The Spell (15)

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Oh, dear. This Leeds-set occult mystery is made in so earnest and amateurish a style as to make the Children's Film Foundation look like Hitchcock.

It tells of a young woman (Rebecca Pitkin) who rues the day she crossed her jealous boyfriend – he only goes and gets a local witch to put her under a spell! Admittedly, it's not a very scary one – it may just be someone doing shadow tricks on the wall – but the victim looks as though she's being tormented by Beelzebub himself. Any suspense is killed by "incidental" music that sounds like the noodlings of a kid who's just discovered an old Casio in the basement.