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Holy Ghost People (2013)

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On the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord - a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost.


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Credited cast:
Brother Billy
Sister Sheila
Brother Sherman
Brother Cole
Smiling Bobby
Brother Edgar
Jalen Camp ...
Sister Nancy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisa Aldridge ...
Brother Billy's Bride
Rhonda Bender ...
Kathryn Berman ...
Charlotte and Liz's Mother


In this psychological thriller, nineteen-year old Charlotte enlists the help of alcoholic ex-Marine Wayne to find her estranged sister who has gone missing deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Their search leads them to the Church of One Accord and an enigmatic snake-handling preacher named Brother Billy, who's devoted congregation of outcasts knowingly risk injury or death seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. What Wayne and Charlotte uncover during their time on the mountain - about themselves and the nature of faith - will shake them to their core, as the mystery of Charlotte's sister and her fate unravels... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel, die Schlange und das Mädchen  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Edited from Holy Ghost People (1967) See more »


Cry Little Sister
Performed by Heather Baker, Tony Kim and Justin Pointer
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The Snakes of Sugar Mountain
20 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

7 of 10. It's hard to review this without spoiling it. Let's just say this is a film best watched knowing as little about it as possible. The title has multiple meanings within the story, thereby adding another element to enjoy.

There are some drawbacks. The beginning is weak and feels pieced together after the rest of the story is told, requiring narration early on to setup the story, but the narration doesn't help. There are also some annoyingly stupid actions that eventually make sense given the nature of the characters.

The film could be easily titled "Seriously Messed-up Folk", but that applies to a lot of films. Don't expect high action. It's drama and mystery made more interesting via the story and the quirky characters involved. Excellent performances by Joe Egender, Don Harvey, and Brendan McCarthy make it authentic and immersing. Yet the story could really use 5 more minutes for things like plot and character development.

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