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 ...
Församlingskvinnan (as Louise Edlind-Friberg)
Gunvor Pontén ...
Gabriel Krona ...
Henriks son (as Gabriel Crona)
Aksel Morisse ...
Gabriel Horneus
Programledaren (voice)
Ingrid Luterkort ...


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  »

Box Office


SEK 800,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

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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A tedious horror film
6 August 2011 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

The screenplay from Psalm 21 is quite similar to the modern Asian horror which is extinguishing. Or, more precisely, Psalm 21 takes some elements from the Asian horror and it combines them with a religious doctrine in order to create an unstable film which I found tedious, confusing and extremely repetitive.

The screenplay from Psalm 21 loses the control very quickly, and its paranormal elements are accumulated without a concrete purpose. Besides, I hated the excessive use of digital effects in order to create demonic faces without rhyme or reason; instead of scaring me, that trick produced me unintentional laughs sometimes, and irritation in other ones.

Despite some good technical aspects, I did not like Psalm 21, mainly because I found it lacking of any suspense, horror and ingenuity. In summary, I cannot recommend it, basically due to the fact that it ignored basic conditions; for example, it should have not made me snooze with such a frequency, nor it should have tried to scare us with the same cheap trick like 100 times.

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