Prosper Movie Review
Written By Jennifer Ariesta
If you like supernatural horror movies in the vein of The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and The Craft peppered with a good dose of body horror, then Prosper is worth your time.
A grieving Dalton (Nicolas Wolfe) is struggling to come to terms with his brother’s untimely death. Attempting to resolve the issue, he seeks the help of necromancer Irene Good (April Hollingsworth), the rumored descendant of the first woman to ever be executed during the Salem Witch Trial. Joining him for a ritual to commune with the dead are his group of friends, including best friend Sam (Shayla Love). Despite receiving ominous warnings against Irene, Dalton and his friends go ahead with the session - leading to a night that will alter the course of their lives forever.
Horror is both easy and tricky to make. On the one hand, you can simply throw every supernatural terror imaginable on screen and call it a day. On the other hand, true well-made horror needs to incite dread from deep inside the psyche - through acting, atmosphere, and imagery. Prosper offers pretty much what you’d expect from a movie about witchcraft - ritualistic thingamajig, spell casting, and dark magic elements. What elevates it is the atmosphere that director Deronte Smith has built through the use of music and editing. Yes, its limited production value is showing, but the craftsmanship is adequate for the story being told. To top it off, the cast gives solid performances that sell the horror. Shayla Love gives a shade of Lupita Nyong’o in Us as Dalton’s apprehensive friend Sam, while April Hollingsworth is chilling if a tad over-the-top as the witchy Irene