The Incantation

A young American woman visits her ancestors' castle in France and digs up dark secrets.

 

United States
2018
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Cultists: 
Worshipper
Relative: 
Related
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Object: 
Painting
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Castle in the air...
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Sam Valentine is a lovely and relatable actress. She carries this film on her shoulders. But the most impressive entity, here, is the castle. It’s a beautiful and very photogenic building with rich palettes and deep textures, inside and outside. The photography is, at all times, gorgeous and ambitious. How could it not? And how exactly did the filmmakers stumble upon such a location?
The Incantation feels like a low budget film, but the production value is so favorable, from the cinematography to the production design, that we remain captivated. This is a very mysterious production that doesn’t show its cards but appears to have a strong hand. The dialogue is cohesive, but the accents are pretty bad. Also, some characters don’t look natural in their disguises.
The main problem with this film is that, for all the talent and wonders it has to offer, it doesn’t have a gimmick. Castle? Check. Dean Cain? Check. Gimmick? Nope. The story is vague, familiar and unoriginal. The planets aligned for a memorable movie, but the script is far behind. That being said, fans of haunted movies and ghosts will probably have a good time.
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