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Shelley Duvall is finally returning to horror after a long hiatus from acting. With today’s announcement from Deadline that The Shining actress will appear in writer-director Scott Goldberg’s indie horror-thriller The Forest Hills, Duvall will be appearing in her first film in 20 years.
From producer Scott Hansen, Dreznick Goldberg Productions, and Digital Thunderdome Studios, with Goldberg serving as co-producer, The Forest Hills film stars Duvall, Edward Furlong as Billy (maybe a werewolf), Chiko Mendez as Rico (billed as a man who Billy convinces that he is a werewolf), and Dee Wallace. According to Deadline, Duvall will play “the mother of the mentally and emotionally disturbed Rico (Mendez), who serves as his inner voice.” The plot is about a disturbed man who is tormented by nightmarish visions after enduring head trauma while camping in the Catskill Mountains.
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“It’s nice to work on something where there’s a lot of love in it. I love it. It’s therapeutic. I’ve enjoyed working with Scott Goldberg,” Furlong previously said in a statement, per Bloody Disgusting.
Shelley Duvall Returns to Acting After 20+ Years
Duvall became famous in the 1980s for her leading roles, including Olive Oly in Robert Altman’s live-action version of Popeye in 1980 and Wendy Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining in 1980 (a role for which she was unfairly nominated for a Razzie Award for worst actress). And if you were a child of the 1980s, you may also remember 1982’s Faerie Tale Theatre, a show Duvall narrated, hosted, and executive produced. Although Duvall continued to act into the late-1990s, her last on-screen appearance was a small role in the 2002 indie film Manna from Heaven.
“We are huge fans of The Shining, and it’s honestly one of my favorite horror movies of all time, up there with John Carpenter’s Halloween and George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead with the dark tones they delivered in their movies, along with perfect scores and elements that make them my personal favorites,” said Goldberg. “Shelley contributed to The Shining being an absolute masterpiece by giving her all, and performing in a way that really showcased the fear and horror of a mother in isolation.”
The Forest Hills trailer is rumored to drop on October 31, 2022. If you are one of the legions of horror fans who consider The Shining to be an annual tradition, it looks like this trailer should be added to this years list! Here’s Shelley!