According to writer-director Joston Theney, “Arielle Brachfeld has probably [one of] the best chance[s] of surviving” his recently-wrapped Slasher film, Axeman at Cutter’s Creek. Could Brachfeld be the movie’s Final Girl?
Brachfeld herself isn’t saying. “There’s so much I want to share with you about this character,” she says, “but under penalty of Spanish Inquisition-style torture, I’m unable to give you all the juicy details.”
What we do know is that Brachfeld plays Darlene Whitfield, deputy to Brinke Stevens’ Sheriff Charlene Wopuzer, and, in Brachfeld’s own words, “she is kick-ass!”
“Darlene is a far cry from the fragile, horror-fodder victims I’ve often played in the past,” Brachfeld says. “I’m a very easy going type of person, so it’s especially fun to slip under the skin of a headstrong, alpha female.”
Brachfeld is certainly no stranger to horror, having recently starred in The Haunting of Whaley House and Chemical Peel, and she was immediately attracted to Axeman. “The great title got my attention. I read the script and realized this wasn’t a campy throwback Slasher, but an unabashed salute to what the iconic Slashers are all about.” Her interactions with the film’s writer and director only served to cement her interest. “Joston’s enthusiasm and love of the genre was what made me really want to be a part of this project!”
The young director, whose previous projects include the vampire action flick Bleed 4 Me, clearly impressed Brachfeld. “Joston is a machine,” she says. “I don’t think he slept the entire time I was on set. He doesn’t stop.” Brachfeld sees a possible parallel between the filmmaker and his homicidal creation. “He has a goal and is driven by some insane, unstoppable determination, just like the Axeman. Perhaps the thing Joston imparted unto the character was that unquenchable will. And his sick sense of humor!”
The similarities between monster and creator stop there, though. “When I think about how Joston was able to write the Axeman character,” Brachfeld says, “it’s a conundrum. He is a wonderful human being, whose smile can disarm nuclear warheads.”
And what of Scot Pollard, who plays the Axeman? “Generally, I’m not intimidated by people,” Brachfeld says. “If I’m in character, I’ll feel terrified or whatever is warranted for the scene; but before I was in character, when we were just blocking out the shot, I felt genuinely intimidated by Scot! He is the nicest guy when we’re all just hanging out. He’s super funny and friendly. But the second he walks onto set and grabs that ax, it’s pretty frightening.”
The above shouldn’t come as too great a surprise, given that Pollard, a former NBA player, stands 6’11 and weighs in at 280lbs. Still, I’m wondering if maybe—just maybe—Brachfeld’s Darlene Whitfield might actually be a match for the oversized killer. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see . . .
Be sure to stick around for future coverage of Axeman at Cutter’s Creek, including further interviews, Survive-a-Slasher tips, and a discussion on sexism in horror movies with the ladies of Axeman, including Arielle Brachfeld.