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The Enchanted (1983)

PG | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 1984 (USA)
Royce Hagan returns from the sea to claim and inhabit a 2000 acre ranch in one of the last wild places left in central Florida. An old family friend, Booker T Robertson, welcomes him, then ... See full summary »

Director:

Carter Lord

Writer:

Charné Porter
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Credited cast:
Julius Harris ... Booker T
Will Sennett Will Sennett ... Royce
Casey Blanton Casey Blanton ... Twyla
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Blanton Helen Blanton ... Mama Perdry
John Hallock John Hallock ... Papa Perdry
Rhonda Mayhew Rhonda Mayhew ... Perdry sister
Sondra Mayhew Sondra Mayhew ... Perdry sister
Jerry Robison Jerry Robison ... Perdry brother
Jimmy Robison Jimmy Robison ... Perdry brother
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Royce Hagan returns from the sea to claim and inhabit a 2000 acre ranch in one of the last wild places left in central Florida. An old family friend, Booker T Robertson, welcomes him, then warns him not to get "too close" to a strange family living in the woods nearby. Royce falls in love with Twyla, the oldest daughter, and discovers the bizarre secret of the Hole in the Wall and the enchanted people who live there. Written by Carter Lord

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A Strange and Beautiful Place - A Door Between Two Worlds


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PG

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Uniquely atmospheric independent horror
29 May 2017 | by ConvitHouseSee all my reviews

Royce inherits a Florida farm in the middle of nowhere, and despite the warnings of local hunter, Booker T, becomes friendly, perhaps too friendly, with the shy daughter of his hired help.

The Enchanted is all about atmosphere, and some would probably not regard it as horror at all - a folktale or fairytale, perhaps. Director Carter Lord goes for a feeling of magic and growing unease, which he achieves deftly by using the natural world - the forest and its creatures - to suggest an otherworldliness, a portal between reality and imagination. It is the viewer's imagination that creates the horror, and those used to more visceral kinds of scariness may well not get this movie at all. Despite its short running time, the pace is slow, as it takes time for the viewer to get the feel of this strange, isolated place and its inhabitants.

Julius Harris, who plays Booker T, is the only actor here with whom I was familiar, and he delivers an understated, authoritative performance as the hunter / narrator. The rest of the cast are convincingly natural and understated, helping the illusion that this is a real place, yet a place where things are not at all what they seem. It also made me want to live there.

Imagine the films of Val Lewton, or perhaps Picnic at Hanging Rock, set in the Florida wilderness, and you will have some idea. I rated this film highly because there is perhaps no other film like it, and the feeling of strangeness it creates stays with you, even years later.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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