Actor Myk Watford Talks New Horror-Thriller ‘Portal’ And Much More!
Actor Myk Watford is a Jack of all Cinema. His talents have brought him a plethora of diverse roles on and off the Silver Screen. Maybe the most recognizable would be the plethora of cop personas he’s played in shows like Law and Order: SVU, the CSI sagas, and NCIS. Watford has broken out of this mold with his newest upcoming thriller from Portal and DC Comics – The Kitchen, releasing this summer.
On top of his on-screen talents, Myk is also musically talented. He’s appeared in many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. This has helped him skyrocket his career in many ways. If you want to see his musical skills, you can also check out his band in LA, Stumpwaller. Myk “Preacher Man” Watford, as he’s known in Stumpwaller, plays guitar and does vocals in this “rockabilly swamp rock” band as he describes it.
From his first role in his first-grade play to what made him decide to start the journey into show biz, his music on and off set, his typecasted cop roles to the newest horror film and his favorite moments in between, let’s get into the story and mind of Myk Watford.
iHorror Interview With Myk Watford
Ryan T. Cusick: You’ve played a police officer in just about every cop show on TV. What is it about the role of a police officer that draws you in?
Myk Watford: The benefits. Pays better than being a real cop and is a whole lot safer. No, honestly, I’ve played a lot of cops and I’ve played a lot of bad guys. I think everyone has a duality, ya know? A contradiction about them. For me, it’s probably always been the line between order and chaos that drew me in… love and hate… lawlessness and obedience. I think in a good story, both cop and criminal walk those lines between good and evil, sinner and saint. And that duality is probably what attracts me most about these kinds of roles.
RTC: How long have you been an actor? How did this all start for you?
MW: Well the first role I ever played was the big bad wolf in my first-grade play. Typecast from the start. But growing up the woods of Alabama, I really didn’t have much shot of being a child star. So about 10 years later, I saw my sister who was a great actor, in the high school’s production of “fame”. It was like the sky opened up and a light shone down on me. I said, “I can do that”. And so I did. I trained in classical theatre at the University of Utah under a brilliant man named Kenneth Washington. Studied Shakespeare in Washington DC, with Michael Khan, and then went to NYC to start a career. I moved up in the middle of a blizzard, literally had $40 in my pocket and just rolled the dice. I think I was probably too naive to know any better. Sometimes being naive can be a gift.
RTC: I had read that when you’re not acting you have performed in a band? Tell us more about that.
MW: Yeah! I have a band here in LA called Stumpwaller. You can find us at stumpwaller.com and on iTunes, Spotify, Facebook, all the usual places. We’ve been playing the LA area for a while now. Its a sort of revved up rockabilly swamp rock. It’s a lotta fun. I have some real badasses in my band. Grammy and Emmy winners. Some of The best players in LA. Very energetic show. I sort of have this “rock & roll preacher man” alter ego that kind takes over. It’s a lotta fun. We really get down. We go there. We’ve been lucky to get a lot of really good and loyal fans… it’s a very immersive experience and not really like anything you’ve probably seen in a rock ‘n’ roll show… Lotta fun… Definitely, something to check out if you’re in the LA area.
RTC: You have a new horror film coming out, Portal from Horrorhound Films. Can you tell us more about the movie and your experience working in horror as this marks the third horror film you’ve been in?
MW: Portal is the story of a low budget ghost hunting team, who are tired of chasing down the same old “haunts”, coming up empty-handed every time. So they decide to explore a mysterious mansion that’s been off-limits to the ghost hunting community for decades, and they end up finding a little more than that bargained for. I came into Portal a little late in the process. I had actually just gotten home from shooting True Detective, and I think I was at the zoo on a Sunday afternoon when I got a call from Chris Sergi, the producer. And when the producer calls you on Sunday… you know he’s serious. I think I was shooting just a few days after. It was one of those films where we didn’t have a lot of time, and we didn’t have a lot of money… But we had a great script, by Peter Dukes… and we had a lot of talent in front of the camera with Ryan Merriman, Jamie Tisdale, Najarra Townsend and myself, and a team with a solid vision behind the camera, who knew what to do with it all… we all worked long hours, but we were lucky in that the cast really enjoyed working together. We all got along fantastically and just loved making the movie together. Dean Alioto, the director, and Ignacio Walker, the DP, really got on the same page quickly and the look and feel really came together. I was very happy with how it turned out, and can’t wait until everyone gets to see it.
RTC: And that was filmed out in Los Angeles?
MW: Yeah, it was filmed out in LA in a crazy strange house up in the hills. We were like a family for a few weeks.
