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Dear viewer, there follows an awesome interview with the cast, crew and creative geniuses behind the wild, rollicking good rollercoaster ride that is the Sci-Fi & Horror film Happy Endings. Happy Endings is by super talented Phil Condit & equally talented Producer and actress Maria Olsen. Plus other fab cast members, Jill Evyn, Ange Maya, Victoria De Mare, Dawna Lee Heising, Dolores Quintana, Phedra Syndelle, Brad Slaughter, Brad Potts & Erik A Williams.

This interview is the first of many I hope by my new writing and business partner the super talented Kim Culpepper. Kim sure as hell popped her cherry good and proper with this one I can tell you.

Your new film Happy Endings, looks amazing. Do you like a happy ending?
Phil Condit (writer/director/producer): If you’re talking about sex, Woody Allen is the only person I’ve heard of who gets nauseous afterwards. Hell yes I like a happy ending! If you’re talking about in life I hope for a happy ending. If you’re talking about in fiction and movies, etc. I like all kinds of endings. Well maybe the Sopranos was a little funky.
Maria (actor/co-producer): Yes, we LOVE happy endings! And the happiest ending we could think of right now is if everyone could love our HAPPY ENDING right back! Love can be shown right here: (our Indiegogo page) and (our Facebook page)

> There are of films and books out there crossing horror with comedy and sci-fi. Would you consider Happy Endings more horror or sci-fi or a combination of both?

Phil: HAPPY ENDING is your basic creature feature, but it is sci-fi based on the origin of its creature. An alien predator gives it that sci-fi aura and mystery. There is no folklore about it. Nobody knows what it is. Nobody knows what it can do. But it is still a monster terrorizing people.

> What other films could be compared to Happy Endings?
Phil: For an alien predator, nothing compares with the creature from ALIEN. For comedy while being faced with extreme danger in a sexy setting I think of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. HAPPY ENDING is a mixture of the two.

> Happy Endings seems to have a fantastic array of characters. Tell me a little about them?

Phil: I love the leading lady of my last film, EMPRESS VAMPIRE, the beautiful Ange Maya. She did such a spectacular job I knew I had to have her back. “Happy Endings” are often associated with Asian massage parlors, so I made Ange the Madam of “Madam Wang’s House of Happy Ending”.
Candy is a kick-ass, drop-dead gorgeous leading lady who takes the fight to the alien. Candy had been a vice cop busting hookers until she found out just how much they got paid for doing something she loved – sex - and without the thing she loathed – commitments. She jumped the fence and never looked back. When Jill Evyn read for Candy I was blown away. She is the embodiment of Candy - and gorgeous!
The Rubenesque Hispanic foodie Roxanne is brought to giggly life by the delightful Dolores Quintana.

Cinnamon, bless her dizzy little head, is a sandwich shy of a picnic. When you talk about how far someone’s stairs go up, hers don’t reach the first floor landing. She is cute, bubbly, loveable, and dumber than a bag of doorknobs. Victoria De Mare took that characterization into the next galaxy with her performance as Cinnamon
We have an ex Vegas showgirl Alice, a baby doll talking bleached blond cougar played to perfection by Dawna Lee Heising. I had met Dawna when she acted in my daughter’s film, BONER, and loved her to pieces, so I wrote the role specifically for her.
Whip-cracking Dominique, the dominatrix, is played with particular glee by my co-producer and extremely talented actress, Maria Olsen. Dominique and Sarge from the military base have a special relationship. Maria has taken to occasionally dominating me, which I find strangely enjoyable!
The stunningly beautiful and more than a little vain, leopard skin pattern wearing fashionista role of Bridget, was won by the smoking hot Phedra Syndelle.

And let’s not forget the guys.

Hunky construction worker Rick has a heart on for Candy, who likes him too but dreads commitments, is played by the equally hunky Brad Slaughter who plays the perfect foil for Jill’s Candy.
Rick’s bud is the bone skinny, always hungry jokester, Steve, who finds his food and love goddess in Roxanne, played wonderfully by Erik A, Williams.
And finally there’s macho, blustery Sarge who came to life when Brad Potts showed up. He knew exactly the right blend of macho and humor we were looking for.
If you don’t mind me saying so, we have an incredible line up of characters you won’t soon forget, played by the best, kick-ass talent in town!

> Which one is your favorite and why?

Phil: Candy is my favorite. She is an incredible person. She is in touch with her sexuality and is very feminine, but gives up none of her power to determine the course of her life. She knows who she is, what she wants to do, and what she won’t do – succumb to attacks by a slimy creature from beyond the stars.

