I have long retained an interest in monsters and horror movies, and for a short time in the early 1990’s developed a particular fascination with vampire movies resulting in my obtaining this signed photograph which has now been in my possession for the last twenty years. Despite all that time I never actually knew who the lady was, I wasn’t familiar with her work and I couldn’t make out the name so her identity eluded me. Guesses would be made from time to time and typed into Internet search engine but to no avail. I didn’t even know what the photo actually promoted until one evening, when I decided to post the photo on my Facebook page to see if anyone knew who she was. I was delighted to learn that she was in fact one Ghetty Chasun. Armed with a name I turned to Google to find out more about her but frustratingly, the Internet yielded very little information. IMDB informed me that she was born January 19, 1970 in Erie, Pennsylvania and that she had starred in six movies between 1993 and 1997 and Scottish band Sawyer named a song after her in 1994. Never one to give up I kept digging in my quest to find out more about Miss Ghetty Chasun and the origin of the photo!
|Ghetty Chasun interview in Killing Moon #2 1994|
|Making of Red Lips feature Scream Queens Illustrated #7 1995|
Having explained the premise of the film Farmer expressed his hope that the film would follow in the footsteps of other great lesbian vampire movies, such as 'The Vampire Lovers' and 'Lust of a Vampire'. Believing that the timing was perfect, as Hollywood seemed to have revived its interest in vampires with the release of 'Bram Stoker’s Dracula' and 'Interview with the Vampire'. When discussing his association with “rising horror star” Miss. Chasun, the before mentioned abandoned video project crops up, being described as a film about "psychotic abortion clinic protesters”. We learn that after working on Gorotica Miss. Chasun had co-stared in a Nashville production of the B-Movie inspired play Women Behind Bars. Rounding out 1994 playing the sole female role in a Pensilvania run of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom! Movie and stage work aside he called her a radical performance artist, mentioning Sister Nagster and relaying that both Miss. Chasun and her partner were once arrested by the Nashville Police Department after an outdoor performance violated a Tennessee ordinance on public nudity! As the article draws to a close, Farmer shared his enthusiasm for Miss. Chasun’s portrayal as Caroline. Adding that she could be “a bit overzealous in her vampire mode” as she would bite through the foam latex neck pieces as planned, but would also tear prosthetics, gnaw on the blood bladders beneath them, and begin on the actor under the latex! Adding that she had once managed to snap off a dental acrylic fang on fellow actor Danny Fendley’s neck! Closing with “Needless to say, the actress was really into her part!”
Now with no doubts that the photo was connected to Red Lips I contacted Donald Farmer working on his latest movie 'Shark Exorcist' to enquire further about it. He very kindly confirmed his association with Ghetty Chasun informing me that it was in fact Leslie Q who played a night club performer in Red Lips that first introduced him to Ghetty Chasun back in 1992. (Interestingly he also told me that Leslie Q’s performance in the movie was filmed at Lucy's Records in Nashville however the shots of Chasun and Michelle Bauer watching her perform were filmed in Brooklyn!)
|From the same promotional set, Courtesy of Donald Farmer|
So there we go, a Twenty-Year Vampire Mystery solved. I hope this humble attempt to document Miss Chasun’s career proved to be a little more insightful than a vague IMDB page and that it shed a little light on her work. If only to right the Internet’s wrong and help out anyone that happens to ask the same question I did about the legend of Ghetty Chasun.
My sincerest thanks to David Rutter, John Michael McCarthy, Donald Farmer and Ghetty Chasun
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