Featured Image :Stefanie Scott in The Last Thing Mary Saw. (Photo Credit: Shudder.)
The 1800s and horror are just such a great mix. Really, any film that’s horror but also a period piece is such an opportunity to utilize some of the underappreciated aspects of horror films; like showcasing great production design (by Charlie Chaspooley Robinson), costume design (Sofija Mesicek) and especially cinematography (by David Kruta, whose use of natural light is beautiful). These are all checked boxes for Edoardo Vitaletti’s feature film debut, The Last Thing Mary Saw, Even from the film’s title, there’s a sense of foreboding in the film, which follows the titular Mary (Stefanie Scott) in 1843 Southold, New York.
You can read the rest of this review from the Fantasia Film Festival, right here.
For The Last Thing Mary Saw, I was able to speak with the film’s writer and director, Edoardo Vitaletti, where we talk about what inspired the story and being inspired by somber funeral scenes from 19th century art history, shooting on location for the film, natural lighting, and more. Find that video, and the audio, directly below.