Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with Bianca Allaine through social media, and I can honestly say that, in addition to being a beautiful and talented actress, producer and writer, she is also a total sweetheart who is quick to offer encouragement to those in need and offer thanks when it is due. Bianca Allaine is the real deal. I had the chance to talk with Bianca about her acting career, how she met her writing partner/husband, and their upcoming film, Zombinatrix, which is currently crowdfunding through Kickstarter. Check it out!
PopHorror: What made you want to pursue a career in film, and how did you get your start?
Bianca Allaine: I started my career modeling as a teenager in Dallas, Texas, but I didn’t want to pursue modeling as a career. I used it to express myself creatively and to promote myself as a young actress. I was very interested in movies from a very young age. My interest was particularly in special effects and the technicality of how films were made.
Though I loved a lot of Hollywood productions, I loved smaller indie, horror, and cult films in the 1990s. I wanted to create films like that, but my local college didn’t teach filmmaking – it focused more on local television and radio production. This was when movies were still mainly shot on film. So, at 19, I packed up a few things and moved to Los Angeles where everything seemed to be happening.
Though I signed with an agency and landed auditions, I wasn’t getting many roles. I started from the very bottom, working as an audience filler, background actress, in student films, music videos, small commercials, and low budget films. My first big break was in Albino Farm, which starred WWE Superstar Chris Jericho. From there, I received a lot of offers for work in low budget horror and comedy films, but I wasn’t receiving roles that I was passionate about. Thankfully, I met Michael Kyne and together, we began working on a script that would be my first starring role as the lead in Zombinatrix.
PopHorror: How did the two of you meet? What made you want to make films together?
Bianca Allaine: In 2010, I was living in Dallas again after leaving Hollywood for good. Michael Kyne contacted me about being a guest on his popular radio show, Macabre Café. We immediately clicked, and after the interview, we spoke every day on the phone and online for at least four months. Again, I left Texas and moved to the DC region where we tied the knot.
We immediately began collaborating on numerous projects together. We’re so close in age, come from similar backgrounds, have so much in common, and just get along so well, even almost ten years later. Our sense of humor and style is very similar, so it was easy for us to merge our creative styles and love of ‘80s heavy metal music and culture, and of course, horror.
PopHorror: You have collaborated together on several short films. Can you tell us about your short films, and where we can watch them?
Bianca Allaine: I have a lot of on-camera experience but, with Michael, I had the opportunity to work behind the scenes more as a writer, costumer, producer and set designer. Some of our collaborative projects are Watch These Films With Bianca Allaine, several Video Vamp short films, and the highly acclaimed, award-winning film, Web of Deceit. I think we have the most fun shooting our Watch These Film series, and those seem to be the most popular with the fans. That webcast evolved from me just sitting and riffing about obscure horror movies to becoming two full-blown short films in season 2.
Michael’s baby is Web of Deceit. He wrote, edited, lit, and shot that film, and I think it is amazing for being done for about $100. The attention to detail he puts into the sets, lighting, props, and storyline… I mean, he made everything himself. That was the first time I realized just how talented and hardworking he really is because he is very modest about his talents. Once Web of Deceit received awards, was accepted into numerous film festivals and was included on Bloody Disgusting’s World of Death anthology, we started thinking bigger about what our first feature would be.
You can view a lot of our previous work here and on YouTube. I hope your readers check out the short film teaser we created for our Zombinatrix fundraiser. I am proud of all the work that Michael put into creating it, because it was his concept and he did everything for it, from the concept to editing to set design to lighting to sound to direction and more. They can view it here.
PopHorror: Where did the concept for Zombinatrix originate, and what films influenced it?
Bianca Allaine: We formed Video Vamp, LLC specifically to produce our first feature-length heavy metal horror film, Zombinatrix, in which I portray the title character, a wickedly tantalizing dominatrix who is resurrected from death to seek vengeance on her enemies.
Michael came up with the concept because he wanted me to have a starring role, somewhat like Frankenhooker, which is one of our favorite films. He combined the ideas of zombies and a dominatrix since, at the time, The Walking Dead and Fifty Shades of Grey were very popular. After he told me the idea, I came up with the tagline, “She’s Into Whips And BRAINS!” We then shot the concept photos which we sent to Sadist Art Designs so the poster could be made. We began with the skeleton of the story and fleshed it out from there. For meetings, we would take nightly walks and just discuss ideas for the film. We created backstories for each of the characters, and I started designing my character’s wardrobe and look. It was a very fun process, and I can’t wait to get back to getting my hands into the filming process again.
