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The Binding

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Italian horror movie about evil spirits; violence, cursing.

Movie NR 2020 93 minutes
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There's nothing notable to set this apart from a wide selection of competent but otherwise banal, mid-level, demonic-possession horror films. The Binding has the something-terrible-is-about-to-happen music, and the something-terrible-is-about-to-happen facial expressions of the characters already in the know, and the something-terrible-has-just-happened screams of those just finding out, right on cue. A creaky old house sits on a field of gnarled old trees. A tarantula bites someone. Grandma has a chemistry set of weird treatments and cures. It's all the usual stuff. But none of the horror is explained in any detail, so most of the time, although the music warns us, we really don't know enough to experience the pre-anxiety of fright-to-come, the stuff that the best horror movies are made of.

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