Steve Silverman blasted onto the web series scene with Pretty the Series, a comedy about a 5 year old beauty pageant contestant whose father was obsessed by it. The cast was phenomenal and writing incredible. So why did Steve decide to do a series completely opposite? Of course if you know Steve you know The Inn is his way of paying homage to the aforementioned late thrill-master who paved the way for so many in the horror genre.
If you haven't seen The Inn, what are you waiting for? For those of us who are left hanging on the edge of our seats waiting for the final chapter, it has been a grueling wait. But have no fear...Season 3 is finally here! Monday October 7 marks the beginning of the end of this intriguing series that has kept fans guessing, dying for each new 5 minute installment. I can say that without a doubt, it is the most frustrating series I've had the pleasure to watch! Steve is well aware of how to leave the audience screaming for more and believe me, to say we want more is an understatement!
The series stars the incomparable Crystal Chappell (Days of Our Lives, Bold & the Beautiful, Venice, The Grove) as Jane, who gets stuck in a sleepy little town when her car breaks down. With no money to get it fixed, she meets the local cafe owner Lola, played by the legendary Denise Alexander (General Hospital, Pretty the Series), who offers Jane a job to earn a little money and then points the way to The Inn, "Go see Teddy, tell him Lola sent you."
While there strange things start to happen. Jane sees a little boy (Stuart Allen), and then the nailed shut window in her room inexplicably pops open, her lamp flickers on and off. Although she claims she's burying her dead husband's ashes, her supposedly dead husband Jeff (Mark Gantt) shows up in town looking for his wife! Who is this little boy? What really happened and why is Jane lying about her husband as well as who she is?
While the questions continue to swirl in my brain, knowing I'll have to wait to get the answers, I decided to find out what it was like filming the final installment. I asked Steve what his challenges were in filming The Inn. "The biggest challenge was living up to my own expectations of what I wanted The Inn to be, look like, sound like, etc. I set a pretty (no pun intended) high bar for myself, I'm my own biggest critic. Pretty is fly by the seat of your pants in the way we film it. We move very quickly, on purpose, to give it that raw/reality feel. The Inn, every shot was thought out, crafted for a specific reason: My goal to emulate an Alfred Hitchcock film. I hope I achieved it.”
I think he definitely achieved it, especially in how Jane reacts to the things she’s seeing. Is she going crazy? Is it all in her head? The answers remain to be seen.
Asked what his favorite memory shooting the series, Steve had to think a moment but recalls an early morning shoot. “Probably the last stuff we shot, at 3am-ish, in a horse pasture, with horse poop everywhere, running on creative fumes because we had been going since 8am the previous day's morning, and just feeling energized, alive, and praying the shots would make some sort of sense because I was standing up and falling asleep.” I have a feeling the smell of manure might have been the key in keeping the cast and crew awake!
Of course for all those INN-terested fans, I tried to get a little spoiler from Steve but got this response: “YOU REALLY THINK YOU ARE GOING TO GET ANYTHING OUT OF MEEEEE?? I am the KING OF NO SPOILERS. Nice try. I will promise everyone this: ALL your questions will be answered. Except for one: Teddy is blind. And yes, he does where glasses. WHY????”
Nothing like leaving a cliffhanger in true soapy style!
Season 3 will answer all these questions and episode one is not to be missed! Kyle David Pierce gives a creepy performance and I will say at least one question will be answered!
♥Don't miss creator/writer/director Steve Silverman, Denise Alexander and Kyle David Pierce on Storytellers On The Net, Thursday, October 10 at 10pm (ET): Storytellers Checks INN
If you need to catch up on The Inn Series, or want to join the INN-madness, you can watch Seasons 1 and 2 at: THE INN SERIES.
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