Though several of the characters in TALISMAN are the victims of ritualized sacrifice, the only thing that's truly sacrificed in this by-the-numbers horror outing is the element of surprise. It's all been done before elsewhere--and to a finer turn.
Teenaged Elias (Billy Parish) arrives at the Gornek International School for Boys, where overbearing administrator Mrs. Greynitz (Oana Stefanescu) warns against fraternizing with her daughter Elizabeth (Ilinca Goia). Elias has been plagued by nightmares about his parents, who died after conjuring
up a black angel (Costi Barbulescu)--who is now stalking the school, pulling out the boys' hearts. Dr. Jarod (Claudiu Tranda...