This Halloween, director Mark Tonderai (House at the End of the Street) brings superstition and hoodoo to the forefront in the horror film, “Spell.”
A wealthy family’s plans get derailed after their plane crashes in rural Appalachia. The father, Marq [Omari Hardwick] wakes up alone in the attic of a seemingly nurturing couple, [Loretta Devine] [John Beasley]. However, it doesn’t take long before Marq becomes suspicious as he is introduced to Eiloise’s [Loretta Devine] hoodoo remedies. He desperately tries to break free from her dark magic and rescue his family from the sinister ancient ritual that takes place before the rise of the blood moon. A long the way audiences can expect chilling scenes, jumps and thrills and a whole lot of scary.
Some might sense a slight connection to the psychological thriller, Misery however The Knockturnal had an exclusive interview with Loretta Devine who explains why Spell is its own beast. “Although the similarities are great [Misery], this movie is more about a culture we know very little about. Eiloise is a root worker and although her intentions aren’t very good in this movie, normally she has very good intentions,” explains Devine. One might find it hard to see Eiloise’s good intentions after watching a certain scene with a nail and a foot. Even Hardwick was uneasy when watching his gut-wrenching scenes back. “I definitely got grossed out when watching it back like, how did I do that and where was I, because you blackout a little bit to play a character like that,” Hardwick shares.