July 12, 2022
Voodoo horror. Though voodoo may be a very thankful subject for a horror flick, it's not a genre niche that is particularly stacked. Spell isn't a film to challenge any genre boundaries, and the film delivered exactly what I expected from it, but it does so with plenty of conviction. Sometimes, that's all you need from a horror film.
Marquis and his family are well-off city folks. When Marquis' father dies, he flies his family to his hometown for the funeral. A storm hits their plane on the way over and when Marquis wakes up, he finds himself in a strange house, where an old couple holds him captive. Marquis tries to escape, but the couple have strange powers.
The cinematography is moody, the old couple is kitsch in the best way possible and the voodoo elements are interesting. The performances of the leads were a bit flaky and the finale could've been a bit edgier, but they don't detract too much from an otherwise solid horror film. Good fun.