Hey gang, Valkor here. Welcome back to another round of MediaView. This time we leave the found-footage and goofy spooky films behind, for something more creeptacular. At least I thought it would be creepy, but as it turns out, this new movie “Sacrilege” was anything but creepy. More like a snoozefest. Read on.
“Sacrilege” puts the focus on Jessica (Jenn Foreman), who goes in search of a birthday present for her friend Sam (Megan Few) at a garage sale. She finds an old music box, which the owner quickly sells for five bucks. And without a second thought, Jessica snaps it up. And while Jess and her boyfriend Cole (Jordan Salloum) are away, Sam stays home, alone with her box and suddenly things get all spooky. The spirit that exists within the box manifests itself into a little girl that latches her teeth onto Sam. Initially, I thought it was eating her. But as it turns out, it was merely sucking away at Sam’s soul. This leads to a weird chanting in her head (All good girls are going to die) and eventually she kills herself. With Sam out of the way, the spirit has set its sights on Jess and Cole, who after a bit of soul-sucking begin to experience the same effects as Sam – especially with the suicidal thoughts.
Jess and Cole hire a paranormal investigator named Dr. Elizabeth Harris (Kim Baptiste), who is skeptical of their situation at first. That is until she witnesses the spirit shenanigans first hand. She performs something of an exorcism, which reveals a slew of ghost including the little girl. And thinking she was successful in clearing them from the home, she and her one man crew prepare to leave Jess and Cole to their happiness. Unfortunately, the little ghost girl is still around and as for the good doctor; she winds up dead along with Cole. And now Sam and the cameraman who came with Dr. Harris return to the original owner where they learn the shocking truth about the musical box. But will they ultimately find closure?
As I watched “Sacrilege”, about midway, I wondered how in the heck is this one going to end. Usually, when dealing with cursed objects, there’s almost always something or someone that helps to bring closure. But that doesn’t appear to be the case with this film. And the next section will explain why I’m not really mad about it. (Spoilers)
I kinda dig the ending to “Sacrilege”, because it ends in a way that brings some closure. So, the cameraman was the last man standing, having put Jess out of her misery. He buries the box in a secluded area and then proceeds to place a gun to his head. There’s no bang, so I’m not sure if dude killed himself (though I can assume he did). And if he did kill himself then that closes the link for anyone becoming possessed by the object ever again. Unless of course, someone should happen to dig it up. And let’s hope not for anyone’s sake. But if he didn't kill himself... well then that would suck.
Sacrilege is a long, slow, boring and uneventful film. I mean it’s a story about a music box that makes you want to kill yourself, and that’s pretty much it. That’s right the spirit in the box doesn’t kill you, but it forces you to kill yourself. I wish there was more, I mean I really, REALLY wish there was more. Unfortunately, that’s all you get. The ghost girl has her scary moments, which is few and far between. But she doesn’t do enough to make you want to cower in fright. As far as horror films go, Sacrilege ranks low and isn’t really worth your time, even late at night with nothing else to watch; because I’d rather watch nothing than to watch this film again.
"Sacrilege" gets a physical and digital release on June 6th, though if you’re interested in the film right now you can pick it up at a Redbox near you. Personally, I’d give this one a pass for something more enjoyable, because as it stands, there’s really nothing to see here. So out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving “Sacrilege” 1 star.