Last week I made a late night trek out to LA’s Linda Vista Hospital to visit the set of The Scribbler. I wasn’t at all familiar with the source material so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. What I wasn’t expecting was to catch a glimpse of a film that looks as fun as this one looks. Having subsequently flipped through a few pages of the graphic novel upon which its based, I can say that what I saw on set maintains the tone of the piece but also very much feels like its very own horror movie.
While I’m not going to publish my fill report until we get closer to the film’s release, I will say that I got a glimpse of “the Siamese Burn” – a nasty contraption – in one of the hospital’s abandoned rooms and saw a couple of key scenes being filmed. One of the moments I really responded to involved a touching, quiet exchange between Garret Dillahunt‘s character and Katie Cassidy‘s skeleton-leotard clad Suki that takes place at the foot of a giant pool of blood. Dillahunt (No Country For Old Men, Looper, The Assassination Of Jesse James) is of course one of the finer character actors currently working, but I was also struck by how unrecognizable Cassidy was. It’s nice to see her tackling a role that really gives her something to do and it effectively washed clean my first impression of her from 2010’s A Nightmare On Elm Street. She’s a much more gifted performer than that film allowed her to be.
In addition to chats with Dillahunt and Cassidy my full report will also contain interviews with Eliza Dushku (Wrong Turn, “Dollhouse”), Billy Campbell (“The Killing”) and director John Suits.
In the film, “Suki (Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn”, an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured”, she’s haunted by a thought… what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her?” Daniel Schaffer adapted the screenplay adapted from his own graphic novel, which Image Comics originally published in 2006 and is going to be re-released by First Comics in conjunction with the film’s opening.
Head inside for a full look at the still, which contains some cryptic clues about “the Siamese Burn.” The Scribbler also stars Michelle Trachtenberg (Black Christmas, “Gossip Girl”), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Michael Imperioli (The Lovely Bones) and Sasha Grey (The Girfriend Experience).