So, what is The
Alec Joseph Story?
Well, I was born in Baltimore where everyone else
Sally” seems to have ended up. I have
studied dance since the age of 7 and have been
performing in some capacity ever since then.
Currently, I live in Port Richey, Florida where I
spending time with my family and attending nursing
school, as I want to be an RN. I’m also a
musician, playing the guitar, the bass, keyboard
How did you become
a part of the “Chainsaw Sally” family?
I was 18, I tried out for JimmyO’s and Jimmy
Taylor’s stageplay “Silver Scream” as a
dancer. It was amazing! I was airbrushed black
and white and the effect was so incredible. That
was in 1998 or so. I did the play on and off for
a few years along with another play the Jimmy's
did called “Attack of the Killer Space Vultures
from Planet X”. In that one I played both a
vulture and a gay bartender. Then, when Jimmy did
the film version of “Silver Scream” in 2002, I was
asked to be a part of that and it was just a
natural progression to “Sally”. Especially when
JimmyO said he had written the part of “Ruby”
especially for me.
Tell us a little about “Ruby”.
Well, Ruby and his sister Sally witness the murder
of their parents at Christmas when they are both
very young and after burying them, Sally and Ruby
go off and live in a nearby, decrepit trailer.
Ruby has no male influence in his life, just
Sally, so he’s a little confused and the two of
them wear whatever happens to be available which
for Ruby is usually something sparkly or gold
lame. All Ruby knows is what Sally tells him and
what he sees on TV, which is usually tuned to
Count Gore de Vole’s horror movies. He’s the
“woman of the house” as Sally goes out and works
and Ruby stays home and cooks dinner.
How did JimmyO describe Ruby to you when he first
told you about the part?
He said he wrote Ruby as a drunk, 18-year old
version of me with the volume turned WAY up. I
How did it feel the first time you actually played
Ruby? With all the makeup and costumes?
Well, April and I did our own costumes so that was
fun but I was SO nervous about how I was going to
“be” Ruby. But as soon as I got that makeup on,
everything just fell into place
Where DID you find
all the stuff Ruby wears?
(laughs) A lot of that stuff was either mine or
came from friends of mine, like the shorts that
say “Bite Me” on the butt. And April and I would
check out thrift stores or Goodwill. You would be
surprised what you can find at places like that!
you have a favorite ensemble that Ruby wore?
Probably the gold leather dress with the glittery
red platform shoes that had little plastic cowboy
spurs on them, if you look closely. And all the
What was it like working with Gunnar Hansen and
Herschell Gordon Lewis?
didn’t get to meet Gunnar until after the film, at
a Chiller con. And Herschell I didn’t get to meet
at all. Boo!
Do you have any favorite moments from the movie?
Any scenes you really enjoyed doing?
Probably the scene where Sally and Ruby have
kidnapped the mayor and have 2 hours before their
horror movies come on TV in which to torture him.
First goes one foot and Sally says something
about, “Well, we still have one hour and
fifty-four minutes to go”. Plus, I get to look
straight into the camera, as that’s the mayor
point of view, and talk to him. Lots of fun!
I didn’t realize April Burril was pregnant during
the film until I talked with JimmyO. How did that
shot most of the movie in October 2003 but had to
go back for some more scenes in March of 2004.
April had her daughter in April of 2004 so if you
look very carefully, you can tell she’s pretty
pregnant in the scene where we drag the
“groceries”, which was actually Jimmy Taylor, off
of our front porch. Also, I had to do a reshoot
on what HAD to be the coldest day ever. It was in
February of 2004 and it was the scene where Ruby
is spying on Steve Kellerman and goes running to
the house’s cellar.
What can you tell us about the next “Chainsaw
All I know right now is that we hope to start
shooting in April of 2006 and it will be much more
violent. The people from Toe Tag Pictures will be
doing our SFX makeup. We will also have some of
the cast from the original “The Texas Chain Saw
Massacre” in the movie – Gunnar will be back
as Ruby and Sally’s Uncle Ed and Marilyn Burns, Ed
Neal and John Dugan will all have parts. Suzy
Lorraine will reappear in an interesting
capacity. I cannot wait to get those platform
shoes back on!