Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
Today I will be sharing an interview I did with my favorite horror journalist Natasha Pascetta! She is not only a journalist she is a true renaissance women! She is a Producer, Director, Writer, Podcaster, etc. She is definitely a true creative! She works for FANGORIA as well and hosts two of their Podcasts, “CLASS OF” and now she also hosts, “The Creepshow Show”. I was fortunate enough to have sent her over a few interview questions. Natasha is very humble and was open to answering my interview questions. The power of social media has its advantages, in this case it has allowed me to connect to people I am inspired by. Natasha was also kind enough to have sent me a link to screen her short film,”Road Trash“, which I have reviewed. You can click this link to read if you are interested: https://7octoberz.com/2019/10/14/nightmare-on-sedgwick-avenue-a-grimm-fairy-tale-road-trash-movie-review/ . Without further a do please read below to get to know more about Natasha!
1.Please introduce yourself for those who might not know who you are.
Hi! My name is Natasha and I’m a filmmaker from Dallas, TX. I love all things spooky and creature features are my favorite!
2. Please tell us about your journey in the entertainment/media industry. How did you get involved with FANGORIA?
I got my start in the entertainment industry working as an intern for The Glenn Beck radio program. I interned on the show for two years while attending Fordham University. After I graduated, I was hired as a producer and spent almost a decade working on the show. I have always had a passion for horror and decided it was time to pursue a career in that arena. Fortuitously, FANGORIA was resurrected in Dallas, TX and I was lucky enough to join the new team. Now, I get to talk about horror movies all day and create digital content for horror lovers around the world — it’s amazing!
3. You are multi-talented! You are a Writer, Actress, Producer and Director. How did you get involved in those arenas? Which do you enjoy doing the most and why?
Thank you! I wouldn’t say I’m talented at anything, actually! I just try stuff and see what works and what doesn’t! I got involved with these roles because I knew no one was going to hire me for these positions. I had no prior experience directing, writing, acting or producing in the horror realm, but I knew I deeply wanted to experience those roles. So instead of waiting around for an invitation that would never present itself, I decided to hire myself in these roles that’s why I dreamt up Road Trash.
4. You wrote, produced and directed your short film Road Trash. It is a very unique concept . How did that movie come about and what or who inspired the film? How did you begin writing it, did you already have a concept in mind?
I started thinking about a simple, original story that I knew I could technically, logistically, and financially (for the most part!) accomplish. I am a huge Tim Burton fan and I was heavily inspired by his personal story. He started out making short films. His first short films VINCENT and FRANKENWEENIE are very dear to me and I sort of dreamed up Road Trash as a spiritual tribute to these shorts with the hope that my short could one day be as endearing to people.
5. Heather Langenkamp from Nightmare on Elm Street narrates Road Trash which is really amazing! I know you spoke about this in a previous interview with Morbidly Beautiful, but for those who have not read that interview how did she become involved in the project?
I made a clear choice to have Road Trash narrated because 1) I didn’t have the money for an on-set audio engineer 2) I didn’t have the confidence that I, as an actress, could pull off believable dialogue so that’s why the short is narrated! I made a list of my top dream picks for the narrator and Heather was #1. I didn’t have any horror connections at this point in the career and I simply reached out to her agent and miraculously she liked the script! It was truly an amazing experience to work with Heather and have her involved in the short! What a dream come true!
6. Road Trash was your first film, can we expect more future films or tv shows in the works from you?
Yes! Creating Road Trash was truly one of the highlights of my life. It has brought me so much joy that I couldn’t imagine now trying to do many more!
7. What made you fall in love with the horror genre?
As I mentioned earlier, I’m a huge Tim Burton fan. The first movie I can remember falling in love with was THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS when I was six years old. I just felt like I understood Jack and that we had a connection. I love Burton’s blend of innocence and macabre!
8. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far as a creative?
I would definitely have to say Road Trash. It is an incredible experience to have a dream in your head and then will it into reality!
