There’s A Netflix Horror Movie That’s Freaking People Out On TikTok, So I Watched It...And Barely Finished

Death. Steer. I watch horror movies weekly. Some things in life are just given.
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So when I found this TikTok with 13 million views challenging people to watch Netflix's latest horror movie, Incantation, and not get scared, I had to jump at the opportunity:
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1 hour 16 minutes 22 seconds was the hardest part for me to watch
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Here is the Netflix description for Incantation:
“Six years ago, Li Ronan was cursed after she broke a religious taboo. Now she must protect her daughter from the consequences of her actions.”
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So, as per the user's challenge, if I do any of the following actions while watching the movie, I lose:
1. Skip a scene.
2. Get scared of jumping.
3. Look away.
You're probably wondering: how scary is Incantation? Let me tell you about my midnight viewing:
***SPOILERS AHEAD***
Content warning: This post contains mentions of self-harm and suicide. Even if you suffer from trypophobia, some of the images here might be disturbing.
The film follows a mother, Rona, as she films interactions with her daughter Dodo as they are reunited for the first time since "an incident" six years ago.
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She advises us (the audience) to pray with her and bless her daughter who has been in foster care since "the incident". Of course, things don't go well as both Rona and Dodo begin experiencing supernatural events.
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The first 30 minutes of the film weren't all that different from other horror films. It played in some of the same familiar clichés you often see. Girls under a sheet, possessed and random loud noises that want to make you jump.
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Throughout the film we hear chants and see symbols that are very trippy. This detail was a very original way of confusing the audience and almost making us feel more involved.
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The more we learn about Rona's past, the more disturbing images we get. I can understand why many people would have looked away from certain shots, like these creepy (biplane?!) teeth:
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This movie really leaned into trypophobia horror, which as a horror fan I kind of appreciated. Trypophobia is the fear of patterned holes, so plants with hole patterns or showerheads are the most obvious examples.
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My biggest criticism of the film is that it bounces a lot between six years ago, when Ronan first witnessed the horrors of the religious shrine, and the current events with her daughter dealing with the aftermath.
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We learn that Ronan, her boyfriend and his cousin filmed and interrupted a ritual six years ago. Ronan found out that she is pregnant with Dodo. We learn that the clan makes sacrifices to its "Buddha mother". All hell breaks loose with physical possessions, gore, and some intense jump scares. We see a shrine tunnel collapse and the rest of the footage is lost.
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Going back to the present, the ending of the film really gets off the rails at its best. As far as jump scares go, just a moment got me... and man, I mean, "heart escaping my chest" got me.
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Get ready:
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Expecting the same “spin slowly and charge into the camera” gimmick the film had used before, my body wasn't ready for this jumping scare.
I hate to say it, but by the rules of the TikTok challenge, that scared me enough to give me a big, ole, yummy "L."
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Once I recover from that horror, the story continues, and Ronan realizes that if she is to save her sick, cursed daughter, she must return to the shrine where all the horrors happened six years ago.
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The film ends with Ronan finally confronting the Buddha Mother, and we get more trypophobia imagery. Unfortunately, this leads to a possessed Ronan banging her face on the altar to the point of killing herself.
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After this, we are shown that Dodo is back to full health and living her life happily, implying that when Ronan confronted the Buddha Mother, he broke the curse.
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Overall, I found the film solid. The lore of the story and the lead actor Hsuan-yen Tsai carried the film. I highly recommend this film to people who are into found footage films and jump scares. I would also give some other Taiwanese horror movies a shot, like Hospital and The Bridge Curse (a personal favorite).
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I don't have TikTok so H/T to notjustbored1214 for the movie suggestion and challenge. I would love to see more horror movie challenges like this one.
Will you watch Netflix's Incantation? Is there a horror movie that made you look away? Comment below!

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