We spoke with Oscar nominated directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman about their latest movie, Things Heard and Seen, out on Netflix on April 29th. Starring Academy Awards nominated actress Amanda Seyfried and James Norton, Things Heard and Seen is based on Elizabeth Brundage’s novel All Things Cease to Appear, published in 2016. If you watched the trailer, then this one sentence should be enough to give you an insight into the complexity of the story behind a young couple moving to an old farmhouse: “Everything in the natural world, has a counterpart in the spiritual realm.”
What happens after we die? Do we go to hell if we make bad actions in our lives? Are spirits and ghosts trapped in between two worlds? Does Heaven really exist? Things Heard and Seen dives deep down into Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian’s work, Emanuel Swedenborg. His book, Heaven and Hell, is read and studied by Catherine (Amanda Seyfried), which will help her understand what is really going on in her house.
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini share how they felt that the whole making of this movie was very “serendipitist”. From getting their dream cast with Amanda Seyfried (who was in Elizabeth Brundage’s mind the whole time she was creating the main character of her book, Catherine), James Norton becoming available at the last minute, to filming in a real haunted house and taking bets with the cast and crew to see who would spend a whole night in this scary home!
Things Heard and Seen is the perfect recipe for a horror/psychological thriller with a background of sociological study.
Let us know in the comments down below if you watched Things Heard and Seen, and what were your thoughts on it!