In Insidious Chapter 2, the story is split between the present day and 1986, where a young Elise Rainier is called in to help Lorraine Lambert and her son. With the movie making it's way to Blu-ray, DVD, and digital outlets this month, I thought it would be worthwhile to catch up with Lindsay Seim, who plays the young version of Elise, to learn more about the making of the movie:
You’re playing a younger version of Lin Shaye’s character from the first movie. Looking back at your time on set, what did you love about playing this character?
Lindsay Seim: I love that Leigh Whannell created such an unexpected heroine in Elise. She has a lot of heart and is really smart , so I was really excited about that. It’s nerve-wracking to step into a role that someone else created and, in this case, we have the extra layer with Lin Shaye still being in the process of playing the role. I really wanted to honor her previous work and really get it right.
When we first heard that the movie was going to have a flashback, it seemed like it might just be an introductory sequence. However, you have quite a bit of screen time in the movie. What can you tell us about filming some of those more intense scenes?
Lindsay Seim: As an actor, it’s so much fun to play those scenes. It’s heightened reality and it feels like your playing. You want to ground everything in reality as an actor, but you get more headroom with something this intense and it’s really fun. I felt like I got to do a twist on the classic “woman goes down a creepy hallway” scenario. Where most people would turn and run, Elise steps forward and has a chat with the demon in the closet. Even though she’s scared, she’s so brave. It’s really fun to build tension and give yourself shivers and shakes. It’s physically happening to you because the production value is so high and it’s easy to get yourself into that state when you’re working with someone like James Wan.
What was your experience working with James Wan on-set?
Lindsay Seim: Anyone who watches James directing can tell that he’s highly gifted and so creative. What I really appreciated is that he’s very calm, quick to laugh, and he’s still got everything going in his head. He’s three steps ahead of everyone and he keeps things light and focused. It goes such a long way when you’re shooting long days. I think that James Wan and Jason Blum have a lot to do with the face of current modern horror films. They're clever, you can’t predict them, and they have some great female protagonists.
Do you have any interesting stories from your time on the set?
Lindsay Seim: We shot a large part in a house that was built in the 1800′s and it was the real deal. I felt like I was in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and it was freezing in the house. It was really odd to walk into this darkly lit house because it was warm outside, but everyone was walking around in coats and gloves. The house was terrifying, but everything was so awesome and I was so excited.
On set, I had one moment of feeling scared. The last day that I shot, I happened to be the last actor who wrapped. It was a scene with a gash on my arm and I had to get latex removed. They had set up the make-up area down in the cellar of the house we were shooting. It was over 100 years old and no one was down there. They told me to change by myself and I said "Hell No!" Did I learn nothing from Elise? I changed on set and waited until everyone walked down with me to the cellar.
Insidious Chapter 3 was officially announced almost right after the release of the second movie. Do you know if there are plans to bring you back?
Lindsay Seim: Leigh Whannell is returning as the writer and it’s likely that his character and Lin will return. Whatever they create, I know it will be scary, smart and true to the experience. I have no input in the process at all, but in my dream scenario there would be an origin story told via flashback. I think people would like to see how she came to be in touch with her gift, and I know exactly who they should call [Laughs]. I haven’t heard anything, but I was so pleased to be a part of the second movie and would love to play a part in the third.
Have you always been scared of all horror movies or was there a specific movie that traumatized you as a child?
Lindsay Seim: That’s exactly it. Of course, I can watch them now from a technical aspect and see how it was fun to shoot. However, when I was four years old, my parents went out to dinner and the babysitter snuck her friends into our house. They watched Poltergeist and I had been on a steady diet of things like My Little Pony and Sesame Street. The movie absolutely traumatized me because I didn’t know what was real. I’ve definitely seen the classics, like The Exorcist, The Shining, and Psycho, but they all scare the crap out of me. [Laughs]
We've included more details on the upcoming home video release of Insidious Chapter 2 below. The movie will be released to Blu-ray and DVD on December 24th and is now available on a number of digital services.
“The famed horror team of director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) and writer Leigh Whannell (Saw, Saw III) reunite with the original cast in the highly anticipated, spine-tingling follow-up INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, debuting December 24 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Fans can delve deeper into “The Further” with more than an hour of bonus materials exclusive to the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including a three-part webisode called “Insidious: Spectral Sightings,” which gives an inside look at the business operations of Specs and Tucker from their early days as paranormal investigators through their investigation with Elise. Cast and crew highlights are also included in the three additional behind-the-scenes featurettes available exclusively on the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including a discussion about making INSIDIOUS 2 and what it was like to film at a haunted location. Fans can unlock secrets from this suspense thriller through two additional featurettes available on both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. “Peripheral Vision: Behind the Scenes” takes fans onto the set of the film to see how it was created, and “Ghostly Transformation” follows the make-up effects used to create the ghosts in The Further.”