Ever wonder what the people playing all those hack-and-slash heroes in your favorite online fantasy game were actually like? The hilarious characters in THE GUILD may just be the answer. We took a little time out from the hectic horrors of Halloween week to visit with the cast and crew of the hit web series, THE GUILD, and interview some of the stars — Felicia Day (Codex), Sandeep Parikh (Zaboo), Vincent Caso (Bladezz) — and ace director Greg Benson. With the debut of their own epic GUILD HALLOWEEN SPECIAL this month, what are their thoughts about the darkest holiday of the year?
* What’s your favorite horror movie?
FELICIA DAY: Not really a horror fan, so I don’t have a lot to compare. Playing RESIDENT EVIL and LEFT FOR DEAD made me have nightmares for weeks. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN I saw recently and still haunts me.
SANDEEP PARIKH: I don’t know if this counts but ARMY OF DARKNESS. If not, I’ll go with anything with the Olsen twins, they’re creepy as hell.
VINCENT CASO (BLADEZZ): I usually like movies that have a sort of “subtle scary” to them, the ones that get under your skin. I very much enjoyed BELOW, as a good example, and am looking forward to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.
GREG BENSON: I still love THE EXORCIST best. Just freaked me out as a kid, and still does.
* Any costume or party plans for Halloween this year?
FELICIA: My costume strategy is always the same: Go to the kid’s section on the 31st in the afternoon and get whatever will fit me to “make it work”. One year I went as Zac Efron.
SANDEEP: Probably going to hit up the West [Hollywood] parade. I’m thinking of dressing up as an extremely stereotpyical Indian guy with an outrageous turban, holding a slushee, and breaking out into random Bollywood dances.
* What do you love about Halloween in L.A.?
FELICIA: I love the fact that adults enjoy it even more than kids it seems. And it’s the home of movies so there are always incredible costumes, especially in West Hollywood!
GREG: I love that people go to great expense and trouble to dress their homes up for Halloween, and there have been some great houses that sadly no longer decorate. Luckily, we got one of our favorites, [Noah “Bats Day” Korda’s] Grimmstone Cemetery, on film for our short NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIE a couple years ago, right before it closed for good.
* Have you ever had a paranormal experience you’d like to share with us?
FELICIA: Not really, I wish. I’ve used a Ouija board a few times and it seemed convincing, but I’m really really gullible.
VINCENT: We’ve all had our little spooks and scares. I’ve seen a thing or two that I couldn’t explain. But when it comes right down to it, whether you believe in it or not, the subject of the paranormal is always intriguing and really gets your mind working.
GREG: Nope, but I do have a new paranormal Halloween video I’d like to share with you…
* Describe your perfect Halloween.
FELICIA: Lots of adorably costumed children begging me for candy, and I force them to do something to earn their keep. No free graft on my watch.
SANDEEP: A really kickass homemade haunted house. I used to build them in my basement as a kid, I used lots of spaghetti for entrails. Love that stuff.
Thanks, guys! And happy Halloween!
Ready to watch the special right now? Here you go!
All photos by Brian Kameoka, courtesy of Knights of Good Productions.