Jessabelle is an American horror thriller film directed by Kevin Greutert and written by Ben Garant. The film stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Amber Stevens and Ana de la Reguera. The film was released on November 7, 2014.
The movie opens with Jessie moving into her fiancé’s house. On the way there, they have a car accident, killing the fiancé, causing Jessie to have a miscarriage and leaving her unable to walk. The hospital makes Jessie call her Dad (whom she hasn’t seen for years) to pick her up. Back at her Dad’s house in St. Francis, Louisiana, Jessie is given her mother’s room. Her mother died when she was just a baby, ostensibly from cancer. While looking around the room one day, she finds some video tapes in a box labeled "Jessabelle." She plays one and watches her mother talking to Jessabelle (Jessie thinking she means her). On the video, her mother gives her a reading using tarot cards. The first card is Death, which her mother says means "transition". The next card says that she has never left St. Francis and that she is never going to leave — which is untrue for Jessie. The third card is Water. Her mother wonders if she is a swimmer, which is again untrue. She reads that Jessie is not alone, that there is a presence in the house with her, a female who wants her out of the house. Jessie’s dad shows up then and destroys the tape; he takes her wheelchair away and throws it in the bayou, warning her not to go snooping anymore.
That night she sees a girl in her room. She reaches out to her, but the figure then disappears. The next day her Dad has left her mother’s old wheelchair for her, apologizing to her. When he goes out, Jessie watches the next tape. On it her mother says she spoke to her friend Moses about the reading. Her mother tells Jessie that he said the presence is a demon, and she should stop blaming herself for an accident that happened. Her mother then gives her another reading. Death comes up again, meaning transition, but further reading shows a very horrible death.
The next day a physiotherapist comes and puts her in a bath. After a short while she falls asleep, and the bath fills with blood. The ghost is sitting across from her. She reaches for the bracelet on Jessie’s wrist but when Jessie starts to hum, the ghost attacks her. Her Dad comes back and everything vanishes; it appears to have been a hallucination. He tells the physiotherapist to leave and finds the other tape. He tries to burn them but gets locked in his shed and is burned to death. At his funeral, Jessie meets her old friend Preston (Marc Webber). She then sees an African-American man who seems to be burned, and she faints. She goes to lunch with Preston (who turns out to be married), shows him the tapes and tells him about her nightmares. Later she watches more tapes. One of them is of her parents at Christmas and another is of her mother telling Jessabelle that she is already dead. The ghost then begins attacking Jessie, again leading to her discovery of another tape in the wall.
The next day Jessie and Preston notice a glittering light across the bayou. They investigate and find lots of voodoo objects and a grave named Jessabelle. They dig up the grave and find a small coffin with a baby's skeleton in it. They call the police who take the bones to be examined. Preston takes Jessie to see her parent’s old cook, who begins chanting a voodoo song to allow spirits to possess people. Afterwards they go to find Moses, but instead find a shrine for him in an old dilapidated shed. While there, a group of men find them, attack Preston and tell them to leave. Preston takes Jessie home to get her things so she can stay at his mother’s, but he is attacked by the ghost. Jessie then learns that the baby was biracial girl who was murdered after birth, leading her to believe she needs saving. When she is alone, she tries to talk to the ghost. She finds the last tape on the coffee table and plays it. She sees a white baby and the baby's mother. At first it looks as if the mother will kill the baby but instead she curses her with a voodoo spell and then shoots herself.
Her mother’s spirit then appears to her, and she realizes that the "Jessabelle" her mother had been talking about on the tapes was not Jessie, but rather Jessie's mother's baby through an affair with Moses, the man who appeared to be on fire. Jessabelle was biracial, leading to the discovery of her mother’s affair, and Jessie's father had become enraged and killed the baby as well as Moses, and adopted Jessie to cover up Jessabelle's murder. Moses's spirit then appears and together with her mother, they tie Jessie up and push her into the bayou. Jessabelle then swims up to Jessie and takes the bracelet off her wrist, resurfacing in the form of Jessie. Preston pulls her out of the water and carries her over into the house, in the manner of newlyweds. When the Sheriff asks "Jessie" if she is alright—calling her Miss Laurent—she replies with a sly look, “It's Jessabelle.”
- Sarah Snook as Jessie Laurent
- Mark Webber as Preston
- David Andrews as Leon
- Joelle Carter as Kate
- Ana de la Reguera as Rosaura
- Amber Stevens as Jessabelle
- Larisa Oleynik as Samantha
- Chris Ellis as Sheriff Pruitt
- Brian Hallisay as Mark
- Lucius Baston as Mr. Woods
- Jason Davis as Surgeon
- Paul Shaplin as Actor
- Barbara Weetman as Nurse Carson
- Millie Wannamaker as Hospital Visitor
- Christopher Cozort as Hospital Patient
- Vaughan Wilson as Moses