Conjurer (film)

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Conjurer
Conjurer FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Clint Hutchison
Produced by Lance W. Dreesen
Clint Hutchison
Written by Clint Hutchison
David Yarbrough
Starring Andrew Bowen
Maxine Bahns
John Schneider
Music by Dana Niu
Cinematography Ken Blakey
Edited by Otto Arsenault
Production
company
Red Five Entertainment
Distributed by Monarch Home Video
Release date
  • September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Conjurer is a 2008 supernatural horror film directed by Clint Hutchison and written by Hutchison and David Yarbrough.[1] The film had its world premiere on 11 September 2008 at the SoCal Independent Film Festival and was released to DVD on 25 November of the same year. It stars Andrew Bowen as a photographer caught up in a haunting.

Plot[edit]

For the past year, photographer Shawn Burnett (Andrew Bowen) and his wife Helen (Maxine Bahns) have been grieving the loss of their first child, which died in Helen's womb before it could be carried to term. They're hoping that a move to the country will help them both heal and move on with their lives. Shawn is somewhat irritated that the move involves him taking charity from Helen's brother Frank (John Schneider), but he's willing to do whatever he can if it will give Helen solace. Frank promises that he will build the two of them a brand new house, but until the construction is done they must stay in an older house with a decrepit cabin in the backyard. Shortly after they move in, Helen becomes pregnant again.

Shawn is fascinated when he discovers via some neighbors that the cabin is reported to be haunted by the ghost of a witch that curses anyone trying to get pregnant, seeking revenge against a husband that murdered her own child years ago. While investigating the legend Shawn injures himself on a tooth left in the cabin and develops a severe infection. As the infection worsens Shawn begins to experience strange visions and events, unsure if they are real or delusions triggered by the infection and a possible latent mental illness, as his own father murdered his wife and then killed himself. This worries Shawn as either way this poses a potential threat to Helen, either by the witch's hand or by Shawn's possible mental illness, and he decides that he will get Helen out of that place. This puts him at odds with Frank, who believes the land to be completely safe.

As things grow more strange and Shawn becomes more unstable, things culminate in a chase scene that ends with Shawn firing a gun at his wife. Authorities are called to the scene and Shawn tries to explain the story of the witch, only to be told that there is no witch and that the neighbors (who had told him the story) never existed. He's then taken to a mental institution, leaving Helen to live in the house by herself. The film ends with Helen listening to a phone message from Shawn and then turning to the camera with a malevolent look, leaving it up to the viewer to decide if the events in the film are the result of Shawn's psychosis or if there actually is a witch and that she has possessed Helen at some point during the movie.

Cast[edit]

  • Andrew Bowen as Shawn Burnett
  • Maxine Bahns as Helen Burnett
  • John Schneider as Frank Higgins
  • Tom Nowicki as Marlin Dreyer
  • Brett Rice as Fulton Moss
  • Edith Ivey as Mrs. Dreyer
  • Terrence Gibney as Dr. Letson
  • Dolan Wilson as Sheriff Clayton
  • Liz McGeever as Hattie
  • Nicholaus Teall as Moss Boy
  • James Donadio as Tony Stegman
  • Donna Biscoe as Dr. McKenzie
  • Ryan Puszewski as Young Shawn

Release[edit]

Conjurer was released on DVD by Monarch Home Video November 25, 2008.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for Conjurer has been positive.[3] Dread Central gave the film three out of five blades and praised the movie's acting and directing.[4] LA Weekly also praised the movie, which they stated had "a thick mood of gothic dread".[5]

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trailer, Poster, Stills For 'Conjurer'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Conjurer (2008) - Clint Hutchison". AllMovie.com. AllMovie. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Weinberg, Scott. "The Scary Bits: Pieces, Timecrimes & Conjurers". Moviefone. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Siebalt, Joshua (2008-08-17). "Conjurer (2008)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  5. ^ Hardy, Ernest (2008-07-23). "Dances With Films: All Independent, All the Time". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Official AOF 2008 Results" (PDF). AOFFEST. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "2008 winners". Dixie Film Fest. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "2008 RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL". WIIHFF. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 

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