Horror icon Jamie Bernadette headlines Dylan Reynolds’ well-received and highly anticipated “stoner slasher” 4/20 Massacre, due on VOD and DVD this April.
When did 4/20 Massacre come to you, Jamie?
A year and a half ago I sent in an audition tape for the leading role and director/writer Dylan Reynolds cast me.
How was the movie initially pitched to you?
It was pitched just how it isâa marijuana slasher film and I told Dylan, âI think the concept is brilliant and will sell really wellâ.
Could you relate to your character?
I could relate to her a lot. I didnât have to transform myself very much for this particular character. Jess is down-to-earth. She cares about her friends and sheâs kind and considerate and thoughtful. I hope I am all of those things.
Do you find it easy to switch on and off after playing such mentally exhausting scenes?
Not always. Playing really depressing roles can have an effect on me before and after filming. Sometimes it is hard to snap out of it, but while I am filming, I donât want to. I want to stay in the mind, in the thoughts, of the character. I donât want to stray too far away and then itâs time to do a take and I am not mentally in the mind-space of the character.
Do the writers continue working on the script as you film? Do they keep adding moments you never planned on?
Yes, this happens, but not all the time. It just depends on the writer and the director and also the producers. I heard Dustin Hoffman say at a Q and A that I went to, that the script is a living, breathing entity, and I believe that this is often the case. Moments are often found while filming with the actors that were not there in the script.
How does this project compare to some of the other films youâve done? I imagine itâs quite different â being itâs the first âstoner slasher movieâ!?
It is really cool that itâs the first and I am really excited to see how it does. I can see this film developing a devoted fan base, becoming maybe even a cult classic. We will see.
What does the movie have to say about weed? Or does it even go there?
It really doesnât go there. There isnât talk about weed being wrong or right or anything like that.
We hear youâre off to shoot another movie this month â can you tell us anything?
Yes, I just finished filming in a horror film called âCerberusâ with director Sean Cain. I played the villain and it was a blast. Sean is an absolute joy to work with.
I am about to begin filming as the leading role in a movie called âThe Furnaceâ, being directed by the Oscar-Nominated director, Darrell Roodt. His film âYesterdayâ was nominated in 2004 for Best Foreign Feature Film at the Oscars. He is a phenomenal director and I am so excited to work with him. His latest film âThe Lullabyâ is an absolutely gorgeous film and has received all rave reviews. I leave to film in South Africa in just a few days. I am very grateful and excited for this opportunity.