‘Holy Ghost People’ isn’t a horror film, it’s a Drama/Thriller with horror elements thrown in. I can’t really summarize the plot without spoiling things, so here’s the synopsis from IMDB because they did a good job of it…
In this psychological thriller, nineteen-year old Charlotte enlists the help of alcoholic ex-Marine Wayne to find her estranged sister who has gone missing deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Their search leads them to the Church of One Accord and an enigmatic snake-handling preacher named Brother Billy, who’s devoted congregation of outcasts knowingly risk injury or death seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. What Wayne and Charlotte uncover during their time on the mountain – about themselves and the nature of faith – will shake them to their core, as the mystery of Charlotte’s sister and her fate unravels.
I just want to start this review with the thing I loved most about this film, Brendan McCarthy’s performance as the alcoholic, ex-marine, Wayne. He’s such a cold ‘I don’t give a fuck about anybody’ kind a guy, but there are many layers pealed off of this character that I couldn’t help to be transfixed to. This is probably one of the best character’s ever written, an actors dream role, and Brendan McCarthy nails it.
Directed by Mitchell Altier, ‘Holy Ghost People’ is an interesting ride. There is a lot of character depth, which after watching tons of horror movies with none, is a very nice change. The chemistry between Brendan McCarthy and Emma Greenwell character’s is what really had my attention. I was more interested in where their relationship was going and was more interested in it then the main plot.
The only downfall is in the casting of Brother Billy, played by Joe Egender. He’s not a bad actor, but this role wasn’t made for him. He was neither frightening, nor threatening. At times when preaching, can be caught over-acting a bit.
If you are in to movies with amazing and intriguing characters, with some chills and thrills, ‘Holy Ghost People’ is certainly one to checkout when it releases on April 8th!
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