Martha, a widow living in rural Pennsylvania, comes home to find her daughter about to blow her own head off with a shotgun in the basement of their house. Martha doesn't succeed in stopping her child's horrific demise, but the girl's death gradually leads the grieving mother to investigate a conspiracy that involves a legendary local witch, Nazi dabbling with the occult, and secret government experiments, with the story even referencing the fabled Philadelphia Experiment. Written by
Unholy (2007) 3 of 5 Dir: Daryl Goldberg Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Nicholas Brandon, Siri Baruc
Adrienne Barbeau hasn't had the best of time lately and they get worse when her daughter commits suicide in their cellar. Along with her son (Brandon of TV's Buffy) gather up the pieces and decide to leave that sad home. But Barbeau can't shake the reasoning with the tragic events and decides to return to get to the bottom of the mystery. How does an old legend of some boogeyman used to frighten children, the strange behavior of the residents around her and the strange audio diaries and Nazi inspired paintings that the daughter did have to do with an unholy trinity?
It's always nice to see the lovely Miss Barbeau in genre pics and she does a fine job here. Baruc and Brandon (still doing the 'Xander' thing) are good as the messed-up children. The script, while having an interesting premise doesn't seem to gel together in the end. It comes up with an interesting angle but kind of glances off things that needed a bit more explaining. The final result leaves an ending that is a bit muddled. It may leave some viewers scratching their noggins.
'Unholy' tries hard to come up with an interesting twist and it succeeds for the most part but it kind of falls apart in the end. This spooker with sci-fi underpinnings does look good and has a solid and talented cast though.
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