Saw’s Cary Elwes kicks off a roll call of hot faces including Shelby Young (TV’s American Horror Story), Michael Welch (Twilight, TVs Z Nation), and Allie Deberry (Lazer Team) in A Haunting in Cawdor, in cinemas and on VOD next Friday.
In this tense tale of psychological terror, Vivian Miller (Shelby Young) is a young twenties woman who's serving out her jail sentence at a work release program in the Midwest. Her 90 days of probation takes her to The Cawdor Barn Theatre, a dilapidated summer stock theater run by Lawrence O'Neil (Cary Elwes). Lawrence, a failed Broadway director, is now reduced to staging amateur productions with young parolees and raging over the mistakes from his past. Vivian's arrival in Cawdor starts a terrifying series of events that brings Lawrence's secret past to the present. After Vivian views an old taped stage production of Macbeth, a force of evil is unleashed which soon turns its sights on her. With the help of Roddy (Michael Welch), a local outcast, Vivian sets about trying to discover who the supernatural killer on the tape is before she becomes the next victim.
We spoke to Young ahead of the film's release.
Is A Haunting in Cawdor a straight-up horror movie or something deeper?
I’d say something deeper. I’d consider it more of a psychological thriller with some truly scary moments. It’s the story of a very troubled young woman and, as an audience, you’ll be wondering if what’s happening is real or if it’s all inside of Vivian’s mind.
And is that how Phil Wurtzel also pitched it to you?
I’d say so! He really wanted to get the point across that Vivian isn’t as “normal” or adjusted as she tries to appear to the other characters.
You’re playing an actress. Was that the only thing you feel you had in common with your character?
I wouldn’t consider the character of Vivian an actress. She does end up playing the lead role of Lady Macbeth within the film, but she’s really just a girl with a lot of problems who got the short end of the stick in her life. Playing the lead of the “Scottish play” is a big confidence booster for her, until things start going terribly wrong. I honestly don’t think the two of us have anything in common, but that makes playing her even more fun!
Can you talk about working with Michael Welch…
Michael’s amazing, both on screen and off! Watching him work was one of my favorite things about filming this movie. Also he’s a Disneyland fan just like I am, so we instantly connected over that.
How do you choose projects? Is it usually about the script?
For me it comes down to the script, the character, and who is involved in the film.
What can you tell us about the movies you have coming up?
I can’t say much! I’m attached to star in an awesome sci-fi thriller later this year, everything else I have to keep quiet on… for now ;)