As far as influences, we are both fans of David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Frank Henenlotter, John Waters, John Carpenter, and the Coen Brothers. As far as specific movies influencing Zombinatrix, I would go with The Evil Dead, Return of the Living Dead 1 & 3, Frankenhooker, The Crow, and Thriller. We’re also very influenced by heavy metal, hard rock and thrash music videos of the late 1980s and very early 1990s.
PopHorror: The two of you have been working towards making Zombinatrix a reality for a couple years. What delayed the project?
Bianca Allaine: The birth of the film was 2015, but we had several issues that delayed filming. First, our poster artist took much longer to produce the finished product than we had initially anticipated. But, we are happy with the result and many people love the finished piece. Once it was released, we continued to work diligently on pre-production, and we were garnering so much attention by the media and fans. It was so exciting, but that excitement was soon replaced with a huge amount of stress and despair.
In 2016, we discovered Michael’s father was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer, and within months, he passed away only days after his 58th birthday. Later that year, our sweet Shih Tzu, Molly, was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, and we focused all our time and money on caring for her. We still tried to continue filming but knowing that our baby was going to pass soon was agonizing and devastating. Only seven months later, we had to say goodbye to our other beautiful Shih Tzu, Dixie, just weeks after her 17th birthday. Losing both of our girls back to back hit me harder than anything I had ever experienced in my life. They were my best friends for close to half of my life. Dixie was 17, Molly was nearly 15, and they had been with me almost half of my life.
I fell into a very, very dark depression and just wanted to quit doing everything. Michael has been such a rock for me, though, and had been so loving and caring during this time. So, we finally put the focus back on our movie, and so, here we are. The bright side of all of this is that it put both life and this film in perspective. We have made the film much darker, sleeker, and quicker to shoot. I think the audience will be much more impressed with this new version of the film.
PopHorror: You are currently running a Kickstarter for Zombinatrix, and it’s killing it. What are some of the perks you can receive, and why should people pledge?
Bianca Allaine: I believe that people are donating because they are excited about the original idea of a supernatural slasher film starring a zombie dominatrix. They are also stoked about having a horror film that revolves around the thrash, heavy metal and headbanger culture of the late ‘80s, which goes so well with horror. The more money we raise, the better movie will be… more blood, more zombies, more metal! It will also increase how quickly we can finish up the movie and get it out to everyone to see. We have Hollywood-level visual effects artists working with us, including stop-motion from Webster Colcord (Stranger Things, Deadpool) and Ralph Cordero (ParaNorman, Coraline), so this is going to be a beautifully made film with a nod to classic ‘80s horror. Lots of practical effects are going to be featured in Zombinatrix!
We are so excited that the campaign is doing so well! We are working toward a stretch goal now of $15,000 so that everyone who has donated $50 or more receives a free 11×17 poster of the custom artwork that is being created by world-famous heavy metal/thrash/punk album artist, Ed Repka.
Of course, we have signed director’s cut DVDs and Blu-Rays, but some of the unique perks include high quality enamel pins, a blood red VHS Nostalgia Pack, the donor’s name featured on a custom tombstone, roles in the film, such as a zombie or concert goer, and you can DIE A GRISLY DEATH on-screen by the undead Mistress, Zombinatrix! We’d love to have people donate, but if they are unable to do so, sharing really helps tremendously! Everything, including the Kickstarter, is available here.
PopHorror: So, other than Zombinatrix, what other projects do either of you have coming up?
Bianca Allaine: Well, we plan on finishing this movie up beautifully and then working with film distributors and film festivals. Once the official version is out, we plan on taking the Zombinatrix tour on the road, bringing it to horror and Halloween conventions, festivals and to live screenings in cities all over the United States. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to bring the film overseas if we are invited as guests! Meeting the fans in person would be a real dream come true. After all, we want to make a movie that people will love for years to come.
PopHorror wants to thank Bianca Allaine for her time and we hope that her Zombinatrix dream comes true! Stay tuned here for any updates on the film, as well as all of your horror news, reviews and interviews!