RTC: That sounds like fun.
MW: Yeah it was. When you got a good cast and you got a good group that actually like each other, you don’t always get that I’ll say but when you do it’s a lot of fun and it doesn’t feel like work.
RTC: I saw that Heather Langenkamp was in this as well, did you get to work with her at all?
MW: Yeah, she was in it and she also does makeup special effects now and her team did the effects for the movie and we got to work together, that was really cool. Her makeup design was also really cool as you would probably expect and it was fantastic to be around her and hear some of her stories of what she has experienced in the horror industry. She’s still doing it now but in a different role.
RTC: Your other two horror films: Trailer Park of Terror and Darkness Rising– Can you tell us about the movies?
MW: Sure. Darkness Rising was a movie I made with my friend Austin Reading. Austin is a great director and a super creative guy. The story follows the lone survivor of a brutal family massacre who revisits her childhood home on the eve of its destruction, and confronts her past, and reveals some horrifying secrets. Shot the whole thing in one location at this amazing house in one of the older neighborhoods around LA. Actually the same house they shot Six Feet Under in. Always love a good horror/mystery where the house is one of the characters… Home is something that we all attach a lot of feelings and nostalgia. It’s a very powerful tool in a movie. Especially horror. Trailer Park of Terror was a very cool film I did a few years back with the late Stephen Goldman directing. Stephen was a true visionary and created almost an entirely new genre with this movie. A weave of camp- horror- Grindhouse-zombie with an authentic dirty vintage rock ‘n’ roll kind of feel to it… It was something new. It’s based on the Imperium comic of the same name, that follows the exploits of the residents of Tophet Meadows Trailer Park, which happens to be comprised solely of satan spawned redneck demon zombies. More typecasting… I played “Roach” who was this guitar-slinging rockabilly singing, meth cooking zombie from hell. Roach was a real badass… I got to record some really cool music by Matt King and Alan Brewer, the music supervisor and composer. It was awesome stuff. They created such a great soundtrack, and I was grateful to be a part of that. Roach was always singing and playing the soundtrack throughout the movie and it was kind of like a dream come true in many ways, for me. Playing a role like that, being so connected to the music, which is another passion of mine, it was awesome. We had Drac studios doing the makeup, and unfortunately, they really don’t exist as one entity anymore, but were the Oscar-winning Team behind Mrs. Doubtfire, Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, and Passion of The Christ. Best guys in the business. And They went for it in this film. The makeup design was just incredible. I have never done anything with so much prosthetic makeup. It was about four hours into makeup and two hours out every day. A guy named Martin Astles did my make up, and Martin is just brilliant. You kind of have to see it to believe it. The movie and music cultivated a cult following and I’ve been astonished to see how much people really love Trailer Park of Terror and the character of Roach. I’ve had people send photos and fan art, even pictures of their “ Roach tattoos“ which is kinda crazy, ya know, seeing your face tattooed on someone else’s body… Ya don’t really know for sure what to think when you see that… But I can say it sure is an honor… And a bit of a responsibility I guess… Just hope I can live up to that…I was actually just talking with Alan and some of the guys involved with The Trailer Park of Terror today, and they told me that I could be the first to officially drop the news right here that there is another Trailer Park of Terror movie in the works. Not really allowed to say much more than that, but I can say that all those fans out there have really kept this story alive and that’s probably what led to the decision to make another one. So those of us who are a part of that really want to thank the fans for that!
RTC: Do you think you’ll want to do more horror in the future?
MW: Absolutely! I grew up watching horror with my mom, probably at too young of an age, really… The first Halloween movie made a big impression on me… Old Vincent Price movies… And I was always obsessed with the Twilight Zone. Not to mention the fans in this genre are just really loyal and cool, and I love meeting and talking to them. No better fans in the industry.
RTC: Do you have any aspirations of getting more involved behind the camera such as directing?
MW: I would love that. I’ve directed a lot of theatre in my day, and I’ve always believed that I am a better director than anything else. I mean it’s kind of what I do by nature… Tell other people what to do… I don’t know when that will happen, but I will definitely step behind the camera at some point, and I could even see myself moving more behind the camera than in front of the camera at some point… But that will happen when the time is right… right now I’m just grateful to have had a good career as an actor and I’m very much enjoying that.
RTC: Your IMDB credits are a mile long, that is wonderful! Do you have any funny or memorable moments that you could share with us from one of your films?
