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To say that Debbie Rochon is busy is an understatement. With a giant list of upcoming projects on IMDB, including her directorial debut of Model Hunger, and a slew of Troma movies under her belt – she is the epitome of a Horror Queen.
How do you feel about horror movies’ role in popular culture?
They are as important as music. We all seek out different things to make us feel certain ways and horror movies can be a very intense experience. They can be a rite of passage to the youth. Horror has become a lot more mainstream than it ever has been and it’s not just because it brings in a lot of money. That is why many companies make horror movies but the people viewing the movies want to see something that shakes up their imagination. They can be described as a hybrid of action films, supernatural and psychological genres. The first movies made were horror and they will always be with us. We’ll see various cycles of sub-genres like zombie, ghost, serial killer, home invasion etc. but as a whole they will always be with us.
What’s your favorite horror movie?
The Shining. It’s a perfect combination of story, style and realism. Is it a ghost story? Is it a person gone crazy turned killer movie? It’s many things but to me it’s also art. Every detail has been played to perfection. From the sound, to set design to visual story telling, everything is perfect to me.
What was the best advice that you have been given and who gave it to you?
When I was taking improv classes in NYC in the late 80s my teacher said to me “Not everyone will like everything you do, so do it for the craft and don’t worry about what the audience will think”.
Do you have a Lloyd Kaufman or Troma Entertainment story to share with fans?
There are so many. I could cite when Lloyd was on Fangoria radio co-hosting with me and we were making crank calls. He pretended to be a French gay man and we called up a venue where Dee Snider was playing that night and Lloyd was asking for directions to the gig stating he and his friends had been personally invited by Dee. I also love the fact that after I woke up at NYU hospital after a very serious surgery he was sitting in a chair by my bed and was the first person to be there for me. He’s quite an amazing guy.
What advice do you have for up and coming Horror Queens?
In this day and age you can create your own vehicles and don’t have to be under the pressure of appearing in movies you might not want to. Take the bull by the horn and have control of your career. Study. Don’t waste your time gossiping and hating on anyone. Just do your thing and let opportunities happen from there. Work hard. “Fame” and fans come with the work.
Do you have an actor who you are dying to work with?
Many! The first that comes to mind is Michael Pitt. He is intense, committed and makes excellent choices.
What role are you the most proud of?
Impossible to say! Seeing as I love strong roles some include – American Nightmare, Axe to Grind, Serial Kaller, Colour From the Dark, Wrath of the Crows, Slime City Massacre, and Exhumed to name a few.
Any new projects we should be on the lookout for?
The following films will be released very soon – Wrath of the Crows, Nightmare Box, Dry Bones, Serial Kaller, Axe to Grind, Solid State. amd Exhumed just came out and people should definitely check it out! It’s in select stores and of course on Amazon. My directorial debut Model Hunger is still in post but should see completion by the end of fall!
What scares you?
Losing loved ones.