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The Spell (1977)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 20 February 1977
A teenaged girl, taunted by her schoolmates because she's overweight, uses her supernatural powers to take revenge.

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Lee Philips

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Brian Taggert
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Cast overview:
Lee Grant ... Marilyn Matchett
Susan Myers Susan Myers ... Rita
Lelia Goldoni ... Jo Standish
Helen Hunt ... Kristina Matchett
Jack Colvin ... Dale Boyce
James Olson ... Glenn
James Greene ... Stan
Wright King ... Rian
Barbara Bostock Barbara Bostock ... Jill
Doney Oatman Doney Oatman ... Jackie
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Hugh
Kathleen Hughes ... Fenetia
Robert Gibbons Robert Gibbons ... Waiter
Arthur Peterson ... Ross
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A teenaged girl, taunted by her schoolmates because she's overweight, uses her supernatural powers to take revenge.

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Control mental See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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There's a bit of somber background music that's from the original Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) TV show, near the movie's end. See more »

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Thank Goodness for Telekinesis
5 April 2004 | by jmg38See all my reviews

Every teenager has dreamt of having the mental power to smite their enemies. In the late 1970's, Hollywood gave that power to a select few. The made for TV production `The Spell' (1977) was a well done version of the theme, and fell between `Carrie' (1976) and `The Fury' (1978) in both chronology and style. `The Spell' came closest to the altered reality that most of us envisioned when running this scenario in our own teenage mental movie house. No ultra-evil-parents or goody-two-shoes types (Carrie) and no spies and secret organizations (The Fury).

Instead, `The Spell' presents the story of a regular out of place teenager in a regular unfair world. She finds that she suddenly has telekinetic powers, and the revenge that most of us dreamed about becomes a reality for her. The pacing is a little choppy, but the heart of the story unfolds nicely. The world is still unfair, she just doesn't realize that it is now HER that is being unfair to those who don't have her secret power. The result is a ‘teenage telekinesis' movie that actually relies on character rather than special effects for its most important moments. While the parents in the other two movies were either nuts (Carrie) or non-existent (The Fury) the parents in this movie are loving people who are trying to provide some proper guidance to a daughter who just seems to be changing from a timid young girl into a smart-ass teenager. Hallmark moments were never like this…


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