off, what do you want to be called? Nikki or
Nicole, Nikki Kruex or Nikki Homicide K...or
For you? Anything.
(laughing) Really, Nikki or Nikki Homicide is
just fine. Hell, lately I've been referred to as
Stupid Girl, Her Wickedness, and 'Lovely Monkey'
(don't ask) so I guess anything fun would
In a business
where name recognition is a goal for so many is
there some reason for the different names?
I go by Nicole Kruex (pronounced CREW), most
people aren't aware I actually have an
industrial/commercial career. I've done work for
T-Mobile, CBS, the MMSDC of Minneapolis, and the
Detroit Pistons to name a few. But my heart lies
in the morbid recesses of all things disturbing.
I've got an insane obsession with Serial Killers,
mortality, and Gothic Medieval Saga, and so was
born 'Nikki Homicide K' . The variations of late
are all subject to those would have twisted it
so, but for the purposes of horror film crediting
alone... I am Nikki "Homicide" Kruex.
horror folk can be a very visual crowd. To set
the scene for our visit can you give our readers
a description of the room where you are answering
course! From the coutside my home is quite
normal, newer in contruction and beautiful for
what it is in design and livability. But inside?
I am currently surrounded by the things I most
love, move memorabilia (i.e. 'The Goonies' and
'The Shining' framed prints), wicked band posters
(like early years Cradle of Filth) skulls,
dragons, and an Asian motif to appease my
obsession with Japanese culture. Every year I
shop a day or so after Halloween for house decor!
Of course then there is my massive collection of
Horror flicks, dark wave and metal CD's, anime
stuff, toy and comic book piles...I could go on
for days. But one thing rings true, no matter
which way you look there is always something
When did you
first realize you were such an afficionado of the
horror genre and all things gruesome?
The day I
decided to sleep with all of the lights out and
face my fear. I was always scared sh*tless of
Horror, things like little Gage from 'Pet
Semetery' to the Troll in 'Cat's Eye', I'd
actually jump from a strategically placed spot on
my carpet to the safety of my bed to avoid the
monsters lurking beneath the sheets. I'd often
beg mom "Don't turn the light's out!"
and all that jazz. But, I suppose around twelve
or thirteen things changed I started to find
those same images intriguing, mesmerizing even. I
entertained fantasies of being a vampire and
practiced gothic behavior long before the popular
reality of 'Hot Topic' and 'Vampire the
Masquerade'. Hell, my idols date back to the
early days of Julian Sands in 'Tale of a Vampire'
(1992) or 'Warlock (1989)', Doug Bradley (better
known as Pin Head of 'Hellraiser'), the 'Omen
(1976)', 'I Spit On Your Grave (1978)' and the
creepy multiple personality extravaganza of Sally
Field in the movie 'Sybil (1976)'. Some of the
best films came out of the late 70's and I wanted
to be a part of those movies because they were
visually incredible, powerful, and tremendous.
made you decide to become an actress and who have
been your biggest acting influences?
I'm a born extrovert. I love to entertain people,
but not out of vanity (I actually hate seeing
myself on screen... I've only watched a few of
the 30 some films I've done) I like to make
people feel. Be it happy, sad, scared, or elated
my greatest accomplishment is when I know I've
affected an audience. I guess this is why I've
begun directing as well! Personally though, it's
an escape from who I really am. To have a few
moments in the course of my mortality to be
hundreds of personas is like therapy. As for
influences: Heath Ledger, Audrey Hepburn, and
Johnny Depp fuel my pursuit of serious
thespian-ism... but in Horror, Doug Bradley, Tony
Todd, Debbie Rochon, Brinke Stevens, Jamie
Curtis, Sally Field, Sissy Spacek, Rob Zombie,
Robert Rodriguez, Wes Craven, Clive Barker,
Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and John
Carpenter stand out as those I look up too in
both acting and production.
You are up in
Minnesota and it's amazing how much seems to be
happening up there horror-wise. I've chatted with
several folks from up there. Have you found the
horror community up in The Land of 10,000 Lakes
to be a pretty close knit and welcoming bunch?
most part of course!! I especially love the boys
from NFTS, Haunted Autumn, director Dan Voltz,
and 'Trinty' Producer Merle Productions. My team
from TRIWAR Productions and the subdivision
DEADTIME are some of the best people I've ever
worked with. Then of course fellow scream divas
Rachel Grubb and Scarlet Salem!! The three of us
are taking the Midwest Horror community by storm!
So tell me a
little bit about the movie 'Hunger'
that you did for Jonathon Jones. Give me a teaser
that is going to make it irresistable
We still have yet to film it. I leave for Kansas
at the end of October for a weekend to film my
part. My role is more fun then I was expecting
when I first signed on!! I love Jonathan Jones as
both a director and as a genuine sweetheart of a
fellow horror hound, he's always out there
promoting the works of others while struggling
though battles of his own... EVERY ONE GO SUPPORT
something that you are always hungry for?
Err, mean really really red strawberrie... rawr.
You also play the
lead role, The Savior no less, in 'Blood
Planet'. Tell me a little bit about that
production...oh, and can you let me know who or
what you save?
