BARE BONES: SEANCE (2021)

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SEANCE (2021)

New student Camille Meadows (Suki Waterhouse) has arrived at the prestigious…and possibly haunted…Edelvine Academy and finds that student Kerri (Megan Best) died there as a result of a practical joke gone wrong…or was it? Not only must Camille deal with the school’s resident pack of Mean Girls, but there may be a supernatural presence in the academy and Camille now resides in the dead girl’s former room. No surprise when bodies start to fall…but who, or what, is responsible?

Flick is written and directed by Simon Barrett (writer of You’re Next and The Guest) and is part ghost story, part mystery and part slasher. It has some spooky moments, but maintains the vibe of one of those teen centric supernatural dramas that airs on the CW, even if there is some graphic gore and violence in the last act. Barrett has a nice visual eye and can create some chills and atmosphere, but his script has all the familiar tropes and clichés of a typical haunted school/slasher flick. It is entertaining and well made, but is just too familiar to really grab and hold you. The cast are fine, basically playing traditional roles for this type of flick, with Waterhouse making a suitable heroine. The reveal is OK, with certain motives being a bit of a stretch, but the climatic confrontation does have some fun to it, until it drags on a bit too long for it’s own good. Overall, it passes the time, is atmospheric and has it’s moments, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. If you’re looking for something entertaining, but not too demanding to watch, it is available to rent on Amazon Prime. Also stars Inanna Sarkis, Stephanie Sy and Madison Beaty as students.

-MonsterZero NJ

2 and 1-2 star rating

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