(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.
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.
Cast Tags: Abraham Henderson, Afemo Omilami, Andrea Frankle,AnnaSophia Robb, Axel Anderson, Axel C. Cartagena, Burgess Jenkins, Cody Sanders, David Jensen, David Morrissey, Eddie J. Fernandez, Felipe Febres Rivera, Gregorio Allende, Hilary Swank, Idris Elba, Iris Martínez, Javier Ortiz Cortés, Jillian Batherson,John McConnell, Karen Yum, Lara Grice, Mark Lynch, Myles Cleveland, Rafael Fuentes Negrón, Robert Alonzo, Sabrina A. Junius,Samuel Garland, Sixta Rivera Romero, Stephen Rea, Stuart Greer, William Ragsdale, Yvonne Landry