‘Are you ready to gaze into Hell?’
The Accursed is a forthcoming horror film about a young woman forced to face her past while dealing with the mysterious death of her mother.
Directed by Kevin Lewis (Willy’s Wonderland; The Drop; Downward Spiral) from a screenplay by Rob Kennedy (Midnight Man). Produced by Marcus Englefield and George Lee.
The Evolution Pictures-Storyoscopic Films co-production will star Mena Suvari (What Lies Below; Apparition; Don’t Blink; Day of the Dead 2008; The Rage: Carrie 2), Sarah Grey, Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect franchise), Meg Foster (The Lords of Salem) and Sarah Dumont (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse).
When her estranged mother dies by suicide, Elly (Sarah Grey) is forced to return home from volunteering as a nurse abroad. Determined to sell the family home and get her life back on track, she finds herself haunted by terrifying visions of her mother.
Consumed by guilt and wanting a quick escape, Elly accepts the offer from Alma (Mena Suvari) as a temporary caregiver to look after the comatose Ms Ambrose (Meg Foster) in her isolated cabin. But Alma has nefarious plans for Elly and she soon is confronted with Mary Lynn (Alexis Knapp), a witch hunter who is hellbent on lifting the demonic curse that has plagued her family for generations.
Elly discovers that Ms Ambrose has a history in the black arts, as well as a mysterious connection to Elly’s mother. As she tries to unlock the truth with her friend Beth (Sarah Dumont), it becomes all too clear that Elly was lured to the cabin under false pretences…
Director Kevin Lewis commented: “The ability to work closely on a film rooted in demonic possession has been on my bucket list; it is a genre I am passionate about. This opportunity, to blend an incredible story with working with an exceptional female-driven cast is a tremendous moment for me as a director and horror lover. I am equally excited to be bringing back so many of the team from Willy’s Wonderland, like David Newbert (DP), Ryan Liebert (editor) and Emoi (composer).”
GFM Film Sales is optimistically promoting The Accursed as being if “Sam Raimi and Dario Argento had a love child… and James Wan was its uncle.”
Meanwhile, composer Émoi (Willy’s Wonderland) has signed on to score The Accursed. In a statement, he said: “The Accursed could be described as Insidious meets Drag Me To Hell, so naturally, it was love at first read. The story is dark, compelling, heavy at times, but also bold, unhinged, and adventurous, which is why Kevin Lewis is the perfect director to bring this brand of storytelling to life. Lewis’s ability to conjure excitement in such an eccentric fashion has put him on track to becoming this generation’s next cult director. I feel so honoured that he chose me to help bring his vision to life.”