Spellbinder (1988)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  23 September 1988 (USA)
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A young lawyer, after falling in love with a beautiful young woman, finds that she has an extremely mysterious past.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Mills (as Timothy Daly)
Miranda Reed
Derek Clayton
Mrs. White
Grace Woods
Lt. Lee
Tim Weatherly (as James Louis Watkins)
Herbie Green (as Kyle Heffner)
Sally Kemp ...
Marilyn DeWitt
Edgar DeWitt
Karen Elise Baldwin ...
Mona (as Karen Baldwin)
Roderick Cook ...
Ed Kennerle


When Los Angeles lawyer Jeff Mills and his friend Derek Clayton rescue a beautiful young woman from an apparently abusive boyfriend, the trouble starts. Jeff unknowing becomes involved with Miranda Reed and the web of intrigue that follows her. But as the two became lovers, Jeff learns that Miranda is on the run from the witches coven (to which she belongs). Miranda tells Jeff of her situation, but not the entire truth, and Jeff willingly helps Miranda out of her troubles, but creates his own. Written by Jeff Smee

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A chance encounter. A dream come true. A man would do anything for a girl like Miranda. See more »


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Release Date:

23 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Witching Hour  »

Box Office


$1,938,049 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mrs. White: [referring to Miranda] We want her back.
Jeff Mills: What is this, some kind of joke?
Mrs. White: Take this as a warning. There won't be another.
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Referenced in I Want You (2004) See more »


Siren's Song
Composed and Performed by Tom Scott
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Spooky, Sexy and Underrated Horror Movie
8 June 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, the successful lawyer Jeff Mills (Timothy Daly) plays a basketball game after hour with his colleagues. When he comes to the parking area with his friend Derek Clayton (Rick Rossovich), they see a stranger hitting a young woman and Jeff and Derek protect her. Then she explains that her name is Miranda Reed (Kelly Preston) and she lives with the man named Aldys (Anthony Crivello). Jeff brings her home and they have one night stand; but she moves to Jeff's apartment and they start living together.

When Aldys finds Jeff, Miranda vanishes and he seeks the police department to report the disappearance of Miranda. Lieutenant Lee (Cary- Hiroyuki Tagawa) sees the photo of Miranda and asks him about her necklace. Soon Jeff learns that it is the symbol of a satanic sect that worships the devil. Out of the blue, Miranda reappears and explains to Jeff that her mother is a witch that introduced her to her coven. She is trying to leave them and she needs to miss the next solstice, when they will gather at a beach to sacrifice a human being that will spontaneously participate of the meeting and take his heart. When Miranda is abducted by the worshipers, Jeff decides to seek her out.

"Spellbinder" is a spooky, sexy and underrated horror movie with a flawless story in the style of "Rosemary's Baby". I saw this movie three or four times in the 90's and today I have just watched it again on VHS. The plot convinces mainly due to Kelly Preston, who is lovely gorgeous and sexy and capable to seduce the lonely Jeff Mills like she does in the story. The final twist is absolutely unexpected and surprises the viewer. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Enfeitiçados" ("Bewitched")

Note: On 03 September 2015, I saw this movie again.

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