By MICHAEL GINGOLD
She’ll be guiding a couple of fellow veterans of the horror scene.
A little while back, fright-film regular Debbie Rochon let us know that she’ll be joining Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley in “Freda: Evil’s Origin,” part of the independent omnibus feature “6.” Now she has given us the scoop that she’ll be directing the segment as well, taking over for Katherine King, who scripted with Scott C. Sanford. Rheanon Nicole plays the title character, with shooting slated to begin in Los Angeles in December pending resolution of the current actors’ strike.
“If the strike continues beyond Christmas,” Rochon tells us, “it will be moved to begin shooting very shortly after the unions have come to a resolution. Bill will be playing the part of the devil, which gives him lots of meat to sink his well-oiled acting chops into and have fun with. Kane Hodder has the role of Gerard, a man with the yin/yang of a of yo-yo ‘walking the dog’ on speed. They’re both terrific actors, who have very fun roles to enjoy here.”
Meanwhile, Rochon will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Colorado Festival of Horror, which runs Friday-Sunday, September 15-17 at the Marriot Denver South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, CO. The presentation takes place at 3 p.m. on Saturday the 16th, in association with the Talkin’ Troma podcast, its host Zack Beins and featured guest Monique Dupree. “I cannot think of someone more deserving of such an award,” Beins says. “Her presence on set is a godsend. Her knowledge in front of and behind the camera help bring a sense of comfort and professionalism to the scene. Growing up watching her on screen in so many films, I’m so proud to present Debbie this Lifetime Achievement Award, but I can only expect that this is just a small fraction of work of what’s still to come.”