'Jessabelle' (Blu ray + Digital HD)
(Sarah Snook, David Andrews, Mark Webber, et al / Blu ray + DVD / PG-13 / 2015 / LGF)
Overview: 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.
Blu ray Verdict: For those that don't know, 'Jessabelle' (not the other horror-related 'Annabelle' that comes out at exactly the same time!) is an American horror thriller film directed by Kevin Greutert and written by Ben Garant - and from the Producer of both 'Insidious' and 'The Purge.' The film begins with Sarah Snook (the girl from 'Predestination') moving in with her boy friend while she is pregnant.
They met with an accident while moving and Jessie looses her boyfriend and her child. She looses her walking ability temporarily. Then with nowhere to go, she returns to here home town to her dad's place for recovery. After she settles down in her mother's room, she soon realizes that she is not alone.
The plot is weak but the atmosphere is good. There were no big scary moments in this movie. There are few jump scares and that's all. There are more logical loops in the movie, but will keep you interested till the end. Not a must watch but can watch once. This is the first movie that shows that a ghost can grow older with time (you will know it while watching the movie).
Sarah Snook's performance is outstanding in the aforementioned 'Predestination,' so I was thrilled to see her in this movie (not knowing that she starred in it, to be quite frank). Her performance is good in this one as well. That said, not even her performance can save a movie if the plot is weak.
Anyway, it is only after the first hour by which time we have seen some action outside of the house that the film wakes up, then we realize it is not all in her head when someone else is on the receiving end for real. But although there are a couple of twists, the resolution is ambiguous, and you can add silly to annoying. A great rainy day movie to sit and watch - with friends, of course! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with Director Kevin Greutert, Writer Robert Ben Garant and Executive Producer Jerry P. Jacobs
'Jessabelle' - Deep in the Bayou Featurette