When EW spoke with director Sophia Takal at the quit of final year about her Hulu movie Fresh Year, Fresh You, she had but to compile the job of overseeing the unusual Blumhouse-produced remake of the dread movie Unlit Christmas. And but, Takal and screenwriter April Wolfe’s reworking of the 1974 cult classic will reach in cinemas Dec. 13. Busy year, modified into once it?
“It’s been a crazy, crazy timeline,” Takal says. “There’s no time to 2d-wager one thing else, which has been roughly a fun trip. I’m so ragged to making indie movies, where it takes like years and years and years to compile off the floor. But this modified into once introduced to me in February or March of this year with no script or one thing else. So it’s been system faster than one thing else I’ve ever performed.”
Sooner than Unlit Christmas’ free up, EW caught up with Takal about making the movie and further.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Might you enviornment up your Unlit Christmas pretty bit for us?
SOPHIA TAKAL: My model of Unlit Christmas is a couple of crew of females who are sorority sisters at a college, who initiate to disappear one at a time. The final sisters wish to figure out why these females are disappearing and who’s to blame for it. And ultimately, after they figure out who the irascible guy is, they wish to wrestle for survival.
The movie stars Imogen Poots. Who does she play?
Imogen plays a girl named Riley, who’s a sexual assault survivor who has retreated into herself after this tense trip, after which at some stage within the movie form of gets her energy and power reduction and learns to wrestle some other time and reclaim herself.
Her simplest buddy, played by Aleyse Shannon, is a girl named Kris, who’s a extremely, very vocal, fierce feminist, who I’d scream now and then verges on pushy and impatient when the diverse females aren’t as appealing to wrestle reduction as she is. She and Riley are in level of reality the dynamic duo of the movie. The two of them, despite their variations, be taught from the each assorted. I’m in a position to discuss some boys! Because there are males within the movie. Caleb Eberhardt is an actor who plays Landon, who’s a roughly hapless cutie-pie [laughs], for lack of the next observe, who has a crush on Riley and desires to be a correct man, and is struggling and checking out what which system in 2019.
What modified into once the shoot like?
We shot in Fresh Zealand, which modified into once in level of reality fun and captivating, this summer season. I’ve undoubtedly had a dazzling trip making this movie despite how crazy and rushed it’s been. We had a dazzling crew down there, and the actors had been all committed and tons others board with what we had been making an are attempting to come at some stage in. You know, this movie, despite the truth that it’s very, very loosely in accordance with Unlit Christmas, I’d scream the enviornment is amazingly assorted. It’s extra impressed by the feeling that Unlit Christmas made me feel watching it, this belief of misogyny consistently being within the market and never entirely eradicable. In disclose that modified into once the leaping-off level for the system I came up with this enviornment. I’d examine it extra to how Luca Guadagnino remade Suspiria than to a straight-forward remake.
The usual Unlit Christmas feels so contemporary and smartly-liked for the time. Since then I have confidence like there had been so many movies about sorority sisters where the females had been portrayed as insensible, bimbo-y idiots. What I admire modified into once this modified into once a crew of females who, despite the truth that there modified into once some war and strife — you understand, Margot Kidder modified into once an actual spitfire [laughs] — they had been all a superb deal three-d, solid female characters. I needed to assign one thing that mirrored our time upright now, drawing extra from what the distinctive evoked for me moderately than mighty enviornment parts. For me, it modified into once about what does it feel decide to be a girl in 2019?
[At] the initiating of the #MeToo Slither, it gave the influence like there modified into once a terribly gargantuan reckoning, particularly within the movie alternate, but in a total bunch industries, where extremely efficient males had been being called out for their predatory habits. After which, in early 2019, I form of felt, and I know quite plenty of females who I know felt, the creeping reduction of these predatory males into positions of energy and this sense of like, “Oh, even whenever you’ve obtained the fight you composed wish to fight this patriarchal structure.” It gave the influence like all people, the males and the females fascinated referring to the movie, on masks and off, had been all in level of reality committed to exploring that feeling and had been in level of reality drawn to making a movie about that.
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Would you scream that the unusual Unlit Christmas being written and directed by females is evident or tangible within the movie?
I would possibly presumably well scream so. I would possibly presumably well positively scream so. Yes. I have confidence like but another portion of why I roughly shifted the direction that this model took modified into once because, in 2019, I didn’t trusty are making an are attempting to assign a movie a couple of bunch of females getting slaughtered. It trusty gave me a pit in my abdominal. Here is to not scream that a person would possibly presumably well furthermore are making an are attempting to stare that. I trusty think I felt a superb deal a accountability to not perpetuate this belief of disposable female characters, attributable to the plan in which it makes me feel once I come at some stage in that. I name this movie a fiercely feminist movie, so I don’t mind being asked about that the least bit.
Attain you understand what you’re doing subsequent?
I’m hoping to work with Blumhouse some extra, but I’m furthermore drawn to per chance intelligent away a slight bit from easy dread and finding assorted genres to work in, and furthermore per chance making movies about some males and exploring that. I own a couple of of the top movies about males are directed by females, trusty as a couple of of the top movies about females are directed by males. I undoubtedly think this movement of bringing female administrators into the fold isn’t trusty about females telling females’s tales, but telling tales about other folks that are assorted from them too, trusty as males beget performed for a total bunch of years.
This interview has been edited for size and readability.
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