American Mary’s Tristan Risk is “Love Sick”.

The Horror world has just received some very exciting casting news. Tristan Risk who played the quirky yet unusual supporting character of Beatress in Jen and Sylvia Soska’s American Mary has signed on to play the lead role of Rebecca in Todd E. Freeman’s latest feature film, Love Sick.


In recent months Freeman has worked incredibly hard on the script for his follow up film to 2012’s Cronenberg-esque, surgical shocker Cell Count. As well as that, he’s also teased audiences with an insight into what to expect from Love Sick through creating an entry for The ABC’s Of Death 2, titled M is for Marriage. Sadly, the three minute short which combined high emotion with a gory edge won’t be featured in the upcoming anthology however will be included in the spin-off installment The ABC’s Of Death 1.5 which is more than well-deserved considering it was one of the more innovative and strongest entries in the competition.


From the official website:

“Love Sick” is the story of Rebecca and Marcus who “have been together for 10 years and after much deliberation have decided to part ways. After separating and being with others, they quickly realize how hard it is to disconnect from one another. The pain, lies, and betrayal all begin to manifest physically within the both of them as well as infect the others who have become involved with intimately. They love each other so much that it hurts… some more than others.”


Going by Risk’s highly memorable performance in the successful American Mary, she has proved to be a strong character actress by making Beatress into a very endearing and hopefully iconic character. This was demonstrated by her flawless comic timing to her incredible chemistry with Katharine Isabelle. There is no doubt that she will be able to carry the leading role exceptionally well. She explains what drew her to the part of Rebecca and Love Sick as a whole. Deeming the project as more than just the run-of-the-mill horror, Risk suggests that Freeman has yet again scratched the genre’s surface even deeper, drawing on raw emotion which is in place to provoke the viewer in one way or another rather than just supplying endless blood and gore for the sake of it. Risk is perfectly suited to what is set to be a stylish, powerful and dark genre film, Freeman could not have picked a better leading lady.

Risk says, “After watching the proof of concept piece (M is for Marriage) and reading the feature script, I became really excited.  I love a good slasher horror but Love Sick is different:  It has the ability to haunt you well after you’ve seen it.  It leaves you questioning your own relationships, makes you wonder how well you know those closest to you, and what horrors lay just beneath the surface.” [Tristan Risk- Actress].

“I saw her mind blowing performance in American Mary and thought immediately that I wanted to work with her on Love Sick,” says Writer / Director Todd Freeman.  “While talking with her about the script and the character of Rebecca, it became even more obvious that it was a perfect marriage of actor to material.  I saw the character of Rebecca on the (Skype) screen for the first time and, quite honestly, it was electric.  I can’t wait for people to see her dissolve into this role.  It’s a goopy mess of a movie and Tristan is front and center for the entire run time.  Genre fans have a lot to look forward to.” [Todd E. Freeman- Writer/Director].

According to the official website, production is set to begin this Spring with more casting information on the way. Love Sick is one film that will be eagerly anticipated by Hayley’s Horror Reviews. I am also extremely privileged to be asked to share this news and provide coverage on this site.

Check out the initial Press Release Here.

Click Here for my review and the video link for M is For Marriage.

Best Wishes to Todd and all his team at Polluted Pictures on a successful film.

Hayley Alice Roberts.


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