In the world of independent filmmaking, where resources are often limited, the cast and crew’s dedication can make or break a film. Shaky Shivers, the latest horror-comedy to hit the screens, is a testament to the power of strong performances and unbreakable chemistry among its cast. From the film’s stars VyVy Nguyen and Brooke Markham to its director Sung Kang, everyone involved in the project has poured their heart and soul into making it a memorable experience for the audience.
Shaky Shivers Stars Talk About Hard Scenes to Not Break
From earlier coverage, we learned from Kang, that casting was the secret ingredient to Shaky Shivers. Which after watching the film is hard to deny and easy to understand. But just because the casting is great, doesn’t mean it’s easy from there. The cast now has to put in the work. VyVy Nguyen, who plays one of the lead roles in the film, Karen, spoke about the challenges of keeping a straight face during the shoot.
“I think the one that resonates the most in my head is the first scene when Vivi and I are in the car. I love that scene so much. It’s so fun. And oh, God, I just remember shooting that scene like it was yesterday. So I think all the scenes were pretty hard to get through without laughing because the writing was so brilliant and grounded in its comedy to begin with.
And then the Sung allowed us to play so much. So we were able to surprise each other with a lot of fun improv. And also, especially when Jimmy Bellinger is on set, it’s a very hard day to get through without laughing. So I’ll say that too.”-VyVy Nguyen, Karen in ‘Shaky Shivers’-
Brooke Markham echoed Nguyen’s sentiments, praising the freedom they had to improvise. “Song and the writers were so generous in allowing us to improv. So sometimes it was just like a pleasant surprise that would come out and you’d just be like, oh, that just came out of her mouth. Okay, keep it together,” Markham said.
“Sung and the writers were so generous in allowing us to improv. So sometimes it was just like a pleasant surprise that would come out and you’d just be like, oh, that just came out of her mouth. Okay, keep it together. Keep it together. But the opening with, yeah, all the stuff in the car, there was a lot of permission to play with that.
And we knew those scenes so well because they were part of our audition. So we really got to make it our own. And it was fun. We got to do a whole bunch of takes and figure out where was the direction of the story going.”-Brooke Markham, Lucy in ‘Shaky Shivers’-
The combination of a dedicated cast and a director willing to lean on his team’s strengths has resulted in a film that is both entertaining and emotionally resonant. Shaky Shivers stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when everyone involved in a project is committed to its success.
In a world where big-budget films often dominate the box office, Shaky Shivers proves that sometimes all you need is the right people and a compelling story to make a film that resonates with audiences. And as Sung Kang puts it, “If you can hire the right people, then your job just becomes easier and easier.”
So, if you’re in the mood for a film that combines horror and comedy with unforgettable performances and unbreakable chemistry, go watch Shaky Shivers. Now playing in theaters and hopefully will be available on more platforms soon.
About Shaky Shivers
Release Date: September 21, 2023
Director: Sung Kang
Writers: Andrew McAllister and Aaron Strongoni
Executive Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Michael Y. Chow, John Lepper, Kevin M. Lin
Producers: Eric Bergman, Jameson English, Lucy Y. Kim, Kean Shim, Brian Yang
Music by: Timo Chen
Cast: Brooke Markham, VyVy Nguyen, Jimmy Bellinger, Erin Daniels, Skyler Day, Herschel Sparber
After finding herself bitten by a mysterious animal, Lucy becomes convinced that she will transform into a fearsome werewolf. Joined by her best friend Karen, the two embark on a wild adventure filled with magic and mayhem, as they look to do battle with a throat-slashing creature ripped right out of an 80s horror movie.
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