9. You also do two FANGORIA podcasts (CLASS OF and The Creepshow Show) and do an amazing job. I love your interviews on the Class Of Podcast. How has that experience been? You have the opportunity to interview actors, directors, crew members etc., any favorite interview so far? If so why?
Thank you for listening! I come from a radio background so it has been really cool to use my audio producing skills again and this time, I get to be the host, too! I love doing the FANGORIA shows and I hope that they are useful and provide value to all the horror fans out there. I would have to say my two favorite CLASS OF episodes where with Jocelyn Jones (Molly from TOURIST TRAP) because it was her first podcast interview ever and Don Coscarelli (director of PHANTASM) because I love his work so much.
10. What are your top 5 favorite horror films and why?
Wow, this is a tough one! Ok here it goes: PHANTASM, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, GREMLINS, ARMY OF DARKNESS AND THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
I think I love these movies because there is that thread of goodness and laughter that balances between the darker imagery found in these movies. I also love a good villain and/or creature juxtaposed with heroes (or an anti-hero — I’m looking at you Ash!).
11. Who is your favorite horror villain? If you could be any horror villain who would you be and why?
My favorite horror villain is The Tall Man from PHANTASM! Angues Scrimm was just so wonderful in that role. I wish I could have met him. If I could be any villain, I’d want to be Sammi Curr from TRICK OR TREAT. No one is more badass than Sammi Curr!
12. Who is your favorite scream queen or final girl and why?
I really love Angela Baker from SLEEPAWAY CAMP! Such a heartbreaking and complicated character played by the amazingly kind and wonderful Felissa Rose!
13. Do you believe in the supernatural if so have you had any supernatural experiences you can share?
I definitely believe in the supernatural! I watch Ghost Adventures religiously haha. I believe my parent’s home is haunted and that something lives in my childhood bedroom — I actually was so scared of my room that I slept on the floor in my parent’s room most nights!
14. Any legends or stories you grew up being told that scared you as a kid if you can share?
I grew up in NJ and my favorite magazine growing up was Weird NJ which reported all the local urban legends and happenings. I don’t recall a specific story, but I read about them all in Weird NJ!
15. What advice would you give to someone who might be thinking of entering the entertainment/media industry?
Do it! If it’s something you’re passionate about, do it. Don’t wait for someone to invite you to do something, start making things happen for yourself! You possess the power to do anything you set your mind to!
16. As a female in the horror community have you had to face struggles to be where you are now? Do you feel the horror community has embraced you?
I have always felt embraced and encouraged in the horror community! My greatest friends, mentors, role models, collaborators have mostly been men and they have all been so wonderful.
17. Also what advice or tips would you give women who are entering the horror community that allowed you to thrive?
Be confident in your abilities and your vision. And if you’re not confident, fake it till you make it girl! If you pretend you’re confident enough, you’ll actually get there.
18. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or on a personal level?
Wow, that’s a deep question! I just didn’t want to look back and say “what if..” We all only have one life. We have a finite amount of time. Don’t spend one second of this precious gift being unhappy. I truly believe happiness is a choice. Choose it.
19. Where do you see yourself in the next five years and what is your ultimate dream or goal?
I would love to continue making horror stories come to life, whether that be more independent shorts or bigger things. I’m open to as many opportunities as I can create for myself!
20. Any platforms or people you would like to shout out.
Thank you for this opportunity, Gaby!
Yes, If you love podcasts, listen to the FANGORIA Podcasr Network! We have exciting content in store for the future. Just search “fangoria” in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audioboom, etc!
And you can watch Road Trash for free no ALTER starting October 30th!
Here are the links to watch on ALTER. They will be live October 30th 8pm PT.
Thank you for your time Natasha it is really appreciated! You are killing it out there in the horror community. I am truly inspired and admire all you do! Keep representing for the ghouls out there! Thank you to those reading this interview. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, iTunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz and Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue”.