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Jessabelle (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  7 November 2014 (USA)
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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.

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Leon Laurent
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Dead Girl
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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.

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The dead are back for life

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence and terror | See all certifications »

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Jacob Sullivan did uncredited rewrites. See more »

Goofs

When Jessie and Preston investigate what is reflecting across the lake, the boat they drive is registered in North Carolina, where the film was shot, instead of Louisiana, where the film is set. (at around 53 mins) See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sheriff Pruitt: Miss Laurent, are you all right? Miss Laurent!
Jessie: It's Jessabelle.
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Sunshine Over Old Rag
Written and Performed by Daniel Bachman
Courtesy of Tompkins Square
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Very good atmospheric thriller
11 November 2014 | by (Nelson, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Sometimes when watching a supernatural thriller/horror you have to ask yourself 'should I really be scared by what I'm seeing, considering it's completely unrealistic and impossible to ever happen in the real world?' Or the other question that sometimes enters the equation is 'should I really be scared by what I'm seeing or is it all just in the character's mind anyway?' 'Jessabelle' doesn't completely avoid these questions being asked, but it does a great job of disguising the fact that they're there lurking in the background.

It's a tense, atmospheric ride from the opening scene right through to the closing credits. Sarah Snook is great as the lead and I couldn't help thinking throughout she might have been great as Carrie in the recent remake of Brian De Palmas classic. The frights are consistent throughout (including a particularly effective bathtub scene) but what really drives it is the story and mystery surrounding it. She isn't simply being haunted for the hell of it, there's a reason and the viewer is left curious to work out what it is.

It's all very similar in nature to 'The Skeleton Key' (a personal favourite of mine) with a unique twist to look forward to and an excellent mystery driven storyline. Director (and editor as he's probably better known as) Kevin Greutert is starting to become a personal favourite of mine. Anything he gets his hands on he works wonders with and creates brilliant material.


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