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 ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Herencia diabólica  »

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SEK 800,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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a surprising effort!
9 September 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Judging by the low score and less than impressive discussions on IMDb, i went into Psalm 21 expecting a disaster, but in the end what i got was the complete opposite! Comparing this to the Scandinavian standard, this Swedish horror film doesn't really keep it company, but on its own ,its a generic horror film idea, mixed in with a soul searching look into the destruction that religion can bring. Brilliant cinematography, along with solid performances in the acting department, make Psalm 21 appear to be a well executed movie. Unfortunately, my biggest problem with the movie was the repetitive horror set pieces, which allows the audience time to desensitize themselves to what is happening, due to the frequency of scares. Having said that, thankfully Psalm 21 saves itself by the thought provoking material, underneath the generic surface!

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