‘Jessabelle’ Trailer: The Haunted One Finally Comes Home

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Producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions has made a career out of taking low-to-moderately budgeted horror films like Paranormal Activity, Sinister and Oculus and turning them into profitable box office offerings – often with promise of sequel and/or franchise opportunities. The latest offering from Blum and co. is the movie Jessabelle, which – judging from the trailer above – looks like a composite of so many horror films that have come before, presented in a darkly lavish cinematic style.

The Ring, the Bayou-themed Skeleton Key – and any number of the possession-themed movies about young girls released in the last ten years (Paranormal Activity, Last Exorcism, The Possession, etc.) – are all films that come to mind when trying to place the influences that are apparent in what we see here of Jessabelle. That’s not to say the film looks bad or tame; it just seems unremarkable and forgettable, with little narrative bait or visual incentive to watch it in theaters. With so many influences at work, it’s also hard to tell if the film will be able to maintain focus, rather than offering a scattered collection of attempted scares and story beats that never tie together fully – as other film under the Blum banner have been guilty of (looking at you, PA).

Jessabelle is directed by Kevin Greutert, who cut his directorial teeth working on the final two installments in the Saw franchise (although he edited several Saw installments before taking over as director). One noteworthy sign is that Greutert is working from a script by Reno 911! co-creator Robert Ben Garant, whose comedy and family-friendly films tend to be solid (Night at the Museum, Balls of Fury), but whose work in other genres is not nearly as strong (Herbie Fully Loaded, Taxi). No idea how Garant will fare with horror – but I’m slightly curious to find out.

The cast includes leads people are not likely to readily place, including Sarah Snook (Not Suitable for Children), Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and David Andrews (Justified).

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Jessabelle will be in theaters sometime in August 2014.

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  1. f u whoever makes this movie, i still am afraid of bathrooms since i saw that Kevin Spacy movie…
    Also don’t watch Dagon, you will never sit on a toilet peacefully again…

    • lol… i cant remember if it was the grudge or ring but when she looked uder the cover and seen that white ghost face i feeked out and could not look under the covers for the longest time.

      • I think that was the Grudge. terrible movie.

    • So turn on the fan…!!

      As for up above, “Rub-a-dub-dub, two chicks in a tub?!”

      • (comment for Evil-Ash)!

  2. From the producers of cheap lazy crap for morons, come more cheap lazy crap for morons.

  3. A black guy in the bathtub with her? I’m confused whats so scary about this

    • It’s little Wayne…

    • Guy?! Oops! I thought it was a woman (blush!).

    • Looks like black actors are really making inroads and playing all the traditional parts these days:
      MARQUEE: “Rubber Ducky Part played by +insert your favorite black actor’s name here!+

  4. hi

    • Hi, yourself!

  5. The bathtub scene looks pretty scary to me. I’ll catch this one in the theater.

  6. I am so tired of these horror movies rehashing the same kind of crap that so many other stories use. How many times am I going to see a dark haird, gray skinned ghost girl haunting people because some injustice was done “in the past” to warrant revenge? How many times are they going to give these ghosts weird powers like TV death, hair strangulation, and mirror murder? And what is her deal in this? “I was buried in the bayou so all the water I touch turns to gross swamp water.” Come on. She’ll no doubt defeat/pacify the ghost at the end because it’s tortured soul of a baby who it seems was replaced by wheel chair girl. Also voodoo. Dumb. This looks dumb.
    The last horror film I enjoyed was the Conjuring because A) it was done as an homage to the 70′s style horror films and B) the characetrs were real people. It was well written, effictively directed, and had some real acting talent in it.

  7. Alright, am I the only one who got this movie confused with the “Annabelle” Conjuring spin-off? I was waiting for the doll to show up during the entire trailer.

  8. OMG please stop making these generic, run-of-the-mill, copycat horror movies!!!

    I’ve never seen this movie, (obviously), but I’ve basically seen it already, (if you know what I mean).

  9. Amen, I’m also tired of these crappy ‘Possession,’ flick in which either a kid, girl, or both are taken over by something evil. This kind of crap is just too REAL to mess with. I miss the old horror slasher 80′s flicks, nonsense, and over the top.

  10. These movies are so lame because at the on start the general premise is that the ghost can’t touch or hurt you, but then near the end of the film the ghost can basically mop the floor with you easily–turning it from a cheesy horror to some kind of action/adventure film and ruining the established concept.

    i.e. why doesn’t the ghost just attack you straight away instead of waiting 76 minutes into the film? (The producers told her to, that’s why).

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