31 Days 31 Horror Movies! Day One: SPELLBINDER (1988)
It’s October. There’s no better time to watch horror movies. That’s why for the next 31 days there will be a review of a different film. Unlike others who do the same thing, this will be totally random. You’ll get a little bit of everything. Just to prove how random this will be here’s the first movie:
Spellbinder is an obscure movie from 1988. It stars a pre-Wings Tim Daly and Kelly Preston before she was Mrs. John Travolta. The film is one of those morality tale horror flicks. The suspense comes from a worst case scenario that anyone can experience. Well…that’s if you live in a world with witches and other supernatural creatures. Daly plays a successful lawyer named Jeff who has everything except a woman to share it with. One day, at the parking lot of a recreational center he witnesses a man beating up his girlfriend. Quickly, he interferes and rescues the young woman. The man warns him that he’ll regret this decision for the rest of his life. Soon after, he discovers that Miranda (Preston), the young lady, has no place to stay since she lived with her boyfriend. Instead of letting her stay at a hotel or stay with some friends or relatives he offers to let her spend the night at his place. She is a 25-year-old Kelly Preston after all. And before the day is over he’s already having sex with her. A reward for his bravery. Then, as you can imagine, strange things start to occur. Miranda isn’t just a pretty face. She’s also a witch who has other plans for her newfound lover.
The movie has a lot of cliché scares and a twist that you can see coming if you’re paying attention. What makes it entertaining is it’s unintentionally funny scenes, like Jeff fighting a witch with martial arts training (why would a witch need martial arts skills?). And, a strong performance by Daly. It’s a silly flick, but Daly gave his 100% and you actually care for Jeff even though everything he’s going through is ridiculous. Plus…there’s nude scenes with Preston, so that’s always a bonus.
Here's the trailer.