Shelley Duvall, who is now 73 years old and retired from acting following her role as Detective Dubrinski in the film Manna from Heaven, which was released in 2002, has not been seen on screen in the past two decades. Duvall, of course, is most recognised for playing Wendy Torrance, Jack Torrance’s (Jack Nicholson) wife, in Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying classic The Shining, which is inspired on the novel of the same name written by Stephen King. Duvall has remained in the public eye ever since the film’s release. It has been reported by Deadline that she would be making her comeback to the big screen in the upcoming independent horror film The Forest Hills.
After sustaining head trauma while climbing in the Catskills, the protagonist of the next feature film, which is being directed by Scott Goldberg and will be released in the near future, is a man named Rico who is plagued by terrifying images. Shelley Duvall has been cast in the role of Rico’s psychologically and emotionally troubled mother, who also functions as the character’s internal monologue. She also had a role in the film The Shining as the mother of a troubled child who was staying at the Overlook Hotel at the time when evil forces began to torment the family.
Shelley Duvall’s role in the horror film The Shining was singled out for praise by director Steven Goldberg, who told Deadline that her work was a contributing factor in the film’s status as a “absolute masterpiece.” The fact that the well-known actress had a difficult time while working under the guidance of the legendary film director Stanley Kubrick is, of course, not a well-kept secret at all. Duvall disclosed to The Hollywood Reporter in 2021 that during the filming of the 1980 horror movie, the director allegedly treated her in a manner that was extraordinarily harsh, and she stated that she was compelled to cry every day for the entirety of the 56-week shoot.
Shelley Duvall has been gone from the acting industry for the past twenty years, but she leaves behind an impressive record that includes over fifty performing credits. The actress is best known for her roles in The Shining and Popeye, but she has also made appearances in films such as Roxeanne, television movies such as Booker and The Secret World of the Very Young, and television shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Twilight Zone, and Faerie Tale Theatre.
Her roles in The Shining and Popeye are among her most well-known work. In spite of the fact that her most recent part in The Forest Hills has been made public, it is not yet clear how significant her character will be in the forthcoming film.
Shelley Duvall (The Shining), Dee Wallace (The Howling), Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger), Robert Leckington (Gotham), Sherrie Renea Lewis, and Mark Thomas McKenna also star in The Forest Hills. Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgement Day), Sherrie Renea Lewis, and Mark Thomas McKenna also make appearances (Blue Lullaby). Scott Goldberg, known for his work on “Dying for Change,” has been tapped to direct the upcoming feature film, for which he also authored the screenplay. The movie is being produced by Scott Hansen, Dreznick Goldberg Productions, and Digital Thunderdome Studios, among other companies.
It is certainly exciting to see Shelley Duvall returning to the world of acting, as despite the fact that she was nominated for a Razzie Award way back in 1981 for her performance in the now-classic horror movie The Shining, the organization took back the nomination after learning that her acting in the film was impacted by Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of her throughout the production of the film.
Her performance is remembered as one that was both incredibly engaging and accurate in its portrayal of the anxiety and dread that a mother experiences when she lives alone. We can only hope that the lengthy break that Duvall had from the entertainment industry won’t prevent her from bringing the same level of enthusiasm to her most recent part in The Forest Hills.