By the Book with Michaela Longden – Questions for the Cast of Book of Monsters

Available for the first time on disk in the UK, Book of Monsters is a dark horror comedy in the vein of ‘The Evil Dead II’ and ‘Shaun of the Dead’ filled with practical effects driven monsters and intense, gory action. To celebrate the release of the 2-Disk Collector’s Edition we have put together an exclusive interview feature with the main cast of the marvelous movie.

Take on the forces of evil with the Standard Edition Blu-ray or become a fully-fledged monster hunter with the 2-Disk Collector’s Edition. Limited to only 300 copies, the 2-Disk Collector’s Edition features both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the movie, an exclusive hand numbered Slipcover, four collectible lobby cards, signed mini poster and a reversible sleeve signed by Director Stewart Sparke and lead actress Lyndsey Craine. Both versions are exclusive to UK customers and feature a Blu-ray disk packed with over an hour of bonus features including a feature length documentary, deleted scenes, alternate ending, gag reel and more. All of it and some amazing merch is available here

Sophie’s 18th birthday party becomes a bloodbath when six terrifying monsters descend upon her house, intent on devouring the party guests and killing anyone who tries to leave. As her school friends are torn apart and consumed, Sophie must rally a band of misfits and take up arms to send their party crashers back to hell. To survive the night, Sophie must face her destiny; monsters are real – and she’s the only one who can stop them.

Book of Monsters stars Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton, Daniel S. Thrace, Anna Dawson, Rose Muirhead, Arron Dennis and Steph Mossman. Also starring is horror legend Nicholas Vince as Jonas, famous for his roles as the Chatterer in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellaiser II as well as Kinski in Nightbreed.

The film received critical acclaim upon its world premiere at Frightfest London in 2018 and has since won multiple awards at international film festivals including Best Film at the New York City Horror Film Festival.

Below Mona aka Michaela Longden @Michaela_Liz takes on our By the Book questions on making the movie and much more:

1. How did you get involved with Book of Monsters?

I worked with Dark rift films on their first film The Creature Below. It was an amazing experience so when they asked me if I’d like to work with them I jumped at the chance. I loved the script, I thought it was the right kind of bonkers with an awesome horror edge- something very different to what I had done or seen before. I was also definitely excited to work with the team again!

2. What was the best bit of making the movie?  

The best bit in filming was the memories and laughter shared between the cast and crew. I have become so close with so many people involved and have gained best, lifelong friends. I love the filming process but there is nothing more special then the friendships you build on set. I remember one time they let me loose with the blood canon and I accidentally shot lead Lyndsey Craine in the eye. Luckily we are very close -she’s a dream boat and saw the funny side!

3. What is your favourite horror film and why?  

Scream- I grew up with these movies and brings back an awful lot of nostalgia for me. For me this is a classic horror movie!

4. Which movie monster would be the worst to be stuck in lockdown with?  

I think IT would be vile, just looking at those crazed eyes throughout lockdown definitely would send you mad. The hills have eyes have some pretty vile monsters in as well- I wouldn’t want to be stuck inside with one of those that’s for sure!

5. What is next for you?  

I have a few movies coming up I have been fortunate to have filmed during 2020! Jack In The Box- Awakening’ which is a sequel by Fowler Media, ‘Eating Miss Campell’  which also starts Lyndsey Craine and ‘When Darkness Falls’ which is a Scottish Thriller. I also have a couple of projects lined up for the next year (covid dependant) including a sci-fi short and a small role in a Drama feature. I also continue to write. I wrote my first short film in 2019 ‘Asphyxiate’ and this is currently in the festival circuits.

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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