Ghoulish greetings and slaughtertations my monster maniacs and welcome to another night of eerie entertainment. My next taunting treat is guaranteed to give you a real scare. Please introduce yourself and tell us where you’re from.
As my character from Christmas with Cookie would say, “Welcome ugly children of the moon!” Cookie would tell you he’s from the moon in the year 3978 but I suppose you want to hear from Alan and not Cookie. Probably much more boring but here I go! My name is Alan Maxson, I’m an actor and I’m originally from Bay City, Michigan.
When did you start acting and how long have you been doing this?
I started acting in the 8th grade and continued all the way through high school. I was a performer in one way or another during college. Whether it be with music or acting, I was always entertaining. Then I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry in 2007. From there I worked in front of and behind the camera, doing what I could to make money and make my way into the industry. Eventually I decided to take a career in acting serious and treat it like a profession rather than a hobby. And that is when the snowball started to role!
Can you tell us some of the films you’ve been in?
Yes! I’ve been in over 70 films/TV/commercials, about 45 of them I’m a monster or something unrecognizable. One you can watch right now is called The Woods by the YouTube channel Sugar Pine 7. I highly recommend that, it’s free to watch and one of my all time favorite performances as a monster. I was extremely proud of that one when it came out.
Another you can watch right now is Christmas with Cookie, there are 3 CwC movies available on Amazon Prime for free or for rent if you’re not a Prime member. These movies are super fun because they were filmed in the style of a bad b-movie. So they are very aware of how cheap and corny they are, it sure makes it fun to watch with a couple beers in ya! Ha!
How did you fall into these Monster character roles?
I sought out the monster roles. I’ve always loved monsters my entire life. The only action figures I ever wanted were the creatures, monsters and aliens. When new Star Wars toys came out, I never bought the human ones. Humans are boring! Haha.
Being the monster takes a lot of extra physical and mental training. It’s demanding on your body and you have to be great in very claustrophobic conditions. The first monster role I got was for a short film called Nightlight, and I had to pester the director for it. He had already cast the role but the actor dropped out last minute so he called me as the back up. Once I proved I could do it, and do it well, things took off from there. More and more filmmakers called asking me to be there monster. Then eventually I got my wish, that’s what I was known for and I now get so many offers that I have to turn some down because I’m already booked. It’s great!
Which character was your favorite and why?
I really have loved every character I’ve played but currently I’d say the creature from The Woods. He’s just so terrifying and kills like crazy