Kyle Lowder’s Days of our Lives alter-ego, Rex Brady, found himself in something of a horrific situation the last time we saw him onscreen, as his former love Sarah tied him up when the two ran into each other in Paris and he tried to stop her from kidnapping Baby Rachel.
Exclusive Interview — Kyle Lowder
But that fright was nothing compared to the actor’s latest project as Lowder stars in The Amityville Harvest, a new horror film that comes out on streaming services on Oct. 20.
In the movie (watch the trailer below), Lowder plays Vincent, the spooky host of the aging manor, who “welcomes” a documentary team led by reporter Christina (Sadie Katz). Cue the shocking dreams and bloody encounters as the crew members all fall under Vincent’s hypnotic spell.
“I’ve never done anything remotely close to a film like this before,” he tells Soap Hub. “I’ve always kind of played the male romantic hero, so this was very daunting and challenging in the beginning. Maybe some of my characters have had an edge, but here I am playing a horror villain in this particular genre.”
Kyle Lowder notes he’s been a horror fan for a long time, watching the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th movies in his younger days.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the Amityville story mainly because it actually happened—maybe not in the details the movie shows, but it’s a real thing,” he says. “When this project came across my plate, it immediately sparked something in me. To be part of this franchise was very exciting to me and this film does not disappoint as it celebrates the history and the lure of the Amityville franchise.”
Although there wasn’t the scary, creepy music that appears in the final edited film when shooting, Lowder notes there were still some unnerving moments in front of the camera.
For instance, during shooting—which took place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in old mansions in East Los Angeles, Lowder shares there were some ghost stories among the cast and crew as the actors would often hear footsteps in rooms where no one was, and lose cellphones, only to find them again later on without explanation of where they’d gone.
“The weird eerie feeling around these old homes really added to the atmosphere on the set,” he says. “I’ve seen the film and I have to say, it’s pretty scary. It’s been cool to see the final product with all the music and sound effects.”
Reflecting on his recent stint on Days of our Lives, Lowder reveals he spent about two weeks on set and was so happy to be back.
“Days of our Lives is like a second home to me. It was the first professional job I ever had at 19,” he says. “No matter where I am or what I am doing, if I get a phone call saying they want me back, I will always be there for them. The show has given me a lot in my life.”
Lowder still golfs with DAYS producer Ken Corday and has worked on other projects with him, and loves seeing old friends whenever he goes back.
Naturally, he sees a lot of Arianne Zucker (Nicole), his ex-wife with who he shares a daughter, who he still considers one of his “best friends in the world.” He’s also close with Eric Martsolf (Brady), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben), and another golfing buddy, Galen Gering (Rafe).
As for what’s Rex up to, Lowder is pretty sure he left Paris unscathed and is back at home.
“I would imagine Rex is back in Chicago working as a doctor and raising his daughter with Mimi,” he says. “It’s DAYS, so I could easily get a call tomorrow and find out Rex is needed to come back to Salem for something.
“This genre is very much a part of my career and who I am, and whether it’s DAYS or BB [where he played Rick Forrester], working on a show or doing an event is something that I will always cherish and always be a part of.” Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.