Coven of Evil

Joe Lambert is a young journalist attempting to make a name for himself by writing articles on witchcraft. After reporting that the strange ritual practices of a Wiccan Coven are simply a ruse for sexual exploitation, he is confronted by Evie, the High Priestess of the Coven. Evie invites Joe to come and witness the rituals for himself.

Upon travelling to the Coven’s lair, Joe finds an isolated and foreboding farmhouse, avoided by superstitious locals. Once there, he discovers that his own desires take on an altogether darker nature as he is drawn towards Alice, an innocent young girl whose presence in the house is somewhat of a mystery.

Joe is forbidden from seeing Alice by Zander, the Coven’s psychopathic High Priest. He begins to suspect that Alice is being held prisoner by the Coven against her will. As Joe attempts to uncover the truth and rescue Alice, he is drawn into the bizarre and deadly world of modern-day witchcraft.

Coven of Evil is an unsettling tale of evil and manipulation, of courage and redemption. Featuring bold performances from a strong ensemble cast and a tightly directed story that will have audiences gripped to the last moment, Coven of Evil is a chiller like no other – an experience not to be missed.

  • Matthew J. Lawrence
    Director
    Tied in Blood, The Wild, A Fate Worse Than Death, Snuff with Style
  • Matthew J. Lawrence
    Writer
    Tied in Blood, The Wild, A Fate Worse Than Death, Snuff with Style
  • Matthew J. Lawrence
    Producer
    Tied in Blood, The Wild, A Fate Worse Than Death, Snuff with Style
  • John Thacker
    Key Cast
    “Joe”
    Reverie, Crimes That Shook Australia, The Witness for the Prosecution
  • Laura Peterson
    Key Cast
    “Alice”
    B Negative, Are You Wild Like Me?, The Nail That Sticks Out
  • Samantha Moorhouse
    Key Cast
    “Evie”
    Marrok
  • Craig R Mellor
    Key Cast
    “Zander”
    The Hooligan Factory, Prey, Marrok, The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead
  • Tracy Gabbitas
    Key Cast
    “Kissi”
    Last Call, Pomegranate, Giving Up The Ghost
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Horror, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 14, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (Blackmagic Ursa 4.6k)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Sector 5 Films / Chemical Burn Entertainment
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Matthew J. Lawrence

Matthew’s background is in advertising and design. He’s worked on television, press and outdoor media campaigns for various creative service agencies.

Matthew’s directorial feature film debut “Tied in Blood” is available on DVD through Chemical Burn Pictures. His second feature film “Coven of Evil” is due to be released by the same distributor later this year. Matthew has also produced 2 other feature films; Skyggen and Murdered, both of which are also available on DVD.

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Director Statement

Coven of Evil came about when I was asked to pitch a story to Chemical Burn Entertainment based on a title they had given me. I decided to reverse engineer the film, building a story around the actors, locations and resources that I had access to. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the glorious Yorkshire moors so this became the backdrop for Coven of Evil. What I liked about this location is that it can be incredibly beautiful but also desolate and eerie, depending on how you view it. It was perfect for our film.

As well as being a huge fan of the genre, horror appeals to me as a filmmaker as it is fun, challenging and relatively inexpensive to make. You don’t need big stars or fancy equipment to pull off a good scare! I enjoy the process of coming up with new and creative ways to work around our limitations.

The shoot was incredibly tough, as it always is with independent films, but I had a great team around me. The cast and crew were incredibly passionate and hard-working and I felt very lucky to have them onboard.

For me, one of the highs of post-production was first listening to the score by Steve Kilpatrick. Although we’d discussed ideas extensively at the outset, when I first heard some of Steve’s samples I was surprised and delighted. After all those months of shooting and editing, for the first time I was able to sit back and watch the film without knowing exactly what was coming next.

Making Coven of Evil was one of the most challenging experiences of my life, but I really enjoyed it and would do it all again in a heartbeat! I’m incredibly proud of our little film and I hope it can find a home with fans of horror and independent film.