My Super Psycho Sweet 16 is the little horror series that could. When the first one premiered on MTV Halloween 2009, it seemed like a throwaway Halloween treat, a quick TV-movie to capitalize on the then-popularity of obnoxious reality show My Super Sweet 16. So who would have thought that now, in 2012, we are on our third installment of the film. We chatted with Lauren McKnight, who has starred in all three as Skye, the daughter of a serial killer. Funny, you wouldn't think she was the daughter of a serial killer just by talking to her...
You've been a part of My Super Psycho Sweet 16 since the first film. Did you expect it to be as popular as it is?
We had no idea it was going to get the fan base that it did. We were all really happy that it did, of course, but it was really shocking.
Have you guys already started talking about a fourth?
No, I think we've decided we're going to leave it at three. You don't want to ruin a good thing.
What sets three apart from the other two films?
Three, I feel, is more climactic than the other ones. The fans kind of have an idea of what will be happening in the third film, so there is a lot of anticipation behind it. They know there is going to be some kind of stand-off between the two sisters because, of course, the original killer is out of the picture.
Were you at all disappointed that you didn't get to be the "evil sister?"
Not at all. I really feel like I have some crazy moments in the third movie. I have little crazy moments in all three of them, which makes me happy. I don't want to be the pure white knight riding in at the end of the day. I like being the anti-hero. It's fun. She's a little bit psycho herself. I like that about her.
What will surprise fans the most about the third film?
If they are able to show all the gore on MTV. I was on set watching it happen, and I was a little taken aback. They've got some pretty good gore moments in it. So I hope MTV will be able to show all of it because it's amazing.
Are you a fan of horror movies?
I am. I like a lot of classic horror movies. The gory ones, I can laugh at. They're ridiculous. Human Centipede is just disgusting. I wouldn't say that was one of my favorites, but I was like, "Ew. Okay. That's interesting." And very laughable. I like Night of the Living Dead, I like 28 Days Later.
It seems like MTV is getting a little darker and edgier with My Super Psycho Sweet 16 and Teen Wolf. Do you think that is the case?
I don't have TV, so I am not able to watch MTV. I mean, I guess that's good because then I can't get a big head about seeing my movies on MTV. But I think they are taking a turn into a darker realm. I think it's good because now they have a little bit of everything.
I've got to ask: why no television?
I do own a TV, but it's just for Netflix. Whenever the cable company calls to see if I want it, I just [can't justify the cost].