The devil loves tormenting good Christian communities.
From Roadside Attractions, “The Devil’s Hand” stars Rufus Sewell (“Hercules,” “Gods of Egypt”), Alycia Debnam Carey (“Into the Storm”), Adelaide Kane (“Reign”) and Colm Meaney (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”).
Here’s the synopsis:
Something very strange happened in the small village of New Bethlehem, a devout community kept under the tight reins of the town's vigilant Elders. Six girls born on the same day to different mothers. Perhaps a coincidence or as most believe a chilling omen of something yet to come. Now, on the eve of their 18th birthday, the young women are mysteriously disappearing one by one and feared dead. Terror has overtaken this quiet community. Could this be the work of a serial killer, one of the village elders or a horrific prophecy come true?
Latino-Review had an exclusive phone interview with actress Adelaide Kane on the release date for the film. We discussed many things including horror movie genre, difficulties on the set and the victim psychology in a slasher film.
"The Devil's Hand" is available On Demand today.
Latino-Review: What attracted you to this project in the first place?
Adelaide Kane: Employment. [Laughter] Honestly, I actually auditioned for Alycia [Carey]’s part. They felt that I wasn’t right for it. Then they offered me Ruth, because it fit better with my personality. I was like, “Sure.” It sounded like it would be a lot of fun. I never had been to North Carolina. It was a great chance to work with a lot of young women. I thought it would be great and the film also had Colm Meaney in it. I’m a big fan of his. So it sounded like fun and let’s absolutely do it.
It was a really fun shoot. A lot of people have really serious reasons for it for the work they do, but I do it since I like working and these things are fun.
Latino-Review: Were you always a fan of horror films?
Adelaide Kane: I hate horror films. They scare the pants off of me. I don’t like watching movies that make me feel anything too intensely. I get really wrapped up in the characters—like way, way too inappropriately wrapped up in my character empathy.
[Laughter] In a really funny movie that has something really embarrassing happening—I would rush and cover my eyes. I’ll squeal since I’m embarrassed by the ordeal and curl up in a little ball. In a really sad film, I’ll ball [my eyes out] and be really depressed for hours afterwards.
So in a horror film, it’s absolutely terrifying to me. They’ll scare me to the point I’ll have nightmares for days. I only like acting in them and don’t like watching them. I hate it. I hate it! I can’t stand it. It’s so scary. [Laughter]
Latino-Review: Did you even have a chance to watch this film and were you scared by it?
Adelaide Kane: I haven’t seen it yet. I asked for a copy and I’m afraid it’ll end up on YouTube first or something. [Laughter] It’ll be cool if I knew how to YouTube these things.
Latino-Review: You’ll probably be scared for yourself and hopefully cheer yourself throughout the movie then.
Adelaide Kane: I don’t know. It’s always weird watching yourself. I would be like, “That’s not me. Not me at all!” It’s a mind-fuck. [Laughter] I don’t like watching myself. Not a fan. I don’t want to watch myself to critique my performance and see on how I’m badly screwing up. [Laughter]
Latino-Review: That’s okay. It’s like listening to me on my own interviews sometimes.
Adelaide Kane: Yeah. It’s like saying, “Why do I do that? What am I doing with my face? Why is my face so annoying?” [Laughter]
Latino-Review: Obviously, the producers saw yourself into the character called Ruth. What did you think they saw that was similar between you and the character?
Adelaide Kane: I think we’re both kind of sassy and I definitely have that biting sarcasm thing going on. We’re the spirited, quick tempered character. Then again, it could be my energy or what. When I audition, I often up for a lot of sassy roles. They were looking in the character for someone to play this fiery, tempered maverick. So I got be running into churches and dragged screaming all over the place in the movie.
Latino-Review: One of things I noticed is the costumes. Obviously, you are coming off the TV show “Reign,” which had some very elaborate costumes. This one had costumes which are simpler and dressed down. Talk to me about that.
Adelaide Kane: The TV show costumes are much different. The hem length is so long and I trip over myself all the time. The good things about the outfits in the movie were that it was short enough so you can run through the grass. You can walk around and it’s pretty practical as far as dresses go.
We had really one memorable day where the character they had to hack up the back of my dress. They had to cut it open for that outhouse scene and when I’m running away. I’m sure these people don’t wear bras, so I had to go without a bra. I always had decent-sized boobs so not wearing a bra is not a good look for me personally.
But, here I don’t have to wear one. We put these gashes on my bare back to reveal through the dress. We ended up using, since these stick-ons, sticker boobs weren’t working, this masking tape to tape my boobs up so they would look the same as with the rest of the film like when I wore a bra underneath the dress.
So peeling off that tape wrap at the end of the day, I have never taken such a long shower in my life. I was so gross and I felt like it took a layer of my skin off. So it was a little inconvenient that day. [Laughter] It was awful. It’s the things we girls go through.
Latino-Review: It sounds like you went through a lot. So what was the most challenging thing you had to do on set?
Adelaide Kane: I don’t know. I did a lot of fun stuff. But, I would say the worst day for all of us or most challenging day was when we were all in the lake. We were in the lake and it was freezing. The water was so cold. They had for us this inflatable hot tub filled with warm water. The lake was so miserable and cold.
But, we had to be like, “Hahahaha. Look at us. We’re young and freely playing in the lake.” It sucked. It sucked so much. There were even algae everywhere. It was so gross.
Latino-Review: I did watch that scene and it did look like you girls were having a lot of fun. After thinking about, I guess it’s not that fun.
Adelaide Kane: We were so miserable. There you go. There’s points to our stellar acting. Obviously. [Laughter]
Adelaide Kane: We were cold and miserable. We were all terrified that we were going to get pneumonia. [Laughter]
Latino-Review: Now this is a horror/slasher movie. Every time I watch these movies, I noticed the characters always run into the silliest places. And your character ran into an outhouse. That would’ve been the last place I would’ve thought I run into.
Adelaide Kane: Yeah, you would figure to put something solid like a door in between. These characters are running, running, running and running. They don’t really think in terms of the assailant psychology and want to put physical obstructions in between you and whoever is trying to kill you. So it may comforting to the victims—it may not be the most effective way to keep alive. An outhouse…..yeah. [Giggling]
Latino-Review: Let’s wrap things up here. Can you talk about any of your upcoming projects you may have for yourself?
Adelaide Kane: I’m just waiting on this film to come out and it’s pretty exciting. We’re about to air season two of “Reign.” Now that I’m on the show, I don’t really have a lot of time for other projects. It sucks, but I’m looking at a couple of scripts during this hiatus. So hopefully I’ll have something else next year other than the show.
Latino-Review: No more horror films for you then?
Adelaide Kane: Hey, I wouldn’t say no. But unfortunately, right now is not so much. I have enough hack and slash in my life right now unless I’m cooking dinner.
Latino-Review: One last question and it’ll be a fun question. If you are being chased by a maniac killer, where would you think would be the safest place to run to?
Adelaide Kane: The police department? [Laughter] I would run straight to the cops. Or maybe into the nearest 7/11. A liquor store is pretty safe bet. You know those dudes have guns behind the counter. You know it. That would be the safest place to run towards. So if there’s no police station nearby—so it’s the liquor store. Guaranteed those dudes have guns.
Latino-Review: Great. That’s some excellent advice. Thank you for this conversation and good luck with your future career.
Adelaide Kane: Oh, thank you. Have a great weekend.
“The Devil’s Hand is now available on On Demand.