Portrait of a Scream Queen - Bianca Allaine Barnett
I first "met" Bianca Barnett (as she was known then) back in the day, when I wrote for GoreZone magazine. One of my regular assignments was to interview new and upcoming talent in the horror movie industry. That first interview took place on July 3, 2010.
Late last year, we were chatting when the subject of Albino Farm was brought up. This is a horror film where Bianca has a prominent role. When I mentioned that I hadn’t had the opportunity to see it, she kindly sent a disc my way, and my viewing of that movie gave rise to this interview.
Albino Farm is one of those movies that when described, sounds a lot like a mixture of films you may well have seen before. But in watching it, it’s pretty apparent that the film is much more than the sum of its parts. I guess it can be called an amalgam of The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Four students are stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat tyre, near a community full of inbreds. There’s a nasty local legend about the albino farm of the title and of course, they go and investigate, led by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho playing one of the rednecks.
In the woods, there’s an old abandoned asylum, long forgotten. When it was abandoned, some of the inmates were left behind. And they bred. Now they’re a feral bunch of psychopathic, homicidal cannibals. Although the plot sounds derivative, it’s the performances and the cinematography that raise this movie above the rest. The film does an excellent job of building up the tension from the opening scenes. The production values are equal to any high budget horror movie made by a major studio and this is a huge credit to the producers.
Jericho is of course a wrestler I’m very familiar with, having seen many of the WWE talent fail miserably at a film career, it was refreshing to see that he could actually act (unlike people like Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle and a few others)
Bianca plays "Pig Bitch" a deformed decendant of the inmates whose weapon of choice is a hook. Despite being hidden under a thick layer of prosthetics, she still manages to steal the show.
The film is well worth checking out, and is available through Amazon. It’s shown as being a region 1 release, but plays region free perfectly well. Click here for more details.
Let’s start at the very beginning. Tell me about your childhood, and your influences growing up.
My childhood was difficult so I spent most of it lost in a book or watching movies. That is probably why I wanted to become an actor because it is a nice escape from reality and healthy way to vent emotions.
At what age did you decide you wanted to be a performer - what inspired that decision?
Probably when I was about 15 or so. I was not sure exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew that I loved performing and theatrics. I thought about being a rock star or a model, but acting seemed to be the most fun and challenging for me.
What made you turn to the horror genre?
I am a big fan of horror movies because I grew up watching them! They also seemed fun to make with all the blood and special effects.
Tell me about the films you’ve made, what drew you to them what did you learn from each that you could take to the next?
I learned the technicality of making a movie and just how many people are involved in the process. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into projects. For me, I look at each film as a stepping stone to a bigger project. I am straddling b-movies and mainstream success at the moment, so I am looking for that one project to push me to the next level.
Let’s home in on Albino Farm - that’s a meaty role in a film that seemed to channel Freaks, Wrong Turn and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre into one film with very high production values.
Definitely. That was my first major film role and in a sense, it was truly a trial by fire. Now I feel like every film I work on will be a walk in the park because I don't have to wear five pounds of prosthetic makeup on my head! That's no exaggeration!
How on Earth do you prepare for a role like Pig Bitch?
Honestly, I didn't know what to do or expect, I was just really exited that they hired me. Before I worked on Albino Farm, I worked on a film called Canes starring Edward Furlong. The scene I am in is barely shown, but I was a "Tree Demon" that was part of a portrait that came to life. It was a difficult shoot, but not too bad, so I thought Pig Bitch would be similar. Little did I know that I would have 3-4 hours of daily makeup application and have to wear a five pound head piece that obscured my vision, breathing, and hearing for 12-15 hours a day for about three weeks straight. I did all my own stunts, too! It was torture and I must say, I was probably not fun to be around. It paved the way to more opportunities, though, so for that I am grateful. That being said, I look forward to working on something new that I can talk about!
While we’re on Albino Farm - I saw on the credits that you assisted with the make-up as well. Please, give me some details on that. How often do you delve into that field?
My ex-boyfriend headed the special effects aspect, so I just helped out however I could. I put a lot of work into doing whatever needed to be done. Personally, I prefer acting and modeling to anything else. I did want to be a fashion designer when I was younger, though!
