Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Aug 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A US diplomat overseas receives a warning that his young adoptive son may be a servant of the Devil.
My Take on it – As someone who isn’t a fan of horror movies, I never had any desire to see what this was about.
My good friend Damien of the Damien Riley Podcast challenged me to watch this film and discuss it on his podcast, and as a movie blogger always up for a challenge, I decided to see what it was all about.
This film really surprised me because it was truly thrilling to watch.
It works on numerous levels and is able to stay engaging throughout.
The movie has a spectacular cast led by Gregory Peck who is perfectly cast in the lead role.
He is able to bring so much grandeur to this role and makes things so much more believable and realistic to watch unfold.
They are able to keep things so suspenseful and thrilling the whole way through and it stays so captivating throughout.
They do a great job mixing together supernatural and biblical elements together so well and in some ways the story is quite reminiscent of the way that The Exorcist (1973) does.
The supporting cats is also great and it is so much fun seeing a young David Warner in a very pivotal role.
The pacing of the story is done really well and they have some great twists and turns along the way that help keep things so enjoyable to watch unfold in ways one doesn’t expect.
Love the way that this film makes the viewer contemplate the issue of child rearing especially in the very unpredictable world that we live in.
One never truly knows what kind of effect our children and their actions could effect us and everything around us even when we perhaps think that we are always doing what is right while bringing them up.
Bottom Line – Very thrilling film that works on numerous levels. The cast is great and Peck is perfectly cast in the lead role because he bring so much grandeur to this kind of role. The film is a well crafted thriller that stays suspenseful and thrilling the whole way through. The story is similar to The Exorcist (1973) by the way that they are able to mix together Biblical history within a supernatural context. The supporting cast is also great and I loved seeing a young Warner in a pivotal role. The story moves along at a great pace and the various twists and turns that pop up along the way help keep things so suspenseful as things progress. The film brings up so many issues of how one looks at their child as they raise them in an uncertain world because we never truly know what kind of effect we will have on them and the world they live in. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of the reasons why Gregory Peck accepted the role of a tortured father, conflicted with guilt, was because he hadn’t been around when his son Jonathon committed suicide in 1975. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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