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Director Sophia Takal Breaks Down the New Year, New You Interrogation Scene

December 31st, 2018 | by vBollywood Author
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Directed by Sophia Takal – New Year, New You – this is the first feature-length project since 2016’s acclaimed thriller Always Shine. The film is based on a group of estranged childhood friends coming together for the first time in years to celebrate New Year’s Eve in one of their childhood homes. The ladies plan to settle scores with the fourth, a famous lifestyle blogger who sells freshly pressed juice to celebrities and coaches her followers to believe nothing can stand in between them and all that they desire.

The first part of New Year, New You slowly builds up the feeling of sickness that comes with knowing something terrible is on its way — and affects the awkward sensation of being in a room while two of the friends have a very personal fight with shocking accuracy. The dread gives a lot more scary second half after Suki Waterhouse’s character, Alexis, decides it’s time to torture her popular, former bestie (Carly Chaikin as the lifestyle blogger “Get Well” Danielle) into confessing her long-buried sins.

The director says: “I actually hate New Year’s Eve,” says the filmmaker. “Anything that reminds me that time is going by seizes me with anxiety. I haven’t had anything murderous happen — but I definitely find it an unpleasant holiday.”

It seems Takal is not the best companion with which to party on December 31, it made her ideal to direct the horror-thriller New Year, New You. Produced by Blumhouse, New Year, New You is part of Hulu’s Into the Dark anthology horror series and premieres on the streaming service December 28.

“It’s a darkly comic horror movie about a group of friends from high school who reconnect,” says Takal, whose previous directing credits include 2017’s Mackenzie Davis-starring Always Shine. “One of the women is a self-care social media celebrity, and there’s a lot of tension between the women and issues from the past that come out in weird ways.”

Carly Chaikin from Mr. Robot plays the social media celebrity while Suki Waterhouse, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Melissa Bergland portray her high school buddies.

Photo courtesy: www.vulture.com

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