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Psalm 21 (2009)

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Henrik, a much beloved priest, doesn't believe in hell. Upon receiving the news of his fathers death, he starts a journey that will take him through terrifying secrets, distorted childhood memories, and shake the foundation of his belief.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonas Malmsjö ...
Henrik Horneus
Oliver Åström ...
Henrik som barn
Robin Åström ...
Henrik som barn
Lena B. Eriksson ...
Sten Elfström ...
Louise Edlind ...
Församlingskvinnan (as Louise Edlind-Friberg)
Gunvor Pontén ...
Gabriel Krona ...
Henriks son (as Gabriel Crona)
Aksel Morisse ...
Per Ragnar ...
Gabriel Horneus
Jonas Kruse ...
Programledaren (voice)
Ingrid Luterkort ...
Görel Crona ...


In Stockholm, the priest Henrik Horneus is beloved by his parish flock, and in his sermon, he frequently mentions the Psalm 21 that is the favorite of his father and also priest Gabriel that lives in Hammerdal. Henrik has relationship problems with his son, Jesper that lives with his mother and Henrik's former wife, Suzanne. Jesper is spending his birthday with Henrik. When Jesper is ready to go home with his mother, Henrik's girlfriend Karolina receives a phone call from the coroner of Hammerdal telling that his estranged father has been found drowned in the Dead Lake. Henrik decides to drive alone in the middle of the night to his father's hometown to attend the funeral and learn what has happened to him. Out of the blue, a person appears on the dark road and Henrik runs over her. Henrik pulls the car over but he does not see anybody on the road. Henrik returns to the car but it does not start, so he walks to a small farm to ask for help. He sees lights in the barn and he sees a ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

5 November 2010 (Sweden)  »

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SEK 800,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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It is claimed in the film that the Church of Sweden has officially denied the existence of hell. This is completely false. See more »

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10 January 2012 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

I was a bit afraid to watch another flick in the 'horror collection' series. But luckily this one did deliver the goods. The use of the camera was well done and they even washed the colours to add the creepiness toward this flick. Although the effects were CGI it didn't bother me at all because the used CGI to change faces just like they do in Asian flicks. This is also a perfect example that you can make a good horror without blood.

But this movie delivers even more. Due the fact that it concerns religion it also add something special towards religion. They included many questions about religion and some will say this is blasphemy but if you think about it you must agree. In Belgium they had serious problems with priests that misused children on a sexual base. And that's what this flick is about on some parts.

The acting was really good I must say. Especially the younger priest Henrik Horneus (Jonas Malmsjö) did a good job. It's funny that the director Fredrik Hiller chose to add male nudity in it when having sex with a young girl. And for being his first effort into direction he really knew his stuff, the way of editing delivered an extra touch to sometimes some arty shots. He even wrote this flick, but we all knew him as the Frisian Leader in Beowolf (2007).

This was really a nice surprise coming out of Sweden. I won't recommend it to gorehounds but if you can dig Asian horrors or horrors about religion then this is one for you and do listen to the preaching at the end, it will make you think...

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 3/5 Story 4/5 Comedy 0/5

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