Isabelle – USA, 2018

‘You’re mine’

Isabelle – formerly The Wanting – is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Robert Heydon from a screenplay by Donald Martin. The movie stars Amanda Crew, Adam Brody, Zoë Belkin and Sheila McCarthy.

Plot:

An all-American couple dream of starting a family is shattered after they move into a seemingly perfect New England neighbourhood. Once settled, they soon descend into the depths of terror as they struggle to survive a genuine threat from a dark presence that appears to want to end their very lives…

Release:

Isabelle was released on VOD on May 24, 2019.

Reviews:

Isabelle is a thrilling possession film that proves evil can invade during the lowest points of life. A decently entertaining film, although featuring an ending that might disappoint…” Sarah Salvaggio, Cryptic Rock

“Director Heydon gets the isolating psychological trauma ramped up early with the final segments truly showing Larissa’s level of the jeopardy. However, the sections linking the initial shock and final standoff don’t cover any new ground that would put the film near the top of the list in the crowded psychological horror genre.” Norm McGlashan, Flick Hunter

“Its (literal) demonization of a disabled character is in poor taste, and the exposition is executed in a heavy-handed fashion, with two different characters Googling the Satanic abuse backstory of the neighbours. Wrapping up with about four different endings can’t disguise the fact that none of them are particularly good.” Steven West, Horrorscreams Videovault

” …the ending is decidedly underwhelming and likely to induce more groans than gasps. With that said, this remains a watchable little chiller that gets a pass thanks to an efficiently delivered set of scares and a pair of likeable performances.” Matthew Turner, Nerdly

“The film runs 80 minutes but pulls in subplots about mental illness in Larissa’s family, marital issues between her and Matt, Isabelle’s health issues, etc. There are so many story threads stuffed into the film none of them get developed. Everything just floats around, with nothing becoming compelling.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Amanda Crew … Larissa Kane
  • Adam Brody … Matt Kane – Regression; Jennifer’s Body; The Ring
  • Zoë Belkin … Isabelle Pelway
  • Sheila McCarthy … Ann Pelway
  • Booth Savage …Clifford Kane
  • Michael Miranda … Pedro Salazar
  • Dayo Ade … Father Lopez
  • David Tompa … Dr. Karl Neidorf
  • Zoe Doyle… Dr. Phoebe Chan
  • Shanice Banton … Carol Murphy
  • Krista Bridges … Jessica

Production companies:

  • Lazarus Effects
  • Out of the Blue…
  • Entertainment
  • Rob Heydon Productions
  • The Wanting Film

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