Director Owen Carey Jones
Country United Kingdom
|Release date 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18) (UK)|
Writer Owen Carey Jones, Emma Whale (film based on the experiences of)
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The Spell is a 2009 British horror film directed by Owen Carey Jones. It was first released in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2009 and stars Rebecca Pitkin as a young woman that begins to dabble in witchcraft but soon gets in over her head. The film is loosely based on the true story of Emma Whale, who contacted Carey Jones with the intent to turn her experience into a film. The Spell was shot entirely in Leeds.
A former drug user, Jenny (Rebecca Pitkin) finds herself constantly struggling to find acceptance and love from her divorced parents, neither of whom truly want her around. Her mother's boyfriend even goes so far as to use Jenny's room as storage, which makes Jenny have to live in the basement after her father sends her back to her mother's house. Jenny tries to become more independent by getting a job and moving in with her boyfriend Rick (Luke Harris). This arrangement is short lived, as the two end up breaking up over Kate (Laura O'Donoughue), a young girl that is obsessed with Rick. As a result Jenny is pushed further into the arms of Ed, a co-worker that she had become extremely close to. However what the viewer soon learns is that Ed and Kate are both individually involved in the occult and that Kate has cast several spells with the intent to harm others. Eventually Kate manages to convince Rick to assist her in casting a spell that would make Jenny's life miserable.
Critical reception for The Spell has been overwhelmingly negative and the film holds a rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 9 reviews. The Guardian criticized the film as "bewilderingly awful" and noted that the movie had "characters whose lips don't quite move in sync with the audio track." The Screen Daily also heavily panned the film, remarking that "The intention behind The Spell may have been to ground this young woman’s nightmare in a mundane sense of everyday life but the result is a film that feels underwhelming throughout." In contrast, HorrorNews.net gave a more positive review and commented that the movie would have little appeal to gore hounds, but that fans of atmospheric films would likely enjoy it.
ReferencesThe Spell (2009 film) Wikipedia
The Spell (2009 film) IMDb