By: Ken Hulsey
SD - "Queen of Trash" came from an annual Sacramento film festival called the "Trash Film Orgy". On their second year, they had a "Queen of Trash" contest. It was set up like a beauty pageant. I was picked out of the audience. I became a little stage shy when I saw all these skinny petite girls in the cookie cutter "Lip Service" vinyl up there. I've always been big (6'1, 200+ lbs) and I have to admit, there is a certain feeling of awkwardness that comes with being twice as big as most females. My hairstyle was shaved head with just bangs at the time. I had tons of piercings. It was a conscious decision to work my unusual appearance and natural larger-than-life stature to my advantage. This separated me from the others and I figured I would at the very least lose with a little panache! As it turned out, to my great surprise, the three hundred-plus people out there in the audience went crazy for me! I really felt like I had found my element! Luckily so did the host of the TFO at the time, the fabulous comedian, Francois Fly He kept bringing me back on stage as the Queen of Trash and that’s how everything started.
KH - You have often said that you want to reinvent the horror film scream queen. What do you think is wrong with they way women are portrayed in horror movies and how do you intend to change it?
SD - Women in Horror movies are pathetic and always seem to find themselves in a cliché role. They are almost always the party girls, drinking, smoking pot, flashing, screwing, and when trouble comes along, they are the perfect victims. I'm sick of seeing some 90 pounder run through the forest screaming while blood and sweat make her shirt transparent and her nipples protrude. It seems, films counteract the effect of extreme gore by making characters that you don't care about. Are you really disgusted when a character with no brains, no morals, no integrity, no personality dies in a movie? I'm more disgusted when these characters are introduced! Don't get me wrong; I am not talking feminism or the women’s movement, but my personal enjoyment of the horror genre! You can have your gratuitous nudity, whatever! --just make a female character someone worth killing! Killing characters audiences are indifferent to is a waste of red corn syrup.
In the rare attempt to showcase a strong woman character, or at least look like they're trying, there is another stereotyped breed of fantasy-horror female. The badass with super human strength and weapons galore. The problem with this type usually is that there still no personality, and no brains. She's just some bony broad in a latex outfit with emotions that seem more like a hormonal problem then anything else. Now, again, don't misunderstand me, when I say that the character is bony, it is only for the fact that it doesn't match the character. I'm not one of those fat girls who thinks everyone should be fat. If you are doing Kung-Fu and flying through the air, kicking ass, and taking names, you should have muscle or a little bit of meat on you. It would be just as wrong if they casted an obese woman. The illusion is ruined for me when it's too obvious that the character is there for male demographic appeal and not to serve plot, vision, or any of the other wonderful things that make movies worth watching. Hollywood will never break from the formulas, unless people discover what they're missing. I want to be an inspiring image of a strong woman with strong character that will influence the current generation of film goers the way Tura Satana influenced me.
KH - You have stated that you want to play the monster or mass murderer in a horror film series. Why do you think we never see too many female killers in horror films?
KH - You list your influences as Lolo Ferrari, Tura Santana and Divine (?), what is it about those particular artists that had such a strong influence on you?
KH - The Queen of Trash even has her own comic book. How did that come about?
KH - You have appeared in several films. Give us a list of some of the films where “Queen of Trash” has made a royal appearance in?
I did a movie after that called "Palace of Stains". For his birthday, director Bob Moricz wanted to shoot an entire feature length movie in one day. He succeeded for the most part, though there was some touch up shots done later. It was a lot of fun, and although I wasn't as "on the ball" as I would’ve hoped since I had thrown by back out moments before they began shooting my scenes. The director loved my performance and used my face as part of the promotion for the live premiere to a packed house at The Crest. When I saw the film, it exceeded my expectations! It was really a decent movie. My only regret is that although it was shot a couple years ago, it has yet to be released on video! I don't even have my own copy yet!