Interview done by Michael Wilkerson
MW: Please introduce yourself?
CG: I’m Chris Gabriel, and I played Zombie Santa.
MW: How did you become a part of Silent Night, Zombie Night?
CG: Chad Freeman, one of the other zombies, told me that Sean was looking for a big fat dude to play a zombified Santa. How could I pass that up?
MW: Tell me about a day on Silent Night, Zombie Night?
CG: Lots of fun – it always gets goofy when you have a bunch of people standing around in zombie costume. Instead of doing “Thriller”, we did the Zombie Hustle. I’m sure there must be footage of that. Also, I got to freak out a bunch of little kids who didn’t know what to do with a zombie Santa. I’m sure that their parents had to answer some difficult questions that night. I’m just glad that I got to be a part of that….wait that sounds bad.
MW: Give me a story from the set of Silent Night, Zombie Night?
CG: I got hit in the back of the head with a chunk of PVC when the air cannon blew apart when (SPOILER ALERT) I got shot.
MW: What do you think of the craze of zombie movies? Do you think there is to many of them?
CG: I once read that these things follow political cycles. When a Republican is in office, there tend to be more vampire movies. When it’s a Democrat, it’s zombies. I’m not sure what it means, but I think it’s something about the idea of republicans being blood sucking night stalkers and democrats being a plague of mindless, all-consuming automatons. Personally, I think it’s because people want to see people get their heads blown off but they wouldn’t admit that in polite company so they watch it happen to zombies as sort of a proxy. There is always some kind of social/political statement that you can extract from zombie movies, but really, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, a whale is just a whale, and watching blood soaked survivors take chainsaws to slobbering monsters is a lot of fun.
MW: What is on tap for the future?
CG: The world is going to end on December 21st, 2012. Oh wait…did you mean, like, career wise?
MW: Do you think there will be a Silent Night, Zombie Night 2?
CG: I don’t see why not – in fact, I think it’s a great idea! Show how people have adapted the holiday in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. I’m thinking that people might stop celebrating Easter, though, what with the whole not wanting to celebrate resurrection anymore.
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
CG: I really enjoyed working with Sean and would be really happy to work with him again. It was a great experience.