Having spent his adolescent years binging on slasher films of the mid-to-late 1990s before going on to garner early career acclaim for his 2014 serial killer thriller Creep, filmmaker Patrick Brice proved to have just the right sensibility when it came to bringing Netflix’s latest shocker to the screen. Based on Stephanie Perkins’ New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, There’s Someone Inside Your House is a truly original adolescent slasher movie that promises viewers full-on, R-rated horror and surprising kills, all the while foregrounding compelling characters played by a diverse cast of exciting young actors.
From the producers of “Stranger Things” and The Conjuring universe, the film takes place in small-town Nebraska, where Makani Young (Sydney Park) has moved from Hawaii to live with her grandmother and finish her final year of high school. But as graduation draws closer, she and her classmates find themselves stalked by a killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the whole town, terrorising each victim while wearing a life-like mask of their own face. Hiding her own mysterious past, Makani and her friends must find out who the killer is before they all become victims themselves.
As There’s Someone Inside Your House releases globally on Netflix this October 6, 2021, SCREAM sat down with cast members Sydney Park (“The Walking Dead”, Wish Upon), Asjha Cooper (Black As Night, “Snowfall”), Jesse LaTourette (Boy Erased, The Devil Below), Dale Whibley (“Big Shot”) & Diego Josef (“Genera+ion”) together with director Patrick Brice (Creep, Corporate Animals) & screenwriter Henry Gayden (The Shazam! franchise) who discussed modernising the slasher genre whilst at the same time keeping the narrative as grounded and believable as possible by means of an ensemble cast of credible characters who depict what school life really is.
Words: Howard Gorman