Maria Bello has managed to mostly avoid one genre: the horror film. But “Lights Out” was different, even if it is about a mysterious entity that haunts a dysfunctional family. The family in question includes Sophie (Bello), a newly-widowed mother with mental illness who might have a strong, long-lasting connection with the spirit that can turn victims into piles of gnarly flesh. The actress, 49, talks about her own connection to the material and why this is one horror film that actually scared her.
I have to admit, while I found this film creepy, I rarely find horror films scary, per se. I tend to be more scared by films about real things, like cancer or global annihilation or death.
Yeah, I’m like you. I don’t scare easily, I have to say, and I don’t like horror films. But this one, I went to see it with my friends and we were screaming and grabbing onto each other. I was watching it between my fingers. I thought it was that scary. I think anything with mannequins, clowns or puppets — forget about it. That is scary just in itself.
I’m with you on mannequins. Even the scene in the new “Ghostbusters” where the ghost inhabits a mannequin I thought was pretty freaky.
I haven’t seen “Ghostbusters.” I’m dying to see it and I’m so happy about the numbers it's doing. It says a lot for films featuring women as lead characters. I’m producing films with powerful women in front of and behind the camera, so it was a great weekend for us.
It’s been exhausting fending off the MRA types attacking it.
I know! It’s so silly. Then you see Kristen Wiig on the red carpet shaking hands with little girls who are dressed up like Ghostbusters. I just wish that I had that when I was younger. I always had to dress up as Princess Leia for Halloween when my brothers got to be Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. We need some more female role models.