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Lory-Michael Ringuette is a hard-working actor/writer/director whose growing resume of horror and b-movies and co-starring roles alongside Brinke Stevens should tell you he's a guy to watch out for.

DG:Tell us a bit about your background - how did you get into acting in as well as directing?

LMR: I started out behind the camera. At an early age, I started shooting 8mm films with friends from school. My father worked for over 30 years in a neighborhood camera shop, so he gave me my first camera at about the age of 12. I could get all the outdated rolls of film I needed for .50 ea. and developing was also cheap for me. Wish I could that kind of a deal now. I ended up getting a degree in Visual Communications (Storyboarding).

Even though I had shot a number of shorts over the years, had the degree, and even was a guest on our local Creature Features show, I couldn't get work in any mainstream productions so I basically dropped out and drove a bus for a few years. That's when a friend told me I should go see his agent and see if I could get work in front of the camera. I did and it changed my life. It seems I called him on the perfect day. A TV show called "Partners In Crime" with Lonnie Anderson needed a guy to play a TV news cameraman. They only had a real Beta SP camera and didn't want it damaged, so they were looking to cast a real cameraman instead of an actor. I got the part on the spot. That was the beginning. After that, I started taking classes and auditioning for stuff.

DG:Do you enjoy working in the horror genre?

LMR: I've always loved horror features. Roger Corman was my inspiration. In fact, I just heard that he recently watched "Tele-Zombie" and liked it. That really made my day.

DG:DEEPLY DISTURBED, a serial killer story, was the first feature you directed, correct?

LMR: Actually, it was my first feature film as writer, producer, director, actor. I also did the music under a fake name (didn't want my name in the credits too many times).

DG:Some of your earlier work includes THE VIDEO DEAD (1987), SAVAGE INSTINCT (1989), SHADOW HUNTER (1992), STEELHEEL (1989), THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1996) and FREZNO SMOOTH (1997). These mostly acting jobs, rather than directing?

LMR: They were all acting jobs. "The Video Dead" was my first speaking role in feature and is still the one I'm best known for. It was also my hardest job because I was under a lot of make-up most of the time with really early call times.

My scene in "Steelheel" was with Jeremy Slate. I felt like a fool because I didn't reconize who he was and asked him what his job was on the production. I'm glad it didn't offend him.

There are so many stories behind every role I've ever had but it would take a book to tell them.

DG:You've worked with the lovely and talented Brinke Stevens on a couple of movies. One is BLOOD REAPER, which you directed and acted in. That's about a slasher who hunting down river rafters, right? Who did Brinke play? Your role?

LMR: Brinke was Sonya, the second victim of the slasher. I would like to have given her a much bigger role but budget only allowed us to hire her for one day (after the rest of the movie was already shot). I play a strange park ranger. What else can I say?

DG:The other movie you co-starred with Brinke in (as well as wrote and directed) was TELE-ZOMBIE. What's it about?

LMR: "Tele-Zombie" is a horror/comedy homage to the films of the 60's. It's about a once famous stage hypnotist who finds a nerd to use in getting revenge on those he feels destroyed his career.

DG:Who do you and Brinke play?

LMR: Brinke plays one of the lead detectives, Wednesday Toogood. She has a bigger role this time and is featured throughout the movie. I play the crazy hypnotist, Decter Arkoff.

DG:Any interesting stories from the set of either movie?

LMR: There are so many interesting stories. I'll pick just one to share. On the first day of shooting "Blood Reaper" one of our novice actors was drinking a beer in the scene. He/she didn't understand that they were suppost to pretend like he/she was drinking, not really down the beers. By the time we finishing shooting the last part of the scene, he/she was totally buzzed. It was hard to find a shot to use where they weren't looking at the camera. It was ginger ale from there on.

DG:You are currently working as actor & first assistant director on CURSE OF THE SMOKE O'LANTERN. Tell us all about it!

LMR: Yes, I'm now working on "Curse Of The Smoke O'Lantern" written, produced, & directed by Michael Stewart. Michael also produced "Blood Reaper" and was my 1st AD on "Tele-Zombie". We've been working on each other's projects for a few years now.

Can't give away too much but I see it as kind of a Halloween version of Alice In Wonderland. Not quite like anything done before.

DG:What else might we look forward to in the near future from you?

LMR: Well if anyone out there watches Japanese TV, you might catch me as a victim of a gang in a crime show (World's Astonishing News) shot in San Francisco for Japan. I'm told I'm dubbed. No other projects at the moment but hey, I like to work behind & in front of the camera. If you've got a union production, contact my agent at SF TOP Talent in San Francisco. If you have a non-union project, contact me directly at How's that for self promotion?

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