A horror film for 10-year-old’s. Erm, right. That isn’t exactly selling it to the rest of us, but The Haunting In Georgia star Katee Sackhoff insists it’s a good thing.
The former “Battlestar Galactica” spoke to Bloody Disgusting’s Maria Lewis exclusively from the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane about the sequel to Lionsgate’s 2009 The Haunting in Connecticut and said it’s got thrills for all the family. Details inside.
“There’s actually lot of emotional content in it,” she said.
“I think it will be a suspenseful movie for all ages.
“I think our society is so over stimulated and we’re so numb to violence that – and I’m not saying violence isn’t a good thing, in this film anyway, – but I think that it’s nice to have horror movies that you can go and watch with your teenager.
“You know, in this movie there’s no swearing, there’s no gratuitous sex scenes.
“It’s a movie that I could watch with my 10-year-old nephew and I was just happy to be a part of it.”
No swearing? No gratuitous sex scenes? Sigh. The Lionsgate flick is a sequel to The Haunting in Connecticut and wrapped shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana earlier this year. Directed by Eden Lake’s Tom Elkins, Chad Michael Murray and Abigail Spencer play a young couple who move into their dream home in the rural south. But shortly after moving in, their daughter (Emily Alyn Lind) starts seeing mysterious strangers that no one else can see. The couple’s greatest fear is realized when they themselves begin to witness terrifying phenomena in and around the house, providing clues that could unlock a chilling mystery that has remained a closely guarded secret for generations.
Sackhoff was originally attracted to The Haunting In Georgia because of producers Paul Brooks, Stephen Hegyes, Scott Niemeyer and Shawn Williamson, who she worked with on White Noise 2: The Light. But she said she also had a personal connection as someone who had had a ghost encounter when she was younger.
“A friend of mine died when I was about 19 and I cried for a really, really long time,” she said.
“I felt like I couldn’t stop crying and then I felt this overwhelming sense of calm.
“I just felt like that was his way to tell me that he was okay.
“So I do believe in it.”
She might be best known for playing tough chick Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica, but Sackhoff said she relished the opportunity to play a more feminine character in the film.
“My character’s name was Joyce and she had bright pink nails, red hair and I got to wear tonnes of make up all the time.
“It was fun for me to play a character that wasn’t strong.”
Sackhoff said she loved working with “Chad and Abigail“, but newcomer Emily Alyn Lind steals the show as their young daughter.
“Emily is phenomenal, phenomenally good,” she said.
“She’s fantastic and she steals the movie.
“She was a doll to work with and such a massive professional.
“Her little scream is just so heart wrenching.”
Sackhoff said the film also looks at an important chapter in American history; The Underground Railroad.
“It takes part in a house that was used as part of The Underground Railroad and it was so interesting to me to find out how many people didn’t know what The Underground Railroad was.
“So if we can just talk about that . . .to me it was just such a phenomenal thing that people didn’t know, so it’s bringing that history to life for a different generation.”