The cast and director of Marrowbone share on-set stories, working with the first-time director, and standing apart in the horror genre
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The Secret of Marrowbone steps away from the typical jump-scare, gory horror film. It’s psychological and suspenseful, as Director Sergio G Sanchez states: “I think the film is very much a puzzle: there’s nothing shocking up front, but it’s almost like the horror comes from the cracks in the story. “And once you put all the pieces of the puzzle together, that’s when the horror really jumps at you. So when you go home, and you start thinking about what you’ve seen, that’s when the film becomes really scary, and I think it’s a film that plants roots in your brain and sticks with you.” As he explains, “my take on horror has always been based on emotion, actually. I think to establish a strong emotional link with the characters, that’s what makes the horrific elements really pop out. I think Marrowbone is a really original mixture of emotion and genre.” Production for the film had finished some time ago, which clearly just made Sanchez more excited for the premiere. “I’m excited mostly because I haven’t seen the film in six months! After we finished editing, I had this stream of festivals and I never had a distance from it, so I think it’s the first time I’m going to get to watch it as an audience member with some perspective.” The Secret of Marrowbone is Sanchez’s directorial debut, having previously been a screenwriter on productions like The Orphanage (1996) and The Impossible (2012). “I’ve worked with the director before as a screenwriter, and I was really excited that he was finally directing his own vision of a script that he’d written himself,” said Nicola Harrison, who plays the children’s mother Rose, in the film. Harrison also shared her fondest memory from set, which oddly was from “this scene where I’m dying,” she laughed.
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