Movie Plot :
Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.
There are a lot of dark family secrets in “Jessabelle,” involving drawers of forgotten objects, Voodoo ceremonies in the woods, and VHS tapes containing ominous messages from beyond the grave. Steeped in Southern Gothic melodrama, “Jessabelle” is interesting in some of the small details, and in its strong sense of the Louisiana bayou atmosphere, and then it completely falls apart when it starts being a horror film. The trauma in the family story is full of potential, having to do with identity and how Jessabelle understands her own life, but all of that is short-changed for cheap scares that just are not scary enough and a preposterous plot that won’t withstand the most cursory examination. Director Kevin Greutert, after directing multiple entries in the “Saw” franchise, feels adrift in tamer material. He responds to the Flannery O’Connor-esque qualities of the script (written by Robert Ben Garant), and there are details there that ring really true, but then he falls back on a lot of tired tropes from other horror films, missing the mark almost every step of the way.
Our rating of this movie is really not what we expected and hope other horror flick lovers would find it entertaining at some level but we do not recommend it as a movie that made it to the top of the Christmas must watch movies. Fairly entertaining but could have been better.
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