Since his debut as a proudly unapologetic celebrity gossip columnist in the early '00s, we've witnessed Perez Hilton progress in unlikely ways. Over the years, Perez Hilton has gone from being a tabloid journalist to a budding actor, appearing as an extra in prestigious shows like The Sopranos and Glee. After these brief performances, Perez Hilton began to appear in indie films, with notable roles in a number of indie horror films - and has solidified himself as a valued member of the horror community.
It may come as a shock to those who were previously unaware, but Hilton played alongside Glee and Dancing With the Stars veteran Heather Morris in Anthony DiBlasi's high school revenge slasher, Most Likely to Die. Of course, we've seen Hilton in many small roles in the past, but this was where he was truly put in the spotlight.
In an interview with Dread Central, Perez Hilton discussed the role and how it offered him new challenges.
I brought a lot of myself; that’s what you should do as an actor. How can I make this as relatable as possible? I have to thank the director, Anthony [DiBlasi], for his guidance and also for his willingness to hear me out. Before we started filming, I expressed my excitement for being a part of it and I also asked him if it was possible to change my character a little bit. I’ve done a lot of acting over the last ten years, but the majority of the acting I’ve been doing has been playing myself. So, this is the first time: (a) that people are seeing me in a movie in a long time – or ever, and (b) they’re seeing me play a role. It was written as a straight character and I asked if we could make him gay, and then the comedy kind of just came.
Perez also discussed the inspirations behind the character, showing his knowledge as a horror fan and how that impacts his performance.
I saw him… like the Jamie Kennedy character in the Scream series. Every film needs a little bit of that I think, even horror films. Some of the best horror films are also the funniest. Freddy Krueger is hilarious throughout the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
Following his role in Most Likely to Die, Hilton was then cast alongside comedic legend, Mike Epps (The Hangover, Next Friday), in the satirical thriller Meet the Blacks, a hysterical take on The Purge franchise from director Deon Taylor.
So, can dedicated horror fans expect to see more of Perez Hilton in our favorite scary movies?
Oh, I would love to. The thing is… all of these low-budget movies, you’re doing them for fun. It’s not a big paycheck or any paycheck to be honest! So if I’m going to be doing something for fun, I want to make sure it’s something that I would genuinely consume and enjoy. The genre almost sells itself. Fans of horror, like myself, will see almost every horror movie released ... I think the genre has such a passionate fanbase; I’d rather spend my time on a low-budget horror movie or a big-budget horror movie, if I’m so lucky, than spending my time on an indie drama that ten people might see.
'WTF!': Perez Hilton's Latest Horror Flick
Now that Perez Hilton is well on his way to establishing himself as a respectable scream king, it's safe to say that horror fans look forward to seeing him appear on their screens. This year, director Peter Herro makes his feature length debut with WTF!, a horror that features Perez in a great supporting role.
Given Perez's previous comments on why he would want to spend his time on so many horror films, it looks as though the columnist knew from the very beginning that Peter Herro's feature would be a great project to be a part of.
WTF! is a psychological thriller which takes place in a familiar 'cabin in the woods' setting. Although she hides it well, Rachel (Callie Ott) suffers from a severe case of PTSD stemming from a tragic event in her teen years. While lounging by the pool with her college clique, the group ultimately decides on retreating into the wilderness to Jacob's missing uncle's remote cabin for spring break.
All the usual players are there; the drunk frat guy (Hilton), the bombshell, the snooty rich-bitch, the stoner, the frat-bro, the womanizer and the 'wet blanket'. The line-up is nothing new, but this film is actually a clever nod to horror clichés.
As you can imagine, there's plenty of binge drinking, boning and bong rips before the anticipated carnage. As the events play out, hot bodies are dropping like flies and the multi-faceted nature of the film begins to emerge. With WTF!, Perez Hilton's latest is an ode to classic slasher movies where looking for the numerous references and easter eggs is half the fun.
If you liked the aforementioned Most Likely to Die or similar titles, or simply want to see Perez appear in his latest horror flick, get ready for a spring trip to die for in WTF!. It's soon to be available on Cable VOD or Digital HD on August 1, 2017, and the MOD release will be available exclusively through Amazon.
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