Interview with ‘A Nightmare on Elm Streets’ Amanda Wyss!

1. I know you have been asked this question many times but what was your experience like working on the set of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ with the cast and crew and what are your fondest memories?
It was a wonderful experience for a young actress. We all got along fabulously and are still quite fond of one another.  Wes put together some great chemistry!
2. Did you think at the time ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and the character Freddy Krueger would become such a world wide hit?
I was so young at the time. I was just focused on my role of Tina…immersing my self in her and the overall story. I had no idea that the movie would become such an iconic horror film.
3. Robert Englund recently spoke with FloridaToday and had a this to say about the franchise. We think its a great idea, what do you think?
“If I was in control of my own Nightmare on Elm Street movie, I have an idea I would have liked to see. I thought it would be great if the children of previous victims, or just kids who grew up hearing stories about Freddy Krueger, were each haunted by their own version of Freddy Krueger. Kids who grew up hearing stories about this Freddy Krueger guy and the awful things he did envisioned him in their own way, and that is the version that begins to haunt them. Some people may picture him as stout, another might envision him as tall & thin, another with a different hat, or a different sweater. He could have different gloves, or even a glove with small razor blades as referred to in the first movie. It would be neat to see very different interpretations of Freddy Krueger based on the child’s vision of who or what Freddy was to them. After all, each person’s subconscious would picture him in a totally different way.”
Oooh…sounds like it would be fun! Robert is a fantastic story teller.
4. Congratulations on winning an award for your portrayal of Karen Fernhill in the short film ‘Oct23rd’ What was it like to play this part. How did you mentally prepare yourself for such a challenging role?
Thank you so much! Oct 23rd was such a thrilling movie to make. And the script was so scary that I screamed out loud when I got to the end.   I love the role of Karen. She’s such a nice person. She wants to be there for her friend. I imagined her life and history and struggles. Then stepped into her world as truthfully as I could. There’s talk of making it into a feature…The writer/director, Paul Santana is writing the script. So hopefully Amanda Parsons and I will get to reprise our roles. It would be so great!
5.Can you tell us about the horror/thriller film ‘ID’ and the character you play in it? 
The Id comes out today on Blu ray. It is a raw, psychological thriller. It’s relentless and scary. I love the role of Meridith. She’s her fathers caretaker and they are basically shut ins. She is stuck in the past and struggling to maintain a sense of self under the crushing weight of her relationship with her father. It all sort of spirals out of control when someone from her past returns.
I just dived into the role…stepped into her world. I worked to find the truth and humanity in every scene.It was such a wonderful role to sink my teeth into. And I loved working with the director Thommy Hutson.
6. Apart from the characters you have played in horror, if you could play any character past or present who would it be?
A character like Ripley from Alien.   Definitely the mother of werewolves. I’d love to be an Annie Oakley like character in another western. And any role Quentin Tarrentino imagines me playing!
7.What other upcoming projects are you working on?
I’m filming a movie called Sleep Study. Then Catch a Fallen Star. I have the movies Alice, The Capture and The Watcher of Park Ave coming out.   And a horror/spoof called There’s One Inside the House.
8. If you had to spend a night on Elm Street, Amityville house, Camp Crystal Lake or Michael Myers house which one would you choose? (Now choose wisely, it didn’t go down too well for you the last time you were in Elm Street)
Are you saying the Four Seasons is all booked up?!?
9.What’s your favourite scary movie?
Jaws. Hands down. Jaws. I was a beach kid. A surfer. That movie traumatized me and still terrifies me today.

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Amanda’s nearly released film ‘The Id’ follows Meridith Lane (Wyss) who has felt trapped in her home for decades. Surviving on memories of youth, she watches the years slip by while caring for her abusive father…until a figure from her past makes a surprising return. In order to live the life she desires, Meridith must confront her father’s monstrous cruelty and attempt to escape his tyrannical grip. But the man who controls her every move won’t let go without a fight, leading father and daughter into a series of desperate and irreversible acts. As Meridith’s psyche is slowly pushed to the breaking point, the line between fantasy and reality is hopelessly blurred. With strangers prying at the door and the walls of her childhood home closing in, Meridith spirals into a frightening world of paranoia, madness…and violence.
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