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SEANCE Film Review May 17, 2021 Eclectic Arts


Seance

RLJE Films / Shudder
Reviewed: 5/17/2021

Rating: 4 / 5


SEANCE is In Theaters and On Digital and On Demand May 21, 2021.


(RLJE FILMS/Shudder)



The new film, “Seance” centers around a group of high school students at a private elite school. A student falls to her death and then the real horror mystery begins.


A new student enrolls and moves into the room where the deceased student once lived. The body count starts to increase as a mysterious killer is on the loose, terrorizing the campus.


“Seance” definitely held my interest throughout. It is shot and directed well and the performances from the cast were solid throughout the film.



((L-R] Stephanie Sy as Yvonne, Inanna Sarkis as Alice, Madisen Beaty as Bethany, Djouliet Amara as Rosalind, Suki Waterhouse as Camille, and Ella-Rae Smith as Helina in the horror SEANCE, an RLJE Films and Shudder release. Photo courtesy of RLJE Films and Shudder.)



The ending “explanation” was a bit convoluted but it did pack a well deserved punch for the audience. My only complaint during the finale was the soundscape used - it was incredibly jarring and not in a good way. It actually distracted from the impact of the scenes. Having worked as an audio engineer with sound placement, I couldn’t help but notice this.


Outside of that, “Seance” was a notch above some of the other recent horror offerings.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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