Written by: Ian Spelling
Caitlin Wachs, who stars as a pregnant teenager in the upcoming Masters of Horror episode “Pro-Life,” told SCI FI Wire that she’s bracing herself for the controversy that may result from the potentially polarizing hour. John Carpenter (Halloween) directed the episode, about 15-year-old Angelique (Wachs), who arrives at a clinic to abort her baby. Matters escalate, not only because Angelique’s anti-abortion father (Ron Perlman) and his three sons try to liberate her by force, but also because the child inside her is growing frightfully fast.
“I know there are a few pretty intense scenes,” Wachs said in an interview. “I’m kind of bracing myself for anything. I had a lot of fun working on it, and I stand by my work. I don’t think it’s necessarily the right thing, but I think that women do have the right to choose. Just the fact that it takes place in an abortion clinic can piss off a lot of people. So I’m kind of preparing myself for anything, really. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
That said, Wachs said that viewers should be able to relate to all of the characters in the piece. “As crazy as Ron Perlman’s character really is, I think that he’s just a father who’s looking out for his daughter,” she said. “My character is very religious and has no idea how to react to what’s happened to her and the doctors and everything. So there’s a lot in there that I think it’s not just like, ‘OK, girl pregnant with child and is trying to abort it and is freaking out about it.’ I think in our pretend world of horror films, it’s as close as [possible] to what actually might be going through somebody’s head if they were pregnant at 15, minus the monster aspect. I think it’s kind of close to that awkward ‘what is it going to look like? This is so weird.'” Showtime will premiere the “Pro-Life” episode of Masters of Horror on Nov. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.