Trick r Treat - Lauren Lee Smith Interview
When seeing her character in animatronic form how did Lauren felt?
Tell me about working working on this film because it looks really freaky.
Lauren Lee Smith: "Yes, this film is very freaky, but it's also really funny. I was also really surprised the first time I saw it how much I laughed. In between the moments of being completely terrified, I laughed quite a bit as well so that was good. But working on the film was amazing. We had a really good time. We shot it in my hometown, Vancouver, a couple of years ago. It was in the dead of winter, it was freezing cold, and my portion of the story we are very scantily clad - so that's always good. But Mike, he's just awesome. He kept us all on our toes. He's like a little kid. His energy is so much fun. He was constantly playing South Park music and replaying all the most disgusting scenes over and over again for us to watch. So it was really fun."
How does this compare to other horror movies? I know it has separate stories in it. Which one is your story?
Lauren Lee Smith: "My story is the story with Anna Paquin. We play four girls, big city girls, who come to this small town. We're looking to show my little sister, Anna's character, a good time. Basically, we're out to give her her first experience. She's a little bit hesitant at first, but she ends up taking control. And, yeah, we transform into these crazy creatures. It's fun."
Crazy creatures? Involving CGI-type creatures or make-up?
Lauren Lee Smith: "A little bit of all that stuff."
Was that fun to do?
Lauren Lee Smith: "It was really fun, yeah. We had to wear these contact lenses that, I swear to God, it took about half an hour for each of us to get them in because they were this big. And then just the crazy costumes and the teeth...we all got teeth. And then they brought in the animatronics I think it's called, that eventually we turn into. And they're all wearing our costumes and stuff so it was really cool."
What did you think when you saw your character in an animatronic form?
Lauren Lee Smith: "It was pretty surreal. They even do this thing - I have a tattoo on my back and they copied the tattoo onto the animatronic form of me, and that rips off. So it was pretty crazy."
Did you want to take it home with you?
Lauren Lee Smith: "I kind of did. I actually tried to take the teeth home. They didn't let me, but I tried. I tried my hardest. But, yeah, I did. I wanted to take the whole thing. I took a lot of pictures though."
This was filmed a couple of years. Why is it taking us so long to see it?
Lauren Lee Smith: "I have to say there's so much crap that gets out there. I've seen it, so something like this where there's really good quality and there's so many elements to the film, the fact that it hasn't come out - it's pretty disappointing. I don't understand it. It's a strange time right now, though. You just really don't know what people want to watch and what they're seeing. Unfortunately, they're not seeing the right things."
Michael Dougherty hadn't directed before. Did he act like it?d
Lauren Lee Smith: "No. He was a total pro. He knew exactly what he was doing. He knew exactly what he wanted from us. It's his baby. It's his story so I think he came in and he knew exactly what he wanted. He was a great director."
Are you normally a fan of horror movies?
Lauren Lee Smith: "I love horror movies. I love to be scared."
The slasher horror flicks or more like the psychological thrillers?
Lauren Lee Smith: "I would have to say I'm more of the psychological thrillers. The Shining to me is still one of my all-time favorites. But I do have to say for some weird, morbid reason, when I was about six years old my parents let me watch the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie."
Why did they do that?
Lauren Lee Smith: "I have no idea. I think there's something clearly wrong with my mother. I think I slept with my parents until I was like 11. Yeah, kind of creepy. And I still haven't seen one."
So when you heard they were remaking it, you weren't like, "I want a role in that."
Lauren Lee Smith: "You know, the funny thing is is that when they first did Freddy vs Jason or something like that, I got a part on it. It was to be killed by Freddy Krueger, and there was a scheduling conflict so I couldn't end up doing it. But I was like, 'Finally I can face my demons. I can come face to face with my childhood fear.' So I still haven't done it yet."
What can you say to audiences that is going to make them go out and rent this immediately?
Lauren Lee Smith: "In my storyline there are four scantily clad girls wearing push-up bras..."
That makes me want to go see it right now.
Lauren Lee Smith: "Maybe for the boys under 15. And for everyone else I think it's just a really great, great movie with so many different elements. There's a great cast. We have Brian Cox, Anna Paquin... It just goes on and on, so I think people definitely need to go check out this film."