If you primarily know Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers, there’s a good chance you’re also oblivious to her status as a modern scream queen. Be it roles in Black Christmas, The Thing, Final Destination 3, Death Proof, or this summers Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, horror has been a meal ticket of sorts these past several years. (I would, however, argue that Death Proof is less a horror film and, more than anything, one of the best deconstructions of the genre from the past 20 years. But that’s a different, longer discussion for another time.)
Continuing this string, ScreenDaily (via ThePlaylist) reports that Winstead will star in The Darkness, a thriller written by Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning) and directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). Based in part on Henry James‘ Turn of the Screw, The Darkness revolves around “a young American student working for a charismatic tutor in an English manor house who becomes convinced that she and the children she is warding are being haunted.” Having heard all this — and, the financially concerned person in me likes to think, more — Occupant Entertainment and Management 360 have decided to produce, with a summer start date being planned.
I, however, need to know more — and I’m not even producing! I like Winstead a very good deal, but, frankly, I’d like to see her doing something past playing a young American student* in a foreign country* looking after children* who are being haunted by evil spirits*. Heck, she already has. Maybe there’s something a little more interesting and original lying at the heart of this; as a fan of hers, I’m hoping that’s the case.
Are you positive about The Darkness, based on this news?
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