1994. A group of teenagers discover that the terrifying deaths that have plagued their town for years could be related to each other, and that they could be the next victims. Based on the successful horror stories of RL Stine, Netflix released yesterday the first film of the trilogy ‘The Street of Terror’ about the sinister history of Shadyside.
In the first installment, the common thread is Deena and Sam, two high school girls who live in panic after being chased by possessed murderers, while dealing with their own problems and an intolerant society that does not accept their relationship. “Director Leigh Janiak wanted these films to be an opportunity for the protagonists to not be typical of a horror film, nor the classic story of love and heroism that we always see between two heterosexual people, but through the eyes of one queer couple ”, reveals through the Zoom the actress Kiana Madeira (28), who plays Deena. “It was important that the film put first people that society traditionally treats as ‘other’, and that it reflected the experience of being queer in the 90s. Sam and Deena do not live in a totally safe world and that was relevant to delineate their journey, which is difficult because Sam can be a person that you do not like at first, because he is trying to be someone he is not. The important thing was to show what many young people live, ”adds the actress, highlighting the importance of promoting respect and tolerance among all, especially among the youngest.
“Deena is the most resilient, strong, passionate and intrepid character I have ever played. She is the typical anguished and irritable adolescent, but she loves with a lot of passion and is willing to do whatever it takes for the people she loves and that is why she is a true heroine ”, says Madeira.
Actress Olivia Scott (23) plays Sam, Deena’s shy partner, who, forced by her mother, tries at all times to hide her true essence. Beyond his complex role, Scott reveals his fanaticism for horror movies and admits that he follows in the footsteps of their director. “Leigh was inspired by several cult horror films for ‘The Street of Horror,’ in fact, she gave us a list of films we had to watch to prepare for our roles, including ‘Scream’, ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘Carrie ‘and’ The Salem Witches’. And I think ‘The Street of Terror’ knows how to worship these wonderful films, but it also finds its own style, “says Olivia, who diligently prepared for her role:” I literally watched all the videos I found about teenagers in the nineties. filming home movies. They were videos titled, for example, ‘Last day of school, 1993’, of teenagers walking around with their cameras, taking close-ups of friends and other things. Those were perhaps the most genuine interactions I could find, ”he says.
Actor Benjamín Flores Jr. (18) is the youngest of the cast, because when he started recording he was still in school. His character, Josh, Deena’s brother, is the typical puberty, half nerd, who dominates technology in a decade in which everything began to change thanks to the internet. “The recording process was crazy, what’s more, since I was the youngest in the cast, when we finished recording, everyone would stay talking or meet up to go somewhere, but I had to go directly to study. What I liked the most is that the production team worked so that both inside and outside we felt within this epic. Without lying I can say that even before ‘The Street of Terror’ I did not have a favorite horror movie until this one. I love her, ”says Flores.
Kiana Madeira adds that like ‘Josh’ she loved 90s technology. “I loved it because I am not a big fan of current technology, it is very complicated and we have a love / hate relationship. So, being without cell phones during the entire recording was something that I really enjoyed ”, he confesses.
The next Friday, July 9 and 16, the second and third parts of ‘La calle del terror’ will be released, which will go in retrospect: set in the years 1978 and 1666, respectively. And in them, Kiana, Olivia and Benjamin will take on the challenge of playing other characters.
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