Episode 154: ‘The Wailing’ with ‘Helstrom’ Actor Elizabeth Marvel

Episode 154

15th October 2020

Actor Elizabeth Marvel joins April Wolfe to discuss working with the Coen Brothers, acting as a visual medium, and becoming a demon in Hulu’s ‘Helstrom.’

Episode notes

The Wailing

This week we are joined by the prolific, multiple Obie Award-winning actor, Elizabeth Marvel. She’s on the show to discuss 2017’s cuckoo zombie/murderer/demon-possession film, The Wailing. Elizabeth initially talks about how this film inspired her latest role as a demon on Hulu’s Marvel show Helstrom. But she also goes on to elaborate on the details of her creative process. She discusses how she approaches acting as a “visual medium,” which is why she always speaks to the DP on set. She also talks about loving to shoot on location because she “wants chaos.” Elizabeth did so much research on The Wailing and she is such a wealth of information on the craft of acting. She has a phenomenal story about working in a cramped townhouse with Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories. And she reveals that the Coen Brothers called people she knew before working with her to make sure she wasn’t an asshole.

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You can watch Helstrom on Hulu starting October 16.

If you haven’t seen The Wailing yet – you simply must!

With April Wolfe and Elizabeth Marvel.

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  • Elizabeth Marvel

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Switchblade Sisters is a podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week, screenwriter and former film critic April Wolfe sits down with a phenomenal female film-maker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie – horror, exploitation, sci-fi and many others! Along the way, they cover craft, the state of the industry, how films get made, and more. Mothers, lock up your sons, the Switchblade Sisters are coming!

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