July 20, 2011

Spellbinder (1988)



"A young lawyer, after falling in love with a beautiful woman, finds that she has an extremely mysterious past."

Here's another one from my Video Vault which I first watched in the early '90s on VHS and has now turned up on Netflix just to disappoint me. Actually, it wasn't too bad at all but just not quite as sexy as I remembered it.

Starring Tim Daly (Tyne Daly's younger brother) and Kelly Preston (John Travolta's wife), "Spellbinder" is like a made-for-TV version of "The Wicker Man" but with mostly really good looking actors in it and a greater emphasis on witchcraft. You could almost write it off as simply a supernatural romance if it wasn't for all the horror elements.

Even if you've seen "The Wicker Man", this isn't all that predictable and the twist, when it comes right at the end, is still a shock and makes you feel quite bad for Tim Daly's character.


The only problem with "Spellbinder" is that after all the hot sexy stuff quite early on, the story tends to drag on and on without much action. There are a couple of special effects but mostly it's all talk as the story turns increasingly more sinister.

It's still a really good story with some nice performances but, once Kelly Preston stops getting naked, most male viewers will probably lose interest.

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