In Mischa Barton’s new film, the girl who was once killed off the hit teen soap The OC in a tragic car accident is now the one trying to solve the murder of a high schooler who was killed by — you guessed it — a car accident. A Resurrection stars Barton as a high-school guidance counselor who is forced to deal with a bullying situation that quickly turns into a murder investigation when a student is run-over by a car allegedly driven by a group of mean cool kids. Eli, the victim’s brother (J. Michael Trautmann), takes his dying brother’s body to a witch, who implants a spirit in the body. According to the witch, six days after being buried, the boy will rise from the grave, and only after killing six people will the spirit leave the body. Conveniently, when Eli is bullied exactly six days after his brother’s burial, he manages for six people to be cornered at the school when the vengeful spirit of his brother comes knocking.
We caught up with Barton to discuss the film, including working with the late Michael Clark Duncan, who plays the school’s principal. Watch an exclusive video clip of the two of them together.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What drew you to this project?
MISCHA BARTON: [A Resurrection] was the beginning of my love of scary things. I liked the cast, I liked the vibe, and looking at it now, because it was actually [filmed] two and a half years ago, it has a bit less of a retro vibe than we thought but it still has something kind of classic horror scary about it.
Do you have a favorite horror film?
It’s a very specific genre. My favorites were always the classics like Rosemary’s Baby, the original Amityville Horror and stuff like that, so when we got around to doing this, what mattered to me really was just that we all got along and were agreeing on the kind of stuff that we wanted to do. And we did. We all were involved in it. It’s always better if you have a happy family.
You’ve worked on quite a few horror projects recently. Are you going to continue in that direction?
I’m not going to be doing any more genre horror stuff for the time. For me, what I enjoy about it is that you get to make fun of it and you have a good time. You’re doing these things, you all get to joke around and see if it’s going to be scary at the end of the day. That’s sort of the way it works. It takes hours to film some of these sequences, so it’s having fun with it.
What’s the most difficult thing about filming a horror movie?
Ramping up the energy and the things that aren’t there. It’s physically very draining always. I did another one with a French director years ago and I remember I was stuck in a pit, covered in dirt and chained to a wall. My hands were tied, and I left that set cut up and bruised and exhausted. You have to enjoy it and laugh at it and take it for what it is. It’s worse when there’s CGI because you don’t know what they’re going to do. With this, we went for a very classic feel, and I think it worked in a weird way.
There’s a lot of buzz around this being Michael Clarke Duncan’s final film.
He was such a lovely guy; he was a lovely lovely man. I really loved worked with him. He was such a gentle guy and such a sweet guy. Every time he was on set, we had good laughs and good vibes. It’s tragic. He was just such a nice guy. Nobody could say anything negative about Michael. We were so lucky to have him.
Would you ever return to TV?
I don’t ever say never anymore. After The OC and after The Beautiful Life, I felt the need to say No for a second and just do film. But if the right role comes along now in television, absolutely. It’s not where I started. I started in theater and in film so I went back to the roots. And there’s a good chance I’ll be doing some off Broadway this year in New York. I don’t really limit myself.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Check out the recently released teaser trailer for Mischa’s upcoming movie A Resurrection. This movie was previously titled The Sibling and co-stars Devon Sawa with the late Michael Clarke Duncan.
The movie is due for limited theatrical release on March 22nd.
Check out the new trailer for Mischa’s upcoming movie Resurrection – aka The Sibling. The movie also stars Devon Sawa and the late Michael Clarke Duncan.
Set during a single horrific day and night at a high school, a guidance counselor (Barton), the school principal (Duncan) and local police officer (Sawa), must save the lives of several trapped students before a paranormal entity kills them all.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
Check out the new title and poster for Mischa’s upcoming film The Sibling aka Resurrection. As we know by now, movies can sometimes go by different titles depending on the territory. It’s currently unclear if this is a general change for the entire release of the movie, or, if the new title is only targeting selected markets. The movie also stars Devon Sawa and Michael Clarke Duncan. The new artwork is via Tombstone Distribution where you can also view the first teaser trailer.
I just received notice from Paragon Studios who have launched a Kickstarter page to help fund improvements to Mischa’s upcoming horror/thriller The Sibling. Anyone can pledge an amount of money and in return you’ll receive a thank you reward based on the amount you pledge. Read
below and visit the Kickstarter page for more information. You can pledge as little as $10. And if you pledge $25, they’ll send you a copy of the DVD which is pretty much how much you’d spend on buying the DVD anyway.
