My name is Lee Turner, and I am life-long horror and genre film fan. I was fortunate enough a couple of years ago to begin hosting After Hours Cinema which essentially brought me back into the horror film fold almost 15 years after I left Los Angeles. When I am not dabbling in the indie horror world, or hosting a film, I work as small-town attorney on a myriad of cases.
What is the best thing about working in horror?
Working and collaborating with passionate people who know how to have fun both on and off the set. Horror film sets have a sense of camaraderie in my opinion that is hard to match. The horror community definitely embraces everyone to a certain extent.
Can you say anything about your movie you have been in?
I have a supporting role coming up in prolific filmmaker Dustin Fergusonís Arachnado that I am very excited about, as Ferguson is a genre veteran and knows how to entertain a movie audience. Plus, given some of the legends in the cast itís just fun to be associate with the project. I also have a supporting role in Tim Wallís debut feature Enterfear that I am very excited about. Tim has done an excellent job of melding different sub-genreís together into a horror comedy that I am sure will be in audience pleaser.
What inspired you to be an actor?
I donít really consider myself an actor so much today, but more of a horror host or horror historian. My biggest inspiration is that I just love the genre, the behind the scenes trivia, the production notes, etc.
How did you prepare for the role?
I try to do as much research as possible for role or hosting assignment to learn as much about the subject matter beforehand as possible. I really try to figure out what my character is trying to convey and from a hosting perspective how can I made the subject matter resonate with viewers.
Can you tell us about the greatest moment in your film career?
One of the greatest moments I have had working in film was getting to share the screen with the late great Gordon Mitchell who appeared in over 200 films ranging from the likes of The Fury of Achilles, Felliniís Satyricon, and Reflections in a Golden Eye with Elizabeth Taylor to posthumously appearing in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I was fortunate to share the screen with him in the horror film TheCampusHouse.com. Another standout moment was getting to meet and work with genre legend Mel Novak, which brought back a flood of memories of watching Bruce Lee movies as a kid.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
Thankfully 2020 has been a very busy and productive year. I have a small role in Dustin Fergusonís Arachnado, along with another supporting role in Enterfear directed by Tim Wall. I have also stayed very busy hosting After Hours Cinema, and on the writing front working with the amazing Suzanne DeLaurentiis on Suzanneís Saturday Night Scares and Dustin Ferguson on the Rattlers 2 script. Lastly, I have been working with Hunter Bickham on some original content for the soon to be launched Fear Flix on demand service.
What was the project you learned the most from?
I learn have learned something new and helpful on every set I have ever been on. If I had to hazard a guess it would probably be the very first set, I was ever on, which was for low budget film titled The Wounded which was later distributed by Troma. While very low budget everyone was very helpful and I learned a lot about how shots were framed, set etiquette, industry lingo, etc.
What was the last horror film you saw? What did you think of it?
Strangely, I finally got around to watching the Ethan Hawke horror film Sinister. It has been on my watch list for a while but for some reason it kept falling through the cracks despite being a standout film. I enjoyed the filmís suspense and its very foreboding atmosphere, plus it had some great jump scares. I am mad at myself that I had not watched it sooner.
What is your favorite horror movie and why?
Wow, that is a very tough one as I have so many usually broken down by sub-genre. If I had to pick just one, I would probably have to learn towards The Exorcist. There is just something so horrific about an innocent young lady being consumed by a demon. The film is very unsettling and still resonates fifty years after its release.
Where can we find out more about you and your work?
You can find me on social media by searching for After Hours Cinema, and we have a website that will be launched in the near future where you can learn more.
Favorite place or country?
Santa Ynez Valley, CA
Did you know anything about Sweden?
I have yet to visit Sweden, but it is on my list. As an interesting aside in college I had to write a paper on Gustavus Adolphus and the Thirty Years War and found Swedish history very intriguing.
Anything else you want to mention?
I am working alongside Hunter Bickham to launch the on-demand indie horror service Fear Flix. We have brough in a bevy of hosts for the films and series like Pamela Sutch and Monica Hayes. I am also looking forward go going to back to the Los Angeles area to work with Ferguson again where I hope to work with more of his regulars like Vida Ghaffari, Sue Price, and Deborah Dutch. Lastly, I would be remiss if I didnít give a special thanks to people like Joe Williamson, Dale Streble, Les Raub and everyone at the Monster Channel and Betamax TV for their support.