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The Spell

1977 1h 18m Horror List
Reviews 25% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A distraught mother must cope with her embittered daughter who has the ability to cause "accidents" to happen. Read More Read Less
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Jeff M Released one year after the iconic 1976 horror film CARRIE, this horrible little TV movie could very well be the most obvious display of plagiarism in the history of entertainment. There is no doubt for a single solitary second that everyone involved with this atrocity watched DePalma's film, analyzed it, ate it for breakfast and had the leftovers for lunch. When you Google this movie, there is no picture next to lead Susan Myers' name - after you see this, you'll understand why. Amazingly, the cast includes TWO Oscar winners, albeit one would be 20 years later. But my oh my oh my this is bad. I am awarding it a star because Lee Grant tries her darndest to bring a semblance of class to the proceedings, and it is admittedly kinda fun in a so-bad-it's-good way. But my 12-year-old nephew could have created better special effects, the screenplay was obviously written in crayon, and this is the type of movie-of-the-week that gave movies-of-the-week a bad name in the 70s and 80s. Skip it unless you want to make fun of it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/04/24 Full Review michael b I Thought This Movie Was Very Good, It Was Like Carrie, Not A Bad Movie At All.😀😀😀😀😀 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/22/23 Full Review Audience Member 1970s TV-Movie ripoff of "Carrie." A bullied unpopular girl uses her supernatural powers to get revenge upon those around her who torment her, including her mean pretty sister played by a teenage Helen Hunt. But different from "Carrie" the tormented girls mother, Lee Grant, is the heroine of the film, wanting to help her daughter. One interesting behind-the-scenes credit is that the film was shot by director of photography Matthew F. Leonetti, who'd later go on to shoot some classic films by Walter Hill, a couple Star Trek movies and the surpassingly good "Dawn of the Dead" remake. But back to this film, overall the film is complete cheese, but it's actually pretty entertaining cheese. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Because of its popularity at the box office and subsequent Oscar nominations, a lot of producers in the late '70's were already looking for the next "Carrie", and the results were mostly less-than-stellar. Perhaps the worst of those homages was simply called "The Spell", a cheap and quickly made television knockoff that is so similar to the Brian DePalma film that certain scenes appear to be shot-for-shot duplicates. But you quickly discover that the similarities end with the story because when it comes to quality, the two films are nothing alike. Because of the hurried nature of a lot of TV movies, everything here feels rushed. You don't really get to know anything about these characters, and that makes it difficult to muster up much sympathy for any of them. Young Susan Myers didn't have much of a career after starring in this, but she's not bad filling in for Oscar nominee Silly Spacek. Still, those shoes are nearly impossible for anyone to fill. Not a lot of insight is given into her background, so the script fails her more than anything else. There's not a lot of originality here, but there is one memorable scene in which a woman is seemingly burned from the inside out. But that's only one scene. The rest of this builds to a lackluster and laughable finale ala the Stephen King tale, but the only thing harmed this time out is the furniture. It all ends far too abruptly, leaving you with a whole slew of unanswered questions and a deep feeling of disappointment. "The Spell" only exists to cash in on someone else's success. This is pretty stale and unimaginative. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Great Made For TV movie with an ending I did not see coming.They dont make em like they use to Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Watchable. Reminded me of "Carrie" minus a prom and a crazy mother. I thought it wasn't half bad. A very young Helen Hunt in this too. Lee Grant did great. I thought it was put together well. I didn't like the lead girl all that much. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A distraught mother must cope with her embittered daughter who has the ability to cause "accidents" to happen.
Director
Lee Philips
Producer
David Manson
Production Co
Charles Fries Productions
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 7, 2019
Runtime
1h 18m
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