The Devil’s Hand – Exclusive Interview with Adelaide Kane
In the new religious-themed horror movie starring Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Carpenter, and Colm Meany, young girls in a small community cult start to go missing. The older followers fear a long-told prophecy is coming true, while the younger members suspect abusive elders are killing them off.
One of the younger cult girls targeted is Ruth, played by Adelaide Kane. We had a chance to catch up with her and ask how she got that juicy (read: bloody) role and what it was like filming such intense scenes.
Dread Central: What a fun role you have in The Devil’s Hand. How’d you first hear about it?
AK: I auditioned for it like anybody else. I was excited by the thought of working, but also Rufus Sewell was involved and I’m a big fan of his and Jennifer Carpenter’s. So I read the script and called my agent. I said it’s fantastic because the driving force is a bunch of young women. It was very exciting; it was fun to not have a character who is romantically involved with anybody [for a change]. Plus I got to run across fields and jump in a lake. I find filming stuff like that really fun. I like horror, action thrillers, and that type stuff. It’s always physical, and that makes me fight; I like that.
DC: We were on set in North Carolina, and it was so hot and full of biting bugs. How did you stand wearing those long-sleeved, petticoated dresses?
AK: I tell you what… those outfits might have been warm, but you didn’t get stung that much by bugs. The outfit was pretty thin so it wasn’t too much of a pain. The only time the outfits became an issue for me was in a scene where I was getting hacked up, and my dress was torn, the back of my dress was hacked up. So I couldn’t wear a bra, and all these girls (in the religious cult) don’t shop at Victoria Secret, you know, that I’m aware of. I’ve always had large breasts, and not wearing a bra is not a good look for me! We had to keep the back of the dress patched up, and also having me not wear a bra, we ended up having to use masking tape to stick my boobs to the fabric so we could keep filming this thing. There’s me running around, and I had stuff to tape up the bra for three days. Like every little horror film that I’ve ever done, I have a similar story, whether it’s trying to get fake blood out of my hair or four hours getting prosthetics off or on… so yes, it was a fun time. A lot of wardrobe mishaps.
DC: You have some really intense scenes with Colm Meany. What was it like to square off with him?
AK: He’s a really incredible actor. He’s a very interesting and talented man. I thought it was a very cool scene; I was a little nervous. He did this big speech on [the devil], and when they cut, all the background players were just sitting in the pews and applauded him. It was really fantastic; he is so cool. I was a little bit nervous but looking forward to the scene to see if I could even remotely hold my own in the face of all the terrible wrath of Colm Meany; it’s exciting. I work with Meaghan Follows now, and she’s so unbelievably good; she’s such a good actor, and you really have to step up your game to work with people like that. Or you are left in the dust. So it was really exciting to challenge myself to try and hold my own in that scene with him, and I consider myself very lucky that I got to do that kicking and screaming.
DC: Did working in practical locations help, or was it kind of limiting at times?
AK: Where we were shooting in North Carolina, it’s so spooky and it’s so creepy, and we definitely worked really hard to create the creepy atmosphere. In the abandoned forest you really feel like you can see the Devil. I think there is a feeling of isolation and that sort of spookiness in the big creepy barn. I hope it really help set the atmosphere and pop the tension so that you think about it after you leave the theater. I have high hopes that that’s what it’ll end up doing, I hope it scares the viewers. That would be freaking awesome.
Terror descends upon a devout community when The Devil’s Hand grabs hold on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD December 16 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Theatrically released in 2014, the spine-tingling story is available On Demand now.
The terrorizing satanic flick from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Christian E. Christiansen (Best Short Film, Live Action, At Night, 2008) stars Rufus Sewell (Dark City, The Illusionist) with Jennifer Carpenter (Showtime’s “Dexter,” Quarantine, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and Golden Globe® nominee Colm Meaney (AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” Con Air). The Devil’s Hand will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
The Devil’s Hand tells the tale of six girls born on the sixth day of the sixth month, setting in motion an ancient prophecy–on their 18th birthday, one of the girls will become the Devil’s Hand. As the day nears, the young women begin to disappear. Threatened by the town’s fiery religious leader (Meaney), the remaining girls, Mary and Ruth, join with Mary’s father (Sewell) to uncover the chilling truth behind the evil that grips New Bethlehem.