With October just around the corner (and this being Friday the 13th), horror films tend to be the topic on any movie lover's mind. Whether it be a haunted affair like Paranormal Activity or something on the campier end, horror films are big business in the Fall.
Today, I sat down with writer/director/actress Sahna Foley about her upcoming horror film Hellskate, which made waves at the Salt Lake Comic Con last week. With a unique premise and a passionate crew backing it, this is definitely a film to watch for.
While some details were kept on the down low, Foley did share the basic plot of Hellskate: three roller derby girls are possessed by demons, and their loved ones have one night to stop the impending doom and bloodshed before it's too late.
Roller derby, demons, and bloodshed. Try not to drool to hard, horror fans.
Foley was a derby girl (or derby grrrl, as they liked to be called) under the name Disco Bliss for three years, before she retired from that scene to focus on acting, and has a mixed relationship with horror films.
"I'm not a huge fan of horror films," Foley admitted. "When someone asks me, 'Have you seen Nightmare on Elm Street?', my eyes tend to gloss over. But [as an actress] I've worked on horror films in the past, and they are a lot of fun to make."
Believe it or not, there is one other roller derby horror film out of Australia called MurderDrome, which will make its world premiere in Australia's Monster Fest in November. However, Foley said she he has high hopes in working tandem with them rather than against them.
"I have talked to them [the filmmakers of MurderDrome], and they're really cool with our film," Foley said. "These are two completely different movies [MurderDrome is a slasher film, while Hellskate takes more of a demonic angle], and I hope to meet them when they debut their film at A.F.M. [American Film Market] later this year."
With the recent trend of crowd sourcing, Foley hopes to get Hellskate up on Indiegogo next month in time for the spirit of Halloween. Not only has the word gotten out about this unique film at Salt Lake Comic Con, but the local roller derby community has offered to spread word about the upcoming project as well.
"Once you're in the derby community, you're in for life," Foley beamed about the support she's gotten thus far. "My hope is to get actual derby girls to be featured extras in the film."
Foley plans to be aggressive with promoting Hellskate, with a few upcoming (though, at this time undisclosed) local appearances in Utah. Feel free and head over to the Hellskate Facebook page and "like" them for all the upcoming news and when it goes up to Indiegogo. Updates will be given here as well, so stay tuned.