Jessabelle (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller
90 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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Jessabelle Review


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.

Jessabelle (2014) is an American horror thriller movie that was filmed in North Carolina. Director Kevin Greutert (Visions (2014), Saw 3D: The Final Chapter ( 2010), Saw VI (2009)) did a good job directing this movie whose screenplay is similar to a lot of movies out there. Jessabelle is the sixth movie that Kevin has directed, and I applaud him for this film because it is better than some recent ones I saw. The film contains little violence, frightening scenes, no bad language, not much blood and little suspense. Warning: There is spoilers below, but nothing to spoil the ending and I did skip a lot of details in the movie.

The movie starts by introducing us to Jessie (Sarah Snook - Not Suitable for Children (2012), Sisters of War (2010), Sleeping Beauty (2011)) who is pregnant and is moving in with her fiance. Jessie and her fiance had a tragic car accident that kills both the unborn baby and Jessie’s finance. Jessie was alive but could not move her legs to walk and therefore had no choice but to call her estranged father to pick her up from the hospital. Jessie is revisited with childhood memories as she stays in her mother’s room whom she does not know because her mom died of cancer when Jessie was a baby. Jessie saw a videotape of her mom and assumably her with her mom giving her a tarot card reading when she was a baby. The tarot cards basically told Jessie everything that is not true to her life today. It said that she will be a swimmer and will never leave St. Francis, Louisiana. The scary part of it all is that her mother told her that she is never alone in the house and that there is a female presence always with her that wants her to leave the house. Her father was enraged with anger upon seeing her and the tapes that he then took.

Jessie began seeing apparitions on her first night in the house. Jessie became creeped out as she found more tapes and began watching them. Her mother now tells her that she told her friend about the reading, and it indicates that there is a demon following her. It also said that Jessie should not blame herself for the accident, and a horrific death is awaiting. After a few events, Jessie’s dad finds the other tapes and tried to burn them in his shed but tragically met his brutal death that was not done by a human. After a few more events, Jessie began realizing that Jessabelle is not her and that Jessabelle is actually dead.

The movie overall was an okay watch which captured my attention mainly because I wanted to see if my prediction of the outcome was right. I would not watch this movie again and would only recommend it to non-hardcore horror fans. The lighting, sets, cinematography, and cast was all great, but the storyline could have been better. Maybe the director could have jazzed up the movie a bit more.

About Jessabelle 2014

Title: Jessabelle
Year: 2014
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 33 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 33
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Karen Strassman, Millie Wannamaker, Chris Ellis, Mark Webber, Cal Johnson, David Andrews, Jason Davis, Elizabeth Rowin, Fran Bennett, Sarah Snook, Amber Stevens West, Amber Stevens, Brian Hallisay, Vaughn Wilson, Larisa Oleynik, Paul Garrett, Barbara Weetman, Charles Black, Chiek Sisoko, Kevin P. Murphy, Gabrielle Davis, Kevin Hall, Nick Basta, Roderick Bell, Lucius Baston, Orchid Ra, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Kevin Patrick Murphy
Writers: Robert Ben Garant
Director: Kevin Greutert