by AMELIA WEDEMEYER
The age of reality television is upon us as networks continue to put out new series that deal with everything from lip-synching competitions, to rescuing cats from trees, to a prime time deal for every extended member of the Kardashian-Jenner family. Within a short timeframe, reality TV has wedged its way into a top spot in the realm of popular culture. “I think it’s hard not to be [obsessed with reality TV and pop culture],” explained Fountain City native Abigail Wright, who stars in the movie “L.A. Slasher,” which aims to take on our society’s current and ongoing obsession with anyone who is experiencing their 15 minutes of fame. “It’s crammed down our throats at every angle. You can’t go to the grocery store without seeing tabloid covers.”
Part social commentary, part dark comedy, the new independent film focuses on the elusive serial killer dubbed the “L.A. Slasher,” who abducts a series of reality TV stars, each of whom serve as a certain archetype, such as “The Reality Star,” “The Socialite” and “The Teen Mom.” “It is a very pop-culture focused film,” said Wright, who also has producing and writing credits for the dark satirical film. “The L.A. Slasher has had enough of the current state of pop culture and what it is doing to society.” The film will have a limited release within AMC Theaters. “That’s really every filmmaker’s dream,” Wright commented.
As a film about celebrity, “L.A. Slasher” is brimming with familiar faces, or at least faces you know you’ve seen before. “The O.C.” starlet Mischa Barton stars as “The Actress,” while Eric Roberts (brother of Julia) plays “The Mayor,” and former tween idol Drake Bell is seemingly fit to portray “The Pop Star.” Meanwhile, Wright is a little more of an outsider with her role as “The Reporter.” “It’s fun, but it’s also stressful,” Wright said, referring to her time spent in front of the camera and behind it. “There are some days I would like to do it again and other days I would not like to do it again. It definitely has its ups and downs, but it’s a really interesting, fascinating experience.”
Wright, who graduated from Cotter High School, currently lives in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and two children. “I commute to L.A. as needed,” she explained. “So right now, I was in L.A. a few short weeks ago and we kind of lived out in L.A. for a short period of time during filming.” According to Wright, her involvement with the film grew over a period of time, culminating when she and her husband, Jeffrey Wright, formed a production company and took over the film after it ran into a few problems. “In a nutshell, we believed in the concept of [“L.A. Slasher”],” she explained.
While she admits that filmmaking is hard work, Wright said she was happy with her involvement in “L.A. Slasher,” and hopes that audiences will delight in the pop-culture references and the overarching commentary on celebrity within our society. “It’s just a fun [film],” she explained. “It’s something unique and it’s not just one genre. It’s colorful, it’s fun, it’s an experience.”
To learn more about “L.A. Slasher,” visit http://laslashermovie.com/.