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Unholy -- A woman who lost her daughter to suicide investigates a theory that may have to do with the young girl's death.


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A woman who lost her daughter to suicide investigates a theory that may have to do with the young girl's death. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Adrienne Barbeau ... Martha

Nicholas Brendon ... Lucas

Siri Baruc ... Hope
Richard Ziman ... Storeowner
Cheyenne Casebier ... Cammy
Merwin Goldsmith ... Charlie
Susan Willis ... Gertrude

Joseph McKenna ... Lester

Ron Patrick ... Damien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Aisenberg ... Scotty
Robert Lopez ... Zombie Soldier
Eric Berkal ... Soldier in Window (uncredited)

Directed by
Daryl Goldberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sam Freeman  screenplay
Sam Freeman  story
Daryl Goldberg  story

Produced by
Josh Blumenfeld .... executive producer
Nicholas Brendon .... associate producer
Chris Chan .... associate producer
Thomas A. Crowell .... associate producer (as Thomas Crowell)
Daryl Goldberg .... producer
Kim Koby .... line producer
Kim Koby .... producer
Thomas R. Rondinella .... producer
Ivan Saperstein .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jeff Maher 
Film Editing by
Savvas Paritsis 
Casting by
John Mabry 
Dani Super 
Production Design by
Jeanelle Marie 
Art Direction by
Marti Zabell 
Set Decoration by
Patrick McGowan 
Costume Design by
Kimberly Matela 
Makeup Department
Joanna McCarthy .... special makeup effects artist
Louise McCarthy .... key special effects makeup artist
Mary McNamara .... hair stylist
Mary McNamara .... makeup artist
Bailey Mormile .... special makeup effects artist
Stacey Panepinto .... key hair stylist
Stacey Panepinto .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Berkal .... first assistant director
Andrew Cesana .... second assistant director
Matt Cross .... second second assistant director
Bill Timoney .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
David Fazzio .... property master
Katie Hance .... storyboard artist
Christopher D. Henry .... art production assistant
Patrick McGowan .... set dresser
Sound Department
Ken Jackson .... sound
John LaPolla .... assistant post-production sound
John LaPolla .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Louise McCarthy .... key special effects makeup
Bailey Mormile .... second special effects artist
Ken Shupe .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Savvas Paritsis .... visual effects
Patrick T. Rousseau .... stunt driver
Bill Timoney .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Nathaniel Bates .... grip
Joe Belschner .... key grip
Carter Bissell .... director of photography: second unit
Carter Bissell .... first assistant camera
Jofn DeFeo .... still photographer
Jon Defeo .... still photographer
Eric LaPlante .... camera production assistant
Eric Laplante .... director of photography: second unit
Joe Mandeville .... additional swing
Mike 'Electric' Mervilde Jr. .... best boy
Rose Neeley .... second assistant camera
Aaron Randall .... electric swing
Aaron Randall .... electrician
Aaron Randall .... grip
Matt Staples .... additional key grip
Anthony Stellato .... first assistant camera: second unit
Luis Torrez .... still photographer
Matthew Walker .... gaffer
Casey Wooden .... best boy grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Merav Elbaz Belschner .... assistant costume designer (as May Elbaz)
Renee Brunson .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Lorraine Porr .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Savvas Paritsis .... colorist
Savvas Paritsis .... on-line editor
Brian Rue .... on-line coordinator
Allyson Wilcox .... on-line coordinator
Location Management
Helen Pilgram-Noble .... location coordinator
Music Department
Ryan Fagman .... music editor
Juan Pablo Mantilla .... composer: original score
Other crew
Kirstie Bingham .... script supervisor
Freddy Cintron .... production assistant
Carly Cipriano .... production assistant
Isis Garcia .... production assistant
Tom Graves .... production assistant
Andrew Jacobs .... production assistant
Josiah Madigan .... production coordinator
Franky Martez .... production assistant
Patrick T. Rousseau .... key production assistant
R. Zachary Shildwachter .... production assistant
Anthony Stellato .... production assistant
Brian Stevenson .... production assistant
Andy Warner .... production assistant
Charles R. Black .... special thanks
Louis Goldberg .... special thanks
Nancy J. Goldberg .... special thanks
Steven J. Goldberg .... special thanks

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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[first lines]
Storeowner:You touch, you buy.
[hocks and spits]
Storeowner:Do I know you?
Storeowner:What's your name?
Martha:I'm sorry, I'm in a bit of a hurry. It's my daughter's birthday.
Storeowner:That's an awfully long name... doll.
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Great Concept, Failed Execution, 20 November 2008
Author: Times_Squared from California, United States

An excellent and intriguing concept, detailed and appropriate production design, and very talented acting (except for the store owner, Richard Ziman, whose overacting was practically unbearable) are all marred by dreadful editing and cinematography, writing more terrifying than the story and direction bad enough to make you cry.

Additionally, the depiction of a family who has just lost a daughter to suicide was offensively inaccurate. Granted, not every family's experience is the same. But there is a mourning period - a time of grief. Not once did they seem to wonder why she killed herself without thinking that she must have been forced into it. Not once did they consider that it was some sort of psychological dysfunction or emotional trauma that caused her to commit suicide... and come on, why did they say "suicide" about a billion times?! Do you really think that they would so quickly accept and deal with what she did and be able to call it "suicide" so casually? Many families can barely even utter the word so recently after the death of a love one.

I initially found this movie because of Nicholas Brendon (yeah, Buffy fan, right here), and I wasn't disappointed by his performance in this movie. He was convincing at most moments, and the moments where he wasn't can be attributed to bad writing. I don't care if he's a dude, I don't care if he's a stoner, I don't care about any of that. His little sister died. Let the man cry a minute on camera before you dive head first into the mystery-solving.

And lastly - I won't reveal the conclusion of the story, but I will say that it happened far too hastily and that it was poorly directed. It leaves you understanding generally what happened, but with a sense of "wait, they missed something" in addition to saying "that's IT?" As if they tried to come up with an interesting twist to the ending (which a movie of this sort sort of requires) and just... couldn't.

It breaks my heart to see such a fascinating and well thought-out story come to an end like this, but a film is only as good as it's script, and "Unholy"'s script is... well, just that.

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