Whilst she suggests our use of the word “prolific” is too “gorgeous” to describe her most recent endeavours, Bella Thorne’s (Assassination Nation, The Babysitter franchise) plethora of recent and imminent projects in the works suggests otherwise. Just at the beginning of this month she tweeted, “In the next 3 months I have 3 movies coming out, 2 songs coming out, two music videos I directed coming out, plus my new book coming out it’s a good 3 months work.” If that’s not prolific, then we honestly don’t know what is?
Next up on her chock-a-block agenda is Shane Dax Taylor’s (The Grey, Bloodworth, Isolation) angst-ridden and serpentine shocker, Masquerade, which provides a savagely singular take on the home invasion sub-genre.
Directed by Dax Taylor, from a self-penned script, Thorne stars alongside Alyvia Alyn Lind (“Chucky”, “Daybreak”), Austin Nichols (“Bates Motel”, “The Walking Dead”) and Mircea Monroe (Book Club, Fifty Shades of Black) in this high stakes tale that pits eleven-year-old Casey (Lind) against a band of ruthless thieves who break into her family home with designs to steal a priceless art collection. Given that Dax Taylor wrote the film in reverse order, with the genesis being the twist ending, suffice it to say that audiences are in for a ride that just keeps on simmering right up to the aforementioned killer climax.
With Masquerade receiving a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release this Friday, July 30th through Shout! Studios, SCREAM hopped on Zoom with Thorne who revealed how she found herself tuning into her own inner rage to construct her character in the film, why she’s no longer apprehensive when it comes to talking openly about her life traumas and how she’d love to helm a killer shark movie driven in trauma as the approach she’d take is unlike anything anyone has done before.
Words: Howard Gorman