Speaking of your multi talents, I know you’re an accomplished actress, you’re a make up artist, you’re currently at school studying - but I also read that you’re a go-go dancer, billed at Susan Superstar? How did that start, and how do you find time to do all this?
Ha ha! I don't! As I stated, I am not a makeup artist in any professional way, I just helped out on Albino Farm because it was needed. I can do my own straight (beauty) makeup decently, but it's nothing special and definitely not my forte. I would much rather have a professional do my hair and makeup!
Susan Superstar was a stage name I used once or twice to help a friend with her burlesque bingo charity events. I think someone caught on to it and updated it on my IMDB page. There is so much on that page that is not accurate! Everything from my birthday to movies I am supposedly in to my birth name.
You’ve changed your name a few times, from Bianca Abel to Bianca Evans to Bianca Barnett. Why change? How did you eventually choose Barnett as a professional name?
IMDB lists my birth name as "Bianca Allaine Constantino" but that is inaccurate. I think a fan pieced that together from prior interviews. My paternal great grandfather immigrated from Italy and changed his surname from Constantino to Evans to avoid prejudice and sound more American. My parents named me after Bianca Jagger, but I was not given a middle name as is tradition in my mother's family. I asked her what my middle name would have been if she had given me one. She said, Allaine, which was her mother's middle name. Now I use that name to honor her and my mother.
I was born "Bianca Evans" but I married at about 19 and changed my last name to Abel. Subsequently, I divorced and changed my last name to "Barnett" because at the time that was my boyfriend's name.
I just remarried now and I want to drop "Barnett", but it's difficult because that is what I am known as now! I should have thought things through in hindsight. I am going to officially go by "Bianca Allaine" but for now, I will use Bianca Allaine Barnett to gradually let people get used to the change. It's confusing, but I hope that clears everything up!
Since Albino Farm, you’ve made In a Spiral State, Toybox, and Dead Inside - what can you tell me about them?
In a Spiral State is rare but available on DVD. I play a drug addicted model- it's an artsy/trippy, kind of mind-bending indie film, not horror. I haven't seen The Toy Box as it has not been released yet, but it's based on the serial killer David Parker Ray and is a crime thriller/drama. Dead Inside is going through some legal issues behind the scenes which will hopefully be resolved soon. It is a beautifully shot horror/ghost story directed by Pearry Teo.
Noirland is in post production, what can we expect ?
I'm not sure about that one. I haven't heard any updates, but I had an extremely small part in the film. Just a favor to Ramzi Abed, who gave me my first opportunities with The Devil's Muse and In a Spiral State.
It’s been an incredible roller coaster of a year for you between work, school and being newly married - how do you balance your home and professional life?
Not very well, it has become extremely stressful! I need an agent to help me so I can just show up, act or model, and do interviews.
What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you on a film set?
I was almost struck by lightning on Albino Farm while in full Pig Bitch gear! It was so close, the air was electric and you could feel the heat emanating and smell something burning! It was terrifying, but all I kept thinking was how funny it would be to die in that wacky getup!
Any strange/funny encounters with fans?
I was at a convention and a man handed me an unwrapped copy of Albino Farm. He didn't say anything. I had people helping me unwrap them so I could sign, but people paid me directly for each DVD. I sat there confused for a moment because I was not sure if he had paid. He just looked at me and said, "Sign it." I realized he already owned it! It caught me off guard because at that time, Albino Farm was so new and I didn't expect anyone to know who I was!
Of the current crop of horror talent, who would you like to work with - and why?
I cannot think of anyone off hand, but I know I want to work on anything that has a decent budget right now! I think I've done my fair share of micro budget movies. I am ready to move on to the next level!
Do you have any ambitions to go the other side of the camera and direct, produce or write?
Not at this moment, I want to act more.
What’s next for you?
My Sucky Teen Romance will be in US theaters this year and The Toy Box and Dead Inside should at least make it to DVD. I have some projects in the works, so keep checking my website for updates!
There - that's all of it.
Thank you so much! I truly appreciate the opportunity!
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