MW: Too many to name… I’ll tell you a couple that I always like to share: A few years ago I was doing an episode of the show Training Day, with Bill Paxton. Now you have to understand that I do a lot of guest star work, and in those scenarios, you’re kind of shuffled in and shuffled out… they treat me well, but That’s just the nature of the thing. I remember walking onto the set for my first shot, thinking I was there early and had the space to myself when suddenly I hear this voice “Myk Watford… wow man… you were great on Law and Order! I saw you in Breaking Bad and Justified… You’re really one hell of an actor! We’re lucky to have you here, man! Thanks for doing this!” And I turn around and Bill just sorta grabs me and gives me this big hug… really took me by surprise. It isn’t every day that a guest star hears that from the number one on a series as they are walking on to their set. Bill made a real impression on me. Not just as an actor, but as a person and an intellectual. That guy could tell you every important painter and sculptor for the last three centuries… Every Hollywood DP and director since the golden age. I mean he really loved art and loved what he did and he knew how to talk about and was really one of the most fascinating conversationalists I’ve ever met… He had an incredible knowledge of the history and scope of the craft. Another cool story happened just recently while working on The Kitchen. I was on the set, and you know, next to the video playback, there’s usually a tent with chairs set up for the actors to sit. Most of the chairs just have the word “cast“ printed on them, but the really the big stars, of course, always get a chair with their name on the printed on the back of it. Now I had been shooting for several days… and… No chair with my name on the back of it. I was like “cool… I get it… Lotta big stars in this movie…“ I’m fine to sit in one of the cast chairs… Well, a couple of days later I was walking by all the chairs heading over to craft services and something sort of catches my eye as I walk by all the chairs… I stop turn around and see… A chair with “Myk Watford – Little Jackie“ printed right on it… I mean it was a moment… I was so proud and kinda emotional… I was sort of standing there having this deep moment with my chair… When all the sudden I heard a laugh and I look and Melissa McCarthy is sitting in the next chair just dying… I mean she’s almost crying she’s laughing so hard… And she says “pretty cool, Huh?” And I said, “yeah… pretty cool“. It was kind of a bonding moment, And that’s something I’ll always remember. That’s a story I’ll always tell…
RTC: Your latest role is in an adaptation of a DC comic book, The Kitchen. What can you tell us about this project?
MW: The kitchen is a film based on the DC Comic/Graphic Novel of the same name as you mentioned. it follows The wives of a small Irish mob in 1970’s Hell’s Kitchen, NYC as they continue to run the business after their husbands are thrown in prison. It is the directorial debut of Andrea Berloff, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best original screenplay, for Straight Outta Compton. Stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss. I play Little Jackie, who is handling the business After the bosses get thrown in prison. He’s kind of a hotheaded bully who has always struggled for respect and always wanted to be the one in charge… And now that he has finally gotten the power, he has every intention of keeping it, no matter the cost. It was amazing working with Melissa, Tiffany, and Elisabeth. I mean they are just pros and are on top of their game like no one else right now. Those three women pretty much rule the world right now, and it was pretty cool work with them and just sort of watch them in their process as well… I always love working with and watching great actors. Andrea was also fantastic, as well, a real natural behind the camera. We had a great working relationship… Hit it off from the moment I auditioned… And I kind of knew right away that we were going to do this together. She is going to go on to do many many more amazing movies and I was very grateful to have been a part of this one. There’s been a great buzz around the movie and I have a feeling that people are going to like it a lot. It’s exciting. I mean, how can you go wrong with such an amazing cast and such an incredible director? I probably had more fun making that movie than just about anything I’ve done in a while, so I’m very excited about showing it to everyone!
RTC: What’s next for you?
MW: Well I try and do a lot of music in between film and television projects. I’ve been playing a lot of Stumpwaller shows and I also do a Johnny Cash show that I do called Big Cash & The Folsom 3, we just got back from a little tour. You can also keep an eye out for me on the show Elementary on CBS this season, and of course, Portal will be released in the fall, and The Kitchen will be released worldwide in theatres August 9.
RTC: Myk, thank you so very much for speaking to me today this was a real treat. The best of luck and we’ll keep our eye out for The Kitchen and Portal.
MW: No problem, thank you.
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America’s Most Haunted House Isn’t in Amityville
There is a haunted house in Bridgeport, Connecticut that doesn’t get the attention the one in Amityville does, but in 1974 it caused a media stir that captivated the country, and nobody ever talks about it, not even genre movie folks.
By the end of this story, you–like the many witnesses in 1974–will wonder what’s real and what isn’t.
What did happened inside this tiny house in the middle of the block on Lindley Street?
