After Old And Last Night in Soho, Thomasin McKenzie looks back on his bloody, sweaty year in horror movies



Thomasin McKenzie is a rising star, having earned accolades for her performances in Debra Granik’s Leaves no trace and Taika Waititi’s Bunny Jojo over the past few years – but 2021 has been a particularly big time for her in the horror genre. Last summer she played a central role in M. Night’s film Shyamalan Old, and just in time for Halloween this weekend, moviegoers can see her in Edgar Wright’s Last night in Soho. Reflecting on these plans, the New Zealand-born actress feels her directing experiences weren’t all that different from her time making dramas … though there’s certainly more sweating and fake. blood in the mixture.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Thomasin McKenzie last week on Virtual Press Day for Last night in Soho, and I opened the conversation by asking him about his horror year. As noted, she didn’t totally suggest that directing the films was much different from working on other non-genre productions, but she did point out some key differences:

I think what I take away is that there is a lot of sweat in horror movies. There is a lot of racing. You’re sticky most of the time with fake blood. I do not know. I guess it’s like, to be honest, for me, it’s not particularly different from a stage set, I guess – other than there’s just a lot more fake blood.

It would border on spoilers to reveal too much about Last night in Soho, but yes, there is certainly a lot of blood in the tale.

Based on an original screenplay by Edgar Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Last night in Soho sees Thomasin McKenzie play Eloise, a young woman who enthusiastically begins the story chasing her dreams of becoming a fashion designer after being accepted into a school in London, particularly in the Soho neighborhood. After a personality clash with her roommate leads her to look for off-campus accommodation, she finds a cute little room to rent, but at night, she begins to have vivid dreams that seemingly take her back to the 1960s and allow her to see life through the eyes. of a young singer named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy).

While Eloise ends up being very haunted by what she discovers in her dreams, there are a large number of scenes in Last night in Soho where she’s completely terrified – and these aren’t sequences that are terribly easy for the performers, as they require a lot of emotional and physical energy. Thomasin McKenzie added that she definitely felt the effects during the production, but added that there was a great camaraderie among the cast and crew that kept everyone going. She added,

You work long hours. We did three weeks of night shooting. There were a lot of sprints away from scary figures. It could be exhausting, but the whole team was in on it. Everyone had the same schedule, and we all kind of supported and motivated each other to keep going.

Considering the end result, the effort was certainly worth it, as Last Night In Soho is a fantasy movie and a treat for the spooky season. Also starring Matt Smith, Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp, the film hits theaters this Friday – and as for Old, you can now get it via digital purchase or on Blu-ray and DVD. To see all the rest of the world of features expected to arrive before the end of the year, check out our 2021 release schedule.



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