Over the years, the horror genre has had its share of colorful lead villains, characters who usually have a grudge against the protagonists. These villains are mean, they're nasty, they're always quite angry, and most of the time they are men. Most of the time, but not always. Every now and then a horror film comes along with a female antagonist. And some the best female villains in modern horror films have been played by Manoush.
Manoush has appeared as an actress in over 40 films, and has also worked as stunt coordinator, special effects assistant, producer, make-up artist, and production manager. She's also worked in the costume and wardrobe department, the casting department, and she even has had some of her own music used on the soundtracks of several movies! Needless to say, Manoush is extremely dedicated to the art of filmmaking. And she is one of the greatest horror villains ever to appear on screen.
Some of the films in which Manoush has appeared are as follows:
- Amélie (2001)
- The Legend of Moonlight Mountain (2005)
- Angel of Death 2: The Prison Island Massacre (2007)
- Barricade (2007)
- Fearmakers (2008)
- Philosophy of a Knife (2008)
- Timo Rose's Beast (2009)
- The Turnpike Killer (2009)
- Unrated: The Movie (2009)
- La petite mort (2009)
- Timo Rose's Game Over (2010)
- Non Compos Mentis (2010)
- Avantgarde (2010)
- Necronos (2010)
- The Super (2010) (currently in post-production)
- Little Big Boy: The Rise and Fall of Jimmy Duncan (2011) (currently in post-production)
Manoush kindly agreed to take the time to answer a few questions for me.
Hi, Manoush. Thanks so much for your time. This is just another reminder of how cool you are. I'll get right to the first question. I remember you once mentioning how websites (such as Wikpedia and IMDb) have botched your bio. Would you mind starting the interview by telling us a little about yourself, since thanks to the errors on these websites, you're a bit of a mystery?
Yeah, there's all kinds of wrong bio information about me on the Internet and I keep wondering who the heck puts all that sh*t in. It's not like the world depends on my bio info so making sh*t up really doesn't make sense. So here we go: I was born in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland and grew up there, in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Cologne, Germany, and some other smaller cities. I'm of German-American origin on my father's side and of Lovara and Sinte origin on my mother's side. Lovara and Sinte are gypsy tribes and I guess that's what I am. I grew up in that cultural background and I think it had a huge influence on me.