The husky voiced actress spoke by phone about her newest project, in which she also serves as an associate producer, working with her lovable late co-star Michael Clarke Duncan, in what turned out to be his final film role and what’s ahead.
Are you drawn to the horror genre?
Not really. This one was the reason that I watched horror movies to begin with. The first film I was in that would be called a scary movie was The Sixth Sense, and then it was on to other types of films, except for maybe (2009’s suspense horror) Homecoming. This is for me, the first one that prompted me to watch the classics. It got me watching Rosemary’s Baby and The Amityville Horror, the ‘70s one. I like those a lot. It’s what influenced me to want to do a piece like this.
You’re an associate producer on this. What did that responsibility entail for you?
It was very much like a family project. It was like everybody wanted to be really involved. (Co-stars) Michael Clarke Duncan and Devon Sawa got on board and we found J. Michael (Trautmann). I think he’s fantastic and awesome. It was about finding the right creepy boy. He was the right boy with the right look to play this character that will keep you guessing. It was a couple of years ago that we shot this, so I’m happy that it’s coming out now. We shot it in 20 days. It wasn’t a huge budget. I think that’s probably better, especially in this genre. A lot of people spend a lot of money on CGI, and making things scary and it doesn’t always work. For this one, it was a straightforward script about a disturbed boy, and I think it turned out quite well considering (the budget) we had to work with.
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A Resurrection is now playing in select theaters.
Are you spending a lot of time in Los Angeles these days?
I still split my time between London and L.A. mostly—and New York obviously since I grew up there. I’ve been shuttling back and forth between London and L.A. for the past few years.
A Resurrection is reminiscent of ‘90s slasher movies even though it has a paranormal angle to it. Are you a big fan of the horror genre?
I’ve done a few horror films now. Some of them are more slasher than others, I’d say. Homecoming was one and I guess A Resurrection also has that quality. The other ones have been more tongue-in-cheek where they make fun of the genre. They’re all kind of different, but A Resurrection was definitely the one that prompted me to go back and watch the classics. I never really liked the horror genre before. I checked out stuff like the original Amityville Horror and Rosemary’s Baby. I was 23 when we shot this movie, which was two or three years ago… I’m losing track of time in L.A. It was a couple years ago. [Laughs] I can’t even remember. They wanted to go for a more classic feel with this one and it wasn’t meant to be a modern-day slasher film, which appealed to me. I became really deeply invested in the genre and I think I understand it a lot better now. Having said that, I don’t know if I’ll be doing a lot of horror moving on because I’ve had my share at this point. But I enjoy making them. It’s a great genre.
What scares you in real life? Do you have fears that are pretty pedestrian like the fear of heights? Are you maybe superstitious?
I believe in ghosts. I definitely believe in the paranormal. Every now and then, I’ll get worked up if I’m left alone in the dark. It’s like when you’re in a creepy place and there are weird vibes around you. That seems pretty common.
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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.
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It seems like its been a lifetime since Mischa was on an entertainment show in the US promoting a movie, but here we finally are. Mischa appeared on Access Hollywood to promote the limited release opening of A Resurrection this Friday. Mischa also mentions that she might be doing an Off-Broadway play in New York and that she’ll be filming a movie in Alaska late-Summer. Check out the video below. She looks beautiful!
Photos of Mischa at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest horror/thriller “A Resurrection” have been added. The film also stars Devon Sawa and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Several cast and crew members were at the premiere. They were joined
by Tara Reid, who isn’t in the movie, but nice that she was there for support.
The movie opens in limited release in the USA from March 22nd.
Locations where the film will screen include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Orange County, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle. Check local listings for specific session times.
This is writer/director Matt Orlando’s first ever feature film and it’s definitely a very impressive cast, production and screenplay. To read some comments from Matt Orlando about the film, click here.