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The Incantation (2018)

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A young American girl has a chance of a lifetime to visit her ancestors castle in the south of France, only to find that her family is hiding deep, dark secrets about their nefarious past, far away from prying eyes.

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Jude S. Walko

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Jude S. Walko
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dean Cain ... Abel Baddon
Sam Valentine ... Lucy Bellerose
Jude S. Walko ... The Vicar of Borley
Dan Campbell ... Lieutenant Dan
Alexandre Majetniak Alexandre Majetniak ... Drunkard
Dylan Kellogg ... Jean-Pierre
Sophie 'Sweet Shop' Malki Sophie 'Sweet Shop' Malki ... Ms. Montparnasse
Margie Clarke Margie Clarke ... Ethereal Crone
Katy Valentine Katy Valentine ... Irish pub patron
Brigette Demazeau Brigette Demazeau ... Irish pub patron
Jean-Luc Wallet Jean-Luc Wallet ... Car accident gawker
Martine Francois Martine Francois ... J.P.'s Mother
Francoise Wallet Francoise Wallet ... Car accident gawker
Yvette Page Yvette Page ... Irish pub patron
Max Gatouillat Max Gatouillat ... Cemetery mourner
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In this picturesque paranormal thriller, a young American girl, Lucy Bellerose (Sam Valentine), has a chance of a lifetime to visit her ancestors ominous castle in the south of France. However, things are not as they seem as she finds that her family is hiding deep, dark secrets about their nefarious past, far away from prying eyes. Unbeknownst to Lucy, the region is also home to centuries of witchcraft and occult folklore. After meeting the strident Vicar of Borley and her socially awkward Chambermaid, Mary, Lucy begins to question her place in the family. Abel Baddon, a devilishly handsome traveling salesman, (Dean Cain "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"), tries to assuage her fears and soothe her reluctance. However, only after meeting a charming gravedigger named J.P. (Dylan Kellogg) does she begin to feel at ease. He navigates her through the twists and turns of the murky waters of her family's past, eventually uncovering shocking revelations. Written by House of Rose LLC Copyright 2018

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TV-14

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Incantation See more »

Filming Locations:

Loire Valley, Loire, France See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Producer, Dan Campbell and Director, Jude S. Walko, first scouted the La Tavern (Irish Pub) in Nevers, France, they were offered a local beer. The bartender serendipitously served them a Bellerose Beer, which is coincidentally the last name of the Main Character of the story, Lucy Bellerose. This led to an eventual product placement deal with said beer company, and to Walko adding the scene where Lucy discovers the exact same beer in the exact same bar, uncannily bearing her name. See more »

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Abel Baddon: Ms. Lucy, you will think about it, yes?
Lucy Bellerose: Sorry, I don't plan on dying any time soon.
Abel Baddon: No one ever does.
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Dark sins
6 October 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'The Incantation' really intrigued me, with a creepy poster/cover, a quite interesting if not exactly new premise and as someone with a general appreciation for the genre it fits under. That it was low-budget, which from frequent personal experience is rarely a good sign due to that there are so many poor ones out there (though there are decent to good ones as well), and having seen my fair share of lacklustre and less ones recently, made me though apprehensive.

It is sadly however yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws present in those films are here, that to me was incredibly disappointing considering its potential which it doesn't do anywhere near enough with. 'The Incantation' is really quite awful, with so many huge flaws and doesn't do anything with any potential it had. There is nothing good here in 'The Incantation', amateur hour all round.

Going on to the negatives, the story does feel over-stretched and some of it comes over as vague and under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less unsettled and never gaining momentum. All the characters are too sketchy and with cardboard thin and colourless personalities and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates. The chemistry is bland and unfocused.

The sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people's reactions), the effects are shoddy and nearly all of the acting is lacking severely on the whole, that's actually an understatement as the worst of it is horrendous and the film manages to bring the worst out of Dean Cain who tends to be watchable. There is no sense of horror or engagement with the awful predicament they're in, and no connecting with the character, it just reeks of indifference and complete blankness which makes the viewer not care less too.

Dialogue can be stilted and rambling while the pace and film drags on forever, apparent from the very start, never recovering that interest is lost fast. The final third is stupid beyond belief and the ending is far too convoluted to make sense of. Found too many of the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the lack of tension and suspense. Thrills are none, thanks to stodginess and excessive over-familiarity, and found myself never invested in the drama, which tended to be indifferently acted, interminably paced and statically directed.

A lot of 'The Incantation' has really dull and going nowhere plot elements and often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you shocked are far from creative or unsettling. It all feels rather tame while the threat completely lacks menace and looks terrible.

Nothing freaky or interesting, no development and too derivative, while everything is unimaginative and are more odd than scary, completely failing to show any sense of dread. There is nothing interesting or illuminating with what the film was trying to do and the drama is overwrought with no momentum and a lot of weirdness. The direction is barely there and disorganised and the music is ill-fitting. 'The Incantation' is poorly made visually, too drearily lit and the camera work is one of the film's biggest flaws in fact, the worst of it an eyesore.

Overall, terrible. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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