— by ROB COX —
“The Spell” is the latest offering from independent British filmmaker Owen Carey Jones.
The trailer is dark and overly vague, but the film centers around a young girl named Jenny who, while struggling with the divorce of her parents, turns to her boyfriend Rick for solace.
But Rick, loving fella that he is, entangles Jenny in black magic, witchcraft and the occult. She turns to several people for help, including mental health professionals and clergy members, but is met only with disbelief. Only after being driven into an asylum does she finally meet someone who can help her.
Independent films have been all the rage for the last several years, but in my mind, independent doesn’t automatically equate with quality. I’m ever the optimist, of course, and am, admittedly, unfamiliar with Jones’ previous work; but if a filmmaker can’t cobble together a better trailer than this, I can’t help having serious doubts about the film’s quality.
“The Spell” casts its dubious charms in the U.K. this Friday, Oct. 2, when it hits theaters.
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