We’re in October so it’s time for the first of my horror movie reviews. Starting off with The Unholy blu-ray review, it’s a brand new film from 2021. Does that mean it’s a good horror film? Well actually I liked it quite a lot.
- The Unholy (2021)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Sony Pictures
- Blu-ray Released: 2nd August 2021
In 1845 a woman accused of witchcraft in Banfield, Massachusetts is hung from a tree and set on fire. However before she dies her spirit is bound to the body of a doll.
Skip forward to present day and journalist Gerry Fenn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has fallen from grace and is now struggling to make a living as a freelance. He hears about some strange goings on in a small town and heads there.
Not impressed with what he finds he’s about to leave when he finds a doll at the bottom of a tree. He decides to crush it and in doing so releases something.
A young woman that cannot speak comes running to the tree and begins to speak. Is it a miracle or has some kind of evil just been released back into the world?
Style / Direction
The Unholy is a film directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos with Craig Wrobleski handling the cinematography.
I found the movie to be filmed in a very stylish way, I mean it’s creepy. There’s good use of the camera to create that uneasiness. It really works well because usually I tend to find with a lot of new horror films they are generally lacking in the actual film making side of things.
Director Evan Spiliotopoulos clearly knows his stuff!
Music / Audio Effects
The film’s score comes from Joseph Bishara.
Acting / Characters
The acting is pretty good all-round by all the main actors. Jeffrey Dean Morgan does a pretty good job in the lead role of sceptic, believer and person who can capitalise on the story.
Cricket Brown plays Alice Pagett a mute girl suddenly given the power of speech. She does a great job with her role and is a key character. She believes she has been chosen to spread the word of Mary.
William Sadler as Father William Hagan is also worthy of mention too. He also impresses in his role and feels uneasy about this apparent miracle.
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Gerald “Gerry” Fenn
- Cricket Brown as Alice Pagett
- William Sadler as Father William Hagan
- Katie Aselton as Natalie Gates
- Cary Elwes as Bishop Gyles
- Diogo Morgado as Monsignor Delgarde
- Bates Wilder as Geary
- Marina Mazepa as Mary Elnor
- Christine Adams as Monica Slade
- Gisela Chipe as Sofia Walsh
- Dustin Tucker as Dan Walsh
- Danny and Sonny Corbo as Toby Walsh
Conclusion: The Unholy (2021) Film Review
I like these kinds of horror movies that revolve around the church. Whether it’s The Exorcist, Stigmata or The Vatican Tapes I simply love them.
The Unholy (2021) follows that kind of style and creates an uneasiness and creepiness. It’s also a well shot film which helps a great deal in bringing that atmosphere to the fore.
I recommend giving this one a look this October / Halloween.
If you’ve enjoyed my The Unholy blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- The Devonsville Terror (1983)
- The Church (1989)
- Beyond Darkness (1990)
- Deadly Manor (1990)
- The Sect (1991)
- Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)
- Stigmata (1999)
- The Vatican Tapes (2015)
Conclusion: The Unholy Blu-ray Review
The film is brand new only released this year (2021) so therefore the picture quality is perfect. There are no extras included but I’ve no real issue with that.
On to my movie rating for The Unholy (2021)
MOVIE RATING: VERY GOOD
BLU-RAY RATING: GOOD
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
Amazon UK Links
The Unholy (2021) is available now on blu-ray.
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may NOT be representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: The Unholy (2021) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Unholy (2021)
Duration: 99 mins
Director(s): Evan Spiliotopoulos
Actor(s): Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cricket Brown, William Sadler, Katie Aselton, Cary Elwes
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
Uneasy and creepy in equal measure
- Well Acted
- Compelling Story
- Stylishly Shot
- No Extras