THE SIBLING is a horror-thriller feature film starring Mischa Barton as Jessie, the down-to-earth school psychologist who attempts to help a troubled student named Eli (Jonathan Michael Trautmann), who is being bullied by classmates, while still grieving the loss of his older brother and protector.
What Jessie discovers while talking with Eli is shocking and disturbing, almost completely preposterous. Is Eli really being bullied or is he looking for revenge—or is something much darker unfolding?
The film takes place during a single day and night at and around Middleton High School. Michael Clark Duncan plays the school principal. Devon Sawa is Travis, Middleton’s Sheriff. We’d have to call “Spoiler Alert!” if we revealed any more—and we really want you to be frightened and shocked when you see the film. You’ll just have to wonder: “What’s up with the bloody pig?”
How it works:
Kickstarter uses an all or nothing funding structure. A project must reach its funding goal before time runs out in order for any money to change hands. If time runs out before the goal is reached, no money will be taken from any donors. This way no one is expected to develop a project that has insufficient funding. Fortunately, our film is funded and will be released. We are asking for your help so we can make it even better by employ brilliant filmmakers to polish our gem of a movie.
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Check out the trailer for Mischa’s upcoming horror movie with Devon Sawa and Michael Clarke Duncan called The Sibling. I can’t wait! This movie looks like a blast.
A little thriller was shooting under the radar until a local Pittburgh paper broke the news today.
Michael Clarke Duncan, Devon Sawa and Mischa Barton are starring in Sibling for director Matt Orlando.
Producer Brian Hartman is keeping the plot under wraps, it seems, as all he told the paper is that the film is a “whodunit.” The narrative is set at a school, however, where Duncan plays the principal and Mischa Barton is the guidance counselor. Really? The school sounds like a friggin’ party. Sawa is apparently playing a cop.
Filming is expected to wrap by Christmas and we’ll see Sibling sometime next year.
Wilkinsburg native producing star-studded ‘Sibling’ in Pittsburgh
With three Pittsburgh films currently in theaters, a sibling rivalry could be forming.
“Sibling,” a horror movie being filmed almost exclusively at the former Knoxville Middle School, started shooting last week. It stars Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Island,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Green Mile”), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.” television series, “The Sixth Sense”) and Devon Sawa (“Nikita” television series, “Final Destination”).
Duncan, who arrived Monday in Pittsburgh, plays a principal. Barton is a guidance counselor, and Sawa is a local police officer. They both arrived last week. “It’s sort of a whodunit,” said producer Brian Hartman, a Wilkinsburg native who moved back to Pittsburgh to make films after working in Los Angeles.
“Sibling” is Hartman’s 10th producer credit and third project to be shot in the area in the past year. The others were “Riddle,” starring Val Kilmer and directed by local filmmakers Nick Mross and John Hartman, and “Mafia,” with Ving Rhames and Pam Grier. Both of those films are expected to be released next year, the same as “Sibling,” Brian Hartman said. Directing “Sibling” is Matt Orlando. Joining Hartman as producers are Phillip Glasser and Aaron Levin. Amanda McBride is co-producer.
Hartman came back to Pittsburgh to make “The Bridge to Nowhere” in 2008, because he thought the script fit the city. Pittsburgh’s film industry has boomed recently, with recent major motion picture releases such as “Unstoppable,” “The Next Three Days” and “Love & Other Drugs.” “I came back when it started to get busy here,” said Hartman, 43, of Collier. “Now, it’s like a dream come true.” Pittsburgh offers things that make filmmaking easy, including a film-friendly environment and an existing film-crew infrastructure, Hartman said.
And projects such as “Sibling” help sustain the local film industry, said Dawn Keezer, executive director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. “All film projects are important to the local film industry,” Keezer said. “It keeps everyone working and helps to train the newer members of our film crew.” And that is good news for Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, said executive director Charlie Humphrey.
“First, it means jobs for students, faculty and members,” he said, “and second, it raises awareness about filmmaking as an art form.” Soon to join “Sibling” will be the production of “Locke and Key,” a Fox television pilot to start filming early next year.
“Silbing” will wrap filming around Christmas, with about 20 shooting days total, Hartman said.
The producers plan to sell the movie in May at France’s Cannes International Film Festival.