Lindsay Smith’s a name you’ll likely be hearing more of over the past twelve months. One of the breakout stars of the indy horror hit In The House of Flies, the versatile and beautiful actress is quickly become a sought-after commodity on the casting circuit. On the eve of the DVD and VOD release of the film, we caught up with Smith to see what she thinks of all the, erm, buzz regarding ‘Flies’.
How did you get the role in In the House of Flies?
I was living in Guelph at the time when introduced to director Gabriel Carrer. Shortly after our introduction, I heard that Black Fawn Films were auditioning for a new feature. This was my first ever film audition, and I guess it went over well. Gabriel contacted me a few weeks later informing me that he had come across an exciting new script (In the House of Flies) and asked if I would be interested in playing the female lead.
Where does this one rank in terms of your most treasured gigs?
At this point in time I would definitely have to say that this is one of the biggest and most rewarding projects I have ever worked on. We put a lot into it and it was filmed over the course of a week, which seems like an absurd amount of time to complete a feature. I wouldn’t so much describe the process as daunting, although I had very little experience when it came to acting in film. I suppose you could say I was slightly nervous!
Where was it shot?
The majority of the film was shot in Guelph Ontario, with the exclusion of the theme park montage, which took place in Niagara Falls. For most of the film, we are in what appears to be a cellar, this set was hand built by the incredible Vince Moskowec in the basement of a house in downtown Guelph. I owe most of Heather’s loss of sanity to Vince and his extremely convincing set. After a few hours in the space, I really felt that I was in another world.
Did you know your co-star before filming or was that chemistry cooked up on the set?
Absolutely. Ryan and I had been friends for a while before being asked to be a part of the film. We respect one another and there is a great deal of trust between us. Good chemistry will always raise the stakes.
How would you describe the film?
I would describe “In the House of Flies” as a horror/thriller set in the 1980’s. A story of a young couple abducted and forced to remain in the basement of their captor. Trapped in a cellar with only several locked suitcases and a telephone, the couple must participate in a series of mind games in order to stay alive.
In the House of Flies is now on DVD and VOD
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