19th Jan2018

Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Panda Marcella Edgecombe-Craig talks ‘Pumpkins’

by Philip Rogers

Pumpkins is new 80’s style horror from writer and director Maria Lee Metheringham, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Sunday 21st January. I got chance to ask actress Panda Marcella Edgecombe-Craig a few questions about making the film, her influences and adapting to changes during the shoot.


What can we expect from the film Pumpkins?

You can expect some nail biting 80’s style horror from start to finish, with a brilliant story.

Can you tell us a bit about your character?

My character Sam, is an odd ball slightly paranoid individual and a bit of a loner.

How did you become involved in the film?

Maria advertised the chance to audition via public media .and I jumped at the chance, as Maria (Lee Metheringham) and Will (Metheringham) are superb film makers and awesome people to boot. I submitted a video audition. And got the role.

Are there any elements of your character Stan which you feel reflect some of your own personality?

Ha, well to be honest I do have slightly irrational moments as I’m an actor. So yes, parts of me did come out in Sam.

What was it like working on the set of Pumpkins?

Working on Pumpkins was fantastic. Met some superb actors, it was filmed in different locations around the UK hence it has some breath-taking cinematography within it. Maria is fantastic to work for and with. And the crew and cast are just Great at what they do and great people.

What makes the film Pumpkins stand out in the current horror genre?

Pumpkins is stand alone as a horror film. It is more of a suspense 80’s horror, so you need to think more, A lot of new horror has more gore to it but can sometimes take away from the story. 80’s horror is a passion to me. And to be part of a film that revisits this is just a treat.

What was your favourite scenes to film?

My favourite scene. That’s tough I enjoyed all of them, but it would have to be the pub scene and the naughty singing. It was a great scene to film as it unravels, also it’s full of Northern Men singing naughty songs.

Do you have any new projects which you are working on?

Like other actors there’s always something in the pipeline. I’ve been doing a lot of theatre as of late and prepping for two more films which I am a part of starting end of January and early February.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to get into acting?

My advice to someone who wants to act… Work, work, work. On education, on your craft, on yourself. Always aim to get better at acting or any performance. If this is what you want to do, graft, focus on your own achievement. Also, never listen to negative people… as in mix with people who inspire you and push you higher!

Pumpkins will be playing at the Horror-on-Sea Festival on Sunday 21st January at 8pm.

You can find out more information on the event and to purchase tickets for the Horror-on-Sea please see the website for details: https://www.horror-on-sea.com


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