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The Spell (1977)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 20 February 1977
A teenaged girl, taunted by her schoolmates because she's overweight, uses her supernatural powers to take revenge.

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Lee Philips

Writer:

Brian Taggert
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lee Grant ... Marilyn Matchett
Susan Myers Susan Myers ... Rita
Lelia Goldoni ... Jo Standish
Helen Hunt ... Kristina Matchett
Jack Colvin ... Dale Boyce
James Olson ... Glenn
James Greene ... Stan
Wright King ... Rian
Barbara Bostock Barbara Bostock ... Jill
Doney Oatman Doney Oatman ... Jackie
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Hugh
Kathleen Hughes ... Fenetia
Robert Gibbons Robert Gibbons ... Waiter
Arthur Peterson ... Ross
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A teenaged girl, taunted by her schoolmates because she's overweight, uses her supernatural powers to take revenge.

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Control mental See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There's a bit of somber background music that's from the original Star Trek (1966) TV show, near the movie's end. See more »

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"Real Power Is In The Sharing!"...
4 November 2018 | by azathothpwigginsSee all my reviews

THE SPELL opens w/ a sequence that establishes the wickedness of the female bullies who prey upon Rita (Susan Myers), a sad girl w/ a weight problem. The credits are barely over when one of these meanies suffers from a freak "accident". Rita's mom, Marilyn (Lee Grant- DAMIEN: THE OMEN 2, THE SWARM, VISITING HOURS) is concerned about her, while dad (James Olson- THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN) seems too busy to notice. Rita's sister, Kristina (Helen Hunt) gets all of the positive attention, and Rita gets the scorn. This is a CARRIE clone, and as such, is very entertaining. Instead of telekinesis, this time, black magic is afoot! Hyper-dramatic and overwrought, the cheeezey chills are bountiful! Some of the scenes are pure platinum! Especially, the bug-eyed-smoldering-woman-through-the-glass-door sequence, and the double-twist-flying-cutlery-house-wrecking finale! A treasure of made-for-TV terror cinema!...


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