Kerrie Clayton is like a caramel salted brownie: amazingly sweet but salty in a way that complements the overall treat. She is a total bad ass who will get rowdy if you piss her off then adorably frolic away like it's no big deal. Along with her radically awesome personality, she is a highly motivated lady equipped with looks to kill — metaphorically and theatrically, as she teases crowds in a way they've never been turned on before. As founder of horror-oriented burlesque production company, Gore-A-Licious, Clayton captivates crowds with her sultry skits, go-go dances and lady wrestling all in post-mortem makeup — leaving us wondering how dead chicks can be so sexy.
Creative Loafing: How and when did you start Gore-A-Licious productions? What was your inspiration behind it all?
Kerrie Clayton: I started Gore-A-Licious Productions about a year ago. It started because I was bored with everything else. My friends, my mom and I got together and my mom helped me get it up off the ground. I have been watching horror movies since I was a little kid. My parents, especially my dad, and I would watch them. I have always been intrigued by it all: makeup, the scene that comes with it. Everything. My mom does all kinds of special-effects makeup and has been teaching me for a while now. Really, I just wanted to have fun.
What is your most noteworthy or bizarre experience at one of your shows?
When we were in Myrtle Beach, we did a performance on a stage where male strippers performed and in the dressing room that was a sign by a trashcan that said do not pee in the trashcan or else you will be fined 100 dollars. It kinda made me want to pee in it just because it told me not to. Raleigh was a lot of fun, too. We destroyed pretty much everything wherever we went — down to the Chinese restaurant we ate at.
As founder of Gore-A-Licious, what is it like to perform with your girls?
It's fun because they are all my friends, but it kinda makes it hard sometimes when you have to act professional with your friends. But I definitely couldn't do it without everyone. I just try to make it fun. It can make you nervous when everyone is looking at you but at a point you kinda get used to it. Even when everybody is getting all stressed during a show, I just try to lighten things up and have a good time.
Do you have any aspirations for the future of your production company?
We're taking everything one step at a time, you know. We have some things that we are planning on so look for future shows and you will see. I will say that we are working on perfecting and integrating "Grinder" performances, which involve pretty ladies, metallic material and sparks ... sounds sexy, huh?