Elske McCain isn't related to Arizona's presidency-chasing, Iraqi-market-shopping GOP senator. It's a good thing, too, because Sen. John McCain might have a hard time explaining his kinship to one of Tucson's "Scream Queens." (Think Elvira to get an idea of what that entails.) In addition to appearing in and producing independent-horror flicks, Elske McCain spent many childhood evenings wearing out VHS tapes of teenagers getting disemboweled. She'll be appearing at the Loft Cinema's 12-hour Scream-O-Rama event, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13. For more information, check loftcinema.com, or visit "The Elske McCainsaw Massacre!."
You've been into horror flicks since you were a child. How did you get into that?
OK, well, my best friend, who actually lives in Tucson--we're from Yuma. And over in Yuma, they make a lot of movies. They made Star Wars and Stargate and Rambo III, and a bunch of low-budget stuff, too. Basically, her mom had the only modeling agency in town, and so she was a model. I really wasn't a model; I was just her best friend. But when they'd bring movies in, she'd call for us to be extras.
How much do you know about movies?
I know a lot about movies. ... I have one of those memories where I can remember the dates of when movies came out, and who directed them and who starred in them. But as far as the classics, I don't go anywhere past the '70s. Because when I was a kid, if it was black and white, I didn't like it. I do know a lot, but it's all relative.
What does the label Scream Queen mean to you?
To me, a Scream Queen is basically a woman whose career is all horror--not to be confused with someone who gets into horror to use it to go mainstream. Scream Queens stay in the genre, because they love it.
And that's you? Yes. And another thing--the title has to be earned with time.
Do you have a favorite horror film?
Everyone asks me this, and it's really hard to pinpoint it. But I'd have to pin it down to Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween and Fright Night.
So you're a fan of one of the golden ages of horror pics, from the late '70s into the '80s?
Basically slashers. The characters are introduced, and you don't really get too attached to them. You know, you actually want them to die--that's the kind I like. If there are teenagers in it, it helps. Nudity's great. When I was a kid, the only horror movies I didn't like were foreign. For some reason, once they had an accent, I couldn't get into it; I don't know if I couldn't relate to them or what. When I was a kid, me and my friend Cici rented at one of our slumber parties the movie Buried Alive (Buio Omega). It's directed by Joe D'Amato, who's an Italian horror-film director. His films are pretty notorious for being disgusting. I saw this movie Buried Alive--it was the edited version--and it really disturbed me. They had a scene where they pulled out one of the girl's fingernails one by one. There's a scene where they cut open a body and pull out the intestines and eat it. When I saw that, I think I was like 8 or 10; it messed me up so bad that I was like, "I'm never watching another Italian horror film again." So I stuck with American all the way.
What are you going to be doing at the Scream-O-Rama?
I will present the Poultrygeist trailer, possibly the (accompanying) music video, I'm going to do a Q and A, I'm going to show a clip of one of my latest films that's not released yet and sell stuff in the lobby--basically just photo ops, if anyone wants a picture, and just signing stuff ... (as well as) helping out with the Scream Queen competition.
Your boobs are all over the Internet.
That's a nice way of putting it. The actual nude pictures, there aren't that many. ... Over at my Web site, so many people every day are like, "Where are your nude pictures? Where are your nude pictures?" I was like, "OK, we've got to do something for these poor guys." Over at my Web site, at elskemccain.com, we did start putting up a few in the forums. It's not like a gallery where you can just go and click and copy and save them. You actually have to go in and read through, like, intellectual stuff to find the pictures.
Are they real?
Let me just tell you this: I have two kids. After the second kid, I went in and got a tune up.