The Unholy Review: Jeffrey Dean Morgan Tackles The Devil In Disguise In Religious Horror Movie
Plus reviews of the Chang Chen-starring 'The Soul' and the Oscar-nominated end-of-the-world action-romance 'Love and Monsters'.
The Unholy (NC16)
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cricket Brown, William Sadler
Directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos
This Sam Rami-produced horror flick is a rare bird that appeals to the secular crowd as well as faith-based moviegoers. The Walking Dead baddie Jeffrey Dean Morgan cranks up his roguish charm to industrial strength as a discredited journo-turned-sleazy-stringer-for-hire reporting on a mute teenager (Cricket Brown) who can perform miracles. The townsfolk believe she is the Virgin Mary incarnate but unbeknownst to them, her gifts are actually the work of a demon (also named Mary!). It’s a moody ‘beware of false prophets in sheep’s clothing’ cautionary tale with first-time helmer Evan Spiliotopoulos serving up some effective, if a little rote, chills. (3/5 stars)
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