Interview with Kara Hayward: Killers
Vampire movies are as old and legendary as the vampire stories themselves. That said, the new horror-comedy Killers, which can currently be seen in theaters and on digital outlets, puts a very fresh coat of paint on the vampire genre by blending it with life online. Kara Hayward joins the cast of Killers as Flynn, one of the film’s most easily groomed characters to fight the undead.
In Killers, what begins as a party at the mansion of a billionaire couple turns into a true horror story for the many online personalities invited there when they come under vampiric attack. Vampire hunter Elliot Jones (Thomas Jane) is fortunately on hand to help kill the vampires. Meanwhile, gambling star Flynn (Kara Hayward) takes over to join in on the staking action of Killers.
We talk to Kara Hawkard about the making of Killershis role in the film as Flynn and some of the new experiences presented by the film’s tone and hybrid genres.
Kara Hayward on Killers
Screen Rant: How did you first get involved with Killers?
Kara Hayward: I started getting involved with Slayers when an email came through my agency with a script and an offer, and it was a really fun script. Then I met Asher and Zack, and from there it’s history.
Killers is a very different type of vampire movie that draws parallels between online culture and vampirism. What really stood out to you Killers compared to other films you have worked on or seen?
Kara Hayward: I liked the vision of vampires in the script. It was another type of vampire that was cooler and more technological than the ones we had seen before. It was a really fun take, especially since our characters were influencers, which was kind of a fun little modernization of the vampire genre. I liked my character trying to save his family, it was something that really touched me, and we just have a fun cast of influential characters, which I think is really unusual for a vampire movie.
What were your favorite moments or scenes to film during the filming of Killers?
Kara Hayward: I loved doing all the action stuff on this one! I don’t get to do a lot of stunts and action in the projects I usually work on, so it was really fun to be able to kick a vampire for once!
Beyond the action aspect of Killerswhat were the memorable moments or experiences during the making of the film?
Kara Hayward: I feel like every day that I got to work with the rest of the cast was really memorable and important to me, because it was a really fun and talented group of people, and I have a lot learned from everyone, from Thomas Jane and Malin Ackerman and Abigail Breslin. It was just a really cool band, everyone got along so well, we had a lot of fun between takes. So anything where you see work together is some of my favorite days.
You were also working on Killers during the early stages of the pandemic. What impact did this have on the achievement of Killers from your point of view?
Kara Hayward: Well, lots of COVID testing, and everyone was very cautious. It was actually amazing, nobody got sick on that production. It was the peak of COVID before vaccines, and it was a really scary time, but we were so lucky. Everyone worked so hard and was so careful, and we all managed to get by without anyone getting sick during production. They were a hard-working and cautious group.
With the online influencers element of Killers being so thematically parallel to vampirism in the film, what are the things you hope audiences take away Killers?
Kara Hayward: Well, I think the whole point of the film is to take care of the people around you and yourself, and to be very careful with things that seem too good to be true. I think some of the characters in the movie got a little greedy with certain things they shouldn’t have.
You also mentioned that you haven’t done many action roles before. What was the experience of stepping into such a role with Killers different from the other films you’ve been part of?
Kara Hayward: Well, like I said, it’s a different kind of movie than I’m used to. The prep work was a little different, and Asher had a lot of different inspirations for my character, so we kind of went through multiple processes with the creation of Flynn. In the end, it was kinder to do it with the cast. He also made me watch Girl Interrupted, and it was weird because I was like, ‘There are no vampires in it!’ So I really focused on maintaining my energy for the comedy scenes and the action scenes, so the process was a bit different.
Aside from COVID, what was perhaps the biggest challenge when making Killers?
Kara Hayward: One of the biggest challenges for me was finding the right tone for the film, the balance between horror and comedy and influencing characters. Flynn had a lot of really good and fun moments, and she had a lot of moments where it was really tense and action-packed. So the process of the character was very different and the tone of the movie was really different for me.
Vampire slayer Elliot Jones is on a mission to get revenge on the bloodsuckers who killed his teenage daughter. After years of tracking them down, he finally reached their secret and hidden base. However, to reach them, he’ll need the help of a ragtag crew of social media superstars who’ve been invited to party at a resort that’s also a lair of ancient vampires.
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Killers is now in theaters and on digital platforms.