A classic tale of mystery and the supernatural, taken from one of M.R. James’s frightening tales, Casting The Runes, is about an innocent woman battling a satanic spell. It is filled with lots of outstanding performances and suspense from the father of the modern ghost story.

Iain Cuthbertson plays as Julian Karswell and Jan Francis as the increasingly desperate Prudence Dunning in this tense and atmospheric British thriller. Julian plays the bad guy that had placed a curse that terrorized and ultimately killed a writer a decade ago. When Prudence tries to undo the satanic spell, Julian‘s words are heard …

No, no, Miss Dunning. You’ll have to be more clever than that.

Prudence Dunning is a television producer that is working on a news piece that will prove to the public that some of the so-called “mystics” are actually phonies. A move she makes which draws media attention to an alchemist, Julian Karswell, turns out to be disastrous for her. In retaliation, Julian delivers a runic scroll that dooms her to a horrific fate, just as the curse the writer had him, causing his death eventually. Prudence now is racing against time to save herself from the spell. She has to find a way to turn the tables in her favor before it is too late.

Here is a trailer for Casting The Runes.

Casting The Runes is available on DVD and it runs for approximately 47 minutes. Included with this DVD, as a bonus feature, is M.R. James adaptation Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance, which runs about 20 minutes and the documentary A Pleasant Terror: The Life and Ghosts of M.R. James which runs approximately another 51 minutes, which is well worth watching.

You can get your own copy of Casting The Runes by clicking on the Amazon link above.

Jan Barrett

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