5.5 out of 10
THIS IS AN IRISH FILM
Release Date: 17th August 2015 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Humberto Rosa & Thairon Mendes
Cast: Ciara Rose Burke, Patrick Murphy, Lynn Larkin, Craig Grainger, Aaron Gibson and Paula Phelan
Writer: Aaron Gibson & Humberto Rosa
The woodlands of the British Isles and Ireland must be littered with abandoned film cameras. If the number of fake documentaries / fun reels were actually real you wouldn’t be able to walk five feet without finding evidence of the supernatural on hastily left recording device. Without anything to distinguish it Invoked slinks into the queue a little bit late into the cycle to make a lasting difference. We get the standard set up of five late-teens/early 20s kids on their way to stay in a hostel on an Island somewhere off Co. Sligo in western Ireland. We get to know them (three boys / two girls) as they flirt and buy crisps at the petrol station. There’s alpha male Patrick (Murphy), his up for a laugh brunette girl, Rose (Burke). Then there’s Craig (Grainger) who wants to sleep with slightly uptight blonde Lynn (Larkin). Along for the ride is the oafish best friend of Patrick, Aaron (Gibson). As FF films go, the five get along really well.
All is well until dopey Aaron suggests making a ouija board directly after Patrick has shared a rather disturbing story about the local inhabitants of yore and yonder. Unable to revoke a very persistent spirit, the five stick around for a whole day, then try to escape when they wake up to the fact that their lives may be in danger.
The difference between this and many other FF films is that when the chills, spills and nasty bangs begin to hit the fan, the actors go bat shit as well. If you want to witness a note perfect depiction of cold fear and confusion then look no further than the cast of Invoked. These guys prove to the makers of other shonky FF movies like Zombie Diaries, Hollow, World War Dead, Haunted etc that to make these films believable then then the cast has to be first rate. You just can’t make an FF with amateurs. So in Invoked, acting alone saves this from being just another tedious, stalk and kill movie. This film probably won’t surprise you plot wise (it tells you the outcome at the beginning – why?!??) but it will scare you. The characters are drawn well-enough for this kind of yarn and come the ending you won’t want the spirit to catch any of them. You’ll have the film on permanent rewind to find out what was in frame to throw that bowl, before you see a shape movie out of shot. The mystery itself is standard ghost territory but somehow, some aspects of this chiller will stay with you until you turn the light off the very evening you go to bed after seeing it.
5.5 out of 10 – Scary yet unoriginal found-footage horror film. Convincing and panicked performances put you in the thick of events so it’s difficult not to get swept along. Above average.
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No significant acting credits for cast to date.