Main Plot Points:
- From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return – and has no intention of letting her escape.
What We Thought:
- I’m not usually a fan of today’s “horror” films. Usually they are terrible found footage films about haunting that use jump scares to scare an audience. Jessabelle is a regularly made film with only a few jump scares (used properly and not constantly) and was better than I expected.
- It’s definitely one of the better “horror” films I’ve seen of late despite it not being anything overly original. Jessabelle gets into an accident, ends up in a wheelchair and living in her childhood home with her father she hasn’t seen in years. We’ve seen the “return home” horror films a lot or even just the “going to a new home” a lot as well, but again, this is better than I expected.
- I think it’s because of its lead Sarah Snook. She’s cute, underplayed the character properly and was 100% believable. They really could have taken the character over the top and made her crazy, but they were smart about it.
- The scares worked well. Usually they use doors closings or things over someone’s shoulder to get someone to jump, but this used them in a good way. There are a few times you see something in a mirror, but it wasn’t dumb or at least didn’t make you feel dumb for watching it.
- Just like I said about another film I watched recently, I’ve seen a lot of haunting/found footage/possession films and most are just terrible. This is at least watchable. Actually I think it’s better than that. It doesn’t reinvent the genre, but for a genre that has more bad than good, this one is a good sleeper pick.
- The Blu-ray looks good. It’s dark when it needs to be, light outside around the water. Costuming looks sharp with nice coloring in the lead’s clothing. Audio has good screams and dialogue.
- Jessabelle is a basic concept, but it’s well made and has believable characters and that makes it a lot better than most of the awful horror films I’ve seen the past few years. It’s not super scary, but I’m ok with that. For a movie I wasn’t expecting too much from, it was a pleasant surprise.
- Audio Commentary with Director Kevin Greutert, Writer Robert Ben Garant and Executive Producer Jerry P. Jacobs
- Jessabelle: Deep in the Bayou Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Extended Ending
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Sarah Snook
- Joelle Carter
- David Andrews
- Mark Webber
Recommended if You Like:
- The Conjuring
- A Haunting in Connecticut
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