Hacksaw—a new found footage slasher coming our way on January 5th—is quickly climbing the chart for Amazon’s top 100 New Release pre-sales! Written and directed by passionate newcomer Anthony Leone (read our interview here) and inspired by some of the best the genre has to offer, Hacksaw follows the doomed journey of newlywed couple Ashley (Amy Cay) and Tommy (Brian Butler) as they head off on a road trip and decide to take a detour to the infamous hunting ground of Ed “Hacksaw” Crowe.
We were pleased to have the chance to chat with actress/producer Amy Cay about her involvement in the film and what it’s like to be an actress in horror movies.
PopHorror: It seems you enjoy performing and creating productions geared towards us horror fans. What is it about the genre that appeals to you?
Amy Cay: I guess you could say I have a twisted dark side to my personality. I’ve always loved the more twisted horror, the edgy, paranormal type movies and TV shows. So, to be able to create that and perform in those roles is such an honor!
PopHorror: When you’re on set, it’s in multiple capacities. You have acted, produced, and edited, in addition to performing A.D. duties. When did you know this is what you wanted in life?
Amy Cay: When I first watched Saw II and looked at the set and the making of, I told myself I would love to be in a horror movie someday. I never thought it would happen, but here we are (laughs)! Since I met Anthony Leone and having been able to work with him and create these movies, I can’t believe it, but I can actually say a dream came true. So now, it’s definitely a passion and hobby to keep creating, growing, and learning so we can produce more movies for our fans!
PopHorror: If you could work with any director—living or deceased—who would you choose and why?
Amy Cay: I have two. Hands down: Rob Zombie and James Wan. Rob Zombie because I love his twisted creativity. You can tell when watching the makings of his movies. He is so passionate and wants to make it the best possible and doesn’t mess around. So, to be able to work with him and experience that would seriously be amazing.
James Wan, well, because I’m a Saw freak. His work and this franchise is just ridiculously amazing to me. I would have loved to be a part of these sets to see the whole making of and watch him work. Again, such a creative and amazing director in my opinion.
PopHorror: What was it about the script for Hacksaw that made you want to be a part of it?
Amy Cay: This script morphed so many times (laughs)! But when Anthony showed me the final script and I read through it, I loved it. An abandoned building with a psycho killer? Uh, yeah, sign me up!
PopHorror: In your opinion, what is the most challenging aspect of being an actress in horror films?
Amy Cay: Honestly? Behind the scenes, we laugh so much and joke around, so to go from laughing your ass off, to being in a scene where you have to pretend like you’re petrified and scared, is probably the hardest part! As crazy as that sounds… least for me, it’s this way (laughs)! I’d like to say I’ve mastered this pretty well!
PopHorror: If you could program a double feature at your local drive in, what two films would make the bill?
Amy Cay: Well, these don’t go hand in hand really, but it’s my feature so whatever (laughs). I would chose Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Saw III. My two favorites.
We would like to thank Amy Cay for her time and hope that you check out Hacksaw, releasing January 5th on VOD and DVD via Midnight Releasing.
Watch the trailer below!