(L-R): Grace (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), Officer Rance (Nick Campbell) and Leah (Jodelle Ferland) in NeverKnock. Photo by Christos Kalohoridis.
When TV audiences last saw Jodelle Ferland, her character of Five and the rest of our heroes onboard the spaceship Raza were poised to engage yet another ominous threat to them along with the rest of humankind in the season three finale of Dark Matter. Sadly, that epic struggle for survival would never be seen by audiences, at least not on TV, as the popular Sci-Fi series was cancelled. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened to a beloved show, nor will it be the last. On a brighter note, Ferland has many, many more roles ahead of her in what has already been a long and successful acting career. One of her latest projects is the upcoming made-for-TV horror movie NeverKnock, in which she plays Leah, one of a close group of friends whose lives are threatened by a killer from the past. Coincidentally, this role also allowed the actress to revisit her own past, but in a totally positive way.
“My agent originally sent me the script for NeverKnock, and when I sat down to read it, the first thing I noticed was the director’s name, Sheldon Wilson, which looked very familiar,” recalls Ferland. “Right before Dark Matter, I actually did a film with him called The Unspoken. I had such a good experience working with Sheldon that first time, so if possible, I definitely wanted to get involved with this new project, and the timing worked out that I was able to do just that.
“I have to admit that I really love filming horror movies. As an actor, it’s nice to switch things up and work on different genres, but I have a soft spot for horror. That’s probably one of the big reasons why I keep coming back to it. It’s fun to be able to run around, scream, try to get away from scary monsters, and just do all sorts of other things that you normally wouldn’t do in real life. Of course, you wouldn’t want to do anything like that in real life,” jokes the actress, “but it’s a blast when you get to do it in a safe environment, like on a movie set.
“As for Sheldon, he’s really awesome and I’m so happy to have been directed by him again. I especially like his flexibility. Some directors can only see things a certain way and will not budge, but that’s not true of Sheldon. If we’re on-set and a scene isn’t working for whatever reason, he’s totally willing to work with you and fix things right on the spot. The entire cast appreciated that so much. When it comes to my fellow actors, some of whom are also from the Sci-Fi world, we had a great time being scared together.”
Also written by Wilson, NeverKnock takes audiences back to 1986, and the brutal murder of three teenagers who made the fatal mistake of knocking on the door of 59 Oakwood Lane. Their killer was never caught, and now years later on Halloween, Grace (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and her new friends, Leah (Ferland), Amy (Kiana Madeira), Sydney (Eliana Jones), Jenna (Lola Flannery) and Gavin (Vavun Saranga), decide to tempt fate and see who answers the door at that same address.
“My character of Leah is kind of the shyer one of the group,” says Ferland. “She’s quite a contrast to, for example, Sydney, who dresses for Halloween as a cheerleader and is very bubbly and not at all reserved. Like everyone else in the movie, Leah goes through quite a bit, and while she starts out as shy, she has her moments of bravery. She has to, though, in order to survive.”
Having appeared in such feature films as They, Silent Hill, Seed and The Cabin in the Woods as well as the aforementioned The Unspoken, Ferland has helped provide horror fans with more than their fair share of goosebumps. She hints at plenty more spine-tingling experiences for those who tune in to watch NeverKnock. “Acting-wise, the scenes towards the end of the movie were kind of the craziest for me to shoot, and I’m excited to hear what people think,” she enthuses. “Everything that Leah does, though, is so different from what I did as Five in Dark Matter, and I hope those watching enjoy her as much as I enjoyed playing her.”
NeverKnock airs Sunday, October 15th @ 9:00 p.m. EST on SYFY. As noted above, photo courtesy/copyright of Christos Kalohoridis, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!