Featured image: Ava Preston as Anna in Queen of Spades. (Courtesy of Fons PR.)
Queen of Spades is a new horror film that was actually filmed in Ottawa, Canada, my hometown. The film, a remake of a 2015 Russian horror film, Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite, where Anna (Ava Preston) and her three friends learn about the legend of the Queen of Spades where you have to stand in front of a mirror and say her name three times, and she’s supposed to come and give you a wish.
That is, if her spirit is at peace. If her spirit is vengeful, you’ll get something much worse than a wish. Naturally, the young friends believe it’s only a game and make the mistake of playing, as Anna conjures the spirit into our world.
Patrick White’s film takes this familiar lore and shares the Queen of Spades with North American audiences, creating some interesting horror sequences in the process, like utilizing a swimming pool at the apartment. It’s also intriguing that, while many films in this teen horror space, the parents are almost entirely ignored and here, Anna’s mother, Mary (Kaelen Ohm), could have easily been sidelined as she’s always working. Instead, she’s a big part of the action, which gives this tale an extra layer.
These are some of the things I spoke with in my two interviews for Queen of Spades. In this interview, I spoke with the film’s director and co-writer Patrick White for my podcast The Filmcraziest Show. In the conversation, we chat about what it was like filming underwater, filming in Ottawa, remaking the film and bringing this lore to North America, playing the Queen of Spades game and his kids playing Bloody Mary at school, as well as discussing the look of the Queen of Spades and inserting her into the film.
There’s more in the conversation that you can listen to directly below, go here to download it, or check out the YouTube video, as well. You can find my other interview with lead actress Ava Preston right here.
Queen of Spades is now available in select theatres; and will be available On Demand in the U.S. and Canada on June 15, with the film’s Blu-Ray release slated for June 29.
*Podcast music courtesy of bensound.com.