Featuring stunning landscapes, ominous castles and shot entirely on location in France, The Incantation is Jude S. Walko’s directorial debut. The film is also the first bit of original content for Blue Falcon Productions, which is co-owned by Walko and Producer Dan Campbell. This dark fairy tale tells the story of Lucy Bellerose (Sam Valentine) as she travels to the south of France for a distant uncle’s funeral.
Coming from an obviously wealthy background, Lucy is more accustomed to finding the best lighting for selfies as opposed to adhering to her relatives’ austere lifestyle in the family castle. When she arrives, she is sternly greeted by the sinister Vicar of Borley (Walko), who explains how she is expected to behave and warns her against having any visitors. I thought the Vicar was the most entertaining character in the movie and seemed to be a really fun role for Walko. Despite the warning, Lucy quickly begins consorting with a local man named Jean-Pierre (Dylan Kellogg).
Lucy begins seeing what appears to be the apparition of a little girl covered in blood. When she explores the parts of the castle that the Vicar told her are off limits, she discovers secret rooms filled with unusual objects and books. Things get really weird when mysterious Abel Baddon (Dean Cain) arrives. It’s refreshing to see Dean Cain in a role that exudes evil instead of the typical handsome love interest that I’m sure he is accustomed to portraying.
There were a few times the story got confusing and became hard to follow, but it did manage to recover and get back on track eventually. The music in The Incantation at times seems exaggerated for the scenes it is accompanying. Also, some of the actors’ French accents aren’t entirely convincing, almost causing the film to venture into Lifetime movie territory. While the story is intriguing as the characters solve the mystery that surrounds the castle and Lucy’s family history, the flaws can be difficult to overlook.