Oh My God ‘Becky’: A Conversation with Lulu Wilson
Unless you’ve been bludgeoned by a rock and didn’t know, Lulu Wilson’s latest movie Becky has been one of the highest-grossing movies in the past few weeks. That’s no small feat considering the country is on lock-down.
Lulu Wilson, 14, stars as the girl in the title who gives a group of violent, escaped Nazi-loving prisoners a run for their money after they invade her family’s vacation home. The film is a bit different than the horror movies she usually does. She’s not fighting demons anymore at least not the invisible kind.
We recently talked to the young star about horror movies, what got her started, and pulling out Kevin James’ eye.
iHorror: What got you into doing horror movies?
Lulu Wilson: In the beginning, I kinda-sorta fell into it. There’s always that sort of blonde-haired, blue-eyed little girl in horror movies. Especially the supernatural ones. The first movie I did was Deliver Us From Evil with Scott Derrickson. Working with him also made me love the genre because he helped me a lot. I was probably like six at the time. I didn’t know how to act and walk at the same time. He taught me how to do that which is really great. I can’t imagine not being able to do that now especially with Becky. I mean this is like murder and act, it’s like the extreme.
Also, my sister and my dad would go see a horror movie every Friday night because in New York we lived across the street from a movie theater, literally across the street. So they would see a horror movie every Friday and they kinda got me into watching horror movies. Originally I just fell into doing them and then I just loved them so much, of course, I wanted to keep doing it.
iHorror: How hard was it to do physical horror like in Becky rather than the supernatural kind in your past movies?
Lulu: It was different. I thought that I would have to prepare extensively, react to these horrifying situations that Becky is being put through. It’s a more realistic type of thriller I think. It was refreshing going from this scared little girl running away from danger to taking it on and fighting it. I wanted to do that.
I didn’t know when it was going to happen. Even when I was young doing horror movies and I had to run away was aggravating for me because I wanted to fight the danger. I wanted to fight the demon!
With Becky I was getting to do the action. To some degree, I thought it was going to be embarrassing pretending to punch someone; pretending to kill someone. I was like this is gonna be weird. Everyone’s going to look at me funny; I’m going to do something wrong…
At first I got excited, then when I was put into the situation I was just like, you know what? All I can do right now is throw myself completely into this. I just have to do it!
iHorror: What was the most difficult scene to do in “Becky”? [Spoilers ahead]
Lulu: My first day of filming was watching my dad die and hitting Kevin [James] in the eye with a key. Not as much the key part because that was just fun [laughs]. At first I felt a little bad. I like Kevin as a person, he’s a great guy. I didn’t really want to stab his eye out, but I did and it was really fun.
I’m a fan of winging it and I’m a terrible procrastinator and I was planning on planning out how to react to my dad being killed in front of me, but I didn’t because that’s me. And that was really nerve-wracking. On set, I got there and it was my first day and I was like, ‘How am I going to do this? Is it going to be embarrassing? Is it going to be weird because in the script it’s a really, really close-up shot of me screaming.
I was like: How is that going to work? How is that going to do anything? I didn’t know it was going to be, sort of, a silent scream with music going on in the background. Which I find beautiful and amazing.
I’m bragging a little bit, but I have a very good scream. You know screaming at a demon and reacting to somebody being killed in front of you is very different.
iHorror: In the film, you scream not once but twice. Once in the beginning and then again at the end.
Lulu: I call it the battle cry. I remember Jon [Milott]…Jon or Cary [Murnion], I think it was Jon came up to me after I did the first take of the battle cry that night which was also relatively early in the filming process. He was like, ‘I didn’t know if you were going to be able to do that. I didn’t know if it was going to sound weird: a battle cry at this moment.’ But that was so fun. It made me feel so powerful.
I highly suggest battle crying whenever it’s available to you.
iHorror: What was it like working with Kevin? Both of you are sort of stepping out of your comfort zones.
