FLORIDA GOES TO CANNES
"The Enchanted is redolent with Americana. Its nationalism is of the folk myth variety, peculiar to the South and especially the wilds of Central Florida, yet universal in many of its basic elements.
It is pure Florida, a synthesis of gator-wild forests, gray-on-gray stacked summer cumulus, and baroquely sensual tropical topography.
At Cannes, it didn’t come away with any prizes, but attention was respectful and interested. This homegrown Florida film went up against some of the classiest competition and the harshest critics in the world and survived. It is a personal triumph."
—Claudia Jannone - Tampa Bay Monthly Magazine - July 1983
USA FILM FESTIVAL
"Stunningly Beautiful…a promising first film."
—John Bloom - Dallas Times Herald - March 27,1984
"Well directed… the setting is glorious... the music draws you in."
—Terry Hiller - Fort Worth Star Telegram - March 29, 1984
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
"…a good, creepy story… it recreates the deep-woods mysteriousness of central and northern Florida and gets the pulse and the sounds as story elements unto themselves.
It is not just regional chauvinism that makes me applaud this film… there is talent right here…"
—Bill Cosford - Miami Herald - Feb 1984
HOMEGROWN MOVIE STANDS TALL
"The strongest elements of this ambitious debut are impressive for a film made in-state, by a native Floridian, on a Florida-financed shoestring, using mostly non-actor Floridians… this homegrown, remarkably promising feature debut does this state's feature film community proud."
—Greg Tozian - The Tampa Tribune - Sept 14, 1984
NEW IN TOWN
"Terrific looking, supernatural chiller builds slowly and effectively. There are a pair of fine performances from Julius Harris and Will Sennett… excellent visual details and perfect dialogue everywhere. The synthesizer soundtrack adds to the eerie quality of the film."
—Friday Extra - Tampa Tribune - Sept 14, 1984
ENCHANTED WEAVES CREATIVE TALE
"A moody, contemporary story… a testament to the haunting, dangerous and unspoiled beauty still abundant in Florida. The scenery is wonderful, the music excellent, the art direction extremely interesting, and the director sustains the suspense necessary to the weird revelation at the end of the story. Its 90 minutes of creative filmmaking definitely worth seeing."
—Marsha Fottler - Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sept 14, 1984
LORD'S ENCHANTING VISION
"Dynamic... breathtaking… drops the viewer deep into the thick of the Central Florida bush, severs all ties to civilization and, for 90 minutes, lets him see this supra-natural world through Booker's eyes. Straightforward, unpretentious, down-to-earth and from the heart. A film for the common man."
—Amado Bobadilla - Semionole Outlook - Orlando, Florida - June 26, 1986
THE ENCHANTED IS A BEAUTIFUL FILM
"Strange... wildly beautiful… interesting... an intriguing backwoods fantasy."
—Mike McLane - Gainesville Sun - Nov 18, 1983
CAN A FLORIDA FANTASY BRING INVESTORS REAL RETURNS?
"Described as a Florida folk mystery, this one is worth seeing. Considering the high quality of the photography, the entertaining plot and the acting talents of Julius Harris and Will Sennett, The Enchanted clearly says that Florida can put out a good film product and at the same time, offer the audience something a little different."
—Danielle Dubois Morris - Orlando Magazine - July 1986