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By Emily Booth, Thursday 8th May 2014 Hello horror hounds, news recently in that might just have you drooling, frothing, salivating and generally quivering in unadulterated pleasure. Fantasy favourite Game of Thrones which seems to have eclipsed everything else on our screens right now is about to join forces with one of the most genius minds in horror history: Clive Barker. Ok I have built this up rather, but beautiful Thrones actress Lena Headey has just been cast in the brand new Clive Barker horror movie Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament, production on the film starts later this year and the news comes fresh in from Variety.
Clive Barker’s Seraphim Films will be producing and speaking of his choice for the lead role Barker said, “Lena Headey is a marvellous performer with an incredible presence. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better choice of actress for the role of Jacqueline. Her beauty and authority will carry the day.” Lena Heady will also be co-producing the film. Lena’s certainly having a good day.
This film is definitely one to watch out for and it promises to be a female force of nature both in its storyline and its film production with female director Jovanka Vuckovic making her feature directing debut, having previously only directed award- winning short The Captured Bird exec produced by another horror genius Guillermo Del Torro – that girl is certainly connected. The way Vuckovic describes the film and their involvement is morbid music to my ears: “I am thrilled that she and I will be teaming up to bring Clive’s phantasmagoric feminist body horror to life on screen.”
The basic plot follows a woman who, in her thirst for change, achieves the ability to transform people’s bodies at will with gruesome results. It originally appeared in Barker’s Books of Blood anthologies, which also included the stories that were basis for the horror films Lord of Illusions and Candyman.
Body horror in my mind is one of the most transgressive boundary breaking horror genres and there’s only a handful of films that really pull it off. Namely Cronenberg’s, so to see one based on a Clive Barker short, written and directed by an up and coming female talent will be extraordinary.
There could be more news on this from Cannes Film Festival which kicks off May 14th so watch this space for updates!
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