The Heretics

An abducted woman undergoes a strange transformation.

 

Canada
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Cultists: 
Guru
Worshipper
Trickster: 
Impostor
4
Seeing is believing...
6
4
6
6
1
2
3
Photography
Pace
Plot
If you like horror movies about religion, cults and Satan, The Heretics is right up your alley. It’s about a common fear women have; being kidnapped by a creep, but it becomes something infinitely worse by the time you reach the halfway mark. The protagonist undergoes a transformation and Stockholm syndrome is the least of her problems. There’s more than meets the eye.
Sadly, to make your way there, you’ll have to go through a series of nightmares, hallucinations, visions and flashback that hinder the film’s flow. This movie has gravitas induced by an intense score and ominous photography. The special effects look great; the gore especially, and there is lots of it. The cast is small but that’s all this story needs.
The ambiance is thick; thicker than the plot. The script could’ve used another pass, but the dialogue works. It’s convincing. These are talented actors and they know what film they’re in. There are pacing issues, sure, but who cares? The story is compartmentalized. It follows the victim, and then it shows you the arc of those searching for her. The film is twisted, and the finale is grandiose.
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