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This week’s Friday Fright Nights feature is the witchcraft horror movie Incantationwhich was written and directed by Eric Gibson… and which brought to mind something Stephen King mentioned in his book Dance Macabre. King suggested that the 1979 classic Amityville Horror works as well as it does because of its subtext of economic turmoil. He jokingly said that the film could have been subtitled The horror of the shrinking bank account. I read it years ago, but it has always stuck with me. And it came to mind again as I watched Incantation because much of the film focuses on the main character’s daily life. The loss of her mother, problems with her father, her academic problems, her relationships, her musical ambitions, her lack of employment. There are occasional scares and witchcraft rituals, but everyday horrors get a lot of attention.
The main character dabbling in witchcraft also brought to mind the entertainment of the 1970s, when the occult was big business. Movies like The Exorcist, The Omen, Race with the Devil, etc. There was so much occultism going on in those days, you even got things like the Marvel comics Ghost Rider, where characters were totally nonchalant about offering their souls to dark forces in exchange for improvements in their daily lives. A bit like what happens in Incantation.
Incantation has the following synopsis, which comes directly from the writer/director:
As her life spirals out of control, a rebellious undergraduate begins practicing a forbidden witchcraft to help her make grades; but when she unwittingly unleashes a deadly curse that threatens her father’s life, she will be forced to pass her greatest test yet.
The film stars Elise Berggreen, Kellan Rhude, Ashton Leigh, Garrett Kruithof, Dylan Pierce, Megan Ashley Brown, Brady Box, Katusha Robert, Rance Randall, Finch Nissen, Anne Nichols Brown, Ronald Bush, Camille Gladney, Dodie Brown, Danny Zanelotti, Terence Pennywell, JC Doler, Alexis Morreale, Jeroen Frank Kales, Matt Nelson, Christine Chen, Roberta Moses, Eleanor Gautney, Josiah Cerio, Brianna Matthews, Mark D. Bonner, Dale Beasley, Reece Roark, and Gibson.
Gibson spent a decade making short films before making his feature debut Incantation. Now we have to wait and see what he will do as a follow-up. In the meantime, take a look Incantation– it’s free! – so let us know what you thought of it by leaving a comment below or on the YouTube page.