TAROT – “It would appear an adequate horror movie was not in the cards”

Adain Bradley “Grant” and Jacob Batalon “Paxton” in Screen Gems TAROT

RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Spenser Cohen

MAIN CAST

• Harriet Slater
• Jacob Batalon
• Avantika Vandanapu
• Adain Bradley

SYNOPSIS

**It is based on a 1992 novel, Horrorscope, by Nicholas Adams.

Friends unwittingly unleash an unspeakable evil trapped within a cursed deck of tarot cards. One by one, they come face to face with fate, racing against death to escape the future foretold in their readings.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Unfortunately for Tarot, it would appear an adequate horror movie was not in the cards. To be fair, it is watchable. And at just over 90 minutes, it never (completely) overstays its welcome. Breeziness aside, the film suffers from being so – incredibly – predicable! Well, that and it’s full of non-stop eye-rolling nonsense. Ok, so I don’t think anyone was expecting a psychologically cerebral mindbender from a movie about a cursed pack of Tarot cards, but still. It totally had potential though. Yes, the premise is silly, but with the right execution, it could have played like another creative teen kill-fest along the lines of Final Destination. Alas, there was little to no creativity in the “kills,” and the crop of teen characters are just not interesting – nor was the movie’s bad guy – the villainous Astrologer (I’m not joking). And with poorly written dialogue and ludicrous character motivations, it all felt rather low rent. The themes around “fate” and “altering one’s destiny” are also very cliched here, not to mention explored in the most surface-level manner. As for scares, there are admittedly some creepy visuals and maybe two effective jump scares (total). But, despite the tried-and-true suspense-building devices being used, it was all kinda boring. Let’s just say that if you throw this one on at a slumber party, it’ll have no trouble putting the party to sleep. Yep, it looks like Tarot pulled the death card…

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