This past Friday saw the premiere of the latest Into the Dark episode, MIDNIGHT KISS. The fun slasher flick centers around a group of gay best friends and their wing-woman bestie who all head to Palm Springs for their annual New Year’s Eve celebration. As secrets, jealousy, and anger bubble to the surface, the group finds themselves fighting for their lives against a masked killer.
Ahead of the film’s release, we had the chance to chat with actor Augustus Prew. During our chat, we discussed everything from his role as Cameron, visibility and representation for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as his excitement in being in a slasher film.
Thank you so much for speaking with us today! To start things off, can you talk about what attracted you to the role of Cameron?
Augustus Prew: I loved the complexity of the relationships in the friendship group. It’s so rare that the dynamics of queer friendships are explored so thoroughly and I was drawn to Cameron’s knowing cynicism and open nature. There were so many layers to play with. And I’d never done a slasher! And it was Blumhouse – the masters of horror! How could I resist?
Your character is very multi-dimensional and shows an outward appearance of happiness while also struggling with a past relationship that was damaging. How was it bringing that aspect of the character to life?
Augustus Prew: Well, we’ve all had our heart broken so I had plenty of experience to draw on there! I’d also worked with Scott [Evans] before and I knew we had great chemistry and that we’d be able to play with the darker nature and explore that fully. My favorite scenes were with Ayden [Mayeri] – who plays Hannah. I think Cam and Hannah’s relationship is the heart of the movie and it gave the character a wonderful forum to vent. Ayden and I are both very into improvising and playing around with scenes and we were lucky that Carter [Smith] (our director) was so open to seeing what [we could do]. It was a lot of fun!
Speaking of the cast, how was it working so closely with everyone? Did Director Carter Smith give you a lot of room to explore your character and make Cameron your own?
Augustus Prew: Carter was so incredibly collaborative. Always a clear vision but gave us so much room to play and explore the best way to tell the story. It helped that he cast actors who were already friends – I knew Lucas [Gage], Scott and Ayden and I had so many mutual friends (not that Carter knew – which speaks to how great his eye is) but it meant that we all trusted each other which opens up more possibilities as actors to dig deeper and create more depth. They’re a group of friends I’d be friends with – except for the mass murder – I could leave that out I guess.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is your first horror film, correct? How was that experience and have you always been a fan of the genre?
Augustus Prew: It is! Well, I did do a pretty dark movie called Animals that was a horroresque movie but never a good old fashioned Wes Craven style slasher. Blumhouse are the masters at this genre and the script was fantastic so I felt it was my time to get naked and get chased by a knife-wielding psychopath around a house screaming for a month!
Lastly, can you elaborate on the importance of a film like MIDNIGHT KISS and what you hope viewers will take away from the experience of seeing it?
Augustus Prew: Visibility is important for queer people. For so long, the community has been so under and/or misrepresented. Other than my husband’s movie, You’re Killing Me, I can’t think of another queer slasher and certainly not one from a mainstream studio like Blumhouse or Hulu so I figured this was the movie I wished I could have had as a kid. It’s important and it reflects how our society is progressing and evolving in the #MeToo era and I’m proud to be a part of that shift. I’m hoping people take away the universality of human experience – doesn’t matter who you are, you know which character you’d be in this movie and let’s be real, doesn’t matter where you’re from, what you believe or who you love, if that guy in the mask ever breaks into your house, you better run bitch! I know I would!
MIDNIGHT KISS is now available to stream on Hulu. For more, check out our review of the film here.