We recently caught up with filmmaker and musician Krsy Fox to talk about her feature film directorial debut Frank, her new horror podcast Bleeders DIEgest, and her unique journey to this point, including appearing in Underworld: Evolution and fronting her band Knee High Fox, and of course celebrating Halloween itself.
In our candid conversation, Krsy explains that she got her first agent and began acting in Canada at age 12, before moving to Los Angeles not long after to pursue her passions.
After playing a vampire alongside Kate Beckinsale in the 2006 blockbuster Underworld: Evolution, Fox co-wrote a number of songs for various bands, including Theory of a Deadman’s massive 2009 hit “Bad Girlfriend,” and then went on to front her own band, Knee High Fox, which toured the world and released two albums. She has most recently found her way back into film, but now creating her own projects, with her partner/fiancé Spider One, of Powerman 5000.
Fox’s first short film, the horror comedy What the Spell? was an award winner and fan favorite on the festival circuit, and it was a 2020 Official Selection at our own Halloween International Film Festival.
In 2021 she wrote and directed (as well as produced, edited, scored, and starred in) her first feature length film, the monster movie Frank, about a desperate woman who makes deal with an evil entity in order to escape an abusive relationship. The film co-stars The Nun‘s Bonnie Aarons and features a wicked practical creature, with the fifth and final chapter taking place on Halloween.
Speaking about Frank, Krsy tells HDN, “I play a character named Ruby Chase. Ruby finds herself in a terrible situation, as a lot of people do. She’s in a relationship with a guy who’s abusive. He comes home one night with his friends, and he’s messed up on drugs, he’s out of it, he’s getting violent with her. Things take a turn, and she’s afraid he’s going to kill her. So she starts praying. She’s not a religious person and she feels like she doesn’t really know what she’s doing. She just puts something out there, and the thing that answers her is Frank, this towering demon monster, who basically makes her pledge a lifetime of servitude to it to help her get out of this situation.
“So it does, and Ruby can’t take the darkness of what Frank brings into her life, and she ends up killing herself. This makes Frank very angry because it broke the deal that they had, so it decides to go on a course of bloody revenge, basically on a path through all the people who are vulnerable that Ruby loved, to try to get to her sister, the person she loves most in the world.”
The film is presented in five chapters, each with a distinctively different shooting style that fits the character from Ruby’s life that it is focusing on. “I love the process of making a short film,” says Fox, “because I think that it’s in some ways more challenging, because you have to get a lot in a small amount of time. You need a twist, you need to suck people in, you need to still tell a story. I was like what if I did something that incorporated what a short film would be, so there are almost five individual films, but it isn’t a classic anthology, because everything is connected, it’s all around the one story, same monster.
“I also wanted to touch on the ripple effect of what suicide is. Seeing the pain that Ruby has to go through, you really feel for her, but at the same time, it also touches on what suicide can do to all the people in your life who you love and care about. And obviously I used a monster in that analogy, but I just thought if the film had some sort of underlying message, I thought that would be something that is important and thought provoking.
“When I would watch anthologies, if you have the same director, sometimes it can be paced very similar, and if there’s different directors, sometimes it can be a little bit more all over the place. I really wanted it to feel interesting, and each section kind of visually has its own thing, but also very cohesive.
“So the first story is a lot of cuts and a lot of excitement, and the second story is very paced and I think there’s a scene where I don’t cut for like three and a half minutes, very fly-on-the-wall. The third story, I wanted to feel very classic horror film, like Scream. Then the fourth one, I wanted it to feel almost like an indie romantic film that’s very, very bizarre, and (it’s) not at all that. Then the last story to once again kind of go back to the roots of having a seance and a classic horror vibe on Halloween…
“It was the most fun I’ve probably ever had in my life. We had the best time. Every single shoot was amazing and fun, and that’s what matters.”
Frank is out now on VOD, and Fox is busier than ever in multiple mediums. Earlier this year, she launched the scripted narrative horror podcast Bleeders DIEgest, which she writes and co-produces with Spider One and The Boo Crew’s Trevor and Lauren Shand, available on the Bloody Disgusting Podcast Network. She has also already completed her second feature film, I Live Alone, again starring Aarons, which will be released in December, and coming early in 2022, she produces and stars in Spider One’s feature directorial debut Allegoria.
We talked about all of these projects and much more, including celebrating Halloween with her two-year-old daughter and what a typical Thanksgiving is like with her in-laws, Rob and Sheri Moon Zombie.
You can watch our full exclusive interview with Krsy Fox below.
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