The Invoking (2013)

Samantha returns to her newly-inherited home with three of her friends to inspect the property, where they soon discovers a number of horrifying secrets about her family's dark past. What do you want me to say here, really? The only thing that director Jeremy Berg manages to invoke is complete and utter boredom. Quite frankly, I'm tired of wasting what little free time I have left patronizing poorly made films. THE INVOKING, which was clearly retitled from SADER RIDGE to capitalize on THE CONJURING, is $11,000 of wasted money and 82-minutes of wasted time. I was truly terrified that I was going to wake back up after the first half-hour to be subjected to more bad storytelling and unconvincing characters. The sense of realism is uncanny. You truly get the feeling that you are traveling with a group of inexperienced actors as they babble on incessantly about only the most uninteresting topics imaginable. We are beat down by bad acting for what feels like an eternity before the first action beat, which is so cliche and predictable that I should have removed the DVD from the player immediately and destroyed it out of principle. There is no suspense to be found anywhere amidst this muddled mystery, only pain and misery.

Rating: 3/10.

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CASSADAGA, STIR OR ECHOES, THE HAUNTING AT SILVER FALLS, THE HAUNTING AT THE BEACON.

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