Before we get to that, let’s talk about the recent upswing in ghost story cinema and celebrity paranormal investigations, starting with James Wan’s Conjuring universe (a fourth film is currently in the works).
The Conjuring franchise has given us some great scares over the last decade. These “based-on-a-true-story” earmarks on haunted America, and across the pond, have re-invigorated the poltergeist pop culture phenomena that was so popular in the 70s.
Based on the real-life case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring cinematic universe started with the Perron family in Rhode Island.
Although Mr. Warren died in 2006, Lorraine served as a consultant to The Conjuring. She maintained before her death in 2019 that she didn’t allow the filmmakers to take too much creative license. She asserted everything you see on screen is actually how it happened.
The sequel, Conjuring 2 moved to Britain and documented the famous Enfield haunting. That case involved two young sisters who were tormented by a ghost that threw things, spoke by way of possession and was just an overall supernatural baddie. Cops, priests and social workers went on record to confirm the reports. Lorraine also helped with that case.
Meanwhile, back in the U.S., the Lutz family was battling their own demons on a now-famous lot in Amityville. Again, the Warrens were on hand to assist.
966 Lindley Street
But there is another chilling tale that the Warrens were involved in that nobody talks about. It took place in Bridgeport at 966 Lindley Street in 1974 and it caused such a media circus the neighborhood would go on lock-down.
Reporters, witnesses, and other professionals would go on record saying they saw furniture move without provocation, hovering refrigerators, and physical attacks.
In the book “The World’s Most Haunted House,” writer Bill Hall takes a deep-dive into this case. What’s staggering is not only the bizarre happenings that took place, but they were so well documented by so many trusted sources.
Respected Witnesses Document Their Experiences
Firefighters and law enforcement agents have gone on record to say they witnessed everything from chairs moving on their own, crucifixes being ejected from their wall anchors, and knives being thrown by an invisible force. The activity seemed to center around a little girl.
Gerard and Laura Goodin lived in the small bungalow when they adopted their young daughter Marcia in 1968. It wasn’t long before strange things began to happen in the house–little things that people usually ignore. Still, the activity was strong enough to captivate the family.
People said when Marcia was around the events would intensify but even when she was gone things could get crazy.
The Goodin’s were subject to a loud rhythmic pounding in their walls, the source could never be located. Items would disappear from where they were left, only to be found in another spot in the house. Doors would slam. Police investigated the incidents but even they were perplexed after finding nothing.
The Media Frenzy
In 1974 the property was a hotbed of activity not only from the poltergeist but media attention. The Warrens were called in as was the American Society for Psychical Research and the Psychical Research Foundation.
Police were on hand 24 hours a day and interviewed the family. At that time there were reports of TVs being pushed from their stands, window blinds snapping up and down and shelves falling off the walls.
The public frenzy had started too. Onlookers would crowd the street in front of the haunted house to see if they could witness something for themselves. One citizen even tried to burn the house down. The entire street had to eventually be cordoned off.
At this time the entity reportedly showed itself. According to Hall’s book, it “resembled a large, cohesive assemblage of smoky yellowish-white ‘gauzy’ mist.”
The Cat Talks
Not only were there physical manipulations there were also audio phenomena. People reported hearing Sam the family cat say weird things like “Jingle Bells,” and “Bye Bye.” Outside plastic garden swans reportedly made frightening noises too.
The website Damned Connecticut also wrote about this story. In their comments section one person, Nelson P., claims to have worked in City Hall in 1974 in the records room of the Bridgepoint Police Department. They had this to say:
“…we gained a copy of a written report by an officer who was present when the paranormal s*it hit the fan on Lindley St. The most chilling account was when in his writing ‘and the cat said to the officer “How’s your brother Bill doing?, and the officer looked down and replied “My brother’s dead.” The cat then scowled “I know” swearing repeatedly at the officer then ran off. Other visual events in the report include a levitating refrigerator and an armchair that flipped over and could not be lifted back into place by the officers. One officer who witnessed it all took an immediate leave of absence having been that shaken by the experience. I today firmly believe these events took place in the home.”
Levitating Frigidaires and creepy cats aside, the whole thing came to an abrupt halt when a police officer allegedly saw Marcia try to tip over a television set with her foot when she thought no one was looking.
After questioning, Marcia eventually admitted to doing everything in the house on her own and the case was closed; deemed a hoax. Or was it?
Although her parents disputed the claim, Marcia was quick to admit her part in the “haunting.” But questions remained about how she could be in two places at once.
How respected witnesses saw things happen when Marcia wasn’t even in the house and why things continued to happen even after her confession.
