Rating: Not Rated Stars: Molly C. Quinn, Jake Horowitz, Rachel True, Hayley McFarland, Zandy Hardig, Chris Browning, Ben Hall, Mary Buss, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn Writers: John Selvidge and Mickey Reece Director: Mickey Reece Distributor: Magnet Releasing Release Date: December 10, 2021 AGNES starts out like a typical exorcism film, but it doesn’t stay that way for long. We begin at a cloistered Carmelite convent in upstate New York. It’s the present, but it might as well be the 1950s, or further back, as far as the strict Mother Superior (Mary Buss) is concerned. Rule-bound and stern though Mother Superior […]Read On »
Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix Angelis, Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Daniel Hoffman-Gill, Emma Holzer, Joanna David Writers: Damien LeVeck & Aaron Horwitz, story by Aaron Horwitz Director: Damien LeVeck Distributor: RLJE Entertainment Release Date: January 19, 2021 THE CLEANSING HOUR is a well-conceived, well-executed horror movie about the perils of making misleading reality programming. We tend to think of those dangers in terms of the effect on the audience. THE CLEANSING HOUR doesn’t ignore this, but its main focus is on “Father” Max Tyler (Ryan Guzman) and his lifelong best friend Drew (Kyle Gallner). The two […]Read On »
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport, Natasha Calis, Grant Show, Matisyahu Writers: Juliet Snowden & Stiles White, based on the article “Jinx in a Box” by Leslie Gornstein Director: Ole Bornedal Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: August 29, 2012 As movies about demonic possession/exorcism go, THE POSSESSION is pretty good. It has strong leads in Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick, a persuasive child actress in Natasha Calis, characters who generally don’t do anything illogical in the screenplay by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White and a pretty deft touch by director Ole Bornedal, who knows how to make things […]Read On »
The World Premiere of New Line Cinema’s THE RITE was held Wednesday, January 26th at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. THE RITE is inspired by a true story and based on the book THE MODERN DAY EXORCIST by Matt Baglio. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Arianna Veronesi, Torrey DeVitto, Marija Karan, Father Gary Thomas, Marta Gastini, Mikael Hafstrom (Director), Michael Petroni (Writer), and Matt Baglio (Author). Joining them were guests, which included: Charlotte Ross, Marley Shelton, Oscar Nunez, Chi McBride, Connie Britton, Carla Gugino, Carla Ortiz, […]Read On »
Father Gary Thomas might find doing press for the film THE RITE, something of an odd occurrence. The Catholic priest is the basis for the book THE RITE: THE MAKING OF A MODERN EXORCIST , which is of course now a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and hits theaters today. Thomas the pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Saratoga, has his normal daily duties involving his parish and his parishioners, but when called to it, he also is one of the areas few practicing exorcist priests. Facing the Hollywood press has to be far easier than what Father Thomas deals […]Read On »
THE RITE is actually based on the book “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist” which follows real-life Catholic exorcist priest Father Gary Thomas and illustrates various points in his journey. The movie is ‘inspired by true-events’ so there is no really conclusive way to figure out where the original story ends and the Hollywood version starts. Still, the movie is an entertaining ride of white-knuckled tension that leaves the audience waiting for something diabolical to surface in scenes where there is actually nothing to indicate a scare.
Sir Anthony Hopkins is no stranger to horror films or thrillers. Since THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, he has been a part of some of the most memorable big screen scares of the last two decades. His latest thriller THE RITE, which opens this Friday, is no exception. The movie is based on true life occurrences with one of the Catholic Church’s top exorcist priests. In the film the young priest journeys to Rome to be instructed in exorcism rites, and encounters Hopkins’ character, a priest with thousands of exorcisms under his belt and decades of experience. Since it’s in […]Read On »