Brandon will be the backdrop of a horror film next month, but details surrounding the flick’s shoot remain shrouded in mystery.
The production of “The Exorcism of Molly Hartley” will have a brief stop in the city in mid-to-late July and casting has sent out a request for as many as 100 extras for the shoot.
Winnipeg-based Extras Casting Productions is looking for people between 35 and 45 years old with “interesting looks” to play satanic cult members with a high-end, clean-cut business look, but with “something not quite right” in a look or expression.
Casting wants “a hint of something amiss.”
But maybe a suit and tie isn’t your thing.
The movie is also in search of an average blue-collar type, again with unique physical looks who can play a “catatonic” psychiatric in-patient. The hospital patients should be able to play up high energy levels with psychotic symptoms or zone out in their own worlds.
And if you’re looking to play something more familiar, they are also looking for medical personnel (hospital orderlies, hospital staff, nurses), emergency personnel (police, FBI agents, detectives) aged 30 to 50, and students on a bus aged 13-17.
All parts are open to male and female actors and don’t need any acting experience.
Extras are generally booked up to one week in advance for a day of extra work and are generally required to work an eight- to 12-hour day.
A casting call will be held this Saturday, June 21 from 10:30 a.m. up to 4 p.m. at the Westridge Community Centre at 32 Willowdale Cres. The casting company will have forms and a photographer to take current pictures of the applicants.
There aren’t many details around the film and WT Canada Productions, the company behind it, did not respond to inquiries.
According to IMDb, the movie content resource website, the film is directed by Steven R. Monroe, known for a 2010 remake of the 1978 film “I Spit On Your Grave.”
“The Exorcism of Molly Hartley” appears to be a sequel to the 2008 film “The Haunting of Molly Hartley,” starring Haley Bennett, Jake Weber, Chace Crawford, Shannon Woodward and AnnaLynne McCord.
Brandon’s director of economic development, Sandy Trudel, was tight-lipped about where the production will be in the city.
And based on the movie’s need for psychiatric patients, one may think they might film at Assiniboine Community College’s North Hill Campus, which used to be the Brandon Mental Health Centre.
However, the school’s public affairs manager, Danielle Adriaansen, said the school isn’t aware of any productions on the property.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 19, 2014