At the #Horror première

On the red carpet with Timothy Hutton, Lydia Hearst and Waris Ahluwalia.

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Lydia Hearst on Tara Subkoff at #Horror premiere: "She has such an incredibly beautiful vision."
Lydia Hearst on Tara Subkoff at #Horror premiere: "She has such an incredibly beautiful vision." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Museum of Modern Art première of Tara Subkoff's sharp-witted #Horror, Timothy Hutton spoke to me about the art (curated by Urs Fischer) and parenting, and Lydia Hearst made a Drew Barrymore out of Wes Craven's Scream comparison, as Chloë Sevigny, Balthazar Getty, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Natasha Lyonne, Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindeberg, Mina Sundwall and Emma Adler walked the red carpet.

Wes Anderson favorite Waris Ahluwalia (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) confided to me that Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects and House Of 1000 Corpses are the two horror films he loves and at the Players Club after party confirmed he now has three.

Timothy Hutton: "The cyberbullying is what the movie is about."
Timothy Hutton: "The cyberbullying is what the movie is about." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Subkoff's debut feature goes for the unsettling real, where Debussy's Clair de Lune and murderous fantasies can be enjoyed side by side. Alex Cox (Sevigny), initially seen in a kimono, sprouting kite-like flowers made from maps, portrays the host girl Sofia's (McGarry) mother and Dr. White (Hutton) the intense father of another.

Anne-Katrin Titze: Are you a fan of horror films, or is it the bullying, or is it the art that interested you in this project?

Timothy Hutton: Well, there are a lot of things in this movie. The art certainly is really interesting, the incorporation of the art. The cyberbullying is what the movie is about. I think the main horror element doesn’t have to do with the conventional idea of horror but horror in the way parents treat their kids and how kids treat each other, teenagers treat each other.

AKT: I haven’t seen it yet. Are you the only man?

Timothy: No. There’s other men. But there’s only one Dr. White.

AKT: What do you think of the poster? What does this hashtag look like to you?

Timothy: it looks like a really interesting commentary on social media and how everything is #something now. I think it’s a clever poster.

Chloë Sevigny as Alex in a kimono, sprouting kite-like flowers.
Chloë Sevigny as Alex in a kimono, sprouting kite-like flowers.

AKT: It looks like a prison.

Timothy: Absolutely. We’re imprisoned by all these symbols.

AKT: Why do you think so much horror takes place in Connecticut?

Timothy laughs: I lived there. My mother was a school teacher there for a few years when I was a kid. We lived there for a couple of years. I don’t know. I think it can happen in any state. I think there’s something about bedroom communities of very wealthy people. Children of certain people who are left alone and not parented well. Connecticut happens to be a state that is affluent in some parts. But there are other states just like that.

Next I spotted Waris Ahluwalia.

Anne-Katrin Titze: May I ask you a question?

Waris Ahluwalia: What’s your one big question?

AKT: My big question is – do you have a favorite horror movie?

Waris Ahluwalia now has #Horror as one of three.
Waris Ahluwalia now has #Horror as one of three. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Waris: Oh, yeah! The two that Rob Zombie did! Devil’s Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses. Have you seen them?

AKT: No.

Waris: They’re amazing. I feel like it’s its own sub-genre within horror. It’s its own Rob Zombie genre. It’s not like other horror films. They’re smart, they’re funny, they’re absurd.

AKT: Scary too?

Waris: Scary too! Beyond gory. I don’t normally go for gory. Those are the only two that I like. It’s not my genre.

AKT: Have you seen Tara’s film?

Waris: Not yet. Well, soon it’ll be these are the only three.

After the boys, I catch Lydia Hearst to ask about her role in the film.

Tony Shafrazi and Urs Fischer share a laugh at the #Horror premiere
Tony Shafrazi and Urs Fischer share a laugh at the #Horror premiere Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anne-Katrin Titze: Can you tell me something about your part in #Horror?

Lydia Hearst: I'm in the opening of the movie. I guess, the equivalent sort of would be Drew Barrymore in Scream. I'm sort of that role in this. It sets up the quintessential mayhem and madness that ensues throughout the rest of the film.

AKT: You don't particularly identify with that person at the beginning?

Lydia, laughing: No. She was a slut! I'm not.

AKT: Oh, I haven't seen the film yet - otherwise I would not have asked you that question! Do you have a favorite horror movie?

Lydia: No, I don't. I'm obsessed with horror. I watch it all the time. I have a few horror projects coming out right now. It's a lot of fun. It's a really fun genre and especially when you're working with someone like Tara. She has such an incredibly beautiful vision and there's just so much art in this film.

Annabelle Dexter-Jones on the #Horror red carpet
Annabelle Dexter-Jones on the #Horror red carpet Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Honestly, I think the art plays its own role in this movie. It's kind of amazing in horror you can do things like that. You can have it completely stylized and you can make these psychological statements, which is a lot of fun.

Read what #Horror director Tara Subkoff had to say at the premiere.

Coming up: Bridget McGarry (Sofia), Sadie Seelert (Sam), Haley Murphy (Cat), Blue Lindeberg (Ava), Mina Sundwall (Francesca), Emma Adler (Georgie), the 12-year-olds of #Horror fame.

#Horror opened in New York at the IFC Center on November 20. The UK release date has yet to be confirmed.

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