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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, suicide, creepy imagery in clichéd horror.

Movie NR 2022 110 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+
This film is an extremely well-done found footage horror film. However, parents need to keep in mind that the film pulls no punches when it comes to showcasing gore and body horror, as well as disturbing religious motifs. The film also actively involves the audience in "sharing" the fictitious curse portrayed in the story, which may be extremely frightening for children who fear real-life repercussions. However, the film also successfully addresses issues like intergenerational trauma, the concept of motherhood as well as unconditional familial love, which can be wonderful points of discussion between you and an older child. However, maturity is required from both parties, and at any age, parental guidance would be appropriate.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence

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Our review:
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This is a "found footage" supernatural horror movie overwhelmed by clichés. Incantation has a kernel of originality to it, as the lead character Ruo-nan must confront a demon god she helped to unleash six years prior, especially now that she's reunited with the daughter she had to give up due to mental illness created by the traumas she endured from the demon god. However, it doesn't take long for that kernel to be drowned in a sea of horror movie banality: meddling kids who go where they shouldn't; bloody noses; worms; creepy, mystical elderly characters; rotting teeth; jump scares; excessive horror movie background music that undercuts the "found footage" aspect; etc.

There are even some moments of audience participation (chanting that, quite unintentionally, brings to mind Pee Wee Herman's "Mecka lecka-hi, mecka hiney-ho") that makes the whole thing pretty cheesy. Even the found footage device of using digital cameras, dashcams, camera phones, and so on grows stale, unwieldy, and forced within the first 20 minutes. It's a Taiwanese horror movie that doesn't present anything that hasn't been seen in so many other horror movies.

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