Hoodoo Horror Movie 'Spell'

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

"I'm gon' fix ya, I'ma fix you good." 

Paramount Pictures has released an official trailer for a horror movie called Spell, from director Mark Tonderai (House at the End of the Street). In our new but changing world of cinema (due to the global pandemic). Every kind of distributor is desperately looking to release any content they can and hope it finds an audience. So most horror movies available this year is being released in October. The majority of them available on VOD right away. 


In Spell, “While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone, and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta 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.”


I was intrigued by this film when it was first announced. Been born and raised in rural Appalachia, I have heard tales of ‘Mountain Magic.’ A unique combination of folk magic, faith healing, and superstitions. It is universally called, ‘Granny Magic.’ And most communities had at least one ‘Granny’, and most people know some mountain cures. It fell between ‘White Witches’ and ‘Witch Doctors.’ Which one the Granny used was fundamentally based on where they come from. But that isn’t the rule. I only heard the word witch after I grew up and moved away. By then the Granny was all but gone. They were required because doctors were so far away in numerous communities, they were in essence, spiritual doctors. They doctored people who were sick, hurt, and delivered babies by combining herb/roots/bark medicines, religion, and superstitions. A great example of a ‘Granny Magic’ is Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies. And yes there are still Granny’s around. But they are harder to find.

I will definitely be watching. Spell, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital in time for Halloween on October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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