The magic scene sure has changed since Merlin's day. If writer-director Jon Jacobs's Lucinda's Spell is any gauge, modern spell casters are the equivalent of grunge rockers, hipsters doing their own thing on the fringes ... more »of society. Set in New Orleans, the drama covers the days before the Eve of Beltrane, and Jason (Jacobs), the last in Merlin's bloodline, must choose the mother of his child during a spell casting contest. Bottle blonde Jason slinks and glowers and poses his way through New Orleans as he hunts for his son, born of a one-night stand five years before, but the picture is all but stolen by Christina Fulton as Lucinda, the New Orleans "sex witch" who just happens to be the mother of his child. With more costume changes than Cher and more characters in her closet than Tracey Ullman, Lucinda plays everybody's fantasy with a breathless vitality, sliding from one persona to the next without losing her essential spark. A modest but colorful production, it never succumbs to the sexploitation one would expect with the tag line "sex is magic," though the smoke-and-mirrors, demon-conjuring climax does suggest a B movie version of Kenneth Anger imagery: sexual but not particularly sexy. Like many an American indie production, there's more conversation than spectacle, but it's a charming production centered on a spirited performance by Fulton, an actress on the verge of a breakthrough. --Sean Axmaker« less
S. Miller | Lindenhurst, New York USA | 08/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lucinda's Spell is a charming little independent movie from bizzare director Jon Jacobs (who wrote/directed/starred in this and the previous "Girl with the Hungry Eyes"). Set in decadent New Orleans, on the eve of Beltain (pagans' "sacred night of love"), Jason the First Horn has come to couple with the most powerful witch. He encounters a coven of witches who would do anything at the chance to have sex with him. A group of women fighting over one guy? Sounds like every man's fantasy. But director Jacobs has turned the fantasy into a nightmare! In the middle of all this is Luicnda Bale (Christina Fulton, also from "Girl with the Hungry Eyes"), white witch and working girl who must overcome her self esteem in order to win and get back the son she thought she lost. All in all, this was a pretty good film. I gave it only four stars because there was no director commentary. DVDs need commentary and it would have been nice to hear how Jon Jacobs put together this independent movie. See this movie!"
Witches, Pagan Magic and Booze
First Horn | NY | 08/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just when I thought I had seen everything.... I sat down to watch this wee beauty. Shot in fabulous widescreen, it's colorful, witty and unpredictable. Christina Fulton is a Riot and Jon Jacobs has gotta be the ballsiest guy in Hollywood to direct and star in this satire on sex. Do I recommend it? It's my new favorite movie. .... Oh and I found the official website at www.sexismagic.com .. more interesting stuff there."
A must-see indie hit
Jason | L.A. | 04/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jon Jacob's latest film is set in the seductive and dangerous city of New Orleans...and rightly so. Where else could a writer/director (and yes - actor) capture the spirit of a coven of witches, the man they all attempt to seduce and all of the baddies that endeavor to thwart all of Lucinda's attempts to reunite with her only son?The story is multi-faceted and takes place a few days prior to, and through, the Eve of Beltrane. It follows Lucinda (Christina Fulton), a New Orleans prostitute who ingeniously caters to her clients with a bevy of outrageous outfits, as she repeatedly tries in vain to reconnect with the son that she gave up for adoption many years ago. However, there are many people, for reasons apparent later, that will do anything to keep Lucinda from getting her son back. The story also follows Jason (Jon Jacobs), a.k.a. The First Horn, the decadent, mystical direct descendant of Merlin the Great Druid, who also happens to be the carrier of the magical bloodline of his ancestor. Jason is in town for "the contest." On the Eve of Beltrane is held a witches contest whereby witches from an area coven vie to see who can create the most powerful spell over Jason, and thus win the opportunity to join him in creating the offspring that will then be the carrier of the magical bloodline. One witch in particular, Beatrice (Shannah Bettz) wants this opportunity so badly that she'll do anything to have Jason. However, Lucinda also sees this as an opportunity to get her son back since Jason fathered her son Severain (Ajax Davis) several years prior in a moment of unbridled lust at the Mardi Gras.The film, although it sounds quite dramatic, also has several quite humourous moments that are usually provided by the sexy and funny Christina Fulton. If Fulton's wide-ranging talents aren't recognized with this film, it leaves one to wonder what type of role could bring out more diversity in an actress. Regardless of the fact that she slips in and out of her New Orleans dialect, Christina has the quintessence, talent and gushing sex appeal to become a true luminary.The entire cast, some of which were literally culled from the streets of New Orleans, under the direction of Jon Jacobs, brings a sense of reality and feeling to a very involved picture. Not a detail - okay maybe one or two - escapes Jon's keen directorial eye. It is truly hard to tell that Jon had little budget to work with as this film is shot with painstaking appreciation for detail from the characters to the sets. Even Jon's guerilla-filmmaking sequences come off with the proper feel. This is one indy film that you should definitely see because...sexismagic."
One interesting brew..
moongrenadine | high point, NC | 03/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"some films have the ability to shock you, make you laugh, and leave you shaking your head in disbelief. lucinda's spell has the rare power to do all of the above while it's spell is being cast before your eyes. christina fulton gives a hilarious performance which will leave you laughing long after the film is over and you'll literally be on your knees begging for more. witchcraft just hasn't been this amusing nor entertaining since jack nicholson had us howling in his film the witches of eastwick. while lucinda may not be the film you'd want to play in front of granny and you might need to lock the kids up, i'm sure you will have a good time with this charming if a bit naughty fairytale. probability suggests this film will never receive a tremendous amount of praise from critics or moviegoers but i believe this is a good example of what great independent film making should be. i had read somewhere that mr.jacobs shot this on a small budget but i would've have known this just by watching. i can only hope that mr.jacobs will make more films for us in the near future and maybe this review will reel in a few more new fans. lucinda's spell is pure magic in almost every sense of the word."
If love cheesy, you'll love this!
N. Graf | Staatsburg, NY | 01/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Warning: the morals of the characters and the characters themselves might be a bit distasteful for some. However, it's artisitic and it's a ficitional movie, so the perspectives are going to be different than reality... including ethics, science, and magic(k).
Lucinda's Spell has great composition of visuals, music, and cheesy 'hollywood' myth and magic. It's like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but more sexually focused (yes, more than last two seasons of BtVS)!
This is my favorite independent movie of all time. (It beats Kevin Smith films on my list! [insert shock]) It is for fans of movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show... actually I think it should be shown as a double feature with it. This is definitely another great cult classic!
(in case the designers are looking.. I loved the original cover design, this new one takes away from the feel and attraction to the movie!)"