HOW AN 8-YEAR-OLD WINNIPEGGER BECAME ‘THE GRUDGE’
WINNIPEG — On an average day, eight-year-old Zoe Fish doesn’t look scary at all – but after four hours in the makeup chair, she’s a murderous ghost giving moviegoers the chills.
The Winnipeg actress is hitting the big screen as the terrifying ghost girl in the latest adaptation of “The Grudge”. The movie was released in theatres on Jan. 3.
Zoe landed the role as the ghoulish Melinda Landers after going in for an audition and telling a scary story.
“In the audition we had to tell a ghost story, and I just made it up on the spot,” Zoe said.
After a call-back and a meeting with directors, Fish was given the role in the horror movie. READ MORE
8-YEAR-OLD WINNIPEGGER PLAYS TERRIFYING GHOST CHILD IN THE GRUDGE
Zoe Fish stars in new film adaptation that was shot in Winnipeg, other parts of Manitoba
An eight-year-old girl from Winnipeg is the vengeful ghost that haunts a house and murders anyone who dares to step foot inside in the latest adaptation of The Grudge.
Zoe Fish, who got her start in Hallmark Christmas movies, got the role of Melinda Landers after telling a scary story at her audition.
“We didn’t prepare for it, because we didn’t know what they were going to do,” Fish told CBC Radio’s Information Radio host Marcy Markusa.
“I just went in and told a scary story that I made up on the spot.” READ MORE
THE GRUDGE USES KIDS IN THE MOST HORRIFIC WAY
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for The Grudge, in theaters now.
One of the biggest ways horror movies go for scares is in their use of kids. Some flicks use them as victims while others, as seen with The Exorcist and Pet Sematary, use them as the vessels for monsters, ghosts and demonic beings. In fact, this relationship between spirits and kids has been prominent in modern franchises, such as The Conjuring, Insidious, Sinister, Annabelle and more.
Simply put, as long as kids are involved, the shock factor goes up because viewers feel protective of children and feel psychologically triggered when they’re attacked or weaponized. Now, courtesy of The Grudge reboot, director Nicholas Pesce exploits this natural tendency by using kids in the most horrifying way possible. READ MORE
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