Screenshot from Incantation trailer/Party Art/Otto Chen/Netflix Asia YouTube
Netflix has just released the Taiwanese horror movie called Incantation, but is the new film actually based on a true story or real events?
There is no shortage of excellent content available to watch on Netflix this Friday night, so why not spend the evening being scared senseless?
The streaming platform has just released the highly anticipated Taiwanese 2022 horror movie, called Incantation, following its incredible theatrical run in domestic cinemas back in March.
Now, as fans around the world settle down behind the couch, many are wondering whether Incantation is actually based on a true story or real events?
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Incantation tells the story of Li Ronan, who believes that she has been cursed ever since breaking a religious taboo and disrupting a powerful shrine.
To Li Ronan’s horror, the curse starts to impact the people around her – focusing on her young daughter as it appears to feed off her growing fear.
“WARNING: This is a cursed video, it might contain certain risks to watch; For those who dares to follow, please solve the puzzle of my daughter’s curse with me.” – Preview synopsis, via IMDB.
Director Kevin Ko said in a statement, via Comicbook, said that “I know how to scare the audience with an effective horror sequence. But a good horror movie is not just about these tricks.”
“The core has to be about human nature. Ultimately, the audience has to care about the characters. Respect for religion, especially religious taboos and religions that are very obscure, has some degree of fear in it. I love scary stories, and even so I didn’t really quite dare to touch this topic. I wanted to magnify this feeling in Incantation.” – Kevin Ko, via Comicbook.
WARNING: Content of a disturbing nature ahead
Incantation is very loosely based on a ‘true story’ of an incident that occurred in 2005 in Taiwan; however, the details of the specific incident have not been revealed by the filmmakers. The movie also takes inspiration from classic Asian horror films as well as modern internet culture.
It was widely publicised as part of Incantation’s promotional campaign that the film was based on a true story. Sadly, details on the specific incident in question remain extremely scarce online.
However, there is a post on the Chinese website Lujuba that claims the incident in question, from which Incantation took its inspiration, took place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
“At that time, a family of six believed that they were possessed by a god, and the whole family started crazy, even self-mutilation and other bizarre acts, and finally led to the death of a family member.” – Unnamed author, via Lujuba.
According to the unconfirmed report, a family of painters with the surname Wu allegedly claimed in 2005 that they had been cursed and even “possessed by Gods.”
“The whole family did not eat for several days. The family members beat each other with crutches and the main card of the gods, burned their skin with lit incense, and even splashed faeces on each other and fed [themselves] faeces.” – Unnamed author, via Lujuba.
Allegedly, the eldest daughter of the family passed away several days later with “violent” injuries, but the family “was still convinced that it was not the eldest daughter who died, but a demon possessed by her.”
The cause of death was allegedly “identified by a forensic doctor as multiple organ failure” and since “the deceased’s body was bruised and bruised”, it “attracted the attention of the police” and “finally became a strange urban anecdote.”
However, director Kevin Ko did state how Incantation was also “inspired by Internet culture, such as forum threads, YouTuber confessionals, and email chain letters”. In addition to various iconic Asian horror films such as Ring, One Missed Call, Dark Water and Ju-On.
“Asian horror has been very influential in shaping the genre and bringing it to new heights. We are proud to partner with a new generation of Asian filmmakers who are creating the movies that will define what terror means for today’s viewers.” – Janelle Ong, via DreadCentral.
It should be clearly noted that none of the aforementioned information concerning possession has ever been publicly confirmed by relevant authorities. We have also not been able to locate any follow-up information to corroborate this report regarding the incident; so, take this ‘true story’ with a heavy pinch of salt.
If you like horror films then I implore you to watch ‘Incantation’ when it releases on to Netflix tomorrow
Prior to Incantation’s premiere, the hype and expectations for the horror movie had reached outstanding levels both domestically in Taiwan and internationally.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the film has repeatedly been claimed to be the “scariest Taiwanese film ever” – which is certainly an incredible compliment considering the nation’s history of horror filmmaking.
Heaven of Horror said that “Incantation is one of the best horror movies to come out of Asia (outside of South Korea) in a long time.” LeaisureByte adds how “it will make you wish to watch the worst reality television out there, if only to forget the trauma of this movie. Thoroughly enjoyable and extremely traumatising.”
“The film opens to have viewer to participate and drags us into the situation as soon as the movie begin. I was skeptical of the fuss surrounding this film, so I went to see it alone, which isn’t recommended. The movie filled with all elements a horror film should be. Story, environment, sound effect, casting, lightning. Brilliant work of the director, cast and crew. The only horror that made me scared, is this one.” – User funkykev100, via IMDB.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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