The Spell [Blu-ray]
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Her thoughts cast a deadly spell of terror!
15-year-old Rita lives in an ordinary town, attends an ordinary high school and wants to lead an ordinary life … but Rita is far from an ordinary teenager. Overweight and self-conscious, Rita (Susan Myers, James At 16) is the victim of cruel teasing by many of her classmates. Only her mother (Lee Grant, Damien: Omen II) and her gym teacher (Lelia Goldoni , Invasion Of The Body Snatchers) seem to understand her. But their understanding is not enough to contain the rage that wells up within Rita. And when it does, the rage causes a supernatural power inside of her to take over. Those who are against Rita begin to die. There seems to be no way to stop the terror once Rita has cast her spell.
This terrifying television film from 1977 also stars James Olsen (Amityville II: The Possession), Helen Hunt (Twister) and was written by genre writer Brian Taggert (Visiting Hours, Poltergeist III and Omen IV: The Awakening).
NEW High-Definition transfer of the rarely-seen 86 minute cut of the film (taken from best available elements)
NEW audio commentary by Made-for-TV-Movie historian and author Amanda Reyes
NEW interview with writer Brian Taggert
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The Spell delivers, the story line is spot on and there are a few twists as well. If you are like me and remember 70's classics like This House Possessed, Deadly Lessons, and Don't go to Sleep, then you must order The Spell for your collection today!
As far as the technical bits, Shout Factory added about ten minutes of unseen footage, which mostly consists of the parapsychologist listening to tapes of an interview with Marilyn about her concern for Rita. The 1080 remaster certainly makes the film pop a bit more, considering it's never had a makeover before, but it still looks as if someone just took it off the edit room floor in many spots. The real disappointment is the 1.33:1 aspect ratio, which makes everything claustrophobic, and this is no exception.
With all things considered, it's worth owning this little gem if you're into teen made for TV horror.
First Shout did this with "You'll Like My Mother" (which Universal later released a dvd, which I bought immediately), next they did it with "The Lonely Lady", and now they're making this mistake a 3rd time, with "The Spell".
My other complaint it that this is a made-for-TV movie from the 1970's, but instead of releasing it in the original 4x3 ratio, they are cropping off the top and bottom of the picture to make it widescreen 16x9. What a travesty that the executives at Shout are so inept.