Amber Doig-Thorne has been hitting the headlines in Winnie The Pooh: Blood & Honey.
We catch up for a chat about her excitement at the film’s success and her love for horror movies…
Tell us about your love for horror films?
Scream was the first horror film I ever watched, and it opened my eyes to the genre. I have loved horror films ever since. I love that Ghostface could be anyone, it doesn’t matter who is under the mask. It could be someone of any ethnicity, sexuality or gender. I always thought that was so cool. It doesn’t matter how many Scream films they make -I will always be at the cinema and excited to watch them! I also love Saw, Halloween, Final Destination, The Purge and The Conjuring franchises. Coming from being a big fan of this genre, it’s been amazing to have appeared in 25 horror films to date!
What great horror films have you seen recently?
I really enjoyed M3GAN, Smile, Prey For The Devil and Old.
Was the success of Winnie the Pooh: Blood & Honey a surprise to you?
Creating a horror spin off of such a popular childhood character is something I hadn’t seen done before, and nowadays it’s so rare for a film to be made around a genuinely unique idea, so I really wanted to be involved. After each day shooting the film, I used to call my Mum, and I remember saying I thought we had something very special!
With an independent low budget film, you always hope it will be widely available to watch, but you can never be sure, its very much case by case. The fact that the film has been screening Worldwide and the interest has been so incredible – I feel blessed to be a part of it. It has been mind blowing to see the likes of The Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, Variety and Rolling Stone writing articles on our little independent film.
Did you read Winnie the Pooh as a child?
I grew up reading the Winnie the Pooh books, playing the game and owning the toys – so being terrorised by Pooh and Piglet is certainly something I didn’t think I’d ever experience!
What’s next for you?
The next film I am working on is The Baby In The Basket, a gothic horror set in the 1940s, it takes inspiration from old gothic horrors and psychological thrillers. I play the lead role of Sister Agnes. A baby is left in a basket on the stars of a monastery. Without giving anything away – madness ensues! Horror film fans can get involved via Crowdfunding – so there’s the opportunity to visit us on set or go to the premiere!