I can’t say I’m all that familiar with author Shirley Jackson’s work but her final novel is now being adapted to the big screen. The trailer for “We Have Always Lived in a Castle” has dropped with an intriguing premise and starring two impressive young actresses, Taissa Farmiga and Alexandra Daddario.
The film looks to be a rather twisted thriller set mostly in an remote family estate in New England. The Blackwood family has been stricken with tragedy and there is no shortage of talk coming from the judgmental local townsfolk. But their isolation is threatened when a peculiar cousin (Sebastian Stan) pops up. Let’s just say weird stuff ensues.
I like the vibe it gives off and the tone is both eerie and a bit off-kilter. It looks promising. “We Have Always Lived in a Castle” opens May 17th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or giving it a pass.
I love this book. Such a dark and atmospheric text. Great to see it adapted.
That’s good to hear. I wasn’t familiar with her work but it sounds like good material for a movie.
She wrote The Lottery. It’s one of the best short stories you’ll ever read. It’s a brutal satire and a really thought provoking piece. Wrote some really good gothic stuff too. I’ve been waiting for this to come out a while.
Nice! I think it showed at the LA Film Festival late last year and is finally getting its proper release next month.
I’ve been waiting a while for that. Next up is The Night Circus. Loved that book! What’s the last non sequel/franchise film you really looked forward to?
Oh there are several just this year. I can’t wait for the new films from Jarmusch, the Dardenne brothers, Linklater, etc. And I do love all of Christopher Nolan’s original films and we have one of those next year!
Nope, not a scary movie fan, but I would read the book!
Ha ha! My little girl says the same thing ANY time I show her a horror trailer – “nope!”
I was traumatised by the first Halloween movie (Jamie Curtis) which I suffered through in the cinema,and have not done one since!
Oh I’m so jealous (not of the traumatized part 😂, but seeing the original on the big screen). I first saw it in the early 80s and it left quite the impression.
I saw it in’78 as it came out, had just strated my nurse training and went to the pics with my friend. The music did me in too, as whenever the ad for it came on the radio they played it and I’d be all freaked again. 😀 😀
HaHa! Did you ever see Halloween 2. It didn’t turn out well for the nurses. 😂😂😂
Nope. And never will. 😊
Color me intrigued. I like this cast.
Me too. Farmiga has been steadily good. Big fan of hers.
I saw the trailer a few days ago. Look okay though Taissa Farmiga is becoming an incredible actress.
I agree. She’s really good. I’ve liked her in pretty much everything I’ve seen her in.
I love Shirley Jackson and her story “We’ve Always Lived in the Castle”. It’s a creepy tale. I hope the film does the story justice. 😉
Oh that sounds even more encouraging! 👍
I hope I’m brave enough to watch it.
Looks very interesting. I just finished reading an anthology of Shirley Jackson’s short stories including aforementioned The Lottery. Her work is very subtle and gets under the skin quietly and forcefully. One could argue the work is too ambiguous for people who like big scares and monsters but if you’re patient you do get rewarded. The recent Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House was very good too; that opened up her classic novel with a fine family tale of ghosts of scary set-pieces.
Personally I love the sound of that. Hopefully the movie will stay true to that and not feel the need to incorporate a more traditional approach.