THE INCANTATION **** U.S.A. 2018 Dir: Jude S. Walko. 98 mins
An American girl visiting her families castle in France while attending her distant Uncles funeral uncovers a dark secret that will cast a dark shadow into her bloodline and shape her future.
Upon arriving at the family estate Lucy is greeted by a vicar who informs Lucy the way things work around here and that certain floors of the castle are out of bounds. She meets a friend in the local gravedigger and encounters a strange acutance in the local insurance sales rep who tries to sell Lucy a life insurance policy.
Lucy goes against the vicars wishes and does uncover something very sinister in the castle a secret locked room that looks as if ritualistic sacrifices had taken place.
The film stars Sam Valentine from the cult modern horror film Followed and action star Dean Cain and more widely known as Superman/Clark Kent in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in the mid 90’s as the mysterious life insurance salesman.
The Incantation is a full on creepy gothic horror ghost story that doesn’t disappoint.
Lucy played by Sam Valentine is fantastic in the role here and is very believable in the role of somewhat a bratty American girl who is both naive and feisty at the same time.
This film does feel like a modern take on the 1966 film The Witches it has that creepy feel which the director managed to capture perfectly here!
It’s a solid horror story that is very enjoyable, this is like a comfort blanket of creepy for a dark evening!
Fans of classic ghost stories and horror mysteries will enjoy this spooky, chilling indie offering.
Review by Tony Newton