Unholy (2007)





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Daryl Goldberg's Unholy stars Adrienne Barbeau and Nicholas Brendon as a mother and son who must save their family from a complicated conspiracy involving elements as disparate as a witch, the United States government, and Nazi occultists. The script, by Samuel Stephen Freeman, is based loosely on actual events described in Nazi papers seized by the Allied forces.
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Joe McKenna
as Lester
Susan Willis
as Gertrude
Richard Ziman
as Store owner
Siri Baruc
as Hope
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I fall firmly into the 'wanted to like this a lot' camp. A great premise, fond memories of Adrienne Barbeau in movies like Swamp Thing and being a big fan of Nicholas Brendan on BTVS, I was looking forward to seeing it. Unfortunately, that was not even close to enough to pull this movie through its long, long list of shortcomings that only get more preposterous as the movie progresses.

John Wagner
John Wagner

Unholy (Daryl Goldberg, 2007) I wanted to like this movie a great deal more than I did; the concept is amazing, and the acting is, in general, up to that standard. Unfortunately, it takes a few wrong turns in the script, and the farther on we go, the more lost we become, until there is a point towards the end of the movie where you know you're never going to find your way back to that luminous path of potential on which you started out. Plot: Martha (Adrienne Barbeau) is a distraught mother. She has just (in the movie's opening sequence) unsuccessfully attempted to talk her daughter, Hope (Thralls' Siri Baruc), out of suicide. Her other child, Lucas (Pinata: Survival Island's Nicholas Brendon), comes home to help her cope, and the two of them start looking for answers. The more they dig, the weirder things get. Saying what they start finding, even close to the beginning, would be plunging deep into spoiler territory, so I'll just say that while it's nothing you haven't seen before, scriptwriter Sam Freeman takes a number of disparate things you've seen and attempts to put them together in such a way as to be, if not wholly original, at least well on the way. And from what we can see of the big picture by the time we get to the end, he was really on to something. Too bad he doesn't seem to have spent a great deal of time thinking about internal consistency in his conceit, which leads to some moments where the viewer is shaking his head and wondering why no one thought to question this or that angle. Unfortunately, if you're working in this sort of speculative vein, the sort of internal consistency we don't get is exactly what the script needs to carry everything off. Which turns this from a movie advertising endless possibilities into something of a slog. Worth checking out for the concept, but don't expect to enjoy it much. **

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

Alright, it tried. It could have been a good movie, if more developed. There was makings for good stuff but as it was, just didn't cut it.

Caity Mueller
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