In the wake of the success of his feature directorial debut, Girl on the Third Floor, which first screened at 2019’s SXSW, Travis Steven’s latest outing, Jakob’s Wife will start life in exactly the same way, premiering as part of the SXSW Midnighters strand this year.
Written by Stevens, Kathy Charles and Mark Steensland and starring Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden, this supernatural coming-of-age chiller sees Anne Fedder (Crampton) begin to re-evaluate her mundane existence with Pastor Jakob Fedder (Fessenden) after a chance encounter with a vampire. On discovering an appetite to live bigger and bolder than ever before, both her marriage and the safety of everyone in their small, sleepy town is put at stake… until Jakob realises it’s about time he stood up and fought for the wife he took for granted for all these years.
With the film all set to make its world premiere on Wednesday, 17 March. before getting a Theatrical / VOD / Digital release on 12 April, SCREAM caught up with Stevens who revealed the numerous parallels between Crampton’s character in the film and the actress’ own personal and professional lives and how he felt that this was the perfect opportunity for her to stretch as a performer and deconstruct her status as an icon…
Words: Howard Gorman