Loretta Devine Calls Her Role in Paramount's Thriller "Spell" "So Intense"!
Just in time for Halloween, Paramount Pictures is putting a little treat in our bags! "Spell", starring Omari Hardwick and Loretta Devine is what happens when you combine Stephen King's "Misery" with "Wrong Turn", "The Hills Have Eyes" and a sprinkle of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" but. .. with a Black cast!
Here's what it's about:
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
Although the film looks like it was filmed in a West Virginia "Holler" it was actually filmed in South Africa. Mark Tonderai, a British-Zimbabwean director, and veteran Hollywood scribe Kurt Wimmer say isn’t aiming for regional authenticity, though it might have poured on the bad-dream atmospherics a bit thicker to make up for that lack.
Devine, who is known for playing sweet and angelic mother figures, recently said that she didn't think she'd ever be cast in a horror film but, this one came calling. The original "Dreamgirl" said that the role of "Eloise" was "so intense" and was a bit of a "challenge".
The film already has pretty decent reviews with Variety calling it "a decently stylish thriller with occult elements that should satisfy viewers’ genre requirements". Although the film has received some other "mixed" reviews, we're going to watch it to support our favorite actors!
"Spell" is being released via premium video-on-demand and digital in time on Oct. 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment. You can pre-order it here!