Shelley Duvall was one of the most acclaimed actresses of the 70s and 80s, with famous roles in landmark films like 3 women, the brilliant and popeye. But after a brief appearance in 2002 manna from heaven, she left that career behind and all but disappeared from the public spotlight. Two decades later, she is back on the big screen via an appearance in the low-budget horror film, The forest hills.
“It was a lot of fun and I’m glad to be back,” Duvall said. The Hollywood Reporter when the trailer comes out. “She had a good time and said she missed acting,” echoed a rep for The forest hills, which will be released next year. (Watch the trailer below.)
Written and directed by Scott Goldberg, The forest hills stars Chico Mendez as Rico, a troubled soul who may or may not be a werewolf. Adrift in the Catskills Mountains, Rico meets fellow country dwellers, including horror legend Dee Wallace and Terminator 2 star Edward Furlong – and is tormented by memories of his cruel mother, played by Duvall.
It’s been a long road back to acting for Duvall. Last year, the 73-year-old actress spoke with The Hollywood Reporter for a lengthy interview at her current home in Texas, where she traced her early days in the industry in the early 70s to her decision to leave Los Angeles in the 90s. She also discussed her controversial 2016 appearance on Dr Phil this left many viewers worried about his mental health.
“I found out the kind of person he is the hard way,” Duvall said of McGraw and his production team, who were accused at the time of exploiting the actress. “My mum didn’t like it either. A lot of people… said, ‘You shouldn’t have done that, Shelley. “”
That Duvall’s appearance in The forest hills is the start of a career second act or just a one-off cameo remains to be seen. But in his 2021 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she struck a wistful note on her Hollywood debut. “There was a whole bunch of starving actors throwing parties,” she recalled, adding that many of those same actors were sometimes invited to parties at the mansions of the rich and famous.
“Some became famous,” Duvall continued. “For example, there was this type of carpenter who got a big job building a waterfall for a studio executive’s house. Every time the executive threw a party, everyone saw the waterfall.” Rebound: this carpenter became Harrison Ford.
The forest hills will be released in 2023.