By Ina Fassbender
I really don’t like splatter films, not even the films of ‘Saw’. But for this job I had to look at a sequence from Saw 1 on YouTube and after six minutes of this, I was curious about my performer Yvonne Nagel who wanted to perform as the Amanda Young character, who wakes up in a room with a “reverse bear trap” around her mouth and the key to her escape is in the stomach of her dead cellmate. Nice. Movie Park Germany engages every year some hundreds of people who run through the park to frighten visitors during the Halloween season.
So I met Yvonne, or ‘Amanda’, in person at the Movie Park. It is her fourth season as a Halloween performer there. She was excited about my idea to picture her out of character, so we decided that I could visit her, at her office where she works as project manager, at Lenovo-Medion AG in Essen. When I arrived at the entrance of her company, I looked around and couldn’t see her. Then from a distance a business woman with somber black suit and high heels called my name. It was Yvonne. What a change. She looked like you and me. Dressed casually. Flowing long hair and very likeable.
We went to an exhibit room to take pictures. Wonderful, the contrast between her job and her performance for Halloween couldn’t be larger. Next, I visited her at home. Because they changed their house, it looked a little bit provincial.
She showed me her 4.5 kilogram home made metal bear-trap which she has to wear more than four hours on her head in the evening. A friend built it in more than three days. Having a coffee, she told me that she has so much fun, changing her outfits, meeting the other performers, and even more fun to scare the people.
Five hours before her appearance, we arrived at the dressing room of the Movie Park Germany. We had dinner. Some of the performers knew me from the year before and screamed my name and asked for new pictures. I told them what a pity but only Yvonne was my main subject this year. A portrait of a business lady changing to a splatter performer .