Amulet takes its time revealing its terror. Following Tomaz (Alec Secăreanu), a displaced man who arrives at the dilapidated home of Magda (Carla Juri), a peculiar woman living with a nun and looking after her dying mother, the movie builds alongside their budding relationship. As the two grow close, Tomaz notices increasingly strange occurrences related to the mysterious mother who never leaves her room. The former soldier sees an opportunity, though, and believes if he can release Magda from her malevolent mother, he can relieve himself of his sins. Pairing this plot with creepy sound cues, chilling set design, and captivating performances creates spellbinding suspense, while the sexually charged imagery embedded throughout begins to point to the truth—if one exists. Culminating in an otherworldly conclusion that calls to mind H.R. Giger visuals, Amulet won’t answer all the viewers’ questions, but it will keep their attention as it possesses them.