Lulu: He was amazing. He is such a nice guy. We didn’t have many scenes together because the whole movie he’s chasing me, trying to find me; trying to get me. But when I did, it was really interesting working with him and seeing how he can go from just, great, great guy off-camera to being this deranged psycho on-camera. And how our relationship shifted from being friends off-camera to being enemies on-camera.
iHorror: Was he scary? Did he scare you when you did work with him?
Lulu: I’m not that easy to scare [laughs], I mean not really. And he such a nice guy—such a nice guy. Even that first day of filming I was like I don’t want to hit you in the eye Becky does so I’m gonna have to do this.
iHorror: I think our time is about up. Thank you for talking to us and we’ll be following you whatever you do.
Lulu: It was great talking to you, thank you. Stay safe.
Becky is now playing nationwide at select drive-ins and is available On Demand on most streaming services.
Nick Groff Reveals “Truth” Behind ‘Ghost Adventures’ & Zak Bagans
It could be argued that the American paranormal documentary and reality TV phenomenon started with Ghost Adventures back in 2004 when then-unknown investigator Zak Bagans and his team filmed a documentary that allegedly revealed actual footage of paranormal activity on camera. That movie wouldn’t become widely available to viewers until it aired on the SyFy (nee Sci-Fi) Channel in 2007.
The movie, titled Ghost Adventures, inspired a television reality show of the same name that premiered on a different network, The Travel Channel, in 2008.
It must be noted that the hugely popular paranormal investigation reality show Ghost Hunters was already a mainstay on SyFy since 2004 and would go on to span 11 seasons.
Since then both original shows have found new life on Discovery+ with each brand having spin-offs and new seasons.
Lately, Ghost Adventures has become the topic of rumors and harsh accusations, especially against its host Zak Bagans. From allegations of career sabotage to being hard to work with, Bagans has recently been vilified by some people formerly on his team.
One of the original creators of Ghost Adventures, Nick Groff went on Twitter this week to speak about his former business partner, and let’s just say Bagans didn’t fare well. Groff doesn’t mention Bagans by name in the video, he often refers to him vaguely, as in, “the host who I was working with.”
IT’S TIME FOR THE TRUTH pic.twitter.com/9BXKieDzVZ— Nick Groff (@NickGroff_) March 19, 2023
To be fair, the paranormal behind-the-scenes drama is really nothing compared to the success that the original Ghost Adventures team wrought. Since Bagans was the face of the show (and still is), and apparently a sex symbol in that field, it was mostly his persona that propelled the brand into reality stardom.
That isn’t to say no one else from his team didn’t work hard to make the show as iconic as it is, Groff even says he helped come up with the name. But comparatively, Bagans is like the lead singer of a rock band and his investigators just aren’t as visible.
However, Groff, having gone solo, is himself a pop culture favorite. His show Paranormal Lockdown, which he executive produced, found a huge following. Many fans were upset that it ended in 2019 as you will see in his Twitter Q&A above.
Tell us what you think of this reality drama in the comments.
‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’ Comes to Brilliant 4K UHD From Vinegar Syndrome
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is on its way to us from Vinegar Syndrome. The new release comes with an entire heck load of special features to boot. From new interviews with Tom Savini to Caroline Williams and more the disc is loaded with all kinds of new features to dig into. Of course, the new collection also made sure to include all the previously released special features. This makes for one hell of an absolutely complete collection.
The entire Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 experience on its own is a brilliant one. Director, Tobe Hooper took things in a vastly different level from that of the first film. Gone are the greasy, dirty, sweat-drenched Texas summers with the underlined stench of a cattle feed lot. Instead, Hooper went in a direction that underlined a comicbookish feel to the characters and the evil undeground lair in which The Saw and The Family took to hiding. It isn’t a direction everyone woul have gone with but Hooper wasn’t everyone and his brilliance shined through immensely with this gigantic choice.
