Witchtown Article - By Olivia Biggin
Check out this great article written by WITCHTOWN actress, Olivia Zolciak! This article was never released online, and was written when we were still in production, however I wanted to share it with everyone, as it is a truly great piece about indie film in general! Thank you so much for writing this Olivia! We really appreciate it! Check it out:
By Olivia Zolciak
I’ve always been a fan of scary movies, whether it’s because I’m drawn to the manifestation of the uncanny, it’s subconsciously a primitive rite of passage, or simply because I want to test a film’s ability to actually scare the shit out of me, I don’t really know. But what I do know is that there’s something innately unique to the horror genre that beckons human connection. I’m particularly drawn to those old, classic horror films—although they might be a little cheesy, there is something distinctive about them: they thrive on the horrors we can actually see and touch, rather than leaving the imagination to CGI.
In any horror film that I watch, I typically refer to Stephen King’s distinction of the three types of terror: The Gross-out, such as blood bursting out of a woman’s stomach during what is supposed to be a simple cesarean; the Horror, when the dark arts are utilized only to produce unexpected/unwanted outcomes; and terror, when you sense the presence of something unnatural or unhuman, only to turn around to the empty scene behind you. WITCHTOWN expertly amalgamates these components of the horror genre, and with careful attention, writer and director Stephen Biggin captures the nuances of the forgotten art of classic film techniques. In a world saturated with CGI, WITCHTOWN welcomes back the days of monsters decked with latex and paint, dolls on strings, and stop-motion techniques while also producing an original and engaging plot.
I actually had the pleasure of playing the role of a Goon in WITCHTOWN. To be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. On the days I was needed, I showed up, and as directed, I wore ratty clothes and no makeup. After hours of caking latex onto my face and neck and topping the ensemble off with gnarly teeth, I was ready to be a Goon.
Although I was asked to perform specific tasks in my scenes, the overall directions were simple: grumble, be clumsy, and be primitive, and the latter was pretty easy on account of not being able to talk with the teeth in my mouth. Without knowing the overall plot of the film, I was nervous that I wouldn’t meet the director’s expectations, but the lack of knowledge actually allowed me, and I think other Goons, to act uninhibitedly. In fact, I had a lot of fun with it, and I was excited to see the outcome of these scenes and the film as a whole.
Absolutely no amount of imagining would truly depict what the film would actually look like. In other words, I was not prepared for my first full viewing of the film in its current stage, and WITCHTOWN is coming together in a way that went beyond my expectations. I’m in awe at the complexity of the scenes and the careful attention to detail that the film embodies. The dichotomy of classic film with an original story line perfectly meshes into a unique viewing experience. Although it is not finished yet, WITCHTOWN is coming together beautifully, and I can’t wait to see the film in its entirety!
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