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Q&A: Jodelle Ferland on “THE UNSPOKEN”

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Bypassing the typical haunted house film we see so often these days, Sheldon Wilson’s THE UNSPOKEN (now available on DVD) deals with a tragic murder which haunts a house in ways not often seen in modern horror. Following Angela, a young girl who takes on a babysitting job at the house decades after the crime, but finds herself in the middle of all hell breaking loose. With the film now on DVD, Angela herself, longtime genre performer Jodelle Ferland, was nice enough to chat with FANGO about THE UNSPOKEN, horror, and more…

FANGORIA: THE UNSPOKEN is a unique take on the haunted house subgenre. What attracted you to take this on?

JODELLE FERLAND: I think what I liked about the movie was that is a classic haunted house story that turns out to be exactly the opposite. I like movies with a twist and that’s what I found intriguing.

FANGO: When it came to slamming doors and being pulled by forces, were you physically ready for all of that or did you have to go through training?

FERLAND: I’m quite used to having to do stunts here and there on shows that I’ve done. There always seems to be something I’m doing. It wasn’t too difficult. I definitely enjoyed it. Those are always the most fun to film.

FANGO: I loved that there was a subplot featuring your character and the other female character secretly being into each other and would have liked to have seen that expanded. Do you that realistic portrayal of LGBTQ characters needs to be put into genre films more often?

FERLAND: Oh of course! I mean I think there should be more of that in every genre to be honest. There’s not nearly enough. And if there is, like the question says, it’s not always realistic and I think there should absolutely be more of that and I’m happy that we have that in THE UNSPOKEN. Chanelle [Peloso] is great. We’ve actually played best friends before so it was awesome to get to work with her again.

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FANGO: Did you go into the film with any certain preparations as far as developing the character?

FERLAND: I mean, everything I work on has a bit of a different process, but it’s all generally the same. I’m not much of a method actor myself. I don’t have any specific process, but it was enjoyable to be able to play the character who’s scared rather than the scary thing in the movie because when I was a kid, I did a lot of the opposite. I was the little demon child. So this was a nice change and this character is more like me than other characters I’ve played so it wasn’t too hard. It didn’t feel like much of a difference from my own personality.

FANGO: Is the horror genre something you’d like to continue to work in?

FERLAND: Oh absolutely. I’ve enjoyed it since I was a kid. That’s probably why I got cast in the horror genre when I was younger. I definitely don’t plan to stop anytime soon. The darker roles always seem to be the most enjoyable to work on.

THE UNSPOKEN is now on DVD.

About the author
Jerry Smith

A lifelong genre fanatic, Smith loves all things Carpenter and
plays a mean game of hide and seek. Currently the Editor In Chief of
Icons of Fright, Jerry hails from the dead center of California and
changes diapers on his off time.

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