June is an innocent 9-year-old orphan girl who shares her body with Aer, an ancient supernatural being whose mission is to destroy mankind. When June is adopted by a loving family, she must battle with Aer to save her new parents and herself.
One part Exorcist, One part Carrie, June is an interesting movie, though by no means groundbreaking. The movie opens with a cult preparing to sacrifice a baby girl. Midway through, a young cultist kills the priestess, interrupting the ceremony, but not before some form of supernatural being takes up residence.
There is some narration by the mother before the story fast forwards 9 years to find young June (Kennedy Brice) with a trashy foster family in a rundown trailer park. Her social worker (Eddie Jemison) takes particular interest in June and her well being shortly before her imaginary friend Aer (which she pronounced airy) begins to manifest and causes trouble.
After a rather public outburst at a community picnic she is placed with a new couple, Dave and Lily (Casper Van Dien and Victoria Pratt) who wish to adopt her. Things appear good at first but soon worrying things begin to happen. Dave, a photographer, takes tons of pictures of his new daughter before the lens of his camera breaks mid shutter click.
Aer seems bent on removing Dave and frames him for attacking June after a brief possession. Dave removes himself from the situation and things just get worse at home, while he discovers something odd about June and those around them.
This is an interesting film, but doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, and most genre fans will spot inspiration from various other films.
What I have found most interesting is the nebulous time frame the movie takes place in. The three adult leads will be recognizable to folks from my generation, appearing in numerous genre films since the mid-nineties. It was almost a 90s reunion, which kind of works as the movie appears to be set in the early to mid 90s, though it is never stated, unless I missed something. To see these actors that I remembered in their youth now grown up and in that time frame of their youth was somewhat jarring to me.
Now how did I tell the time frame? Easy, the tech and the cars. Certain cars are timeless and work in any modern setting, but others stick out as belonging to a certain time. The same goes for tech. TVs in the movie are all CRTs, the largest of which is maybe 32”. There is not a single cell phone to be seen, no mention of the Internet, computers use CRTs, with one old school flat screen, a phone booth, and a film camera. My wife and I actually rewound to confirm that.
My wife did commend the movie on the early portrayal of the social worker. She used to be a social worker and it was all too reminiscent of what she used to do and see.
Overall I give the movie 3.5 out 5 stars. It wasn’t a bad film, but it didn’t bring anything new to the genre. It did pay good homage to classic horror films, but it was not what expected.