Good news coming out of the
horror realm from one of the African-American led production companies already
established in the genre.
The psychological horror
film “Paralysis” has recently completed its casting, presenting a mix of rising
stars and familiar faces.
Leading the cast is Nia
Fairweather, star of the award-winning short film “The Roe Effect,” in addition
to her roles in “The Girls of Summer,” and “Oordeel,” the latter of which she
wrote and produced. Fairweather
takes the lead role of an emotionally fragile woman who moves into a new
apartment. As she is plagued by a sleep disorder, she fears that she may be
haunted by a supernatural entity.
Joining her in the cast are
Antoinette LaVecchia, who has starred in her own Off-Broadway play,”I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti,” in
addition to guest roles on “Law &
Order” and “The Sopranos,“ along with veteran actor DK Bowser, who has
appeared on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “30 Rock.” The always memorable actress Nedra McClyde, star and co-director
of the acclaimed short “First Baptist,” in addition to starring roles in Shaka
King’s “Cocoa Loco” and the comedy “Three Prayers for June.”
“We are so pleased to have
found the perfect people to embody the roles in Paralysis,” writer/director R. Shanea Williams said.
As producer Anthony J. Davis
shared, the desire to see a new twist on a familiar genre was proven through
the successful “Paralysis” Indiegogo campaign, with crowdfunders proving “how
much they were looking forward to seeing a classic horror film on the screen
that features people from all walks of life and not just the stereotypical
Hollywood faces.” Principal photography begins on the film in October in New
“Paralysis” is the third film from Williams and Davis’ production company, Vision
75/80 Productions. Their last short film, Contamination, was selected for eight film festivals, nominated for Best Short Film
at the 2014 HBO/BET UrbanWorld Film Festival and the 2014 BronzeLens Film
Festival, and won for Best Actress – Drama at
the 2015 Flager Film Festival. Mshon K. Pulliam has signed on to co-produce.
Check out the film’s teaser below.