Wraith

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Earnest but flawed horror tale about a family of three -- parents Jackson Hurst and Ali Hillis and teen daughter Catherine Frances -- whose Victorian home in Neenah, Wisconsin, becomes the venue for some unwelcome supernatural activity. Consultation with a priest (Lance Henriksen) raises the possibility that the haunting is connected to the mother's unexpected pregnancy and her plan to abort her baby. The pro-life message of writer-director Michael O. Sajbel's film is as honorable as it is unmistakable. But blending this theme with well-worn exorcism and poltergeist tropes turns out to be a dubious decision. Possibly acceptable for older teens.

Watch out for: Some nonlethal violence, a sexual predation plotline, a nongraphic marital bedroom scene, a few sexual references.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13

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