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The Atoning (2017)

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While they are haunted by ghostly apparitions, two parents try to protect their young son from a dark secret that could destroy their family.


Michael Williams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Newcomb ... Vera
Cannon Bosarge ... Sam
Michael LaCour ... Ray
Dorothy Weems ... Charon Lilith / Additional Demon Vocals (voice)
Sherri Eakin ... Sara
Alex Zuko Alex Zuko ... John
Ashlyn Jade Lopez ... Julie
Jessy Hughes Jessy Hughes ... Vanessa
Bryan Benfield Bryan Benfield ... Momus
Kyle Wigginton ... Zepar
Nikki Caruso Nikki Caruso ... Asmodeus
Cody Moore Cody Moore ... Featured Demon Hand Double / Additional Demon Vocals (voice)
Chris Bosarge ... Uncle Danny
Todd Barnett ... Cody
Stella Allen ... Abby


Vera, Ray, and Sam, a seemingly normal family, are haunted by more than mere ghosts. The lingering horror of their past threatens their ability to function as a loving family until they become enlightened by a mystical encounter. From that moment on, they're thrust into a horror worse than anything they've ever experienced. Personal demons manifest and tear the family apart from the inside out as they come to terms with their past. Written by Michael Williams

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Writer/director Michael Williams incorporated elements of himself into the character of Sam. See more »

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Negative reviews by dribbling, driveling morons, as usual
9 September 2017 | by hoytyhoytySee all my reviews

This film is very low budget, and slightly stilted in a couple of places.

It still works, and works quite well.

It has a similar plot line to a major Hollywood release starring a terrible actress. I can't give its name without revealing plot details.

But that piece of crap is a multi-million dollar budget toss-fest, and 'The Atoning' is better than it.

Story builds.

Nice foreshadowing.


A couple of tasteful jump-scares.

Special FX effort and money spent where it matters, not scattered willy nilly to try and polish a Spielberg or Whacko-Cows-on-Skis turd.

Soundtrack carefully subdued and only 'kicks' where it's needed.

ACTUAL PLOT! (They hired a writer.)

Extra twist, a good one, at no extra cost!

But now, we come to the problem with tiny budget films, especially intelligent ones that go over dribbling, driveling morons' heads as 'The Atoning' did.

It is this -

They have no promotional clout whatsoever.

The other day I went searching, and found what I was looking for. Sites, services and individuals that offer to give lots of positive reviews, on IMDb and other review sites, for money. I knew they existed but I had to convince myself. They do. They're real. And I don't doubt for a moment they can deliver what they offer.

Thus it is possible for Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Meth, or Dreamcatcher, or anything starring Meryl Streep or Nicole Kidman, to have an IMDb score higher than 1.

I think if the world of reviews was an honest world, few films would get above 5.

'The Atoning' deserves the 7 I'm giving it.

Eat me.




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Release Date:

5 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

West Point, Mississippi, USA

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1.78 : 1
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