Filmmaker Pascal Laugier is known for being hard on his actors. During the production of Martyrs, he famously kept his lead actresses Morjana Alaoui and Mylène Jampanoï is states of perpetual distress in order to facilitate emotionally devastating performances. For his latest film, Ghostland, he apparently pushed and actress even farther—and right through a plate glass window!
Official Synopsis: The story follows a mother of two who inherits a home from her Aunt. On the first night in the new home she is confronted with murderous intruders and fights for her daughters’ lives. Sixteen years later when the daughters reunite at the house, and that is when things get strange.
Ghostland stars Rob Archer, Erik Athavale, and Tony Braga.
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Per Arrow in the Head:
One of the endangered girls in the film is played by [Taylor] Hickson, and she has filed the lawsuit over a disfiguring injury she sustained while shooting “an emotionally charged scene” for the film, one which required her to pound on a pane of glass with her face right next to it. According to her suit,
…the director [Pascal Laugier], consistently told [Hickson] to pound harder on the glass with her fists. At one point during the filming of the scene, and after being asked to increase the strength with which [she] pounded on the glass, [she] asked one of the producers and the director if it was safe to do so. That producer and the director both replied in the affirmative.
…The glass shattered, causing [her] head and upper body to fall through the door and shards of glass. As a result of the incident, [she] badly cut the left side of her face” and was rushed to the hospital, where she received about 70 stitches.
…She has since undergone treatment including laser treatment and silicone treatment, but over one year post-incident, has been left with permanent scarring on the left side of her fae. It is unknown at this time if any further treatment, including plastic surgery, would reduce the visual appearance of the injury.”
The suit accuses Incident Productions of failing to take reasonable steps to meet industry safety standards, including using safety glass and/or stunt doubles as appropriate. Hickson has lost income due to the injury, both due to the recovery time and the fact that her face is now visibly scarred.
Look for Ghostland to arrive in the USA sometime in April.
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