The case was eventually forgotten and regarded as fraud.
Bill Hall’s book “The World’s Most Haunted House,” is the quintessential story about the Lindley haunting. His book includes unprecedented interviews from firefighters and other reputable witnesses who were there. They speak about their experiences and what they saw.
It’s been reported that Marcia, the girl behind the haunting, died in 2015 at the age of 51.
The house still stands in the same spot it did over 40 years ago and looks the same as it did back then. You can visit it personally. You can also type it into Google Maps.
But instead of bothering the current residents keep a safe distance away if you decide to go.
Whatever you believe, this haunted house case was definitely one for the history books if only for the attention it got from the public and the details professional eyewitnesses documented as it happened.
This story has been updated. It was originally posted in March 2020.
Paranormal Games: Red Door, Yellow Door
Let’s play a game: Red Door, Yellow Door
Also Known As Doors Of The Mind
Spooky games that border on the paranormal are a mainstay at slumber parties around the world. From light as a feather, stiff as a board… Doors of the Mind
to the classic Ouija board, we’ve all played at least one, but there are others out there, perhaps less well known, and one of the spookiest is Red Door, Yellow Door. Doors of the Mind
What is Red Door Yellow Door?
Sometimes this paranormal game is called Doors of the Mind or Black Door, White Door, and well, any other combination of colors, you can think of.
Red Door, Yellow Door takes two to play. However, it’s perfect for a late-night audience of scared teens, so it’s no surprise that it’s made a resurgence in recent years.
The Game Rules
The rules are simple, but the outcome could be dire, or so the urban legends claim.
One player is the guide, and the other is the subject.
- The guide sits on the floor, cross-legged with a pillow in their lap.
- The subject will then lie on the ground with their head in the guide’s lap and their hands raised in the air.
- The guide should, at this point, begin to massage the subject’s temples in a circular motion chanting, “Red Door, Yellow Door, any other color door” over and over again, joined by any witnesses to the game. Doors of the Mind
- As the subject slips into the trance, they will find themselves in a room in their mind and at that point, they should lower their arms to the floor signaling the guide and any witnesses to stop chanting.
The game has officially begun.
At this point, the person acting as the guide will begin to ask questions to the subject in order to get them to describe the room.
Any witnesses should be silent so that there is no sound except for the voice of the guide and the voice of the subject answering the guide’s question.
The instructor might ask what colors the doors to the room are, how they feel about the doors, and instruct them to go through varying doors into other rooms.
The subject is encouraged to answer all questions honestly until the guide decides to end the game, but there are some warnings and signs of danger to keep in mind.
Dangers To Keep In Mind Doors of the Mind
According to Scary for Kids:
- If you encounter people in the room, it may be best not to interact with them. They may be evil and try to trick you.
- If you find yourself in a room full of clocks, leave immediately. Clocks can trap you.
- You can go wherever you want, but it is safer to go up than down.
- Light things and light colors tend to be better than dark things and dark colors.
- If you should find yourself trapped in a room, you must try to wake up. If you don’t, you might be trapped forever.
- If you die in the game, you will supposedly die in real life.
- If you encounter a man in a suit who makes you uncomfortable, end the game immediately.
- If the guide is having a hard time waking the subject from the trance, they should shake them roughly to bring them into wakefulness.
Sounds creepy, right?!
The whole point of the Red Door, Yellow Door, seemingly, is to explore the inner workings of your own mind and to also understand that there are also dark sides to everyone.
Some of the things you might encounter inside the game may be those very things about yourself that you don’t wish to face.
Have you ever played Red Door, Yellow Door or any variation of this spooky game? Let us know in the comments!
This article has been updated. it was originally posted in February 2020.
Jean-Claude Van Damme Rumored to Appear as a Ghost in ‘Beetlejuice 2’
During The Hot Mic Podcast, the crew spoke about Jenna Ortega in talks to play Lydia’s daughter. Well, it turns out that the guys on Hot Mic also heard that an aging action star is set to play a ghost in the sequel as well. Over on Arrow in the Head, the direction of the aging action star immediately took the shape of Jean-Claude Van Damme. However, there are options out there that may point to other action stars like Sylvester Stallone. To be honest we would be totally fine with either of these guys coming to the world of Beetlejuice and playing a ghost.
The synopsis for Beetlejuice went like this:
After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.
We can’t wait to find out if this bit of info is true. So far, we know that Jenna Ortega has been in talks to play Lydia’s daughter in the Tim Burton directd sequel. It will also see a return of Michael Keaton.
We will be sure to keep you updated on future Beetlejuice sequel updates.