Bex Taylor-Klaus Talks ‘Hell Fest’ and Non-Binary Illustration in Horror [Interview]
Traditionally, horror movies don’t have the best repute when it comes to illustration of individuals figuring out with a various SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identification/expression). Usually the butt of a joke or the rationale for the actions of a maniac killer, transgender and non-binary (NB or Enby for brief) individuals are ceaselessly with out constructive illustration, if there may be any illustration in any respect.
Final 12 months’s slasher movie Hell Fest didn’t characteristic a trans or enby character, however did star the rising expertise, Bex Taylor-Klaus, as “Taylor.” Audiences responded properly to Taylor’s hard-femme but someway androgynous look, and loads of Tumblr blogs popped up devoted totally to her character.
For Bex Taylor-Klaus, an overtly homosexual and enby actor, tackling the function of Taylor was one thing that positively intrigued them. “I’ve at all times wished to show that I could be and do something, so the concept of taking part in the wild, straight lady in a horror movie was actually, actually enjoyable for me,” they instructed Bloody-Disgusting. “By the point I had received on set, they’d determined that the aesthetics of the character had been going to be somewhat bit totally different than how I’d auditioned when it comes to clothes however the thought of taking part in of the cis, at the least, heteronormative character was actually enjoyable.”
As an business, we’re consistently giving out awards for cisgender portrayals of transgender characters, however Taylor-Klaus doesn’t really feel restricted by their enby identification.
“I wanna be capable to do every thing,” they are saying.
The problematic roots of horror’s transgender repute are sadly iconic, due to movies like Sleepaway Camp, The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho, and even Insidious: Chapter 2. Taylor-Klaus is totally conscious of this unlucky fact, however in addition they acknowledge the constructive affect their casting in a wide-release horror characteristic brings to the neighborhood.
“I imply it feels cool!” they are saying. “My intention with horror has at all times been to have enjoyable and make individuals uncomfortable so if I can try this in actual life by being non-binary that’s only a bonus for my work.”
We talked with the notorious Tony Todd earlier this week, and Bex Taylor-Klaus has the closest and most frequent interactions along with his character on display. Whereas Taylor-Klaus has been appearing for a lot of their life, having the chance to work alongside a residing icon was positively memorable.
As Taylor-Klaus tells us, “Tony is an absolute, legendary skilled. We’d run that scene so many instances earlier than we really shot it. Anytime we had been in the identical house collectively we had been working these traces and he’d at all times have enjoyable, new, recent takes on it.” They proceed, “It was an absolute pleasure to work with him. He’s such a delicate big and I very a lot recognize the way in which he works and the way in which he sees the world.”
Now that Hell Fest is accessible on Blu-Ray and VOD platforms, the movie has the chance to succeed in the widest accessible viewers potential. “I hope that the followers of old skool teen slashers get an opportunity to see this film,” says Taylor-Klaus. “It’s actually a love letter to the old-fashioned, going down within the new world, so I hope individuals actually have enjoyable with it.”