I’m not usually a fan of horror movies, let alone ones that include exorcisms. However, when I got word of this film, I was instantly hooked and intrigued.
The director for this film was also behind One Night With The King, one of my favorite adaptations of the book of Esther. As Esther acted as an instrument to preserve the lives of her people, this movie also stresses the importance of protecting life from conception until death, and even the lives of those who have passed on.
It’s not officially Catholic canon as to whether or not ghosts are real. However, Fr. Mike Schmitz shared a real life ghost story on the Ascension Presents YouTube channel that gave me chills! Films like Coco and the episode “Amazing Grace” from Legends of Tomorrow only add to the popular appeal of life after death and the importance of remembering those who have passed on as well as praying for restless souls.
I look forward to seeing Wraith. The good news is that it’s being released on digital and video on demand tomorrow! Check out the synopsis for more information!
Wraith (rāth) noun: a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen after, or shortly before, their death
Something’s very wrong in the Lukens’ house.
After living uneventfully for years in their historic home, the Lukens family have somehow awakened a ghostly presence. Who is this frightening spirit and why won’t it leave their 14 year-old daughter, Lucy, alone?
Everything changed when Dennis and Katie Lukens discovered they were pregnant again. Expecting in your 40’s is always high-risk and dangerous, so when the Lukens decide all options are on the table – including termination – the unexpected starts to happen. Sinister forces are now conspiring against the family. But is this eerie, wraith-like spirit actually trying to haunt them…or help them?
Wraith is available on all VOD platforms and Blu-ray/DVD May 8th.
From writer-director Michael O. Sajbel, Wraith explores the super-natural story of a family who invites evil into their home after they decide they may not go forward with an unplanned pregnancy. Sajbel, who previously directed One Night With the King based on the Biblical story of Esther was raised Catholic, wanted to present a story about protecting the most innocent of life. “Growing up in a household rooted in God was my biggest influence when I decided to become a filmmaker. On my application to film school at UCLA, when I filled out the forms there was one question in particular that asked, “Why do you want to go to our film school?” I thought I’d put God to the test and put down that I wanted to make films that honor Jesus Christ and spread the gospel throughout the world.” He was accepted which began his journey into filmmaking.
When it came to the sensitive subject about pro-life, he wanted a different take by creating a supernatural-thriller. Sajbel, who is a father of three adopted children, believes in the sanctity of all life. “I had not seen a film about this subject matter presented this way and wanted audiences to have fun with a little twist but to also incorporate a very important message about valuing all life no matter how complicated it can get. We see the Lukens couple struggle with this decision about whether they can afford another child and Mrs. Lukens age and how there could be medical complications and her overall concerns with having a baby at her age. I wanted to convey that no matter what – God provides and the value of protecting an innocent life. Wraith gives us a chance to present this important message in a very unique way.”
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
VOD/DVD Release date: May 8, 2018
Cast: Jackson Hurst, Ali Hillis, Lance Henriksen, Jensen Buchanan, Catherine Frances, Lily Hansen
Director: Michael O. Sajbel
Writer: Michael O. Sajbel
Producer: Dennis H. Ranke, Michael O. Sajbel
Director of Photography: Antonio Mata
Composer: James Covell
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