Oh yes yes, this
production is the brainchild of young Nick
Markgraff. He's a doll of a boy, a soldier no
less!! We began filming early last year but the
production as put on hiatus so Nick could take a
year to build up revenue and boost his production
value. We will continue the production next year
regardless of where I am at, hopefully well
enough off to help him finish a great story.
Unfortunately, I can't release the details of his
I also want to
hear a bit about the three-part featurette you
are doing for NFTS Productions.
gosh... so much nakedness!! I play Aja, one of
two destructive and scantily clad... um, well
just buy the film. I promise, with a writer like
Joe Knetter you're guaranteed few
Do you have
any other film projects you would care to talk
about with the www.racksandrazors.com readers?
directing my first film in November. Details?
Well, if I told you I'd have to kill you... then
of course, lick the blade clean. But as for
acting, I've been contacted about several
features, all out of state. I'm now contracted to
play a lead in 'Zen Hunter' by director Jim
Devault in the spring of next year and perhaps a
New York film entitled 'Go Straight to Hell'
optioned by the amazing writer Scott Sanford. I'd
like to say I'll be taking it easy to counteract
the craziness of this year, but so far between
hobby film and commercial work I'm booking out
For your films
roles, potential, and your lovely face and figure
the popular website Scream Queen named you Scream
Queen of the Month for October 2008. What exactly
does that term mean to you and what SQ attributes
do you think you bring to the table?
off, that was a pleasantly wicked surprise!! I
had no idea!! Ms. Grubb actually informed me of
the title. And to be honored with the month of
Halloween?? HOT DAMN!! Honestly, I'm not a
typical scream queen. You won't find me tripping
on rocks, topless, and groveling with the
antagonist in a pair of broken heels (okay, maybe
I'm lying about the heels). Instead, think of
Michelle Rodriguez circa Resident Evil, leather,
lace, and latex with weapons and wickedness. My
appeal is displayed with a snake like forked
tongue precision, sensual and dangerous... I'm
labeled trouble before I've had a chance to
speak. Funny thing is I still sleep with stuffed
animals and prefer kittens to snakes!!
Nikki, what do
you think lies at the bottom of your deep
attraction to the horror genre?
Killers. The real ones. People like Ed Gein,
Davey Burkowitz, Jeffery Dohmer, Andy Cunanan,
BTK and the Zodiac all fascinate me to no end.
I've gone so far as to contact court appointed
therapists and psychologists who've actually
spent time with some of them. Most recently I
spoke with a former prison psychologist, who now
counsels dysfunctional families, that spent time
with Ed Gein at the Fergus Falls Hospital for the
criminally insane (which is here in MN). He told
me how after Ed had completed his quest, killed
all of those people, he became a reticent
introvert... shy even. He was so docile that they
allowed him wood carving tools, he spent the
remainder of his years just as any porch rocking
grandfather. How can behavior that extreme NOT
What is the
first movie you ever saw that made you scream out
love that memory. It was 'The Descent'. I saw it
in the theater. I turned away from the screen for
a moment, just as the girls were panning around
the dark cave with the night vision mode on their
camcorder, and as I looked up the first of the
cave dwellers was on screen. I almost jumped out
of my seat!!
the car into the Nikki Kruex Drive In. What three
horror flicks are going to be on the triple bill
tonight and what goodies are they going to be
serving up at the concession stand?
number one horror film of all horror films: 'The
Shining'. I'm a big fan of audience
participation, Hitchcock styled horror. I like to
be given the chance to put things together in my
head rather then be shown everything and 'The
Shining' is a prime example of horror at it's
2: 'Halloween'. Every horror-fest needs a good
old fashioned knife wielding slasher flick.
3. '28 Days Later'. Though I firmly stand by my
argument that the creatures in this film do not
qualify as Zombies, I love it none the less as
part of my Zombie Obsession Collection. Great mix
to include several facets of horror! As for the
concession stand... POPCORN!!! Cranberry Splash
Sierra Mist and Licorice
vampires, creatures, aliens, werewolves, witches,
wicked children, etc. What sort of ghouls have
captured your black little heart and why?
I'm not sure why but I'm never bored with zombie
flicks. Vampires make me smile, wicked children
scare me sh*tless. And humanistic monsters
(killers) are fascinating. I do hope that one day
soon, someone will make a truly wicked werewolf
flick, the werewolf is almost a forgotten and
under-used icon of horror.
What has been
the best Halloween costume you ever had?
you in real life?
Government....and Brown Recluse Spiders. Honestly
I'm not scared of many things people are normally
scared of. I learned the hard way I'll even stand
defiant at gun point (as stupid as that was, long
story but I have pictures!!) But, I am* scared of
liars, vanity, selfishness, and lazy ambitions
(ie lazy actors). The one thing that keeps me
going is to know that I practice a zen of
humility, and my hard work and constant study of
acting practices (which include weekly classes
with a SAG approved coach, constant audition and
scene training, and addiction to the piles of
literary materials on Miesner, Stravinsky, and
Chekov Techniques) keep me on the best track I
can hope to be on. I feel bad for those who take
the lazy road and hope the looks of today will
carry them... but even Debbie Rochon still
trains, and it\rquote s almost a shame to the
hardworking actresses of the past to not do them
proud by being the best you can be.