Exclusive Teaser, Stills: Debbie Rochon’s Directorial Debut “MODEL HUNGER”Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
To the horror community, Debbie Rochon is a lot of things. She’s an undeniable scream queen, a Troma graduate, a former FANGORIA Radio Host and cover girl, and a Rondo-nominated writer. But now, you can attach feature film director to her credits, as Debbie Rochon has provided FANGORIA with the exclusive first look at her behind-the-camera debut, MODEL HUNGER!
For the unfamiliar, here’s the official synopsis for Rochon’s MODEL HUNGER:
Former pin-up model and actress Ginny (Lowry) had been cast aside by the heartless and exploitative modeling industry when she was a young woman due to her body type. Ginny didn’t take rejection well and over the years developed into a revenge-seeking, bloodthirsty, broken woman. When her new neighbors Debbie (Shepis) and Sal (Capobianco) move in, Debbie begins to notice strange things going on next door. Sal credits it to Debbie’s psychological instability and believes she is seeing things, falling deeper into her psychosis, but Debbie is obsessively determined to figure out what secret life Ginny is leading. Ginny’s new nosey neighbor throws a damper on her lifestyle activities, such as her cannibalistic food addictions and ever-growing body count, and both women become determined to put an end to the others obsession.
Written by James Morgart (GUY WITH A CAMERA) and directed by iconic scream queen Debbie Rochon, MODEL HUNGER stars an ensemble cast of genre performers, including Lynn Lowry (THE CRAZIES, SHIVERS), Tiffany Shepis (SHARKNADO 2, WRATH OF THE CROWS), Brian Fortune (GAME OF THRONES, WRATH OF THE CROWS), Carmine Capobianco (THE LAND OF COLLEGE PROPHETS), Michael Thurber (EXHUMED, THE SINS OF DRACULA), Suzi Lorraine (WON TON BABY!, SERIAL KALLER) and Goth icon Aurelio Voltaire (THE ABCs OF DEATH 2).
With Debbie’s penchant for the genre and unique sensibilities as a horror personality, you can count FANGORIA in for MODEL HUNGER. But don’t take our word for it; FANGORIA caught up with the cast and crew of MODEL HUNGER to see what they had to say about working with Debbie as a filmmaker.
“When Debbie asked me to play Ginny, I jumped at the chance. I knew this character was very special and memorable,” says Lowry. “Debbie and I decided to make her a very charming but quite lethal Southern Belle. And I honestly believe it’s the best film work I’ve ever done. Debbie is a fantastic director and the rest of the cast is wonderful. The crew was terrific and we worked together like a finely tuned machine. Of all the films I’ve done, this is my favorite. I hope audiences will experience laughter, raw emotion, and fear. This film is a killer!”
“From pre-production through post-production, Debbie has never ceased to impress me,” says MODEL HUNGER scribe Morgart. “She took a script I had kicked around for three years and made it a reality. At every turn, I’ve been lucky enough to learn from her whether it be how to put a spectacular team together, how to work with actors to get the most of their performance, or how to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.”
“I know people will rave about Lynn Lowry’s performance in this film, and for good reason,” Morgart adds. “Her portrayal of Ginny is schizophrenically perfect. But every performance in the film was amazing to watch. Mary Bogle transformed from this incredibly nice woman to a frighteningly domineering mother. Brian Fortune repeatedly went from this quiet guy on set to a character with a well of depth. Suzi Lorraine transformed from a sweet, down-to-earth woman to this larger than life television personality. And Babette Bombshell performed things on camera that I may never be able to erase from my memory.”
“MODEL HUNGER was one of the finest acting experiences that I have ever had- and I’ve been in the “business” a long time,” says Thurber. “To work under the tutelage of the great Debbie Rochon, and a BRILLIANT script to put the words in my mouth, I mean, come on… there isn’t an actor worth his weight, who wouldn’t kill for that opportunity!! And it helps immensely if you’re in love with Dame Debbie Rochon!”
“It’s such an honor to be in Debbie Rochon’s directorial debut! I’ve spent most of my film career as an animator and director behind the camera but when I expressed that I wanted to spend more time acting, Debbie was really the very first to take me seriously and give me a chance,” says Voltaire. “So you could say she gave me my first break into the business and I’m really so grateful. Despite being a pygmy amongst the giants that were my scene partners, including Lynn Lowery and Brian Fortune, the experience on set was completely exhilarating. All parties involved, Debbie in particular, made being on set a warm, inviting and really collaborative experience. I will admit that Brian is so good in this as my gruff boss, that I was actually afraid of him through most of the shoot! And Lynn, wow! I don’t think anyone has ever given a performance on film that is simultaneously as sexy, scary, charming and wicked as hers!”
“I was fortunate enough to work with Debbie on WRATH OF THE CROWS in Italy a couple of years ago and even more fortunate when she contacted me about playing Colin in MODEL HUNGER,” says Fortune. “I jumped at the opportunity! For me the solid foundation between actor and director is based on trust. The minute I stepped on set, I knew I had made the right decision accepting the role of Colin. Debbie knew what she wanted, I’ve been at the mercy of other more experienced directors who hadn’t a clue! The atmosphere was was was relaxed and the whole experience was rewarding. This is Debbie’s first foray into directing; I doubt it will be her last.”
You can check out the exclusive trailer and still gallery for Debbie Rochon’s MODEL HUNGER below, and check back here at FANGORIA.com for more on the film soon!