Wow, on a batch of 5 films rented, this was the one I was expecting to be bad and it was the best. Realistically made all along, I was gripped by the story and the slide toward hell. This film has a religious spirit though and the slide turns into an arc that bounces a couple of times. Pretty good acting that kept us mostly believing and the events that get so outrageous it cavorts with comedy, makes for a surprisingly enjoyable spooky ride. Kudos to Herzog. Very good work, bordering on excellent.