The Summoning, the latest TV One original telefilm, will premiere on Saturday, June 6. TV One laid out a series of upcoming movies that will play out on the African-American-based channel this year. The Summoning comes on the heels of two other fascinating TV One movies that have already debuted: To Hell and Back and For the Love of Ruth. Produced by Parkside Pictures, The Summoning stars Paula Jai Parker, Darius McCrary, Terrell Tilford, Dorian Missick, and Diandra Lyle.
The Summoning is described as a beautiful love story that centers around a young woman whose husband died in a car accident. Still stricken with grief, a friend offers her the chance to bring her husband back from the dead by giving her a small gift. When the newly married woman’s first husband comes back from the dead, she begins having an affair with him, but the sexy and lustful romance turns sinister as the spirit becomes more violent and dangerous.
The word “summoning” means “to request to appear, to send for. A members-only skill that focuses on calling familiars from the Spirit Plane by creating and using summoning pouches.”
TV One’s The Summoning is similar to the 1990 movie Ghost starring Patrick Swayze, which centered around a woman whose husband was murdered but returned from the dead because of his intense and passionate love for her. When the movie was first released, it was speculated that the idea for the film could have been based on an actual story.
After Ghost was released, another woman came forward with a similar story, stating that her husband came back from the dead to warn her about a particular man she was seeing. In that case, every time the dead man’s wife went out on a date with her new lover, the husband would appear to her to tell her how much he still loved her. The spirit also became angry whenever the man was around. She eventually stopped seeing the new guy, who was later convicted of the rape and kidnapping of several women in Texas.
The 1970s brought about the interesting and bizarre case of Teresita Basa, a young Asian woman who worked in a Chicago hospital. Basa’s nude body was found under a mattress in her burning home. When police arrived, they found a knife still embedded in the woman’s chest. It was a whodunit since police could find no leads in the case. The case was solved several months later after the spirit of Teresita Basa told a coworker exactly what happened to her. A hospital orderly named Allan Showery was convicted in that case.
Don’t forget to watch The Summoning tonight at 8/7c on TV One.
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