I got a chance to speak with the talented Kelen Coleman about her role in the horror film Cassadaga. Kelen plays the role of Lily a deaf teachers assistant who tries to reach her recently passed sister and unfortunately contacts a murdered woman. Desperately trying to discover what the murdered soul wants she is driven into the underbelly of the town known as Cassadaga.
Thanks to Kelen Coleman for the interview!
Great job in the movie Cassadaga Kelen I thought you did an extraordinary job in the film!
Thanks so much!
So how much about the town of Cassadaga did you know before the film?
You know I didn't know too much there is a Bright Eyes song that I knew called Cassadaga that’s about it. To research the part we took a ride to the town and when we got there we see that it is a spiritualist community named Cassadaga and I thought it was super interesting. A very very cool aspect of the film is that these people all live in this very tiny town and there is a bunch of people who are psychics or mediums and it’s almost like just a street it’s so small. But I really didn't know about it until I got there.
How was it working with Kevin Alejandro from True Blood and director Anthony DiBlasi?
It was great we got along so well kinda like a triumvirate because we were so close goofing off and having fun. Kevin is a fabulous actor I've loved his work before hand so when they told me who the guy was when I got cast I was like, “Oh wow that's great.” Because you really want as actor someone you can play off of because it’s a scene. So you work with the person you're not just acting there by yourself. Being involved with the other person and playing off what they give you so I was super excited to work with him and he is a great guy as well.
Anthony and I got along so well that sometimes it was almost like wait, “Should we be talking like this on sets with our little tiffs?” because we got along so well. Like we could say anything to each other and that’s why I think the work ended up being the way that it was because we could really go there with the extra steps because we were so comfortable with each other and he knows his stuff about horror man. He was on it and it was just a pleasure to work with both of them.
What advantages does a person with a disability have when dealing with supernatural elements like the ones found in Cassadaga?
I think maybe people with disabilities whether they be blind or deaf. They tap into a different place in their brain or in their spirit because the have something that they are missing that the everyday person has. So having that thing taken away from you leaves another portal or place open for something to come in. I feel it may heightened your other senses so when one is missing it heightens all the others and I think that’s something the film touches on. That it does that. It heightens a part that people without disabilities don’t get to tap into.
Why do you think slasher movies will always be a favorite among horror enthusiasts?
Oh man! I think that slashers are great because they are action packed. They get down to business. People maybe die I mean you see a lot happen also. Usually there is a pretty girl somewhere in there and we have tons of them in Cassadaga event the ghost Amy LoCicero is gorgeous. I just feel like you get all that action packed stuff its not just talked about you get to see it, and its thorough and its strong and you're in it.
I really think the serial killer element helps create out a good slasher film too.
Oh yeah a great killer or a good version of that who is doing different things can be really creepy. I don’t know if you can identify with him, but its kinda like you know this person was once normal born just like us. What makes this person different? What changed this person? Why are they the way they are? It’s super interesting and then getting to see how they change or the disgusting and interesting way of which they go about killing people it just gets your attention.
How do you thinks fans will respond to a movie like Cassadaga that has so many layers in it with the serial killer and supernatural elements?
You know I hope they respond well but it depends honestly on what kinda movies they have seen before. I think that people are ready to see a movie that has a little bit of everything you know it kind of gives you all the elements. Like you don’t have to go to see just a slasher, just a movie with ghosts, Cassadaga encompasses all of them so it’s great when you have a one stop shop.
Last question. Why do you think a murdered woman tends to create such a good supernatural film?
I think the reason it resonates is because women are seen as the prize who are sensitive and soft. But when a woman is killed it’s like it is painful, it’s just wrong, and there is that old quote “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” and I think that has a lot to do with it. People know you never cross a woman man. Men can be scary but women we have that tiger that lion you know if someone hurts our kid that lion comes out. It’s kinda like the same thing if the woman is wronged and she has been killed unwillingly then she will get you, I think that’s why it’s so powerful.
Thanks again to Kelen Coleman for her the interview!
Cassadaga is available in limited theaters and on demand on Friday October the 11th. Cassadaga stars Kelen Coleman (FOX’s “The Mindy Project,” Children of the Corn: Genesis) and Kevin Alejandro (HBO’s “True Blood,” CBS’s “Golden Boy”) and will be available for download across digital providers including iTunes and Xbox, and On Demand across DIRECTV, DISH Network and select cable providers. Cassadaga is directed Anthony Diblasi is rated R and has a running time of 108 minutes. Read my official review for Cassadaga here.