The Pure Unadulterated Horror that is Behind The Cross By Michael Mulvihill
This movie concerns a blasphemous, sacrilegious, serial killer priest, who embodies psychotic deterioration of the mind. The movie itself is an example of sustained horror. The movie is viscerally executed in a manner that is true to the Gothic macabre genre, with excellent use of color and light. There is nothing low budget about the execution of this movie, nor its narrative. I would describe this as ten times more horrific than the movie Hannibal and more intelligent than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. As for those who love gore films of course this is for you. At this juncture I can say that yes there is plenty of gore in this film, but this film is a thinking persons film and it is an example of intelligent sustained horror. We are presented with the main character who embodies depravity and nefariousness. There is nothing stilted or lame about this. I mean you genuinely believe that this person has lost his faculties, morality, decency, and is the embodiment of the shadow, in moral worth he is literally lower the rat fecal matter that he gives his victims to eat. I have seen mainstream and non-mainstream horror films try, and I emphasize the word try to be this dark and try to have characters like the main character Behind The Cross but none I know really will frighten and disgust you in equal proportion as this. I can say honestly, objectively this film is so well executed that you will have no problems believing in the believable nature of this character, nor will you deny in any way that there is something artificial about this main characters unhinged mind being all that unhinged that would have you doubting it or have you pausing in your ability to suspend disbelief. I must say I felt I was almost there in terms of the dark tour this movie was taking us on. Nor, and this is something such films run the risk of courting, is this film in anyway over acted, this is well acted to the point where you can feel the vile abyss of moral destitution that the main character has fallen into. Tomi Kerminen plays the psycho as good as any psycho I have seen on celluloid. Predictably after showing this priests fallen nature where he no longer functions in a priestly manner, if that is he ever has, but, has been totally handed over to the evil one, we are provided a psychoanalytical scenario as to why this person is a sadistic, psychotic, blasphemous, serial killer, who has utterly no respect for the religion that he has chosen not only to follow but to be a minister in. For our main character has become a true Satanic character. But why does this person grow up to be a perverted abuser and killer of females and not of males?
I would describe this film as excellently executed, outrageously horrific, utterly believable, sadistic, cruel and absolutely worth watching. Horror fans will love it. We are given just enough time to really feel that this priest is definitely down the path to which there is no return. What did I love about the film? I loved the Macabre Media icon at the start it was red and reminded me of movies made about Edgar Allan Poes short stories. I loved the countdown from five to zero and how we are introduced to this film. The punk music at the start and at the end so fresh, so original, so much like we are not taking any crap from the mainstream, just delivering a punk horror film which allows space for this movie to properly express itself. We feel that with the use of this punk music that it brings us to the jaws of madness by the way you will find that priest somewhere firmly within them being devoured fully for our character firmly is not so much at the helm of evil but is definitely being steered by it. Who is this movie for? Open minded people that want to see what makes totally vile nut cases tick, who wish to understand how sacred and ancient scripture can be mishandled by psychotic lunatics and selfish people alike. This movie is a) an examination, very intimate examination of a perverted sadistic serial killer who is floridly psychotic. This movie is b) a depiction of how religion and its true meaning can be perverted even by those who administer it. c) this movie also demonstrates beyond doubt that Shakespeare was absolutely right to write in The Merchant of Venice that even the devil can quote scripture to suit his own purpose. The main character in this film is eloped with a delusional belief that he is serving Gods purpose. This is a-typical of the theodicy in schizophrenic thinking where the patient believes themselves to be at one with God or serving Gods purpose. As this movie reaches its end we learn that the character is occupying the false and delusional belief that he is serving the mission of God and that is an Angel of God issuing his vile on those who are the wrongdoers. But the things is, do we believe this or do we believe the more likely scenario that he has lost all thought for God and uses scripture just to justify his sick fantasies? Does this question prompt more questions than answers? Of course it does and why should it not, even philosophers, psychiatrists and top scholars have not figured out the intricacies of evil and the character makeup and the motives for inhumane and dark souls, so why should any piece of art have the burden of doing this work, of providing answers for why people become sick, inhumanly sick and depraved? Behind The Cross, dark, explicit, depraved, nightmare of a movie, if you love horror you should not miss this.
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