Smiling and laughing as she speaks to horror fans, it is hard to reconcile the Raine Brown you see sitting at the 100 Tears table at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors in Austin, Texas with the images flashing across the TV screen just a few feet away. Raine Brown’s character, Christine from 100 Tears, is gleefully swinging a sledgehammer into the face of another unsuspecting victim. As the blood splashes and the bones crunch, you look back and see the pretty young actress happily posing for a picture with convention guests. It’s all just another day at the office for an actress who has starred in over a dozen features in the past few years.
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Nic– Raine, can you tell us something about the films you’re promoting here at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors?
Raine—Well Nic, I’m promoting my new film 100 Tears. It’s a crazy clown movie and we’re having a panel for it this afternoon followed by a screening at four o’clock. I’m also promoting my film Barricade which I’m the lead in. We shot that one in Germany and I’m very excited about it. I’d like to promote every film I’ve worked on, but I try to stick with the ones related to the people who brought me here today.
Nic– Raine, what can you tell us about your character in 100 Tears?
Raine– I play Christine, a very troubled girl who, right from the beginning, you can tell is just emotionally off. As the story progresses, she finds out that the psycho killer clown is her long lost dad. Well this realization just sets something off in her and then she really goes on a reckless killing spree. She and her clown father team up and become a death duo.
Nic– 100 Tears had a lot of gory special effects in it. Was it tough working with all the effects and spending a lot of time covered in fake blood?
Raine– Yeah there are a ton of special effects, but I am used to being covered in blood. So just another day at the office.
Nic—So what are some of the other films you’ve been in?
Raine—Well I worked with Dante Tomaselli in his film Satan’s Playground and working with him is actually what got me involved in the horror genre. I also did a film called Aunt Rose which is a smaller film and it hasn’t been as widely distributed. I don’t know why, because it is a really good film available through the Anchor Bay line. Then there were Angels Bleed and Plasterhead, plus a few more. I’m sure there will be more. (Laughs)
Nic—Let’s say I’m a fan and I’d like to find out more about you and your work. Is there anywhere on the web I could go?
Nic—Thinking about all the different films you’ve been in; do you have one role that was your favorite?
Raine—That’s a tough one. I’d have to say that one of my favorites was definitely my role in Aunt Rose, I really enjoyed that. I liked it because I played this really tough, street, lesbian, rocker-girl which is so the opposite of me, that it made it a lot of fun to do. But you know I also loved my role in 100 Tears because I get to just go nuts! I mean how often do you get to do that? It was awesome!
Nic– If you had the opportunity to play any character in a remake of a film, who would you like to be?
Raine– Wow! That is a hard one. I love Angelina Jolie’s Character in "Girl Interrupted." That would be fun, or Kate Winslet’s Character in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"… but I am not sure I would love to do them. They own those characters and I wouldn’t want to just be a copy of them. But something like them would definitely interest me.
Nic– How did you get your start in the film industry?
Raine– I have always been acting. I got my BFA in Theatre and auditioned for everything. My biggest break was in the film "Horror" which got a lot of press. It all just kind of started there with people seeing me in that and then asking me to audition for their film. It has just been building from there.
Nic—What’s next for Raine Brown?
Raine—Well I’ve got a couple of things in the works; in July I’ll be shooting a film called Sculpture. I play a young artist who is having a lot of personal and family issues and so she starts to lose it…. Huh, I’m always playing these crazy characters. (Laughs) Well she loses it too and starts creating a sculpture out of humans, so that will be fun! I’m also doing another film this summer called Brain Cell which is kind of a weird story. I play the niece of a doctor who is experimenting with using sleep cycles to train people. I also have a few things before then, but I don’t like to talk about them until everything is finalized.