(out of 5)
Glad to know the Bible is at least providing fun ways to exploit the American South. This hammy combination of Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist and The Wicker Man stars a very serious Hilary Swank as a miracle-debunker who is invited to a dust mite of a town to investigate the possibility that the plagues once brought down upon the Egyptians in an effort to help the Israelites flee the land are occurring once again. The town of Haven has a river that seems to have turned to blood, so Swank and her chiselled jaw set out to prove it’s a problem with some kind of algae infestation. When she gets there, however, she notices that the frogs falling from the sky and the locusts appearing out of nowhere might not have as scientific an explanation as she originally thought. While in no ways embarrassing, this fun and distracting film is far too lightweight to let it rank among the great horror/thrillers that precede it, particularly since it is never particularly scary.
Warner Bros., Dark Castle Entertainment, Chime Productions LLC, Chime Films, Eyetronics, Village Roadshow Pictures
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Cinematography by Peter Levy
Music by John Frizzell
Production Design by Graham ‘Grace’ Walker
Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland
Film Editing by Colby Parker Jr.