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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Taiwanese horror explores religious curses and superstitions.
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Violence & Scariness
Creepy demonic imagery throughout. Horror movie violence: close-ups of injuries, self-harm, suicide by smashing one's head against desks and stone benches and by shooting oneself. Girl's ear cut off with knife. A car accident results in a flipped vehicle; a victim steps out of the car and gets run over by a truck. Jump scares. Possessed character attacks lead character, bites her neck until bloody; his teeth fall out. Spooky recurring imagery of worms, rotting teeth, bloody noses. Woman holding a hot poker sticks it into her mouth.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A penis drawing found sketched into wood adorned with graffiti. Flirtation between two main characters.
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"F--k" used several times. "Motherf----r" used once. Also, "a--hole," "hell," middle-finger gesture.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Incantation is a 2022 Taiwanese supernatural horror movie in which a woman must save herself and her daughter from a religious curse she unleashed six years ago. Expect horror movie violence, including constant creepy visuals and close-ups of bloody imagery. Two characters bash their heads to death while in the throes of possession. A man commits suicide by shooting himself. A car crash is filmed through the perspective of a camera phone; after the car flips over, one of the passengers is shown standing in the middle of the road before they're run over by a truck. The movie has jump scares throughout. Strong language includes "f--k" and "motherf----r." A penis drawing is found sketched into wood adorned with graffiti. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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