We Have Always Lived in the Castle (film)

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Directed byStacie Passon
Produced by
Screenplay byMark Kruger
Based onWe Have Always Lived in the Castle
by Shirley Jackson
Music byAndrew Hewitt
CinematographyPiers McGrail
Edited byRyan Denmark
Release date
  • September 22, 2018 (2018-09-22) (LAFF)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Stacie Passon and written by Mark Kruger, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, and Sebastian Stan.

It premiered at the LA Film Festival on September 22, 2018, to positive to mixed reviews, praising the performances and direction but criticizing the lack of dramatic atmosphere.


After several members of their family die from arsenic poisoning, Merricat Blackwood lives with her older sister Constance and their ailing uncle Julian in isolation on their New England estate, away from hostile local townspeople. For years, Merricat's magic has seemingly protected the family from harm, but their somewhat peaceful existence is interrupted by the arrival of cousin Charles, who plans to steal the family fortune. Charles' arrival also threatens the dark secret they have been hiding.




The film, the first screen adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name, was originally reported to be in development in August 2009, when Michael Douglas' production company Further Films announced its attachment to the project written by Mark Kruger. Jackson's eldest son, Laurence Hyman, was also reported to be producing in some capacity.[2] In August 2016, Stacie Passon was reported to be directing the film, with Jared Ian Goldman and Robert Mitas producing, and Douglas and Robert Halmi Jr. serving as executive producers.[3]


In March 2010, it was revealed that Douglas would star in the film, and Rachel McAdams and Saoirse Ronan were also rumored to be attached.[4] On August 9, 2016, Sebastian Stan's casting as Charles Blackwood was announced.[3] That same day, Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Willem Dafoe, and Joanne Crawford were confirmed to star in the film.[5] Farmiga and Daddario were cast in the main roles of protagonist Merricat Blackwood and her sister Constance Blackwood, respectively.[6] On August 11, 2016, Crispin Glover was cast as Uncle Julian Blackwood, replacing Dafoe in the role.[7] Peter O'Meara joined the cast on August 21, in the supporting role of Sam Clarke.[8]


Principal photography began on August 8, 2016 in Bray and Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Farmiga, Stan, and Peter Coonan were spotted on set for the second day of filming in the village of Enniskerry, County Wicklow.[9][10] Production continued in Dublin, where it concluded on September 9, 2016.[11]


In January 2017, it was reported that Andrew Hewitt would compose the film's score.[12]


The film had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival on September 22, 2018.[13][1]


  1. ^ a b "We Have Always Lived in the Castle". Los Angeles Film Festival. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (August 17, 2009). "Further Films visits the 'Castle'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Kit, Borys (August 9, 2016). "'Captain America' Actor Sebastian Stan to Star in Thriller 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Steven Miller, Max (March 22, 2010). "Rachel McAdams May Take on Horror with THE ORPHANAGE and WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE". Collider. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (August 9, 2016). "'Captain America's' Sebastian Stan to Star in 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' Movie". Variety. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (August 10, 2016). "Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga Join Sebastian Stan in 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ Galuppo, Mia (August 11, 2016). "Crispin Glover Joins Sebastian Stan in 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ Murphy, Niall (August 21, 2016). "Peter O'Meara jets in to join We Have Always Lived in the Castle". Scannain.
  9. ^ "Sebastian Stan and Taissa Farmiga on the Set of We Have Always Lived in the Castle". ComingSoon.net. August 10, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  10. ^ Brady, Sasha (August 10, 2016). "Love/Hate's Peter Coonan looks very different from gangster Fran in latest movie role". Irish Independent. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  11. ^ Piers McGrail [@PIERSMcGRAIL] (September 13, 2016). "Wrapped on We Have Always Lived in The Castle. Thanks to an amazing, hardworking cast and crew" (Tweet). Retrieved October 29, 2016 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Andrew Hewitt to Score 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle'". Film Music Reporter. January 19, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Kilday, Gregg (August 15, 2018). "LA Film Festival to Open With Music Doc 'Echo in the Canyon'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 17, 2018.

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