The Vinegar Syndrome Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 special features include:
- 4K Ultra HD / Region A Blu-ray Set
- 4K UHD presented in High-Dynamic-Range
- Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm original camera negative
- Presented with it’s original 2.0 stereo theatrical mix
- Brand new audio commentary with film critic Patrick Bromley
- Audio commentary with director Tobe Hooper
- Audio commentary with actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and special effects makeup creator Tom Savini
- Audio commentary with director of photography Richard Kooris, production designer Cary White, script supervisor Laura Kooris and property master Michael Sullivan
- “The Saw and Savini” – a brand new 2022 interview with special effects makeup creator Tom Savini
- “Stretch Lives!” – a brand new 2022 interview with actress Caroline Williams
- “Serving Tom” – a brand new 2022 interview with special makeup effects artist Gabe Bartalos
- “Remember The Alamo” – a brand new 2022 interview with actor Kirk Sisco
- “Texas Blood Bath” – a brand new 2022 interview with special makeup effects artist Barton Mixon
- “Die Yuppie Scum” – a brand new 2022 interview with actor Barry Kinyon
- “Leatherface Revisited” – a brand new 2022 interview with actor Bill Johnson
- “Beneath The Battle Land: Remembering The Lair” – a brand new 2022 featurette with actors Caroline Williams, Barry Kinyon, Bill Johnson, and Kirk Sisco
- Never-before-seen extended interviews with director Tobe Hooper and co-producer Cynthia Hargrave – from director Mark Hartley’s documentary “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films”
- “It Runs In The Family” – an 85-minute documentary on the making of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
- “IRITF Outtakes” – extended interviews with L.M. Kit Carson and Lou Perryman
- “House Of Pain” – an interview with makeup effects artists John Vulich, Bart Mixon, Gabe Bartalos and Gino Crognale
- “Yuppie Meat” – an interview with actors Chris Douridas and Barry Kinyon
- “Cutting Moments” – an interview with editor Alain Jakubowicz
- “Behind The Mask” – an interview with stunt man and Leatherface performer Bob Elmore
- “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” – a featurette on the locations of the film
- “Still Feelin’ The Buzz” – an interview with author and film historian Stephen Thrower
- 43 minute behind-the-scenes video footage shot during the film’s production
- Alternate Openingl
- Deleted Scenes
- Original theatrical trailers for U.S. and Japan
- TV Spots
- Extensive promotional still and image gallery
- Reversible cover artwork
- English SDH subtitles
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is coming to 4K UHD from Vinegar Syndome. Head over HERE to place your order before they are all gone. (They are selling out fast!)
‘Bambi’ Meets ‘Apocolypse Now’ Fever Dream ‘Unicorn Wars’ Coming to Blu-Ray
Director, Alberto Vázquez brings the animated fever dream Unicorn Wars to life in a must-see spectacle and surprisingly heavy political statement. Fantastic Fest 2022 selected Unicorn Wars as part of its programming and it didn’t let down in the heavy genre fest. The film which is best described as Apocalypse Now meets Bambi is an incredible film with surprisingly heavy drama for being such a squishy, and happy animation style. That juxtaposition makes for an incredible and singular viewing. Luckily for us, the radical experience is coming to Blu-Ray from G Kids and Shout! Factory.
The synopsis for Unicorn Wars goes like this:
For ages, teddy bears have been locked in an ancestral war against their sworn enemy, the unicorns, with the promise that victory will complete the prophecy and usher in a new era. Aggressive, confident teddy bear Bluet and his sensitive, withdrawn brother Tubby could not be more different. As the rigors and humiliation of teddy bear bootcamp turn to the psychedelic horrors of a combat tour in the Magic Forest, their complicated history and increasingly strained relationship will come to determine the fate of the entire war.
Unicorn Wars Bonus Features
- Interview with the director Alberto Vásquez
- “Working in Blender” featurette
- Feature-length animatic
Unicorn Wars arrives on Blu-Ray beginning May 9. Are you excited about the insanely over-the-top experience? Let us know in the comments section.