> Who is the villain in this film and what about him/her/it is so terrifying?

Phil: The alien is the obvious bad guy. The fact that it is a complete unknown is what is terrifying. What does it want? Why is it attacking them and taking people? What is it doing with them? And what does it look like? I took a note from JAWS and decided to not show the creature for quite a while into the film and even the not terribly clearly.

> What makes this film stand out from the others that you have written/produced/acted in the past?

Phil: HAPPY ENDING is a fun, sexy, hilarious, scary rollercoaster of a ride with the best characters I have ever attempted to bring to life.

Maria (plays Dominique the Dominatrix): Well, I’ve certainly never played a dominatrix before, and no-one’s ever trusted me with a whip on set, either... #BadMistake #AccidentWaitingToHappen #ItsFunUntilSomeoneLosesAnEye!

Dawna Lee Heising (plays Alice): “Happy Ending” is a horror/comedy and the script is very well written and funny, like Phil himself. I’ve wanted to work with both Phil and Maria for a long time because of their years of experience and professionalism, and their stature in the horror industry. I know that this film will be awesome because of the great script and because of the talent of the people involved!

Brad Slaughter (plays Rick): I've always want to be in a comedy, and what better than a horror/comedy? It’s going to be a romp of fun, and I can't wait to be a part of it.

Dolores Quintana (plays Roxanne): There's a sense of joy and fun to the script (which is
very good by the way) and the people involved that is definitely different from the rest. I'm not saying other groups don't have fun, but there's a very special effervescence to Team Happy Ending. Also, the role of Roxanne is different for me personally as an actress. She's like a ray of sunshine and a very big personality and I am actually a bit more shy as a person. Most of the work I've done is on the serious side, so this is a big change. Another difference is that the women's roles are different than a lot of films in the genre. There are a lot of strong women in Happy Ending. None of the girls are waiting around to be rescued or protected by the men. They are ready to do battle for themselves and save the world, not to say them men aren't ready to rumble too, they are!

> On a personal level is there one film that inspired you or led to the start of your career in the film industry?

Phil: I saw KING KONG as a child and fell in love. I knew I was watching some really great special effects and wanted to learn how they were done. And the story completely captured me. As a kid I felt like I was a King Kong – a disaster area in search of a place to go off – but still loveable! It is a perfect blend of story and technology that hasn’t seen an equal until James Cameron’s ALIENS came out.

Dawna: “Silence of the Lambs” was a film that inspired me and scared me to death at the same time. My uncle Tak Fujimoto was the Director of Photography on the award-winning film.

Brad: I went on a show called King's 15 Things. It was the first project I ever worked on. Coming from a modeling background, I always wanted to try my hand at acting. That experience, being around friends, and creating something, inspired me to want to get into acting. The thought that I could reach out to millions of people through my acting was inspiring.

Dolores: I was moved by many films so it's hard to say. I spent most of my childhood watching movies and tv shows and I always dreamed of being an actress. It seemed like the greatest job in the world. (It is.). If I had to pick one, the greatest influence on me as a person and as an actress and the one that had the greatest impact was probably the original Night of The Living Dead directed by George Romero. Of course, I only saw about ten minutes of the edited for television version where not much happened, but the atmosphere and the dread of the film gave me black and white nightmares for years. I was terrified and still am pretty scared of zombies to this day. It also made me really focus on horror films because it knocked me out. It's where I got the idea as an actress that horror was the greatest genre. You can do anything, you can go so far out and express so much, it's really the best. And horror comedy? WHOA! You can really go for it.
Maria: a number of films, starring a number of legendary actresses, made me want to swim in the warm waters of the sins of film. These included Jane Fonda in Klute, The Dollmaker and Agnes of God, Jodie Foster in The Accused and Nell and Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone and The War of the Roses...not to mention Sigourney Weaver in Alien and Sissy Spacek in Carrie and Coal Miner’s Daughter.

> Kensington Gore has been quoted as saying "you are the hardest working bloody actor in horror." What inspires you and gives you more drive than a Grand Prix car?

Maria: sitting around with nothing to do would drive me insane, and I’d go postal within about 20 it’s safe to say that it’s better for the world as a whole for me to stay busy...

> You've played so many varied parts. What would be your dream role?

