Exclusive Interview: Actress Hayley Griffith Talks New Horror-Comedy SATANIC PANIC

Sam’s first day as a pizza delivery driver is not going according to plan. At the end of a long day and not enough tips, her last delivery turns out to be for a group of Satanists looking for someone to sacrifice. Now in a fight for her life, Sam must fend off witches, evil spells and demonic creatures, all while trying to keep her body – and soul – intact. Hayley Griffith, the star of SATANIC PANIC, let me ask her some questions about this extremely fun horror-comedy that’s set to release in select theaters, On Demand and Digital on September 6th from RLJE Films.

Alien Bee – Hi Hayley! You play a pizza delivery girl named “Sam” in SATANIC PANIC. To me she’s a little bit on the innocent side with some girl next door, nerdiness and cuteness thrown in. How would you describe your character?

Hayley Griffith – That’s kinda perfect. I would describe her as – she’s a quirky, naïve, wannabe folksinger, who is really down on her ropes. Things don’t go well for her. She tries her best but I think that it comes across as very naïve and people like to rag on her, which is bad. But she’s got a lot of badass in her too, which is huge and important. It’s not seen a lot in very innocent characters. She has that ability to just turn-it-on when she needs it.

Alien Bee – SATANIC PANIC is such a catchy name for an extremely fun horror-comedy. One of the best to come around in a while. How would you describe the movie?

Hayley Griffith – I love to say, and I think Chelsea said it before – it’s a satanic rock n’ roll WIZARD OF OZ. I believe, heavy on the comedy. That’s really the best way [to describe it] I think because it’s really raunchy and there are heartwarming moments. There’s a bit of a buddy-comedy in it. It has a lot of different aspects to it and different genre bending – which is really neat.

Alien Bee – Chelsea Stardust has deep a Blumhouse connection, so she knows her stuff when it comes to horror movies. How was it working with her?

Hayley Griffith – It was unbelievable. She’s the greatest director I’ve worked with. She is so smart, kind, and driven. She knows exactly what she wants and she’s always there to help, give advice. Not only that, but she has such clear, specific ideas and such funny things to add that made my job so much easier, which was just lovely.

Alien Bee – You get to share some really fun scenes with both Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn. How was it working with the husband and wife team?

Hayley Griffith – OMG – amazing. It was like a dream. They’re both iconic… especially to me I feel that way. I’ve been a huge fan of theirs for years. To get to work with both of them was ridiculous. They’re both so kind and funny and were really generous as both actors and people, so it made it such a blast and really a dream come true.

Alien Bee – The movie is maxed out with some awesome old school practical effects that includes all kinds of blood and gore. How was your experience getting to play with all the epic grossness?

Hayley Griffith – OMG it was like my twisted, childhood dream come true. It was the greatest thing – I’ve always wanted to be able to do that kind of stuff as a kid because it looks so crazy, and it’s even better than I ever imagined it to be because it helps you really get into the world of the story. These things are there, happening in front of you, versus a green screen and pretending it’s there. It’s ALL right there, so it makes it even crazier and way more fun.

Alien Bee – There’s a nasty worm scene in the movie that could gross some viewers out. How did you handle that?

Hayley Griffith – Not well, honestly. I was dry-heaving in the corner for a good bit. I could not imagine doing that, and I commend Ruby. I looked at her after and was like “you are the baddest bitch I’ve ever met.” I could not do that. I had to get a few deep breaths in because I thought I was done for.

Alien Bee – What would you say your favorite experience was filming SATANIC PANIC?

Hayley Griffith – I think either – my scene with Jerry was incredible because I loved him – I saw his movies as a kid and he was so fun. That scene was ridiculous. But also just getting to form a bond with Ruby and become friends on set. Just working with her was a dream and I feel really lucky we got along so well. Anything with her was just amazing and so fun.

Alien Bee – As fun as it is, SATANIC PANIC is definitely a hardcore horror movie. Are you a horror movie fan?

Hayley Griffith – I am a huge horror movie fan. My dad and I would watch horror movies every Sunday growing up and that says a lot about my childhood, but that’s what we would do. I’ve always been a big fan of horror. Some of my favorites are TRAIN TO BUSAN, EVIL DEAD, of course HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH – classics that are everyone’s favorite but they’re that good for a reason.

Alien Bee – Are you on social media? Where can everybody find you?

Hayley Griffith – Yes! I am on Instagram and Twitter: @hayl_griffith

Alien Bee – What’s up next for you?

Hayley Griffith – I am just hustling and auditioning – waiting for the next thing to come along, hopefully a horror movie. I just finished a movie in May which is hysterically a dramatic period piece, so the exact opposite of this movie.

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