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Julianne Moore Just Can’t Leave Horror Behind

And that’s great news for us, folks, as the lady who made Hannibal Lecter a truly accessible freak is coming back to horror / thrillers again with the 2009 release of Shelter.

A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient’s multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what’s happening before her time is finished.  Julianee Moore will be coming back in a…well…surprisingly familiar role as a forensic psychiatrist with a patient who has multiple personality disorder.  Rather than being a cowboy and a little girl and suchlike, these personalities are all murder victims.

So that begs some pretty important questions—most notably, how did a whole passel of murder victims wind up in some crazy guy’s head?  Killer?  Witness?  The possibilities are endless, and it’s just the kind of thing that I want some popcorn and a Pepsi while they all get hashed out in front of me on a huge screen.  So yeah…I’m looking forward to Shelter, and the triumphant return of Julianne Moore.

Julianne Moore and the Tale of the Inbred Mountain Hillbillies

 

Poor poor Julianne Moore…Psycho, Hannibal, The Lost World: Jurassic Park…you survived all of these and made yourself a top-flight terror hottie, but you just couldn’t survive the antics of a horribly screwed up casting director.

Setting up to film the horror thriller “Shelter”, the casting director, Donna Belajac Casting, issued a casting call.  Pretty normal so far, until you consider what’s in the casting call.  Check out the Belajac response:

“It’s the way it was described in the script,” Belajac said Monday. “Some of these ‘holler’ people — because they are insular and clannish, and they don’t leave their area — there is literally inbreeding, and the people there often have a different kind of look. That’s what we’re trying to get.”

Basically, Donna Belajac Casting was trying to cast inbred mountain hillbilly hicks, and instead bought itself a world of trouble.  They put that casting call out in West Virginia.  Needless to say, the West Virginians of the world rose up in furious hatred at this casting call, and now Donna Belajac Casting is spinning like a top trying to back itself out of its bizarre demands.

What amazes me is that they actually tried this.  Even horrible, horrible movies like Wrong Turn and its successor know enough to get their inbred mountain hillbilly hicks via copious amounts of latex and makeup, not by actually issuing a casting call involving phrases like “Hey Sixtoes!  Come on down and get yourself a part in a gin-u-wiiiiine Hollywood movie film!  You tew kin be on th’ big screen with all them thar Hollywood types!  Like Julianne Moore!  She gots all her own teeth, y’know?  Part pays a gin-u-wine Bic lighter an’ all the pretzels you kin steal!”

Needless to say that’s a complete overdramatization.  But still…it’s pretty insulting and a low-class move besides.  Hopefully, top-notch terror hottie Julianne Moore will stay top-notch following such a blow to her upcoming film.

Julianne Moore in Shelter

 

Julianne Moore may not spring to mind immediately when you think of a terror hottie, but she’s definitely got the career of one, and it’s only getting bigger thanks to her upcoming film Shelter.

Shelter’s got a real doozy of a plotline too–it’s about a female forensic psychiatrist who specializes in debunking multiple personality disorder. I know, shades of “The Reaping”, right?  But it gets really weird when she finds out that her latest debunking target has the personalities of murder victims.  And as she tries desperately to find a rational explanation for the debunkery, she’s going to find out a lot more than she expects.

Now that sounds pretty kickass, doesn’t it?

Sure, it also sounds like it’s kind of been done before—any time you send somebody out to “debunk” anything in a horror flick, it usually doesn’t wind up debunked before the end of it all.  If anything, it’s the debunker that winds up debunked—or possibly just dead.  And with Julianne Moore’s experiences in the thriller subgenre, she’s just the terror hottie to make it roll.