NC Film crew talks about the making of The Devil’s Hand (The Occult) w/ trailer released.

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!!”

Occulte Patrick_JohnJefferson 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.

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where-the-devil-hides_608x900Wanted to thank Robin who sent me this info because we had a lot of local cast and crew work on this one.  We have some updates on the flick,  “Where the Devil Hides” aka “The Occult” and “The Devil’s Rapture“.  Now that it has finally settled on a title, we can tell you that it also has a release date.  It’s slated to premiere on October 11th.  Alycia Debnam-Carey,  Rufus Sewell, Thomas McDonell, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes and Jennifer Carpenter star.

The big battle has ended.  Iron Man 3 will be playing at Mayfaire Regal Cinemas following a deal reached between Disney and Regal Entertainment Group.  I was asked if anyone in our local film community was upset by this.  Well, I cannot speak for all, but the consensus I guess was neutral. It was simply water cooler talk.

I was told this isn’t anything new.  Sony pulled this when the original Spiderman came out.  They announced they wanted more money and a theater company was so upset that they tried to pull advance screening and ticket sales.  Ultimately the studio won the battle.  Disney was kinda doing the same thing and as predicted Regal caved because, hell, they can’t afford to miss out on the money.  Inside sources told me, the battle between Regal and Disney was that Disney wanted 15% more of the ticket price.  In most circumstances, movie theaters make anywhere from 20-50 cents per tickets sold depending on the film…hence why concessions cost so much.

Now, back to the excitement of Tammy!  I told you last week Melissa McCarthy rolled into town, well you can now add Susan Sarandon to the list!  Yep, she is here, so restaurants, get ready to swoon her in to your establishments.  FYI, she likes long walks on the beach, animal rights and kids.

When is Dan Aykroyd, Toni Collette and Kathy Bates coming into town?  Check back, I will let you know very very soon.  (that’s called a tease).  There are tons of extras casting opportunities with this flick – visit the Extras Casting Director’s Page for details.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you Monday morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am live on Sunny 104.5.  Got scoop?  email me:  Until then, that’s a wrap!