by Lorie Lewis Ham
What better time than Halloween to interview the host of the Valley’s own Horror show, Friday Night Frights on Central Valley Talk.
Lorie: What is the name of your show?
Kaci: Our show is called Friday Night Frights.
Lorie: Tell us what your show is about?
Kaci: Friday Night Frights is the first and only horror-themed show to come out of Central California. While our show primarily focuses on the horror genre, we also like to discuss and showcase artists, bands, filmmakers, actors/actresses, companies, businesses, and individuals that are doing great things, both locally and beyond. We love introducing new and existing fans of the genre to movies they may have never heard of, as well as encouraging fan-interaction and discussion of upcoming horror movie/music/game releases. We’re all about having fun, making fun things to do for residents of our area, and supporting great things within our community, all while talking about all things spooky and horror-related.
Lorie: When is it on and how can people watch it?
Lorie: How and when did it come to be? And how did you end up involved?
Kaci: It really was just a matter of perfect timing! Central Valley Horror Club had discussed the idea of doing a web show and implementing video into our website, but never really pursued the idea much. Central Valley Horror Club started in 2008, and since then, we have brought many new and exciting events to the area, including Central CA’s first zombie themed event, the Visalia Zombie Ball & Crawl, as well as free monthly horror movie nights, plus much more! We were always busy with something, so the idea for the web show and video content never really got squared away. Then Central Valley Talk approached us about having our own show, after seeing how involved we were with putting on events throughout Central CA. We met with them, tossed some ideas around, and after a lot of brainstorming, Salvador and myself developed Friday Night Frights! It really couldn’t have happened at a better time.
After a lot of research, we realized that the Central Valley had never had its own horror-themed show, or even a horror host, and we knew we had to change that. We really love all of the iconic horror hosts that would host the late-night movies, and we wanted to do something that paid homage to them, but add our own little spin on it. So instead of doing a pre-recorded show, we do our live show every Friday, and encourage audience and viewer participation by allowing fans to watch our show live from the studio, or to utilize the chat box on the website itself. It gives our viewers the opportunity to comment on what we’re talking about, or to share their opinions, or ask the hosts/guests questions.
As for hosting movies, our little spin on that is that once a month, we host our free “B-Movies & Brews” in Fresno, directly following the show. This gives our viewers and local horror fans a chance to meet like-minded individuals in the area. It’s one thing to watch a movie in your own living room, but a completely different experience to watch it with a group of people…most of them being complete strangers at first. It’s such a wonderful feeling to be in a venue fully packed with people who laugh and yell the same things out at the movies that you do!
So, in short, we really wanted to put an interactive spin on the traditional horror-host shows. It makes things extra special and extra fun to actually hear from our viewers and to give them the opportunity to be a part of our show as well! We have viewers of varying ages from all over the world, and it’s the coolest thing ever to hear from them, and have them return each week to watch the new episode.
Lorie: What is your role in this show and what in your background makes you perfect for this role?
Kaci: I am the producer and writer for the show, as well as the host. Salvador is my co-host. I have an ever-changing and growing background in the indie horror industry, being previously involved with acting in indie horror films and music videos. Aside from the horror-themed events I have founded and host throughout the Central Valley, I am the horror-hostess of the comic, “Kaci Hansen Presents…” through ComicBookDivas.com, and run the popular horror blog The Homicidal Homemaker – “Where Home Economics Meets Horror!” I’ve appeared as a special guest at several horror and sci-fi conventions throughout the state, and often host sub-events at the cons, such as costume contests. I try to find as many ways as possible to integrate my passion for the horror genre with my every day life, so doing Friday Night Frights was something that felt really natural for me to do, and I’ve loved every second of it!
Lorie: Future goals for the show?
Kaci: We definitely have many fun things in the works for the future! I don’t want to say too much because we really want to have some cool surprises for our viewers, so be sure to “turn on, tune in, and schlock out” with us every Friday from 7-8 p.m.! We also really love having guests live on the show, and recently, we have been utilizing Skype and phone capabilities, so we can interview guests that live outside of the area. We’re hoping to make usage of this capability more and more as time goes on!
Lorie: Doing anything special for Halloween on the show?
Kaci: Everyday is Halloween for us, haha! So we’re not really doing anything out of the norm for us, but we’re hoping to have a showcase of seasonal autumn beers on the show.
Lorie: Anything you would like to add?
Kaci: We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our viewers, as well as Lorie and Kings River Life for highlighting Friday Night Frights!
And as with all of Central Valley Horror Club’s endeavors, all of our events are either free or extremely low-cost, and we appreciate any donations and sponsorships sent our way! We offer sponsorship opportunities for our show, which is a great way to reach a new audience. Anyone who is interested in making a contribution or becoming a sponsor may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or directly on our Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/fridaynightfrights. Our sponsors and donors are what keep Friday Night Frights going!