The Heretics (2017) Review

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The Heretics (2017) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on July 11th, 2019 | Movie Review | Indie Horror, Supernatural, Cult, Mind Bender, Demon, Cabin in the Woods, Gore, Satanic

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It's about a woman who gets kidnapped twice by the same cult. The first time they didn't get what they needed from her, this time they will.

The Heretics was directed by Chad Archibald (who also directed I'll Take Your Dead, Bite and Desperate Souls) and stars Nina Kiri (from Let Her Out), Ry Barrett (from Deadsight, Kingdom Come) and Austin Duffy (from The Haunted House On Kirby Road).

She’s not sick…she’s changing.

The Heretics Review

The Heretics is an indie horror movie about a Satan worshiping cult that's hell-bent (pun intended) on destroying the life of a nice young girl. The movie grabs you from the start with a look into the nice young girl's past and how she was tied up in preparation for a satanic sacrifice. But instead of her being sacrificed (why else would she be tied up on a butcher block?) the entire cult proceeds to sacrifice themselves, all slitting their own throats, leaving this girl tied up and surrounded by a bunch of dead meat piles. So, if she wasn't the sacrifice, why was she tied up as part of the dark ritual?

Exactly. Intriguing right? When I saw this on the trailer, I knew I had to watch it.

The Heretics starts out as your typical horror movie and continues this way until the third act when everything gets turned on its head. I was honestly feeling disappointed throughout the first hour. But what I thought were needless details weren't, and things I found exaggerated and unnecessary (like a crazy psychotic main character) were totally necessary and worked to support the entire story.

This movie has multiple major twists and turns and was more mind-bending than I was braced for.

And the cult was creepy as hell (again, pun intended), their goal in life was to resurrect Adaddon, the "taker of souls", a vicious demon brought out through incredible gory practical effects.

You have to see the transformation scene! Think An American Werewolf in London or Wolf Cop (I know it was a dumb movie, but the transformation was legendary).

And that's about all I can say without spoiling it.

Worth Watching?

Absolutely. It's not your typical cabin in the woods horror. It has a great story, solid characters, good acting, thick atmosphere, catchy score and an epic supernatural ending.


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