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Friday, April 25, 2014

Trailer Watch: 'JESSABELLE' Reminds Us That Bathtubs Are Evil


As I wrote in my review of Extraterrestrial earlier this week, I'm not really here for the mediocre quality of modern American horror we've been getting these days. But I received the above promo art for the upcoming Liongate film, JESSABELLE, today and just like that I'm sucked back into the vortex. Partly because it reminds me of a lesser version of the horrifying Ringu (The Ring) films, but mostly because Joelle Carter is in the film. And as a loyal Justified fan, I feel inclined to support her film.

Carter plays the deceased mom of the title character (shown above, played by Sarah Snook), who's returned from the dead to give her daughter a fatal warning. More in the synopsis below:

From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.  

JESSABELLE was directed by Kevin Greutert, who helmed Saw VI and Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (I hopped off the bandwagon after the first few Saw films, so maybe you can offer some insight on Greutert's two installments). Robert Ben Garant (Night at the MuseumReno 911!) penned the screenplay.

The trailer (featured below) is intriguing, at best. But Jason Blum, the producer referred to in the synopsis, usually has a way of adding his own twist on old concepts--for better or worse. So hopefully this one doesn't disappoint.

Watch the trailer:


JESSABELLE opens in theaters nationwide on August 29th.

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