The thriller film "Devil's Gate" is set out to make us jump in fear. But it's not all scream-fest. There's more to its story line that would twist our minds and keep us guessing. And the cast themselves feel the same.
The cast of "Devil's Gate" were also intrigued by the way the horror story unfolded. In an interview with Elite Daily last year, Milo Ventigmilia, Amanda Schull, and Shawn Ashmore shared what amazed them, and what made them say yes to doing the film.
Milo said, "I don't know that I set out to find a genre thriller... aliens, gods, devils, demons. Any of that. It was just kind of like, I read the script, I loved it, I saw the cast assembled -- they're friends and I'm a fan -- and I was like, 'This just feels like it would be fun to make.'"
For Amanda, who plays FBI special agent Daria Francis, her interest in the film was drawn from the passion and enthusiasm that their director, Clay Staub, displayed.
She shared, "I think there are a number of reasons I was drawn to it. I've never done anything like this, first of all, which is really exciting and intimidating... and then also... do you see Clay's enthusiasm?"
"To have someone at the helm who believes in the project so much and is excited about it and is excited about every single day, every single scene, every
single moment," Amanda continued.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" actor Shawn Ashmore, who is Daria's police teammate Colt Salter, it's the unexpected story that made him say yes.
"You know, you get a lot of scripts, you read a lot of scripts -- as actors, as
directors, writers -- and I tend to be very good at seeing where they're going. The first 20 pages, I'm like I understand where this is going, and I thought I knew what 'Devil's Gate' was and then I hit about page 30 and I was like, 'Whoa wait a minute I didn't see that coming.'"
Shawn himself is a fan of suspense and horror. When he looked at the script, he felt that it's something that the viewers will truly be absorbed by.
"That's what I want to see as an audience. I want to be surprised. I don't want to see it coming. So much stuff that tries to create something different and it doesn't necessarily succeed, and when I read 'Devil's Gate' -- this is something
that I want to see in theaters," he said.
Devil's Gate is the name of the town where a woman and her son disappeared mysteriously. To solve the case, FBI agent Daria Francis (Amanda Schull), searches for the main suspect -- the husband and father of the missing -- Jackson Pritchard (Milo Ventimiglia). As Francis' team investigates the house, they find an even bigger case waiting for them.
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"Devil's Gate" opens in Philippine cinemas March 7