“Shelter” Seeks Freaks (Funny, It’s Usually The Other Way Around)

Strange and unusual? Live in Pittsburgh? Free Sunday? Nala Films is looking for “inbred” looking folks for Julianne Moore’s foray into West Virginian hillbilly horror, “Shelter”, which is scheduled to start shooting in the Pittsburgh area in March, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


Pittsburgh based Donna Belajac Casting is looking for men and women, all races 18 years or older, to audition to be extras, but they’re looking for people who can give the film that certain “Deliverance”/”Hills Have Eyes” vibe.
While the film is shooting in Pittsburgh, it will take place in West Virginia/Appalachia.
“The casting call scheduled for Sunday invites “men and women of all races, 18 or older,” to try out as extras, according to the announcement from Downtown-based Donna Belajac Casting. But the extras wanted for the West Virginia scenes evoke images of “Deliverance” and “The Hills Have Eyes.”
Belajac says, “Some of these ‘holler’ people — because they are insular and clannish, and they don’t leave their area — there is literally inbreeding, and the people there often have a different kind of look. That’s what we’re trying to get. “Extraordinarily tall or short. Unusual body shapes, even physical abnormalities as long as there is normal mobility. Unusual facial features, especially eyes.”
Kids, feeling left out? Don’t worry, Belajac is also seeking, “a 9-12-year-old Caucasian girl with an other-worldly look to her. Could be an albino or something along those lines — she’s someone who is visually different and therefore has a closer contact to the gods and to magic. There is a granny who is a ‘holler witch’ who does magical things, She’s blind because she’s ancient, and this little girl is her eyes. She needs to look odd. She either needs unusually eerie eyes or pale skin. ‘Regular-looking’ children should not attend this open call.”
Here that, Mom? Round up the irregular kids and get ’em in pictures! Sound like your big break? Head on over: The casting call takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn North Hills, 4859 McKnight Road, Ross, PA this Sunday.

  • Titi

    You have GOT to be kidding me!! In the world of ‘so called’ political correctness, where we’re all afraid of offending each other, we actually have someone out there stereotyping people from the holler of the WV mountains as ignorant, inbred freaks?? Not to mention they’re actually announcing a CASTING CALL for those types! I can’t BEGIN to tell you how insulting I find this! My sister lives in a holler in the mountains of West Virginia.. oh! should I mention that she works at a children’s hospital and her husband works at a University?
    Un-bloody believable!

  • http://www.iconsoffright.com Robg

    Just so you know, the casting director for this movie was fired after posting this casting call out.