AEW star Dustin Rhodes recently spoke with Slam Wrestling to hype his new film Scare Package, and discuss his love for horror film in general. That and more is below.
Being a big fan of horror movies:
I have always been a big fan of horror films. I love watching the shock and the awe, the jump scares and even the movies that turn out to be train wrecks. I love them! My all-time favourites are The Exorcist, Salem’s Lot, the original Amityville Horror movie and some of the modern day films like the Annabelle series but they don’t make horror movies like they used to.
Enjoying playing a bad guy:
It is always much more fun playing a bad guy. I would prefer that but playing a bad guy and not having a speaking part like I did was a challenge. You have to figure out how the creature moves, what his facial expressions are. With a mask on, the audience cannot really see your emotions so you have to do things like little head twitches and open your eyes wide or close them tight. I really tried to focus on those kinds of things to bring out and portray the character as best that I possibly could.
Learning how to portray characters through his work as a wrestler:
I have learned over that time to portray a character with feelings and emotions. In my business you have to sometimes step outside yourself and push yourself to the limit, doing things that might make you a little uncomfortable but in the end those are the things that will stand out and make you stand out.
Playing a creature:
The way I envisioned the Devil’s Lake Impaler after they pitched him to me was this methodical, slow, his brain is not all there. He is thinking but he isn’t thinking quickly enough. I wanted him to be kind of like a Michael Myers from Halloween. You couldn’t see his face and you didn’t see his eyes often either in those films. It was a challenge playing the Devil’s Lake Impaler and now I can actually say I have acted in a creature feature now!