Spell Blu Ray Review (Paramount)
Spell is a cross between Misery and The Skeleton Key. It has nice isolated country atmosphere, high quality production design, and the script was great for this. Spell gets intense, it’s very suspenseful and it feels claustrophobic when you are trapped with the main character. It has a few twist and turns plus a enjoyable finale. Omari Hardwick is really good as the man forced to face his past demons when his abusive father passes away. Loretta Devine steals the show as the evil spiritual woman that is forcing this family to stay at her home. This is her best performance so far and I’ve never seen her do this type of character in her long career so it will a little surprising to see this different range from the veteran actress. She usually plays a nice and normal roles but she is very impressive as the villain here. The two leads have good chemistry and it works well with the build up to the end. It has a solid supporting cast that includes Lorraine Burroughs, John Beasley, and Tumisho Masha (Jozi-H). Since Get Out became a hit, urban horror has got more popular in the mainstream again and Spell is one of the better productions in the last few years for the sub-genre. I do wish it showed more of Eloise practicing black magic because those moments were creepy. This one delivers on everything, it’s a very entertaining experience. It’s way better than what you would expect, RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Paramount Pictures! This 1080p (2.39:1) transfer looks fantastic. The hoodo production design, isolated atmosphere, and cinematography shine here when it comes to Spell. The English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is solid but for this type of feature it could have been better at times. All of the dialogue was very clean, the thrills had a nice boost for the most part, and the music was elevated. It has English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.