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ShockYa spoke to Danielle Panabaker about three of her upcoming films: The Crazies (opening this friday!) The Ward and Renaissance Girl (sorta bad news for this one). Here’s what she had to say:
SY: You’ve got a thing for horror remakes don’t you?
[Laughs] Well, it’s been really great to be able to work and keep working. So, yeah, I guess I’m the horror remake girl right now.
SY: What scares you more, a slasher wielding a giant machete or an insanity-inducing virus?
I really loved working on Friday the 13th and it certainly has an ionic horror character, but to me, The Crazies is actually a lot scarier. It has more of a thriller aspect – I was sitting on the edge of my seat. I feel like with Friday the 13th you know Jason’s coming to get the stupid teenagers, but with this film you don’t know where the crazies are and who’s really crazy and how crazy they are. I think that this was actually scarier for me to experience because even having read the script, I knew exactly what was coming but it was still really scary.
SY: Can you tell me about your character?
My character Becca is a resident of the small town Ogden Marsh and she is still in high school, she has a high school boyfriend and as her after school job she works for Judy Dutton (Radha Mitchell) as her medical assistant and receptionist at her practice. So she is just a really good, wholesome, good-natured young woman.
SY: Were there any scenes that were particularly difficult to film?
There were a lot of scenes that were difficult to film. The scene where my character and Radha’s character are strapped into a gurney was really intense. It’s very difficult to be strapped to a gurney all day and a little claustrophobic and confining. The car wash scene was very difficult and collectively [it took] seven or eight days to film all of the different pieces of that and we were wet for a lot of it, we were shooting in really small confined spaces. We shot in an actual car wash so that was a really intense – you’re riding on the elements of an actual moving car wash: the soap, the water and then the crazies are attacking you from every angle and you really can’t see where they’re coming from.
SY: You’ve got The Ward coming up which sounds like a great film. Another horror movie?
It is, it is! It was actually a really great opportunity. I think one of the primary reasons I decided to do the film was to get the opportunity to work with John Carpenter who hasn’t made a film in probably about ten years, if not more! The man is not only an icon but such a gifted and talented filmmaker and I was so excited to get to work with him.
SY: Has filming wrapped?
Yes! We finished last September.
SY: Will we get to see a trailer soon?
I don’t know. Hopefully soon. I actually haven’t heard anything. I think John is probably finishing his cut right now and then from there hopefully there will be more movement. I think the movie will be great though.
SY: You’re going in the complete opposite direction with Renaissance Girl. Are you looking forward to doing a romantic comedy?
Yes! At this point in time I don’t know if the film is actually going to get made. I would love it if it could get made. The movie is so funny. I think it’s a really cool quirky script and yes, I would absolutely love the change of pace to do a romantic comedy.
SY: So what’s keeping it from getting made?
Money! I need lots of money!
SY: Oh, of course! Isn’t that always the case?
I think the film just needs to get financed.
SY: Do you know who’ll play the love interest?
I don’t. I don’t think anyone else has really been cast. I’ve been attached to that film for several years now and would really love to see it get made.
SY: Do you have a wish list?
No one really comes to mind. I think there would be a great opportunity for a young male lead. I think it’s a particularly difficult age range for men; it’s that cross from teenage into manhood. It would be a great opportunity to discover some really new exciting talent.
More info about The Crazies, The Ward & Renaissance Girl can be found here.
The Crazies opens in theaters this Friday, February 26! (US, UK and Canada. To check more release dates go here.)
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