A study of the soap opera viewing habits of teenagers, several years back, revealed that the youngsters were not drawn to the show’s various immature lovers and besotted heroines, but to their crusty matrons and loving matriarchs. Similarly, a number of horror films of late have found fan favor due to their delicious varieties of mature female characters. For example, one would definitely have to agree with critic Peter Travers’ reaction of “wowza” when considering the superb, subtle gothicism that Deanna Dunagan gave to the psychotic Nana in The Visit. The eclectic Lin Shaye, meanwhile, has definitely provided the heart and soul of the Insidious films with her spunky and concerned Elise. In fact, the devotion reaped upon her led her to being the focus of the latest chapter in the series, even though her character was murdered at the end of the very popular first installment.
Thankfully, it looks like Twisted Pictures is providing another variation on the sophisticated veteran with Fionnula Flanagan’s Eleanor in Havenhurst. As an ominous land lady in a beautifully spooky New York apartment complex, Flanagan provides plenty of menace in the film’s spooky first trailer.
Of course, this project also earns points for featuring such horror veterans as Julie Benz and the Halloween series’ beloved Danielle Harris. But, let’s be honest! Flanagan’s creepy understanding of haunted house atmospherics seems to be the main draw here.
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!