Sunday, June 21, 2015

Holy Ghost People (2013)

IMDb plot summary: On the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord - a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost.
Directed by Mitchell Altieri. Starring Emma Greenwell, Joe Egender, Brendan McCarthy, and Cameron Richardson.

This is for sure an interesting premise -- I am always kind of drawn to stories about warped, twisted faith. But it falls apart a little bit in the execution. All the characters are awkwardly written and poorly acted, nothing more than lame caricatures or sloppy archetypes. The plot meanders a lot as well -- there's no real answers to be found here, and while I'm a big fan of ambiguity, this just reads as lazy rather than profound. There have been much better films about cults, from Martha Marcy May Marlene to The Master to even silly horror flicks like The Wicker Man (which is at least entertaining) or comedies like Leap of Faith. This movie wants to make a deeper statement than it can with the quality it's given us.

1 star.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Holy Ghost People < The Man in the Iron Mask
Holy Ghost People < SpaceCamp
Holy Ghost People > Glory Road
Holy Ghost People > The Santa Clause
Holy Ghost People < The Verdict
Holy Ghost People > The Night of the Hunter
Holy Ghost People > The Lodger
Holy Ghost People > Cujo
Holy Ghost People > Giant
Holy Ghost People > Show Boat (1951)
Holy Ghost People > 27 Dresses
Final spot: #1851 out of 2367.

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