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Abandoned, abused by the police and in the throes of withdrawal, Nadine, a drug addicted young prostitute, returns to her childhood home and the mother she ran away from. Nadine's mother, ... See full summary »

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Nadine
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Colleen Cohan ...
Delilah
Rick Savage ...
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Abandoned, abused by the police and in the throes of withdrawal, Nadine, a drug addicted young prostitute, returns to her childhood home and the mother she ran away from. Nadine's mother, Delilah; a fanatical Christian who believes demons have possessed her daughter, searches for a "cure" for Nadine's erratic behavior. When she finds a rogue preacher willing to exorcise her daughter for a fee, neither realizes they have invited the devil into their home. While her mother turns a blind eye to the bizarre practices unfolding in her own home, Nadine, racked with mental and physical pain, has no choice but to put up with the preacher's increasingly violent charade. Written by William Hellfire

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Exploited, Abused, Addicted and Sick: Nadine Survived the Streets, but Can She Survive an Exorcism?

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Excellent indie horror drama
27 April 2016 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Weary and strung-out drug addict prostitute Nadine (a strong and fearless performance by Erin Russ) goes home to her gullible and delusional religious kook mother Delilah (well played by Colleen Cohan) seeking a place to crash so she can kick her habit. However, Delilah believes that Nadine has the devil within her, so she hires a shady, yet zealous rogue priest (a marvelously intense and unnerving portrayal by David Yow) to exorcise the evil spirits from Nadine's body and thereby save her soul.

Director William Hellfire, who also co-wrote the hard-hitting script with Mike Hunchback, artfully uses a simple and claustrophobic style that puts a potent emphasis on mood and characters over cheap scares and crass exploitative thrills, does an expert job of maintaining an extremely dark, bleak, and despairing tone, grounds the gripping premise in a plausibly sordid workaday reality, and offers a bold and provocative exploration of religious fanaticism and hypocrisy (the priest only provides his holy services after Delilah gives him a generous donation first). The stark presentation of the priest as a dangerous and duplicitous charlatan rates as its greatest and most impressive coup: This is the type of cunning and dastardly fellow who cruelly twists and distorts religion for his own vile selfish ends and, alas, exists all around us in everyday life. Moreover, the fact that Nadine isn't completely sympathetic adds an additional admirable element of challenging complexity to the whole sticky situation. A very difficult and disturbing picture for sure, but still quite powerful and praiseworthy just the same.


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