Genre actress and fan-fave Kristina Klebe sat down with us over the weekend to talk about her role in director Milan Todorović’s upcoming "murderous mermaid" flick (and more), and since she’s all sorts of awesome, you’ll read this.
Multi-talented Klebe, best known to horror audiences for her roles in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Zack Parker’s buzzed-about Proxy and Lucien Förstner’s Bela Kiss: Prologue, added yet another notch to her genre belt last year by re-teaming with Zone of the Dead director Todorović for Nymph (a.k.a. Mamula), a feature which revolves around two young American women who go on a Mediterranean vacation, only to uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress.
“Two things attracted me to Nymph,” stated Klebe of the seemingly Thale-esque project, which was penned by Barry Keating from a story by Marko Backovic, and which additionally stars Franco Nero (Django Unchained), Natalie Burn (Bloodrayne: The Third Reich), Mina Sablic, Dragan Micanovic and Zorana Kostic Obradovic (as the titular character).
“One, that my friends Milan (Todorovic) and Marko (Backovic), with whom I worked on Zone of the Dead, were involved, and two, that it was shooting in Montenegro. I have a rule for doing super low-budget films. The movie has to fulfill one or hopefully more of these things: amazing script, great character, great location and/or friends doing it.”
As for her character of ‘Kelly’ in Nymph, Klebe offered: “She’s a workaholic journalist who goes on her first vacation in a while, not expecting the adventure she gets. It also just so happens she doesn't care for water too much, but she quickly has to get over that fear.”
Of the shoot: “It was very difficult,” she stated.
“There were long hours, difficult conditions given the water, and sea sickness. During our finale, we lost power for almost twenty-four hours due to a storm, and the whole finale takes place either in the sea or in a rowboat on the sea at night; so yes, it was challenging. However, Montenegro and the people I met there were gorgeous, warm and generous. I also was inspired to write and direct a film that takes place there, but we'll see how that evolves.”
Not content with solely acting, the actress has as of late branched out into not only philanthropic work (she supports woman struggling with breast cancer via Busted Foundation and The Horror Starlets) but into the field of directing.
“FEARNET itself just picked up my short film As Human As Animal for distribution on all its platforms!” effused Klebe, “and you can look for that short, which stars Diamond Dallas Page, starting in March.”
Regarding the completed Nymph, she said of what she believes genre fans may expect: “My guess is that it will be a fun, action-packed monster movie with elements of a love story, though I haven’t seen the final film. I do know that the film’s ingredients include beautiful locations, women in bikinis, lots of action, some body-part slop, Franco Nero being awesome and a freakin’ hot mermaid. And while the gore factor is no Hostel or Saw, the SFX should be amazing.”
As for what’s next on her plate: “I have a two-episode arc on the series The Following that airs around March 24 and 3, I think, and Proxy comes out theatrically on April 16, Easter weekend. I also just collaborated with Bret Easton Ellis for his new YouTube channel, which drops early April. That was epic.”
For more, stay up to date with all things Klebe by following her on Twitter @KristinaKlebe.