Jakob’s Wife (2021) Movie Review

Jakob’s Wife – Quirky Near Dark

 

Director: Travis Stevens

Writer: Kathy Charles, Mark Steensland, Travis Stevens (Screenplay)

Starring: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Donnie Aarons, Nyisha Bell, Sarah Lind, Mark Kelly, C.M. Punk, Robert Rusler, Jay DeVon Johnson

Plot: Anne, married to a small-town Minister, feels her life has been shrinking over the past 30 years. Encountering “The Master” brings her a new sense of power and an appetite to live bolder. However, the change comes with a heavy body count.


Tagline – Who’s Your Master?

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Jakob’s Wife starts as Anne (Crampton) the wife of Pastor Jakob Fedder (Fessenden) finds herself going through a transformation, after a chance encounter with a creature, one that Jakob starts to see, getting worried about something else going on, Jakob looks to try and save his marriage.

Only when the truth starts to come out, Jakob must put his own faith on the table to decide how he could save his wife or help her get through the day.

Thoughts on Jakob’s Wife

Characters & Performances – Anne is the wife of a pastor who has lived everyday in a routine, the one day she moves slightly out of the routine is the day everything changes with her, the way she dresses, acts and behaviours are all out the window from what Jakob knows. Pastor Jakob Fedder has been the backbone of the community for decades now, he helps everyone in the neighbourhood, but starts to question his wife after noticing the changes she is going though. He must question his own faith if he wants to save her, a faith he has believed in for years and never questioned. Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden are great together in this film, they both show the changes they are going though, giving the reaction you would expect to see. When it comes to the supporting characters, each one will get a moment to shine, with each having some form of interaction with the couple, including the evil Master that has more control over everything going on in the small town.

StoryThe story here follows a pastor’s wife that starts to go through a transformation after an encounter with a mysterious creature, with only her husband to either help her cure the change or cover up the change. This is an interesting twist on a popular horror figure, one that will see a human factor to the change, one we haven’t seen as often as we might have liked in the past. It will balance the religious side of the evil, with a natural relationship to create the conflict, like we saw From Dusk till Dawn do. The downside in the story, is that certain moments can feel out of place, rather than a natural movement in the story, we get what can only feel like an insert of a quirky moment that doesn’t connect to the story.

ThemesJakob’s Wife is a horror thriller that will follow a woman through the transformation process after an encounter with an evil creature. This will give us plenty of blood soaked moments, over the top gore and everything else around it. The small town setting helps keep the story contained, showing us how things can spiral out of control when an unknown creature arrives.

Jakob’s Wife arrives on Shudder on the 19th August.

Final Thoughts Jakob’s Wife is a great horror that brings together the thinking points of the vampire movie, while still giving us the blood splatter.

Yakuza Princess – Release News

Signature Entertainment presents Yakuza Princess on Digital Platforms 13th September

Prepare for all-out martial arts action with Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Vikings) in Yakuza Princess. A crime boss is murdered in cold blood and his only heir is sent abroad as an infant. 20 years pass and now, rival gangs are out to kill as this young woman discovers her birth right at the head of a crime syndicate. Fighting for her life she teams up with an American man trying to discover his own past – one epic fight at a time. Also starring Tsuyoshi Ihara (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Kenny Leu (Midway), Yakuza Princess is directed by Vicente Amorim (The Division), adapted from the graphic novel Shiro by Danilo Beyruth.

Bull – First Artwork & Trailer

Bull is coming soon from Signature Entertainment

Bull is a brutal, subversive and wickedly suspenseful revenge thriller written and directed by Bafta®-winner Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton), and featuring outstanding performances from an electric Neil Maskell (Kill List, Utopia) and a terrifying David Hayman (Taboo, Vertical Limit) plus Tazmin Outhwaite (Eastenders). After a 10-year absence, former gang enforcer Bull returns to his old haunts to find his missing son and seek revenge on those who double crossed him and left him for dead. Painful secrets from the past will soon be revealed and like a man possessed, Bull will stop at nothing to get back at those who must atone for their sins. 

ABC Film Challenge – Sports Movies – I – Ice Castles (1978) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“[tough as nails] You’re what’s hurting her! Let her be. She’s good. She’s got more natural talent than anyone I’ve ever seen, and that includes those girls at the Olympics” – Beulah Smith

Number of Times Seen – at least three times (Cable in the 80’s, 20 Apr 2012 and 6 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An Olympic skating hopeful needs to deal with the pressure of the sport and of those around her.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing at a very early age on cable and knew a lot about it because my sisters had seen it in the theater when it originally came out.

The story is told quite well and it’s easy to understand the various pressures that young athletes must endure in order to compete in such a competitive arena.

The plot moves along well and we can see how the main character’s outlook on everything changes as the story progresses.

The frustration of losing and also of dealing with all of these pressures is quite apparent throughout.

The cast is great with Lynn-Holly Johnson doing a superb job in the lead role.

Robby Benson is also great as her boyfriend who will do anything to help her achieve her goals even at the expense of his own dreams.

Loved seeing Tom Skerritt in a small yet important role as her father who also torn about whether  to let her compete or not.

The skating scenes are filmed quite well and there are some very breathtaking shots that are very impressive.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lynn-Holly Johnson says she was repeatedly pressured to do a nude scene in this film, which she refused to do. She says this incident makes her laugh and say “if you only knew!” whenever someone tells her what a great family film this movie was. (From IMDB)

The film has an amazing theme song Through the Eyes of Love – sung by Melissa Manchester which was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.  The theme music also plays throughout the movie and it’s quite uplifting.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8.10)