07th Apr2016

Interview: Lisa Howard discusses body-horror ‘Decay’

by Phil Wheat

Featuring a mesmerizing performance by Rob Zabrecky, writer-director Joseph Wartnerchaney’s vividly nightmarish pic Decay focuses on a middle-aged grounds keeper at a local theme park that suffers from a debilitating case of OCD. One day, his daily routine is disrupted by a surprise visitor in his basement: a beautiful young woman who, through a jarring turn of events, ends up dead. Jonathan panics and chooses not to report the dead girl. Instead, he invites her to dinner. Jonathan is happy to have a friend, until the police start closing in, and his mind, and the body of the girl, begins to decay.

Winner of the True Grit Award at the Denver Film Festival 2015, Decay also stars Lisa Howard (The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn Part 2), Jackie Hoffman (Garden State), and Elisha Yaffe (TV’s Better Call Saul). We spoke to Lisa Howard about her role in the film…

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Do you remember how you got involved in Decay?

I do. I was out shopping when I got a phone call from the director Joey Wartnerchaney. We met through mutual friends and he knew my work. He offered me the role and I jumped at the chance!

Is it rewarding to see it now coming out – and with such great reviews?

Sure, it’s always a great feeling to be a part of something that’s being well received. There was such a great group of people working on this project and the vision of what it turned out to be was all thanks to Joey and his team.

Can you talk a little about working with Rob?

Actually, no! Ha! We never worked together. I worked with the younger child version of him in the story. As I was wrapping up filming he was just getting to set. I had dinner with him on my last night in Denver. He seemed like a really great guy though.

I imagine most of your work was with the special effects and make-up department? How was it working with them? Was that hard work?

I actually only had the pleasure of really working with them for one of my shoot days. They were amazing though. It took a really long time to get the look they were going for and a really long time in the shower to get it all off, but it was worth it!

Did you have to work with VFX on the Twilight movies? Or was this your first taste?

In Twilight, the extent of my vfx was just custom contact lenses to give me those creepy vampire eyes. The rest was just regular make-up. They had a whole tent just for contact lens changes. Since I don’t wear them in real life, I had to have someone help me every time I got in or out of them. What a wimp. lol

Is horror a genre you’d like to do more of?

Most definitely! I love a good horror film. Creepy, scary, haunted, I’m in!
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Decay is released in the US tomorrow, April 8th.

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