"Voodoo Spirit Out for Revenge"
What You Need To Know:
Rated PG-13, JESSABELLE has some scary moments and beautiful, haunting photography, but the story is a bit slow, with w confusing, hokey ending. Finally, JESSABELLE’s story involves a lot of occult content. There’s no really solid moral content, much less any Christian content, to counteract this occult content. So, eventually, the ghost gets what she wants. The movie’s plot twist also involves past racism and revenge. All in all, therefore, JESSABELLE is an abhorrent movie that media-wise viewers should avoid.
(OOO, LL, VV, S, A, M) Very strong occult worldview involving a ghost out for revenge and vindication, voodoo, tarot card readings, racism, and family secrets; 15 obscenities, three GDs and one light profanity; strong scary violence includes ghost becomes corporeal and reaches out to young woman in bed touching lace curtain around bed, corporeal ghost menaces young woman and grabs man to knock him unconscious, it’s implied baby is murdered, another baby is threatened, and ghost locks shed door as men is engulfed by flames, images of man’s arm on fire as fire engulfs shed, man knocks videotape out of daughter’s hand and yells, voodoo people threaten couple; no depicted or implied sex, but married man clearly still has feelings for woman he knew in high school and woman gets in trouble so he gets his wife to let woman stay at their place for one evening, and implied out-of-wedlock birth to married woman; no nudity; alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, revenge, racism and older woman wishes young woman harm and makes cryptic statement that can be viewed in two ways.
JESSABELLE is another ghost story about a dead person haunting a young woman, this time set in the Louisiana bayou and involving some voodoo. The setting lends some special moody atmosphere to the story, but the ending is a bit confusing and very occult, to the point of being rather hokey.
In the story, a pregnant young woman, Jessie, and her boyfriend are about to move away to start a new life together. Sadly, a truck crashes into their car, killing the boyfriend and leaving Jessie without the full use of her leg for a few months.
Her aunt and mother are dead, so Jessie ends up being taken by her estranged father, Leon, to their family home in the bayou. Soon, Jessie and her father are being haunted by a long-tormented female ghost who wants something from Jessie. Is the ghostly spirit her dead mother, who loved to fool around with tarot cards? Or, someone else?
Rated PG-13, JESSABELLE has some scary moments and beautiful and haunting photography, but the story is a bit slow and messed up, to the point of confusing. The climactic plot twist toward the end and the final scene seem especially confusing. They’re also a bit hokey.
Finally, JESSABELLE’s story involves a lot of occult content. Not only is there the ghost story, including the question of the ghost’s real identity. There are also references to voodoo and tarot card reading. There’s no really solid moral content, much less any Christian content, to counteract this occult content. So, eventually (SPOILER ALERT), the ghost gets what she wants at the end, which, apparently, is possession of Jessie’s body. The movie’s plot twist also involves past racism and revenge.
All in all, therefore, JESSABELLE is an abhorrent movie that should be avoided.