To start things off, can you introduce yourself to the readers?
-Hi! My name is Ken May, and Iím a horror actor with a background in haunt scareacting, martial arts, stage combat, and SWAT/SpecOps combat.
What is the best thing about working in horror?
-Itís so much fun! The people are great, the stories are entertaining, and there seems to be a lot less issues with big egos than in mainstream films.
Can you say anything about the movies you have been in?
-Most of my movies have been horror or action/thriller type movies. Those are definitely my favorite. I enjoy doing indie films, because thereís so much more freedom than doing union movies. They also usually have much more flexible shooting times, which is great.
What inspired you to be an actor?
-I love horror so much as a fan, I wanted to be a part of it! I started off as a scareactor for a local haunted house. I am also the vocalist for several bands, and a director saw me perform. We got to talking and he cast me for a smaller role.
When one of his leads suddenly had to drop out, he found out about my background in haunts and doing Shakespeare and decided to take a chance on me. After that, acting became like an addiction haha.
How did you prepare for the role?
-For my role in 5g Zombies, I spoke at length with the director to find out what he wanted for the role. He gave me lots of room for improvisation, which is very rare, but very exciting. I worked up a vision of how I wanted to execute my scene, and planned out major plot points and props I would need.
Since it was being filmed remotely due to the Covid-19 virus, I had to do it all myself. I did a few practice takes to test things out, and then my first full runthrough worked out really well!
Can you tell us about the greatest moment in your film career?
-I always love having extreme gore FX done on me! Joe Castro does a great job with that and is very fun to work with. Iíd also say working with Mel Novak (Game of Death) is always a pleasure, as is the chance to work with the immensely talented and kind Brinke Stevens.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
-I canít talk about all of them, but besides 5g Zombies coming out, there is also Hell of the Screaming Undead, Killer Waves 2, Amityville Hex, 9 Ways to Hell, and my own release: Future Fear, coming soon from WIldeye Releasing! Thereís a bunch more on my IMDb page too
What was the project you learned the most from?
-Iíd say The Mercenaries because I also worked as crew, and Meathook Massacre 4, which was the first feature film that I did stunt coordinating for.
What is the last horror film you saw? What did you think of it?
-I just re-watched Silence of the Lambs yesterday, but the newest one I saw was maybe Midsommar? I really, really enjoyed it. It took a lot of foreign cultural ideas and applied them into a cult movie, and I thought that was fascinating.
I like seeing aspects of pagan culture in horror that isnít related to Christianity or more mainstream American/English type stuff. I want to see Germanic paganistic horror, and Russian, and Mongolian and such. Bring out the ancient scary customs adapted for a fresh audience!
What is your favorite horror movie and why?
-Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I love everything about it, but by far the best thing for me is the sound design. It adds such a fantastic depth to the movie, and some of those ideas are still imitated today!
If you could work with any actors or actresses who would they be and why?
-This is such a tough question! I love Jackie Chan, and I think heíd be crazy fun to work with! Also maybe Johnny Depp or Keanu Reeves, because I enjoy pretty much all their films, even though theyíre mainstream. For horror, maybe Doug Bradley or Christopher Lee if he were still alive.
Where can we find out more about you and your work?
-IMDb is probably the best place to watch, because Iím terrible at self promotion:
What is your personal definition of horror?
-Fear of the unknown, as it is becoming known. And the reality is worse than the original fear.
Favorite country or place?
-To live? Iím very happy and grateful to live where I do. To visit? Thatís hard to say! I did enjoy going to Japan a lot, but Iíd love to visit many more places.
Did you know anything about Sweden?
-Embarrassingly little! Melodic Death Metal bands from Gothenburg weíre some of the first really heavy bands I heard, and I loved the sound. Every Swede Iíve met has been very kind and usually spoke amazingly good English. I really hope I can come visit some day!
Anything else you want to mention?
-Please check out SCS Entertainment! They have some awesome films coming out soon, and are a really great set of people. If you like Industrial music, feel free to check out my current band: Artifact Corruption.