The psychological horror film Heir of the Witch was born out of writer-director Victoria U. Bell’s deepest fears and nightmares. Using these horrific images that haunted her dreams, Bell was able to craft a chilling story of witchcraft, family curses, and inescapable fate.
Bell’s paternal grandmother was an alleged witch who sold her soul to the devil to become immortal, doomed to haunt the family line until she was able to pass on her dark gift. Bell’s family was terrorized by this sinister history, cutting ties out of dread for the curse they may have inherited. Bell herself grew up plagued by disturbing nightmares and stalked by a malevolent heaviness that filled her with dread and shadowed her every waking moment. Only through months of desperate prayer was she able to lift this curse and find respite from the nightly terrors that stalked her dreams.
Bell was long haunted by shame over her family’s witchcraft, but realized “shame cannot survive in the same space as vulnerability.” So she embraced the darkness of her past, crafting a gothic vision of witchcraft, demons, and the inescapable doom of family destiny for her chilling film Heir of the Witch.
The story follows Anna, heir to a dark witch, who refuses to carry the sinister legacy she was born to. But Anna’s long-dead grandmother has other plans. The witch’s spirit haunts and manipulates Anna, visiting her with disturbing visions of past horrors and apocalyptic prophecies of her cursed fate. A seamstress caring for her ailing aunt, Anna finds herself alone after her aunt’s death, easy prey for the witch’s evil schemes.
Deceived by dark magic and manipulated at every turn, Anna struggles in vain against the inescapable doom of her bloodline. Will she fall victim to the horrors inherited from past generations or triumph over the evil that lurks in her very veins?
Through Heir of the Witch, Bell has conquered her fears and exorcised the demons that have plagued her and her family. Heir of the Witch proves a harrowing, deeply personal work of psychological horror and a triumph over the dark shadows of her family’s cursed history.
Heir of the Witch is slated to be released domestically and internationally later this year on August 4th, 2023 via streaming platforms.
Heir of the Witch is produced by Pasha Entertainment, a burgeoning independent film production company established in 2017 and based in Charlotte, NC. Founded by Victoria U. Bell and Pat Moore, Pasha began by producing short films and collaborating on projects with other companies in the US and UK. Along with Heir of the Witch, Pasha also has several other projects in the works, with the feature film “5” being its next endeavor.
Pasha Entertainment has been instrumental in bringing Bell’s vision for Heir of the Witch to life. Their support has allowed Bell to fully realize this chilling confrontation with her family’s cursed history on screen. Through Pasha, Bell found the means to transform her nightmares into a haunting piece of gothic cinema and share with the world the doom we may all inherit in our blood.