“The Curse of Willow Song”: An ex-convict’s psychokinetic abilities lead to an uncanny transformation

"The Curse of Willow Song": An ex-convict's psychokinetic abilities lead to an uncanny transformation
Valerie Tian and Ingrid Nilson in The Curse of Willow Song (2020). Photo © 2020 Opiate Pictures Inc.

With a little delay, and after receiving praise in the underground and festivals circuit thanks to its strong special effects, the horror The Curse of Willow Song (2020) is finally getting its release on DVD and digital.

The movie centers on Willow Song, a recovering addict and parolee, who struggles to start over. Willow finds herself in a concrete wasteland. Facing isolation and displacement, shadows creep into Willow’s mind and her nightmares become too real.

Valerie Tian, known for her supporting roles in Juno (2007), Jennifer’s Body (2009), and Even Lambs Have Teeth (2015), plays the lead role in a performance that brought her several awards and nominations. Elfina Luk, Ingrid Nilson, Adam Lolacher, Amanda Burke, Johannah Newmarch, Natalie Grace, Simon Chin, Dejan Loyola, Nelson Leis, and David James Lewis also star.

The awards-winner Karen Lam is the producer, writer, and director of The Curse of Willow Song (2020) for which she achieved the Best BC Film award at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Festival Award for Best Director at the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival. She is also known for the horror thrillers Stained (2010) and Evangeline (2013) and the anthologies 7 from Etheria (2017) and Shevenge (2019).

Keith Leopard, the president of Uncork’d Entertainment, the distributor of the film, has stated that “The Curse of Willow Song (2020) has so much to offer. It will appeal to the genre audience but also the Asian community – as represented in front of and behind camera […] Karen Lam is truly one of the most exceptional filmmakers out there, and The Curse of Willow Song (2020) reiterates that”.

The movie is out on digital and DVD on September 26, 2023.

Watch the official trailer for The Curse of Willow Song (2020).