Stewart Thorndike, a former model and enthusiast of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, recently revealed her experience working with Kubrick on his final film, “Eyes Wide Shut,” in the late 1990s. Thorndike had always admired Kubrick and eagerly seized any opportunity to be a part of the film. Amazingly, she landed a role as a character named Nuala at the Christmas party scene.
What made Thorndike’s experience truly remarkable was Kubrick’s unconventional working style. He would often change plans on the spot and shoot scenes that weren’t originally planned. This allowed Thorndike to witness Kubrick’s directing process up close and ignited a passion within her. As she observed Kubrick’s genius, Thorndike realized that she didn’t want to pursue acting but instead desired to become a director like him.
Fast forward a quarter of a century, and Thorndike has realized her dream by directing her second feature film, “Bad Things,” which is set to premiere on the popular horror streaming platform, Shudder. The film centers around Ruthie, portrayed by the talented Gayle Rankin, who unexpectedly inherits a haunted hotel. Determined to make the most of it, Ruthie invites her partner and friends to spend a weekend at the desolate property during a snowy winter.
However, as the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur at the eerie hotel, Ruthie’s mental state starts deteriorating. “Bad Things” delves into the unraveling of Ruthie’s fragile psyche against a backdrop of unsettling events that have unfolded within the haunted hotel over the years.
Thorndike’s experience working with Kubrick undoubtedly influenced her directorial style, as she aims to deliver a haunting and thought-provoking film. “Bad Things” promises to captivate audiences with its exploration of psychological horror and its portrayal of a woman’s internal struggle within a nightmarish setting.
With her latest film, Thorndike follows in the footsteps of her esteemed mentor, showcasing her growth as a filmmaker and her ability to create a tense and atmospheric movie. Fans of horror and psychological thrillers are eagerly awaiting the premiere of “Bad Things” on Shudder, where it will surely leave a lasting impression.
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