Lionsgate is finally delivering us TO evil this October. The Devil’s Hand, aka The Devil’s Rapture aka Where the Devil Hides aka The Occult was shot back in 2012 here in Wilmywood. And we now have ourselves a trailer!
The flick is about something evil that runs amuck in the small village of New Bethlehem where six girls who were born on the same day by six different mothers begin to mysteriously disappear on the eve of their 18th birthday. Is it a serial killer, one of the village elders or a horrific prophecy come true?
The feature was shot in multiple locations in our area including: Wilmington, Burgaw, Currie, Supply, Rocky Point, Willard, Supply and Castle Hayne. Every crew member that I have asked in regards to this film just couldn’t say enough about how great the environment was on set. Crew members really enjoyed working on this film.
Pictured (L to R):Stunt Coordinator Peter King with stunt performers Michele Waitman,Jimmie Lee Sessoms, Jimmy Waitman, Dale “Sunshine” Frye, and John Casino. (Photo courtesy of Jimmie Lee Sessoms.)
It was the first time that Michael Jefferson, 1st AD, worked with a foreign director. “We had a lot of fun trying to understand each other,” Jefferson remembers. “Me with my Southern redneck drawl and Christian [Christiansen] with his thick Danish.” The stunt work was a favorite for Jefferson as well. And that department completely agreed.
Jimmie Lee Sessoms lit up with excitement when I asked him about the work the stunt team performed. “We got to slide cop cars around! Ben Jensen and myself snatched Peter King through a door with a ratchet! We had people doing high falls and jumping through windows!!”
Jefferson says, “The one stunt where a mother jumped from the church steeple was my favorite. It will be a great sequence.”
Pictured (L to R): John McIntyre, Patrick Borowiak, Frank Godwin and Matt Doll. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Borowiak, AC.)
Jefferson also gave praise to the North Carolina proud DP, Frank Godwin, as well as the producers on the project. “Pete Shilaimon and Scott Holroyd were a great team and kept the set light and fun.”
Transpo Co-captain Jeff McLaughlin agrees. “The show was completely locally crewed. The producers and director were extremely easy to work for. They made going to work a complete blast! I wish them the best of luck with the release and hope to work with them again!”
Andy Bader (additional Second AC)also chimed in about working with Frank Godwin. “He’s a fantastic North Carolina camera guy that I’ve worked with for years.”
The camera department is definitely excited to see how this flick turned out. Along with the creepy storyline, dolly grip, Troy Carlton, said the creative photography is what is really gonna make this film really shine.
Second AC John McIntyre says, “We had a killer camera department and did some really cool work with high speed cameras and lots and lots of blood!”
What Bader remembers most about The Devil’s Hand is how they worked with the supernatural horror element. “It wasn’t a bunch of cheesy horror jump scares. I felt more of a classic horror vibe.”
That’s is good to know, and we will find out for ourselves as The Devil’s Hand will be released on VOD, EST, DVD and other TV platforms on October 10th, almost exactly one year later after it’s original release date. The movie stars Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam Carey, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Thomas McDonell and “Dexter” fav Jennifer Carpenter.