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Is ‘Longlegs’ cursed? Nicolas Cage’s nightmarish performance scared fans and even his co-stars out of the movie

Is ‘Longlegs’ cursed? Nicolas Cage’s nightmarish performance scared fans and even his co-stars out of the movie

The team behind it for months Long legs The production, which released disturbing details about the horror film to excite the audience, did not reveal the full appearance of the famous name in the cast, Nicolas Cage.

A viral billboard A phone number was advertised for the horror movie that played a recording of Cage’s creepy voice when called. Other posts on social media encrypted messages from Zodiac-like Serial killer Longlegs, played by Cage, never once revealed his identity full face.

According to someone video In a post shared on the film’s official social media accounts, writer-director Osgood Perkins stated that he wanted to prevent lead actress Maika Monroe from seeing Cage in full costume and prosthetics until the cameras started rolling.

Monroe plays an FBI agent trying to catch a serial killer. According to the video, when Monroe first saw the killer, her microphone recorded her heart rate increasing from 76 to 170 beats per minute.

While horror movies are scary for audiences, they are much less scary on set; the scary characters are merely co-workers, the puddles of blood are clearly fake, and the disturbing darkness is neutralized by the presence of crew members and cameras.

Monroe told Yahoo Entertainment that the set wasn’t scary at all, but Perkins spent a lot of time fleshing out Cage’s character, and the moment was “intense” for her.

“I think that was the first time I was really (scared),” he said. “Nic Cage in these crazy prosthetics, unrecognizable as a monster… It was something I’ll never forget.”

Blair Underwood, who plays a more seasoned FBI agent, told Yahoo Entertainment that seeing Cage on set was “scary and exciting at the same time.”

“Before you get to the Longlegs character, you look at Nicolas Cage, who is a huge movie star who is constantly working and has a reputation for being avant-garde and pushing boundaries,” he said. “It’s exciting that that’s the premise of this movie, the main character. His portrayal is frightening.”

Beyond Cage’s scary character, the film is unsettling throughout its entire runtime — Perkins said it’s like a “horror movie mixtape” in that it contains so many scary elements. It wasn’t entirely intentional.

“I think there’s a sense that there’s real deliberate intent in the creation — you always know what you’re doing. The truth is, you just don’t,” Perkins told Yahoo Entertainment. “You’re making a lot of guesswork about everything. You’re relying on a lot of people’s input… and good luck.”

Alicia Witt plays Monroe’s character’s withdrawn mother, who constantly asks her daughter if she’s still “saying her prayers.” Witt told Yahoo Entertainment that she worked hard to stay emotionally safe during filming.

“When you’re playing a role that has so much dark side and energy, it’s important for an actor to put some protective energy around themselves when they dive in,” he said. “It’s important to get out of there right away… I never brought that home. It was cathartic.”

Long legs Unlike other recent horror films, very little information about the plot was shared ahead of its release. Perkins says that the film’s distributor, Neon, takes full credit for that decision.

“I gave them the raw material and … they loved the movie and didn’t want to reveal too much about it,” he said. “It’s unusual for filmmakers to feel so good about their distributors.”

Underwood said the viral campaign used to promote the film was “amazing.”

“I called my brother and let him hear Longlegs’ voice and he said, ‘Man, that sounds like a sick puppy,'” Underwood said. “I think it might be risky at first, until something has legs — pun intended — but since it went viral, people have embraced it.”

Fans praised the film’s marketing on social media, saying,“so good that I’m actually starting to worry” And “The kind of fear that makes you feel damned.”

Long legs In theaters July 12.