By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The star of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: DEJA VU is making her directorial debut.
Jamie Bernadette will co-direct THE DESECRATED ONES with Amna Vegha, a producer on the upcoming horror/Western HOMESTEAD, in which Bernadette stars and serves as an executive producer. Bernadette will also star in DESECRATED ONES alongside HOMESTEAD’s Brian Krause and Betsy Sligh, and Vegha will make her acting debut in the film, which they aim to get rolling next month. According to the PR, Bernadette’s DESECRATED ONES script “explores how cycles of abuse can be assumed through generational abuse, relationships, or cultures. People imprisoned by abuse are living a horror movie. Jamie wants to unveil the terror and trauma victims of abuse endure. How does a young girl respond when left with the responsibility of breaking a perpetual cycle of inherited abuse?”
“THE DESECRATED ONES is a psychological horror film that explores abuse, the forms it comes in, the dangerous effects it can have on its victims, and the extraordinary lengths some must take in order to cope,” Bernadette says. “The last film I co-wrote and produced, THE 6TH FRIEND, is a horror film about obsession with fame and attention in today’s social media-crazed world. So I like using film to address deep issues in society. I hope to scare people with this film–it’s horror! But I also hope to move them emotionally and bring light to this important issue. It’s definitely not going to be easy to watch, I can tell you that.”
“I met Jamie on the set of HOMESTEAD,” Vegha says, “and instantaneously fell in love with her as an artist. We had almost identical artistic impulses and I was impressed by Jamie’s ability to bring the film to life as both an actor and executive producer. It truly wouldn’t have been the same film without her! I loved producing and designing HOMESTEAD–it’s a distinctive thriller that will take any audience on a wild ride–but I’ve always wanted to direct a disturbing horror film that touches something deep in viewers. I admire films like HEREDITARY, MIDSOMMAR, IT FOLLOWS and GET OUT, because they use horror as a vehicle to explore difficult and relatable situations and involve or allude to the occult. When Jamie sent me her script, I was blown away. It’s a film that is both deeply disturbing and bizarrely touching. Unlike many of today’s films, THE DESECRATED ONES doesn’t forcefully overlay the issue of abuse on the story. Conversely, Jamie takes it on naturally through the plot and fully fleshed-out characters; it’s a topical horror film that never feels forced. Jamie’s ability to invent unconventional characters that feel real and to go between sophisticated, rhythmic prose and crass dialogue makes the film unlike any other.”
The duo have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise financing for THE DESECRATED ONES, offering perks such as actors’ costumes, signed posters, movie props, a .pdf of the script once it’s distributed, opportunities to virtually meet the cast and crew, printed and bound concept art books and more. Go here for the details; Bernadette and Vega discuss the project in the video below.