With the onset of fall comes a plethora of horror movies, especially in the month of October as it gets closer to Halloween. One upcoming movie that is sure to leave you with nightmares is The Accursed, directed by Kevin Lewis and produced by Marcus Englefield and George Lee. Horror fans and non-fans alike will surely feel their skin crawl with this haunting movie.
When interviewed by Bloody Disgusting, Kevin Lewis had this to say about his latest work:
“The film is inspired by great true horror gems like Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, and The Changeling.”
Check out the trailer below to get a sneak peek and see if you can handle it! Whether you’re a horror enthusiast or the friend they rope into watching scary movies, prepare yourself and read on to find out everything you need to know about The Accursed.
The Accursed: The Plot
The movie follows protagonist Elly, a nurse who was volunteering abroad when her estranged mother commits suicide. She returns home to deal with the aftermath of her mother’s death, hoping to sell the family home and get her life back on track. Elly becomes haunted by visions of her mother and jumps at the opportunity offered by a family friend to look after a comatose elderly woman living in a remote cabin in the woods for a few days. Elly believes that spending some time in the woods will be a nice change of pace for her and give her some time to relax after everything that has happened.
Unfortunately, things are not as they seem, and the trip is anything but pleasant. Elly begins to hallucinate, and the line between reality and dreams becomes blurred and compromised. There are mysteries to uncover and secrets to be revealed, and as it turns out, the old woman is not what she appears to be. There is something dark and evil inside her, just waiting to break free. Whatever demonic force is at work, it has lured Elly in. Will it get to her, or will she find a way to save herself?
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According to the Bloody Disgusting interview, Kevin Lewis stated that this film would be dealing with the theme of “sins of the mother are revisited upon their daughters.” We know that Elly’s mother has committed suicide, but what drove her to do this, we don’t yet know. Perhaps Elly’s mother suffered from delusions and hallucinations that drove her insane, which is why Elly ends up suffering the same fate. Or maybe Elly is simply being punished for sins committed by her mother, and from beyond the grave, Elly is getting a taste of what awaits her in the next life.
There may also be some dark secrets and sins that Elly herself is guilty of. Whatever it may be, the plot promises to keep you on the edge of your seat, with suspense and terror around every corner. There are many mysteries yet to be answered, and all will be revealed if you’re brave enough.
The Accursed: The Cast
The Accursed will be starring Canadian actress Sarah Grey as Elly. Grey is known for her portrayal of Alyssa from the horror-drama series The Order on Netflix. Meg Foster has been cast as Ms. Ambrose, the elderly woman Elly tends to. Foster’s notable roles have been in a miniseries of The Scarlet Letter and the films Ticket to Heaven and They Live. Mena Suvari joins the cast as Alma, who is in charge of the Ambrose estate. Suvari is known for her roles in the films American Beauty and American Pie.
Pitch Perfect star Alexis Knapp will be playing Mary Lynn, a witch hunter attempting to lift a demonic curse placed upon her family. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse star Sarah Dumont will be portraying Beth, Elly’s trusted friend who helps her uncover the truth.
Contortionist Troy James will be the man behind The Demon. He is known for his role in Hellboy and has captured the internet’s attention with his videos of horror creature-inspired characters. Sherman Augustus and Kim Kendall have been cast as Officer Green and Office Holly, respectively. Former NFL player Augustus is known for his role as Nathaniel Moon in Into the Badlands. On the other hand, Kendall is known for her roles in the films White Orchid, Blackhat, and The Boarder.
Other supporting cast includes Marian Lee, Derek Severson, Ava McAvoy, Olivia Day, Nia Cowart, Jaelyn Buffkin, Johnny Land, Jennifer Silverstein, Kailani Knapp, and Antoinette Van Klingeren.
The Accursed will be released on October 14, 2022. Both in theaters and on various VOD platforms.