Dawna: I’m going to enjoy playing Alice very much since she is so lovable and gets to use a Samurai sword. At this point, I would say that my dream role would be the lead in an action film since I’ve done over 40 projects in the last three years. And I’ve actually been cast in another dream role, but I can’t talk about the project yet!

Brad S: My dream role would antagonist for a major film. The bad guys have more fun!

Dolores: I leave myself open to roles because you never know where a great one is going to come from. From my perspective, some of the smallest roles that nobody wants give you some of the greatest opportunities. Some of my surprises were the wordless role of a dog who turns into a zombie and a small role in a Stephen King adaptation for the stage in a role that they literally couldn't give away that I managed to make a large impact in. As they say, there are no small roles, only small actors. That said, I would probably donate several pints of blood to have a chance at the role of Nadine Cross in any adaptation of The Stand, also by Stephen King. I've had actual dreams about how I would bring the role to life and it's my current Vivien Leigh-like obsession at the moment, since the movie is supposed to be in pre-production. I love her even though she's a severely misguided woman and I have great sympathy for her, because she does get a terrible punishment for following her dreams. To me, she's magic. I feel for those people that no one likes. They may be wrong, but they have their reasons. Know anyone I can talk to about it? ;)

Maria: I’d like to play someone with a physical disability that prevents them from communicating through conventional methods as I think that would be a great and interesting challenge. On the other hand, I’d also like to play a totally silent female-reimagining of an iconic horror role – not saying which one! – in a black and white horror-comedy. And, third but not least, I’d like to play Lon Chaney in a very unauthorized biography (yup, I’ve been told time and time again that I look like him!).

> If you could pick one person (dead or alive) to work with creatively, who would it be and why?

Phil: Roger Corman is a god to me. He knows how to make movies that are a thrill a minute without costing hundreds of millions of dollars to produce. And he did it time and time again.

Dawna: I can’t pick just one person – I’ve learned from every filmmaker I’ve worked with and am grateful for the experiences!

Brad S: I would love to work with Cillian Murphy. He's the type of actor I'd love to be. He takes on smaller roles and big features, without many people knowing who he is, yet still manages to play every role perfectly. He also manages to make good money, without getting hounded by the press and keeping a low profile and his privacy.

Dolores: Lars Von Trier. I would go farther than even he could imagine and he would want that and not be too freaked out about it.

Maria: Stephen King. I’ve read almost every book he’s ever written – more than once – and I’d love to bring one of his characters to life on screen!

> What advice would you give anyone looking to break into the independent film industry?

Phil: Nike said it first but it’s still true – just do it. Grab a camera, grab your friends, write a story, and shoot it. There is no better way to learn the craft. Take all that money you were going to plunk down on film school and go make a movie. You will learn so much more and be better for doing it.

Dawna: I would tell anyone who is thinking about breaking into the film industry to go to school and get trained in filmmaking and/or theatre arts so that you thoroughly know your craft. Then I would advise them to be willing to work hard!

Dolores: Work hard. Don't accept failure. Just keep going and believe in yourself. Eventually they will catch on.

Maria: If you THINK you belong in this business, then you probably don’t. If you CAN’T LIVE without being in this business, then never give up.

> What's the best and worst things about making independent horror films?

Phil: The best thing is bringing stories I want to see to life. Gathering the most creative people and working together with a common goal. It has phenomenal synergy. The worst thing? I think anybody can guess - it’s the financing. Asking for money is just something I was raised to never do. Consequently, I have no tools for doing it. I know I am offering an opportunity to make money for investors, but it is still very, very hard.

Maria: The worst thing about making ANY film, not just an independent horror film, is fundraising. The best thing is what happens the second after the director yells “Action” on set...

> What sort of special F/X can we expect in Happy Endings? Tell us a little about the plot.

Phil: I am a big fan of practical effects. CGI movies put me to sleep. I think CGI is great when combined with practical effects, but not as the only tool to tell the story.
The plot is an alien predator invades Madam Wang’s House of Happy Ending and starts absconding with people. This forces the remaining people to fight for their survival. The creature is holding them captive by being everyplace at once. If you try to escape it will grab you. If you are in the house it will grab you. The only choice they have is to take the fight to the alien before they are all gone. The part of the creature the audience sees is a dark tentacle that whips out of air conditioning ducts or drops down from the roof and whisks people away. It’s not until Candy goes into the ducts after it that the audience gets its first glimpse of the creature.

> Where did the idea for this film come from?

