Terry Wickham’s anthology horror film Devil’s Five has been completed and is set to be released in October. Devil’s Five’s world premiere will take place October 22, 2017, at Seaford Cinemas in Seaford, NY. Tickets can be purchased here.
As the title makes clear, Devil’s Five is comprised of five devil-themed segments. The Devil’s Five (see trailer), the film’s wraparound segment, is about a deadly computer virus, which is hell-bent on destroying humanity. “The Devil’s Five (aka Wraparound) figuratively serves as the impetus, with the other films branching out from its main body,” says Wickham. “The stories were not designed as one continuous piece, but they are organically attached and tethered to overall film’s premise deriving from The Devil’s Five story-line.”
Abandoned (see trailer) tells the story of a photographer who does a photo shoot with a sexy video vixen in a deserted location, which is supposedly haunted. Soon after they begin taking picture, they’re interrupted by something evil.
Stash (see trailer) tells the story of a likable, wholesome young woman who volunteers to help raise funds for a struggling church. She does this by going on a scavenger hunt, which is driven by a smart-phone application. This journey leads her to a terrifying discovery.
Based on the true story of a satanic ritual murder that book place on Long Island, New York in 1984, Don’t Say These Words (see trailer) is a coming-of-age horror story about three friends who stumble upon an ancient book that summons the devil himself. As all hell breaks loose, literally, the friends try to film their ordeal.
Choke tells the story of a cuckolded filmmaker who has been betrayed by his business partner and own wife. He gets revenge by broadcasting his wife having rough sex, which starts out with choking and ends up with demonic possession.
Wickham promises that anyone looking for a good horror anthology film won’t be disappointed by Devil’s Five. “The thing that has bothered me about some of the horror anthologies of late is that overall ideas of what threaded them together was small and the movies had no real connection other than with the story device to display them,” says Wickham. “With Devil’s Five I wanted a grander scale idea and our films absolutely had to be fastened together. Plus it really bothered me that in some of these other *anthologies, the characters never seemed to react to what they are seeing and what they watch never seems to have any kind of mental or physical effect on them for viewing them. We made sure not to make that same mistake.”
When we last spoke to Wickham, in May 2016, the East Coast-based filmmaker was scrambling to complete the segments, which were in various stages of incompleteness. “A lot has happened since we spoke in May 2016,” says Wickham. “At that time, my film Abandoned had not finished shooting, and Choke had yet to begin filming. Plus, none of the installments were edited or close to being done in post-production.”
Like so many independent filmmakers, the fundraising and production journey that Wickham has taken with Devil’s Five, which began in 2014, was a hair-raising odyssey onto itself. “As far as the financing of our films, each one was done differently,” says Wickham. “The Devil’s Five and Stash were both financed utilizing Indiegogo.com. But both of those films needed more capital than was generated by their crowd-funding campaigns, so additional money came from some special individuals who enough faith in me and my films to help support them. But also I think that the final budgets are all indicative to each film’s cost, because the people involved were working for deferred pay. If we were paying them, the cost would be significantly more than what we had. The truth is we got help from quite a few people and companies/agencies that lent their hand in supporting my films. I’ll just say $50,000 to $75,000 thousand per segment wouldn’t be far-fetched.”
In putting Devil’s Five together, Wickham channeled the inspiration of some of horror’s greatest filmmakers. “If you are someone who loved the feel of the late George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead or Dawn of the Dead, the late Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, John Carpenter’s Halloween or Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, then Devil’s Five will probably be a film you’d appreciate,” says Wickham. “I’m not saying our film compares exactly to the qualities or story-lines of those landmark movies, but we do have the same independent spirit and our passionate approach was inspired by what made those films so great. I believe our movie backs up our heartfelt intentions.”
For more information about Devil’s Five, visit Wickham’s website.