Shelly Duvall: A horror movie entices her out of retirement

Shelly Duvall in the film "The Shining." The film will be one of many classic horror movies shown at The Lyric this October.The Shining
Shelly Duvall in the film "The Shining." The film will be one of many classic horror movies shown at The Lyric this October.The Shining /

Is Shelly Duvall coming out of retirement in pursuit of an Oscar win? Not likely, although in a People interview with reporter Elaine Aradillas, she did joke about how Jessica Tandy was 80 when she finally won. Duvall is 73.

“I can still win,” she jested to Aradillas with a wink and a laugh.

If, like me, you ever wondered where she went and why we haven’t seen her in anything recently, it’s because she stepped out of the spotlight and “quietly” retired to Texas Hill Country 20 years ago.

However, the actress who so many know and loved in the role of Wendy Torrence in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining recently decided to make a comeback. But for how long? Is this a one-and-done deal? Or will her role as “Mama” in The Forest Hills spark more roles going forward?

As the saying goes, only time will tell.

For now, I’m just excited to see her back in something and even more tickled that it’s a horror movie that enticed her out of retirement.

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American actors Jack Nicholson, Danny Lloyd and Shelley Duvall on the set of The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King, and directed by Stanley Kubrick. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) /

As for the movie, does it have anything to do with The Shining? No, but Duvall’s isn’t the only familiar face horror movie fans will recognize. Let’s take a look.

Shelly Duvall returns to acting in the indie horror The Forest Hills

The storyline on IMDB is a short and sweet one: “A man is tormented by nightmarish visions after enduring head trauma while camping in the Catskill woods.”

Chiko Mendez stars as Rico, the tormented man. In addition to Duvall, the other two actors many will recognize are Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) and Dee Wallace (The Howling, Cujo, E.T.).

Speaking of Wallace, this will mark her return to the werewolf genre of horror movies. But where will we get to see it?

If you live in New Jersey and can get to the Smodcastle Cinemas in Atlantic Highlands on March 11, it’s premiering there. There will also be Q&A with the cast and crew after, including the film’s writer/director/producer, Scott Goldberg. And it’ll be hosted by Kevin Smith (Clerks), who also owns the theater.

After that? Well, Goldberg is still in the process of trying to secure distribution.

At least we know to keep on the lookout for The Forest Hills to see (and celebrate) Shelly Duvall’s return not only to acting but also to horror! (Even if it is just in a supporting role.)

For now, we can see her in action in the trailer for The Forest Hills.

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Are you excited to see Shelly Duvall return to horror too? Let us know in the comments!