Daytime fans remember Crystal Hunt as GUIDING LIGHT’s Lizzie Spaulding or as ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Stacy Morasco, but the actress has taken on an entirely new role behind the cameras now. She is the executive producer of the new horror thriller, Lycan, which will premiere in theaters on Tuesday, Aug. 15!
The film is based on the legend of Emily Isabella Burn, who suffers from a mental illness that leads her to believe that she can shapeshift into a werewolf. “There’s a lot of stories of people who believe that they are slowly in transition to a wolf,” Hunt told Soaps In Depth, “and they’ll start growing out their fingernails and their hair. This was actually a common thing in the United States until they figured out what it was and how to treat it. Bu tit still exists in parts of Central and South America today.”
The film stars Dania Ramirez (DEVIOUS MAIDS) as Emily, one of a group of teenagers sent deep into the woods on a school project where things naturally go horribly wrong! “You never really know what’s going to come to light,” Hunt teased, “especially if a person who has a mental illness doesn’t have their meds in the woods.”
Hunt admitted to being a huge fan of horror movies herself, and confided that filming on location in the woods of Georgia was actually quite scary itself! “We were in the middle of 5,000 acres in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night,” she recalled. “I mean, granted, there’s a lot of people there so it was definitely a lot easier, but I can tell you there is definitely something creepy about being in the middle of nowhere in the pitch dark.”
And producing her very first film has opened the actress’ eyes to the other side of the business. “I have a whole new respect for every producer and all the crap that they have to deal with,” Hunt declared, “like last-minute things that happened right before the cast hits the set for the first time and all of the challenges that come up that you don’t expect and all the things you have to deal with right there and then.”
The film will be in limited release, so click here to find a theater near you. But you can get a taste of the horror by watching a preview of it right here!
For more on what Hunt has been up to since leaving daytime, be sure to pick up the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine!