe to the final video which I of course loved! One filmmaker I’m extra excited to work with soon is Ama Lea who is an amazing photographer and director. I’m playing a small role in her horror flick ‘Sweethearts’, a Satanic goth girl named ‘Luna’, I’m sure that will leave a great, and hopefully bloody impression!
Yes, there’s a lot! I’m always working, I love creating, whether it’s through acting, writing, modelling, producing, or something else, so I’m more than happy for the universe to throw it at me. I’ve worked on a lot of other peoples’ projects which is very exciting and I am looking forward to them coming out but I can’t really tell you so much about the particulars of all of those right now. As for my own projects however, I am developing a feature based on Massacre that I may possibly even turn into a franchise – a series of films involving serial killers – but we’ll see what happens with the first one, and I have another short film project I’ve written titled ‘Blood Bath‘ which I’m starting to move forward towards pre-production for, and a TV series called ‘Teeth.’
And what is the release plan for Massacre?
First we are doing a festival circuit and some select showings. As I mentioned earlier it debuted this month at Fantasmagorical Film Fest at Fandom Fest in Louisville and picked up its first award. This month (September) it’s playing at the Horror Hound Weekend in Indiana, and then there are some more festival dates coming up closer to Halloween. Once we’re done with this festival run we’re going to look at our release options of which a couple have already presented themselves to us. I would love to get it shown on a horror channel like Chiller or maybe one of these new services like Shudder that would be awesome too, as every day we’re getting tweets and emails and messages from people online and in the real world that are asking us where they can see it, so we’ll definitely have an answer for everyone that has been waiting to see it, very soon! Otherwise you can keep an eye on @massacremovie on Twitter, or my own personal account @pandiesuicide for updates on new festival dates and more!