Two Catholic schoolgirls Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton) get left behind at their boarding school over winter break as the other girls leave, where it's rumored that the nuns are satanists. Meanwhile, a disturbed mental patient Joan (Emma Roberts), an escapee, is picked up by an elderly couple (James Remar and Lauren Holly) who drive her on a determined trip to the same school, where the girls must face the supernatural and demonic possession.Written by
Believe In God
Written by Elvis Perkins
Mixed by Jesse Lauter
Performed by Elvis Perkins, Mitchell Robe, Danielle Aykroyd, Robert Caldwell, John Rosenthal, Otto Hauser, Paul Jasmin, Greg Wilk & Oz Perkins See more »
What if two girls, strangers to each other, were abandoned by their parents just as their boarding school closed for winter break? And there was something creepy going on in the backstory? Let's find out.
Icily atmospheric and bleak, eventually bloody and without mercy. The timeline is diced up, so you're mostly guessing about who did what to whom and why. The story is interesting but not fully developed, so I was left hanging between The Dead Girl with Britney Murphy and The Ward by Carpenter.
The performances are good, but the dialogue is mostly exposition and empty Q&A sessions (often with no A), so character development is minimal.
Photography and locations are good, although I have no idea what American cinema will do without exteriors of cars coming to a halt.
There is one major problem that ruins the movie: the music. It casts an eerie spell, but manages to interrupt everything. Ringing telephone in the dark? Cue the music. Disembodied spooky voice? Actor trying to act? Just smother it in music. Total overkill by the experienced music editor who has worked with this director before.
Overall: interesting effort, but the music makes it stink when you take the wrapper off.
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