Phil: I wanted to write a script for a film that I could shoot for very little money. One way to limit costs is to limit locations. Scantily clad women are a staple of low budget horror films. Isolation is a key element to building suspense and terror. So if I have a single location and want to people it with scantily clad women, what are my options? Strip clubs have been used a lot, but they are generally in population centers and harder to isolate. But what about bordellos? Living in California, right next to Nevada where prostitution is legal in some counties, offered a solution – and a creature. Area 51 is associated with aliens, is in a remote location, that also has bordellos in remote areas. Bingo! Fill in the blanks and a movie is made!

> Does Happy Endings, have a happy ending?

Phil: Now that would give it all away and you have no reason to buy a ticket.

> Or is the end of the beginning; Should we be looking out for a sequel?

Phil: I certainly can have a sequel, a prequel, a simultaneous-quel, any kind of quel you want. I just have to write it. And if you’ve been watching film series, nobody is ever dead forever. Michelle Rodriquez came back to life in the Fast and Furious franchise.

> Horror has made huge strides on the small screen, you've worked on American Horror, would you like to do more on the small screen? If so, what’s the one program you would kill or die to be a part of?

Maria: Believe it or not, the one show I’d kill or die to be a part of is STILL American Horror Story...but I’d like to have a larger role on it this time! I was lucky to have booked My Haunted House for Lifetime Movie Network this year, and also Trophy Head for, but I would indeed like to do more tv work, and would love to work on any of the myriad of supernatural and paranormal shows that are on at the moment.

> What do you hope people take away from this film? Will they be feeling happy?

Phil: They will leave laughing, so I guess that’s a happy ending.

> What can we expect next from you?

Phil: I have multiple films coming up.
GIRL PREY is about a group of college coeds who get kidnapped by a band of serial killers to be released on a tropical island and hunted for sport, but it’s never that simple. These girls don’t fall down screaming – they fight (a common theme in my movies – women are kick-ass!).

SPAWN: Bobby Rossmore is the grown up Rosemary’s baby who was raised in the Catholic Church and pulled into the light. But Satan still wants his Anti-Christ, so he sends his daughter to seduce the now grown child and together they will make the Anti-Christ – or is it all in Bobby’s mind?

INVASION: Another alien invasion story where the aliens take on the guise of beautiful women to infect the students at a desert studies college.

CLONE: A retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when a scientist working on building a matter transporter inadvertently clones himself, but the clone has no soul.
Gimme a minute and I’ll come up with some more – I’m bursting with ideas!

Dawna: I’ll be working on “Happy Ending” next and hopefully, Carny Girls from Frolic Pictures. In the future, I’ll be playing Michelle Willoughby in “Past Due”, which will be directed by Robert Conrad, and The Snake Woman in “Circus of Dread” from Mark Savage. I’m currently filming “Natural Born Filmmakers” from Grunder-Oakly Productions. “Book of Choices” is also currently filming – I play Honora Turner in the third story called “Salvation of One” – and then the film will enter the film festival circuit. I expect it to win many awards!

Brad: I have two of my own projects moving forward that I'm producing, both a film and a TV series. While I can't give any details, they should be getting started at the end of this year.

Dolores: If you can catch a festival film by the name of Lake Los Angeles, I'm in that. I play a prostitute in it. It's on the circuit currently and just won three awards at the Las Vegas Film Festival, Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography. The website is here: If you want to check the Internet, I'm in a gonzo sketch comedy webseries called Starving In Hollywood produced by Shameless Redhead Productions, the Youtube channel is here: I also have shot two new projects with director Craig McIntyre, a short for a found footage horror movie from the Southern Sykos called Paranoia Tapes called Anarchy In LA and a role in his next movie, Future Punks. I worked with him on a movie called The Los Angeles Ripper that being distributed by Troma Entertainment as well: This weekend, I am with Alone: An Existential Haunting, an immersive and psychological horror theater group at Scare LA and I will be working with them in Alone: 2014 this October. Their website is here: Thank you very much for asking, I do try and stay busy!

Maria: I’m looking forward to my feature Lost Time being released in theaters later this year, and I’m also looking forward to hearing distribution details for both Starry Eyes and Another. Distribution deals are also on the table for features Live-In Fear and Way Down in Chinatown, and upcoming shoots include Hansel v Gretel and Axeman 2: Overkill. And then there are Gore Orphanage, Reunion and Agoraphobia that are currently in rest for the wicked!!!

If you like a "Happy Ending" why not help get it produced. I, Kensington Gore see it being a right good laugh. (our Indiegogo page) and (our Facebook page)


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