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Saturday, October 29, 2022 | News


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:

“Shelley was awesome in person, and it was bucket list for me actor-wise. Got so many Popeye and The Shining stories. She was in good hands, and we had her laughing and excited to be behind the camera again.”

Photo by Scott Hansen/Digital Thunderdome

Director Scott Goldberg was kind enough to answer a few questions about the film for RUE MORGUE and revealed some details of the plot.

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.

From what can be gathered from behind-the-scenes photos and the film’s poster, THE FOREST HILLS is a werewolf story of some sort. This isn’t a CGI werewolf, either, it’s a good old practical effects monster.
“Practical effects work well for what we wanted to do. Edward Furlong and Chiko Mendez are part of a transformation scene together,” says Goldberg. “It was fun to shoot!”
The cast and crew are having a blast filming THE FOREST HILLS, and any film that can get Shelly Duvall back to acting is sure to excite.
Check out THE FOREST HILLS  YouTube channel for exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, and keep an eye out for the trailer which is scheduled to drop soon.
Chris Hammond
The Curator of the Creepy collectibles. I've been an avid horror fan for over 3 decades. Meeting and writing about some of the finest artists from all over the world is a pure joy. I've written for multiple websites on the art and collectible front. The horror bug that lives inside me is well cared for and has been going strong since I watched my first introduction to horror through a grainy VHS copy of John Carpenter's 1978 classic film Halloween.