Jay Baruchel is the rising star who plays the title role in Disney's upcoming The Sorcerer's Apprentice. But where his heart really lies is with horror. As I learned when I spoke with Baruchel this weekend at WonderCon about the status of his two passion projects -- Notre Dame de Grace and Pig.
"Notre Dame de Grace, I'm so happy," he said. "We got to finish that about a month and a half to two months ago, and I got to make it with my boy Jacob [Tierney], who directed a movie I did called The Trotsky, and he's one of my best friends. And this movie is sort of the complete antithesis of what we just did. It's this great Hitchcockian serial killer thriller set in a brownstone in the neighborhood I grew up in, and I make a prediction that Notre Dame de Grace will have by far the most brutal death scene in any movie this year. There's some death scenes in it. There's one in particular, one real money sequence that I'm mercifully not a part of that's gonna be pretty special. That'll hopefully come out at Toronto this year."
"And then Pig... If everything goes according to plan, that'll be the first feature that I get to direct. It's a passion dream of mine to make this movie for a long time. It's basically a reimagining of the classic slasher film, only instead of a masked crazy man chasing oversexed white kids throughout the forest, it's about a drug-addicted middle-aged white cop chasing four black kids throughout the ghetto on July Fourth. So it's gonna be a potentially galvanizing, most likely polarizing movie."
As one would expect, Baruchel is a huge fan of horror. "I think my favorite horror films would be either The Exorcist, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Videodrome (although Videodrome's more science fiction). I read anything King has written. My favorite King book he wrote under the Richard Bachman pseudonym; that would be The Regulators. If that doesn't get made into a movie, people are insane. The Regulators is one of the best, strongest books about America ever written. And it's scary as hell."