There’s a Netflix horror movie scaring people on TikTok so I watched it… and barely finished

Death. Taxes. Me watching horror movies weekly. Some things in life are just a given.

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So when I found this TikTok with 13 million views daring people to watch Netflix’s latest horror movie, IncantationY No scared, I had to take the opportunity:

Here is the Netflix description for Incantation:

“Six years ago, Li Ronan was cursed after breaking a religious taboo. Now, she must protect her daughter from the consequences of her actions.”

So according to the user challenge, if I do any of the following when watching the movie, I lose:

1. Skip a scene.

2. Be scared of jumps.

3. Look away.

You’re probably wondering: How scary is it? Incantation? Let me tell you about my midnight visit:

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Content Warning: This post contains mentions of self-harm and suicide. Also, if you have trypophobia, some of the images here may be disturbing.

The film follows a mother, Rona, who films the interactions with her daughter, Dodo, as they meet again for the first time since “an incident” six years ago.

a mother and her daughter laugh in a restaurant

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She advises us (audience) to pray with her and bless her daughter, who has been in foster care since “the incident.” Of course, things don’t work out, as both Rona and Dodo begin to experience supernatural occurrences.

A woman with a bloody nose

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The first 30 minutes of the movie weren’t much different from any other horror movie. It played on some of the same familiar clich├ęs that you tend to see a lot. Girl under a sheet, possessed people, and random loud noises trying to make you jump.

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Throughout the movie, we hear chants and see symbols that are very strange. This detail was a very original way of disorienting the audience and almost making us feel more involved.

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As we learn more about Rona’s past, we get more disturbing images. I can see why many people would have found themselves looking away from certain shots, like these creepy teeth (two stories?!):

A mouth with two rows of teeth.

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This movie really leaned into trypophobia horror, which I appreciated as a horror fan. Trypophobia is the fear of patterned holes, so the most obvious example is plants or hole-patterned shower heads.

An arm of a corpse has many small holes.

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My biggest gripe with the movie is that it jumps a lot between six years ago, when Ronan first witnessed the horrors of the religious shrine, and current events with his daughter dealing with the aftermath.

A cloth with symbols on it.

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We learn that, six years ago, Ronan, his boyfriend, and his cousin filmed and interrupted a ritual. Ronan found out that she is pregnant with Dodo. We learn that the clan makes sacrifices to their “Buddha-Mother”. All hell breaks loose with bodily possessions, blood, and some intense scares. We see the collapse of a shrine tunnel and the rest of the footage is lost.

the man shouts

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Going back to the present, the end of the movie really goes off the rails in the best way. As far as the jump scares go, just one moment got me… and man, I mean “heart fleeing my chest” got me.

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Get ready:

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Anticipating the same “slow turn and charge toward the camera” trick that the film had used before, my body wasn’t ready for this jump scare.

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I hate to say it, but by the rules of the TikTok challenge, this made me jump enough to treat myself to a big, tasty “L.”

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Once I’ve recovered from that scare, the story continues and Ronan realizes that he needs to go back to the sanctuary where all the horrors took place six years ago if he wants to save his sick and cursed daughter.

A mom and her daughter in bed

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The film ends with Ronan finally facing the Mother-Buddha, and we get more trypophobia footage. Unfortunately, this leads to a possessed Ronan smashing his face into the altar until he commits suicide.

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Afterward, we are shown that Dodo has regained his health and is happily living his life, implying that Ronan, by confronting the Mother-Buddha, broke the curse.

a girl smiles

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Overall I thought the movie was solid. Story lore and lead actor Hsuan-yen Tsai carried the film. I highly recommend this movie to people who enjoy found footage movies and scares. I would also give other Taiwanese horror films a chance like Hospital Y the curse of the bridge (a personal favourite).

A woman stands in the dark with symbols all over her face.

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I don’t have a TikTok so H/T to notjustbored1214 for the suggestion and the movie challenge. I would love to see more horror movie challenges like this.

Are you going to watch Netflix? Incantation? Is there a horror movie that made you look the other way? Comment below!

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