Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, a pastor's daughter holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.

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Britt Poulton (as Brittany Poulton), Dan Madison Savage
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Credited cast:
Olivia Colman ... Hope
Walton Goggins ... Lemuel
Kaitlyn Dever ... Dilly
Alice Englert ... Mara
Thomas Mann ... Augie
Jim Gaffigan ... Zeke
Lewis Pullman ... Garret
Annie Tedesco ... Connie Ray
Brooks Roseberry ... Jed
Bradley Gallo ... Man in Van
Katherine DeBoer ... Bridgette
Catherine L. Albers Catherine L. Albers ... Old Woman (Deb)
Erik Andrews ... Harold
Connor Daniel Lysholm Connor Daniel Lysholm ... Jace
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Storyline

Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father's church.

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Taglines:

We All Have Our Sins

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violence | See all certifications »

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Roger Petan has worked in this film with Lewis Pullman and with his father Bill Pullman in Singles. See more »

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In amputating Augie's arm, they would have severed the brachial artery and without surgical intervention, he would have died within minutes.

The brachial artery is the major blood vessel of the (upper) arm. It is the continuation of the axillary artery beyond the lower margin of teres major muscle and carries a great deal of blood. See more »

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Beautiful Execution!
7 May 2020 | by mikbanerjee1See all my reviews

This film talks about 'Belief' system or should I say the extreme scale of it. It tells us the story about a small group of Religious people who just believe too much on regressive cultural traditions. Having faith isn't a bad thing but when that faith crosses a certain line; things could go awry! Although the film takes some amount of time before it begins to show its true characteristics but the wait was worthwhile indeed.

Filled with picturesque locations, beautifully crafted cinematography with Haunting sound score it just fits so well all over. The performances are captivating. Each one of the ensembled cast did a fantastic job portraying Underlying emotions with never going over the top. Although the plotline isn't poured with too much thrill but still it does a commendable job in terms of Tension Build up.

And the most strong thing about this movie should be the middle approach. It never talks you out of Religious beliefs nor our cultures. It just shows us where a Line must be drawn. It never forces us to take their own opinions or Ideologies on us but showcases where we should decide ourselves on what is wrong and what is right! When the extreme circumstances do occur, we have to take matters into our hands and never let them be. Otherwise these regressive thoughts might create chaos in the society that might turn into unrest.

I just loved what they did with the subtle lessons here. They just wanted us to decide where should we draw our line in terms of having faith. As I said earlier, Having faith isn't bad but having a 'Blind' Faith always result in dire consequences.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Them That Follow See more »

Filming Locations:

Youngstown, Ohio, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,137, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$159,218

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,952
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2.35 : 1
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