2 items from 2011
Psalm 21, 2009.
Directed by Fredrik Hiller.
Investigating the death of his father, a priest arrives in a desolate village where he inadvertently opens a door to the other side where ghosts from the past begin to cross over into the real world with a single purpose... vengeance.
The subject of hell in films is such an easy thing to handle in a hammy fashion. Once you go down the path with fire, brimstone and laughing red men with hooves, you’re stuck down Dante’s cul de sac of generic visions. Personal hells are usually the best ones, although they can’t really exist outside the genre of psychological horrors. And then of course there’s the other hazard of going down Freudian Lane. And once you go down that road, it’s only a »
If you are not into the whole religion thing about hell and damnation it can be hard to watch movies that rely on these themes and be able to take them seriously. I’ll admit I am sceptical about it all but I at least try to watch the movies in the context of what they are and go into it with an understanding that the people within the movie world itself do believe so I’ll have to watch it from their point of view. That’s what I had to do with Psalm 21.
The story centres on Henrik Horneus a priest whose father had died in suspicious circumstances. This along with other events causes him to have a crisis of faith, which in a priest you have to admit is quite a problem. »
2 items from 2011
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