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Spooky Season Alert: Lee Daniels Is Directing a Christian Horror Movie for Netflix

Spooky Season Alert: Lee Daniels Is Directing a Christian Horror Movie for Netflix

It’s very nearly October and you know what that means: spooky time. Whether you’re gearing up for a real fright fest with classics like The Shining or your tastes run more towards the Addam’s Family end of the spectrum, it’s a great time to start putting your movie list together. And soon enough, you’ll have another option to add to the pile. It’s called The Deliverance, it’s headed for Netflix, and it’s being billed as a “faith-based horror movie.”

The project just wrapped filming and will reunite director Lee Daniels and actress Mo’Nique, who previously worked together on 2009’s Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire. Mo’Nique will play a social worker who gets involved with a woman experiencing strange and scary phenomena in her home. And the whole thing is based on real events.

In 2014, the IndyStar reported on the strange case of Latoya Ammons, who could not explain the terrifying events plaguing her family and her home. Though police, medical professionals and social workers initially dismissed her claims, many of them went on the record to corroborate her story, even saying Ammons’ 9-year-old son walked up the wall backwards “in the presence of a family case manager and hospital nurse.”

Eventually, a team of clairvoyants told Ammons that her home was host to over 200 demons, and Rev. Michael Maginot was called by a hospital chaplain to hold an exorcism in the home.

Sounds like a pretty straightforward plot for a horror movie, but this one promises to focus on Ammons’ Christian faith too. “Trying to find the balance between faith based and horror is the hardest thing I’ve done as a filmmaker,” Daniels said on Instagram.

There’s no release date yet, but the cast is solid. Glenn Close, Andra Day, Omar Epps and Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin are involved. Should be interesting.

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