Out 22 oc­to­ber / Cert PG / 95 mins

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW - Nick de semlyen

the de­mon, when it fi­nally makes an ap­pear­ance, bears more than a pass­ing re­sem­blance to the crea­ture which ram­paged around Che­wits ad­verts in the 1980s. But no mat­ter — by then you’ll be so creeped out that even a packet of Mon­ster Munch would make you re­coil in ter­ror. Adapted from M.r. James’ eter­nal spine-chiller Cast­ing The Runes by French di­rec­tor Jacques tourneur, it sees a scep­ti­cal psy­chol­o­gist (Dana An­drews) be handed a cursed parch­ment by a ge­nial oc­cultist (Niall Macgin­nis), doom­ing him to a grisly death within four days. From there, it’s a race against time to find a way to beat the curse. Along with Rose­mary’s Baby and Drag Me To Hell (both of which this in­flu­enced), it’s one of my favourite hor­ror movies: in­ge­niously con­ceived, el­e­gantly filmed and en­dur­ingly creepy, its hex ap­peal is im­mense. Al­to­gether: “It’s in the trees! It’s coming!”

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