By CHRIS HAMMOND
Writer-director Scott Goldberg has just released details about his upcoming indie horror film, THE FOREST HILLS. The cast includes Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), Dee Wallace (Cujo, The Howling) and musician-actor Chiko Mendez. However, the big news about the cast is Shelly Duvall‘s return to acting after a twenty-year absence. Duvall, of course, is beloved by horror fans for playing Wendy Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. Duvall portrays Mendez’s mother in the film, but not much else is known about the character at this time. Other cast members include indie horror icon Debbie Rochon, Robert Leckington, Linda Flores and Jesse-Lee Lafferty.
Scott Hansen, THE FOREST HILLS’ director of photography and producer, posted the following on his Facebook page:
“THE FOREST HILLS is a dark thriller that focuses on storytelling and interesting characters that are trapped in a world together where horror unfolds in one man’s mind, causing others to become tangled up in his issues,” Goldberg explains. “Rico [Chiko Mendez’s character] is a man with head trauma, and he tries to deal with his past but cannot remember the full details. He has blackouts.”
Goldberg has visited THE FOREST HILLS, or at least, its title, before in his 2007 short film of the same name. Does the 2007 short lead into the new feature-length independent film? The short answer is “no.”
“No, that was a short film I did with a different story. I always loved the name, though. It felt like some type of woods. It just stuck with me,” Goldberg says.