It’s been about five and a half years since Jennifer’s Body hit theaters, but Karyn Kusama is finally back with a brand new feature. Logan Marshall-Green leads The Invitation as Will. He used to have a loving relationship with his wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard), but when their son is killed, Eden can’t take it and just disappears. Two years later she returns and randomly invites Will and all of their friends over to the home she now shares with her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman). Will knows something isn’t quite right, but he’s still reeling from his son’s death himself, so can he even trust his own perception of the situation?
Shortly after The Invitation’s SXSW world premiere I got the opportunity to sit down with Marshall-Green and Emayatzy Corinealdi who plays Will’s girlfriend, Kira. We discussed the specific way the movie delivers key story information, how it’s not your typical horror film, Marshall-Green’s favorite game to play during downtime on set and more. You can check it all out in the video interview below.
Emayatzy Corinealdi & Logan Marshall-Green:
- 00:00 – On their first impressions of the script; not adhering to any specific formula or genre.
- 01:25 – Meeting director Karyn Kusama.
- 02:18 – Screening in the Midnight section, but not being a typical horror film.
- 03:30 – Developing character backstory, but not spoon-feeding audiences information.
- 04:42 – Finding out more and more about the characters through multiple viewings.
- 05:20 – The Easter egg Marshall-Green put in the movie.
- 05:52 – The house as a character in the movie.
- 06:31 – Squeezing cast, crew and equipment into the location.
- 06:57 – On the cast becoming fast friends and caring about each other.
- 07:45 – Marshall-Green’s favorite game to play on set.
- 08:27 – Marshall-Green on having fun while playing such an unhappy character.
- 08:55 – How he got into character; playing hard, but working hard, too.
- 09:43 – Getting to shoot most of the movie in order.
- 09:56 – Was there any divide between the actors who played the friends and the ones who played the cult members on set?
- 10:24 – Is this specific cult based on a real one?
- 11:21 – Having a character who’s well aware that something is very wrong early on while others don’t.
- 12:23 – Cutting a certain scene that revealed details to the audience too soon.