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SPELLBINDER

    

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE: ‘Spellbinder,’ which has never been available on home video, is finally being released on Blu-ray and DVD nearly 30 years after its theatrical debut. This is not a good film but there are always fans out there waiting for even the most vilified flicks to finally become available, and Kino Lorber is one of those labels that is more than glad to accommodate. Here’s my review, which was published in the Deseret News on Sept. 23, 1988.

“Spellbinder” is just another variation on the devil-worship theme that has become a horror-movie staple.

This one, set in Los Angeles among rising young lawyers is sort of “Rosemary’s Baby” meets “thirtysomething” by way of “L.A. Law.”

   

            Kelly Preston, Tim Daly, 'Spellbinder'

Timothy Daly is appealing in the lead as a yuppie attorney who meets and falls for a young escapee from a devil-worshipping cult. Naturally, they want her back and in order to get her back they make his life … er, unpleasant.

But Kelly Preston is all wrong as the girl, too immature to really appeal to Daly’s character. Their relationship is directed in a steamy fashion but there’s no real chemistry between them.

   

Not that any of that matters, since the script goes haywire early, signaling what is to come and filled with dialogue and situations that cause fits of laughter where none is intended.

Rated R for violence, sex, nudity and profanity, “Spellbinder” will most certainly not be around by Halloween.