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Whereas there’s no bettering on 1986’s Witchboard—“the proper mixture of melodrama, Nineteen Eighties hair, and evil spirits,” as some io9 weirdo who watches too many cult horror films as soon as wrote—a remake with intriguing style expertise behind it’s one thing to get enthusiastic about.

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Deadline broke the information that that director Chuck Russell (whose credit embody The Masks, Eraser, The Scorpion King, and traditional slasher sequel A Nightmare on Elm Road 3: Dream Warriors) has snagged Jamie Campbell Bower (Vecna on Stranger Issues) to star in a brand new tackle Witchboard. It’s written by Russell and Greg McKay, and it has a surprisingly detailed description already:

“Emily, her fiancé Christian and a gaggle of their associates open an natural café, refurbishing an previous carriage home in New Orleans’ French Quarter. However a darkness descends over Emily when she discovers an historic pendulum board, as soon as used to summon spirits. Christian seeks assist for Emily from occult professional Alexander Babtiste, however Babtiste has secrets and techniques of his personal, understanding the fateful bloodlines that binds all of them to the Witchboard. A contemporary coven of White Witches, a masked ball at Babtiste’s mansion, and the legacy of Naga Soth, the Queen of Witches, are all a part of a harmful recreation that places Emily’s very soul in danger.”

Should you’re aware of the unique film—and when you’re not, severely, why are you depriving your self of such supernatural silliness?—you’ll know that’s an virtually fully new story, apart from the entire “wait, you imply ouija boards can by chance awaken evil?” plot-starter, which sparked not simply the primary film however its lesser-seen sequels. The opposite parts vary from weirdly particular (the natural café!) to overly acquainted (New Orleans as shorthand for “spooky setting”), however there’s additionally a mansion-dwelling occult professional who hosts masked balls and a Queen of Witches poking round, in order that feels like perhaps a few of that ‘80s cheese may carry over. The commerce experiences Witchboard begins filming subsequent month, so we’ll little doubt be studying extra quickly.


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