Madison Ekstrand, star of the upcoming horror anthology series Very Frightening Tales, tells us what we can expect from the selection of shorts on offer.
The series has been billed as a cross between the infamous “Night Gallery” and “Tales From the Crypt.”
Ekstrand stars in the first episode, “The Curse of Stonehill,” as Lauren Foley, an adoptee who while searching for information about her birth mother finds herself at a haunted estate with the caretaker, Edward Barnes, played by Michael Paré (Eddie and the Cruisers). She traveled to Los Angeles to film the series in an actual historic haunted estate called Sunny Gables. The short has already won numerous awards at film festivals, including a Silver Thriller Award from the Hollywood Gold Awards and an Honorable Mention from the New York Movie Awards.
Ekstrand is from Niagara, Wisconsin. She started dancing at age 3 and has been trained in ballet, en pointe, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She has danced and performed competitively for 5 years. Some of the places where she has performed include the Orange Bowl Halftime show and Milwaukee Bucks preshow.As a model, she won most photogenic four times and Miss Teen Applause First Place, as well as first place at the Industry Network in Los Angeles. She began acting and soon booked a role in a film called, “For The Boys, ” and the Nickelodeon TV show, “America ’ s Most Musical Family.” In her spare time, she also loves horseback riding, animals, and working with kids.
-PH: Very Frightening Tales looks great! Congrats!
-Madison: Thank you so much! I had an amazing time filming with wonderful people.
-PH: When did you lens it?
-Madison: I started shooting my first episode in August 2020. I then shot Dinner Rush and Slice shortly after. So, these are short horror tales. Each episode is different – I promise you that you will be at the edge of your seat.
-PH: Are the stories grounded in reality?
-Madison: I wouldn’t say reality. Each short film has a different creature tied to it.
-PH: Haha! Have you worked with anyone from the production before?
-Madison: I have worked with Dale Fabrigar, the director, on The Very Frightening Tales. He is an amazing person and director. I have learned so much from him. The cast and crew are like a family to me. I am so blessed to be a part of this series.