Blu-ray Review: JESSABELLE

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JESSABELLE was directed by Kevin Greutert, written by Robert Ben Garant and stars Sarah SnookMark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera and Amber Stevens.

The supernatural-thriller follows Jessabelle who has to go live with her estranged father in Louisiana after she’s in a horrible car accident. Once she arrives at her childhood home she quickly begins to see some strange things happening around her. She ends up coming face-to-face with the spirit that has latched on to her but the big question here is , why? After digging around (in the local swamp) and doing some investigating, she ultimately finds out the shocking reason why this spirit is haunting her and even though she’s innocent, it’s her family’s dark secret that ends up being behind this horrifying nightmare and she is the one that has to pay.

Okay, even though we get so many of these kind of supernatural thrillers, there’s just something about them that draws my interest and entertains me most of the time. Not all of these supernatural thrillers end up being any good but when it comes to Jessabelle, this movie turned out being a really cool watch. First of all, the movie reminded me some of movies like The Ring and The Grudge. There’s a VHS tape that comes into play in the movie and the spirit/dead girl  that haunts Jessabelle looks down right creepy.

As far as the story goes for Jessabelle, it’s pretty original except for the VHS tape that plays a key part in the plot and of course the spirit/dead girl. The swampy location and gothic setting for the movie really helped give it this eerie look. The movie was actually shot in North Carolina but the story takes place in bayou country Louisiana. Getting back to the story, I really liked the plot that has a huge, revenge-filled twist at the end. There’s a strong reason why all of this is happening to Jessabelle and as the movie plays out,  it’s all slowly revealed to her and the viewer. On top of this, voodoo also comes into play and you really can never go wrong with throwing voodoo in. This just gives anything an extra creepy vibe.

Kevin Greutert proves once again that he’s a great story teller and honestly I wish that we’d get more movies from him. The entire cast was really fantastic but it was easily Sarah Snook’s show and she didn’t disappoint. The fact that this horror movie was a low budget production, it still included some pretty creepy special effects. There’s a number of old school tricks that horror fans will appreciate. You know, things that go bump in the night and shadows will give you the creeps every time. There’s nothing big or anything like that but what shows up looks really good on screen and it’s all very well done. There’s a bathtub scene that’s just eerie and anytime the spirit or ghost will scream back at you just adds to the creepy factor. As far as this spirit goes, she looks awesome in creepy fashion and reminds me of Samara from The Ring or that scary Asian girl from The Grudge. Amber Stevens played the dead girl in Jessabelle and she did an outstanding job.

The Blu-ray comes with a slip cover. The front features the hauntingly cool artwork you see up top. The back includes movie details, some images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were both crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, Jessabelle was a creepy cool supernatural thriller and a lot of fun. The movie really has its creepy moments but did have a few flaws but nothing too major. The fact that this movie is rated PG-13 and is still packed with scares without throwing blood and gore at you is really impressive. Hey, we don’t get too many movies like this! Anyway, this Blu-ray releases on January 13th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio / Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Special Features: Good Stuff! 

  • Audio Commentary with Director Kevin Greutert, Writer Robert Ben Garant and Executive Producer Jerry P. Jacobs
  • “Jessabelle: Deep in the Bayou” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Extended Ending
  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy
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One Comment

  1. Kevin Greutert says:

    Thanks for the great review!

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