Owen Carey Jones directs this British drama starring Rebecca Pitkin as Jenny, a troubled young woman who becomes demon possessed as a result of her ex-boyfriend, Rick (Pietro Herrera), getting involved in the occult - leading her into a world of psychological terror. Desperately seeking help from friends, doctors, psychiatrists and religious leaders, who all react to her story with scepticism or outright disbelief, she is eventually admitted to a mental institution, where she at last finds the emotional succour she craves.
The synopsis on the back of this dvd states 'Jenny is a young girl who has it all - beauty, brains, a steady boyfriend and even her own flat at the age of sixteen.' Really? At the risk of sounding overly judgemental, the actress playing the lead character is most certainly not beautiful. In fairness she is just this side of plain. Nor does the character exhibit any signs of actually having brains. That annoyed me from the word go because I felt I had been deliberately mislead. This film was, in a word, horrible. It was clearly low budget which isnt a problem except that it seems to want to be a character-driven film and, unfortunately, none of the characters are real or interesting enough to carry the film, nor are the actors/actresses talented enough. Not one of them managed to deliver a line with a single ounce of believability. Their utter lack of talent was greatly hampered by the laughable script and the poor sense of direction. The plot seems to revolve around a teenage girl who has a spell cast on her by her ex-boyfriend. The spell is supposed to make her fall in love with him again but that does not appear to be the case. Instead Jenny starts seeing shadows on the walls and hearing irritatingly sepulchral voices at night. The special effects are ludicrous, made even more so by the very loud bursts of annoying music that is obviously supposed to be scary. During one scene where Jenny shouts at a priest who refuses to exorcise her, a random, very loud burst of angelical music is heard. Why the director thought this hideous music would add atmosphere is beyond me. All it did was snatch any credibility the film might have scrabbled up, and crap all over it. The film itself was poorly edited, punctuated by frequent shots of the council estate where Jenny lives. I lost track of how many times the film showed a shot of this estate. I get it, she lives in a council flat, stop showing pointless shots of it already! The director also seemed to forget how old the central character is. One scene quite early on shows Jenny and her boyfriend visiting a club. Jenny is sixteen, not old enough to get into a club. In this day and age where just about anyone under the age of thirty is expected to carry ID, I find it very hard to believe the director expects the audience to believe this bunch of teenagers can get in without being ID. The club itself was so obviously a poorly put together set that I laughed out loud when I saw it, especially since it was filled with more teenagers dancing very awkwardly and looking anything but natural. The question of her age is brought into question again when another man takes a romantic interest in Jenny. This man appears to be much older than Jenny but apparently has no qualms about dating a teenager. If the actress playing Jenny had had a modicum of talent perhaps I might have been able to overlook the appalling acting and development of the other characters - I didnt have a clue who any of them where supposed to be - and the fact that although the film is supposed to be about witchcraft, there is very little witchcraft featured which left me feeling cheated. I might also add that when Jenny speaks in the voice of the creature that has possessed her it is supposed to sound scary but actually sounds more like a character from Looney Tunes! The climax is so empty and dull you can't help wondering why the idiot female lead didnt just try that in the first place. The 'plot line' with the ex-boyfriend was never really concluded nor was the witch element. It was never even explained why casting a spell had caused Jenny to become possessed by the cartoonish apparition. The film itself looks like it was shot on a cheap camcorder by some students attempting their first feature and I would really advise anyone thinking about buying this not to bother. I could write for hours about everything else that's wrong with this film but I think I have ranted enough. Save your money and dont throw away an hour and a half of your life watching this truly awful film (I can barely even bring myself to call it that). If you do go ahead and buy it, more fool you. I guarantee you will regret it.Read more ›
Keep watching it. It's boring as hell to start off with but half an hour in is when you'll start to see the scary bits. It's not massively scary but it's about misuse of power which results in the involuntary possession of a young girl who has no idea how, because she had nothing to do with it! You're watching the story through her retrospective view as she talks to her therapist about the events. Like I said its boring but intriguing and something about it stopped me turning it off.