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.
Though not credited in the final film or promotional materials, the film shares a basic plot line and several common elements with the 1976 play "Holy Ghosts" by Romulus Linney. See more »
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 »
Slow and dull.
The acting was good but could do nothing for the poor script. I think it wanted to make the public aware of the snake handling cult churches. The side story was supposed to be about Mara and auggie . Nothing to see there.
I just felt nothing with this movie.
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