‘Bury the past …or it will bury you’
The Invoking is a 2013 American psychological horror film directed and produced by Jeremy Berg from a screenplay co-written with Matt Medisch and John Portanova. It was formerly known as Sader Ridge.
The film stars Josh Truax, Rafael Siegel, Andi Norris, Trin Miller and D’Angelo Midili.
Jeff Gilbert of Drinkin’ & Drive-In has rightly alluded to the new artwork being just like The Conjuring, yet the film itself is not in the same vein. A classic example of a film being sold as something it’s not to make it more acceptable in the movie market place? It seems obviously so.
For years Samantha has wondered about where she came from. After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Sam and three friends take a road trip to inspect the remote property. Soon after Sam arrives old memories come seeping back to her subconscious while jealousy and unspoken tension between the friends is forced to the surface.
As relationships unravel, so does Sam’s sanity. She soon finds herself unable to tell the difference between reality and the horrible visions of brutality she can’t escape. While her world crumbles, Sam discovers that the current horrors may be tied directly to her past…
The Invoking is a film that has a few unexpected moments and never quite follows the rules, and for that alone is worthy of praise. The new title – as contrived and clichéd a horror movie title as you might imagine – does the film that was formerly known as Sader Ridge no favours, as it is likely that anyone attracted by that, and the cover artwork, will be deeply disappointed in what they get, while the audience most likely to appreciate the film will be put off.
Ignore the promotional material, and check out The Invoking anyway. For all its faults and by whatever title, it’s much better than you might expect.
David Flint, MOVIES and MANIA
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