Produced by the same production house as the one which made Sinister and The Purge, Jessabelle misses the point in totality.
The film is directed by Kevin Greutert, who previously made Saw VI and Saw 3D, so the quality of Jessabelle is exactly as you expect it to be, but the sheer lack of innovation in this film is hilarious.
Sarah Snook essays the role of a young woman recovering from a car crash that killed her boyfriend and unborn child. Forced to return to her childhood home in Louisiana, where she’s cared for by her father, Jessabelle discovers videos recorded by her deceased mother, which seem to indicate that a malicious spirit resides in the home.
Jessabelle starts off with promise, as the first twenty minutes are wonderfully restrained, with very little dialogue. Atmosphere is key in a horror film, particularly one of the haunted house variety, and the director Kevin Greutert effectively sets the mood right from the word go. The film is at it’s best in these opening moments, before anything really happens and when only fleeting glimpses of creepy things are seen.
Unfortunately, post this noting really happens and the film starts going from bad to worst.
The more the mystery of Jessabelle starts to unravel, the less interesting it becomes, as each new reveal is plucked straight out of the Horror Movie 101 handbook.
If there’s anything interesting about Jessabelle it’s that there’s a sub-plot involving voodoo, which seems to promise that the film is at some point going to rise above its lack of inspiration, and become something more than just another generic haunted house movie.
Jessabelle is filled out by bad acting and even worse dialogue. Not for a second does anything about the movie or the characters feel genuine, and the pacing is as bad as everything else going on here.
At the end of it, Jessabelle is a victim of similar movies not doing so well at the Box Office, which would serve to explain the last minute cold feet from Jason Blum and company.
Best avoid this one.
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