Watch The Coven (2015)
Directed and written by: John Mackie
Starring by: Dexter Fletcher, Cloe Mackie, Holly Mackie
Genres: Fantasy | Horror
- The Coven Plot Summary
The film opens with a map of Queen’s Wood in Highgate. A burning tree appears in a dark night. There is a goats head overlaid visually in the tree. The scene then moves to a girls school where Mr Shears (Dexter Fletcher: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) is giving a lesson about Wicca. He is holding a book with a title page containing the words ‘Diabolus quod igneus frutex’, meaning the devil is the fire tree. This book is bound in red leather. He gives a brief explanation asking ‘Is Wicca a religion or little more than devil worship’. The explanation he gives revolves around Robert Cochrane (witch) who he says ‘founded a Wicca coven as recently as the 1960s’. He is interrupted by a woman who comes into the class room and introduces herself as Mrs Belial, posing as a supply teacher. She tells him that he needs to see the headmaster. He leaves and she takes over the lesson. She explains how there was a Wiccan leader Uri Clef who appeared recently. He went missing on Halloween with seven of his followers and they were last thought to be in Queen’s Wood. She explains that people were concerned about Clef’s radical views but could not stop him. She then states that ‘he did stop’ and smiles seeming happy about this. Mr Shears finds the headmaster away and returns to the classroom but Mrs Belial has disappeared. It is clear that he does not know her.
Five of the girls in the class decide to go into the woods at Halloween and camp to see if they can see anything. Meanwhile Mrs Belial is seen gardening where she cuts herself on a rose. She sucks the blood enjoying the taste, appearing to be the embodiment of evil. On a nearby bench is a blue book.
In the meantime the girls have headed to Queen’s Wood by bus. They are walking towards the wood when a biker goes very close to them in a frightening manner. They then go into the wood and discover that someone has put the word Lucifer in ash on the ground. They notice that their five names have first letters that are the letters of Lucifer. Izzy, one of the girls, writes this down in chalk. They head on into the wood and put up the tent. The film makes it clear that they are being watched, apparently by the biker who passed by them earlier.
The film then cuts to the lounge of one of the other girls in the class, Eve, who has not been invited into the woods. She has found a nursery rhyme that states ‘You can make him go away with a cross stick, you can make him go away with a shoe’. She asks her mother what the meaning is, but she thinks it is just a nursery rhyme. Her tutor comes and sits next to her and explains that it has a real meaning and is about the devil. He then says that there are plague pits in Queen’s Wood and that those who were buried went to the devil. He asks “I wonder how the devil gets people now”. He also has a blue book that he places next to him on the sofa. His face is not seen again in the film. Whilst this is happening two boys decide to take a short cut across the park, but they get lost. Their names fill out the two missing letters from the word Lucifer.
Meanwhile Mrs Belial is seen alone in her flat. She is eating the raw meat of a stag and has some soil and foliage on which paper figures are laid. It appears that she is doing a harmful magic spell on the seven in the wood. In the meantime in the wood the boys become anxious. One climbs a tree but is struck by a stag’s tooth and falls to the ground injured and unable to walk.
The biker appears again and picks off the seven one by one. Uri Clef is seen in a dream like scene as if it is dealing with the past, as is one of his followers. They are skeletons, apparently long dead. Near the end a coven which is in the woods is seen dancing in the distance. Izzy heads towards it and is not seen again. Eventually all of the seven in the wood are killed. The fire tree reappears and images of the seven are seen being sucked into the tree. The film ends with the singing of the nursery rhyme about the devil.
- The Coven Full Cast & Crew
Jayney Mackie … (story by)
Dexter Fletcher …Mr. Sheers Cloe Mackie …Cara Holly Mackie …Ruby Mark Harris …Edward Latimer Tony O’Callaghan …Charlie Howard Lee …Eve’s Tutor Magda Rodriguez …Mrs. Belial Billy Red Mackie …Louie Kazim Benson …Eddy Madeleine Rose Witney …Izzy Maya Charlery …Fran Rachel Summers …Eve Fiona Maeve O’Brien …Ulrika Josie Benson …Eve’s Mum Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Angel Makedonski …Uri Clef
John Beckett … executive producer Jayney Mackie … producer
Film Editing by
Art Direction by
Paul Harvey Niina Topp
Jayney Mackie … makeup supervisor Melanie Szabo … key makeup artist Jason Weihov … makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dee Hellier … first assistant director: second unit Irene Maffei … first assistant director
Chris Cubitt … location sound recordist: second unit Simon Hornett … sound recordist Leon Minas … dubbing mixer Jon Newell … boom operator
Special Effects by
Bob Smoke … special effects crew
Camera and Electrical Department
Sasha Bajac … second assistant camera John Barker … gaffer Silvio Bersani … focus puller Rory Mackie … digital imaging technician Antony Meadley … additional photography Jonathan Muschamp … second assistant camera (as Jon Muschamp) Marianne Paraskeva … photographer Sam Prestidge … digital imaging technician Benjamin W.G. Smith … best boy electrician Mark Wiggins … camera operator: second unit / director of photography: second unit
Roberta Bononi … assembly editor Mikko Makela … edit assistant
Michael Crowther … musical score
Ted Adams … runner Anthony Anthimou … set-runner Steven Juniper … set-runner Lindsey Kennedy … production assistant Reece Lamy … security Darren Stuart-Neal … set-runner Jake White … runner