Sunday, 18 January 2015

Movie Review: Jessabelle

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

Jessabelle turned out to be a total flop. The plot wasn't very original at all.

The movie started off OK, the tension building slowly along with the atmosphere but it very quickly went downhill. The ghost that began as ominous shadows and creepy occurrences quickly turned into your run of the mill cheap stereotypical ghost. You know the kind -creepy female wearing a dirty white gown, with long scruffy hair hanging over her face and shoulders, sunken eyes- that jumps out of the shadows screaming for that cheap instant scare effect. Apart from the few cheap scares, the movie really had no scare factor at all.

The whole movie was full of clich├ęs and you will pretty much see everything coming. Of course because the movie is set in Louisiana that must mean that all the black people there practice voodoo, don't even get me started on how insulting that is! The actress playing the lead fails massively in expressing the fear during the more tense parts of the movie and I couldn't take her seriously at all. I kept wanting to tell her to close her mouth, she looked more like she was trying to catch flies than act like she was terrified of what was going on.

Even though there was a twist to the ending, it was a predictable twist. I knew what the end result was going to be, just not how it would be executed and the way it was executed was a huge let down in itself.

Not one that I would recommend at all. I recently read Stillwater by Maynard Sims, it has a similar but far more superior and creepy plot and and would have made for a much better movie than this rubbish.

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