A new horror film finds deadly inspiration from a holy text. But which one?
“Enter the sadistic world of ‘The Imam,’ a Koran-quoting serial killer who has a small NJ town gripped with fear.”
Imagine the greeting that horror film would inspire. CAIR would demand the movie get pulled from theaters. Salon.com would decry the film’s very existence, and probably blame President Donald Trump for making it possible.
Instead, we just learned about a similarly-themed shocker heading to home video May 9. It’s called “The Evangelist.” Chances are it’ll arrive with nary a peep of protest.
Here’s the film’s official description:
Enter the sadistic world of The Evangelist, a bible-quoting serial killer who has a small NJ town gripped with fear. Is he the same maniac from the past continuing his moral cleansing or a new, merciless angel of death?
“The Evangelist” tells the story of Bill Horton (Collins) who at seven years old watched in horror as a serial killer murdered his mother. Known as The Evangelist, he places a bible next to her body and quotes scripture as he leaves Bill alone and destroyed. Thirty years later, Bill has grown up and appears to be a model citizen, spending his days cleaning his house and baking.
He has, however, picked up the mantle of the Evangelist, killing those who he finds wicked and evil and leaving a bible by their bodies. Bill only opens up to Dr. Laura Cooper (Artese), a psychiatrist, who discovers Bill’s dark secret. She contacts young Detective Edward Legros (Billy) who is working on the case with his cynical, veteran partner, Detective John Vance (Bollinger). But what Vance knows about the original Evangelist will lead to a bloody showdown.
The film, originally dubbed “Clean Cut,” stars Keith Collins (“The Meat Puppet”,”The Jersey Devil”), Doug Bollinger (“Waltzing Anna”), Samantha Artese (“The Coffee Shop”) and Michael BIlly (“The One”).
It’s hardly the first time a horror film used religion as the killer’s raison d’etre. Remember the 2013 film “The Missionary?” That movie featured a young Mormon who took his principles a tad too far.
Just like Mitt Romney with the dog on his car roof, right?
Last year’s “The Purge: Election Year” cast Christian leaders as monstrous to the core.
The film industry has yet to explore an ISIS-style figure from horrific purposes. Maybe it’s too close to actual headlines? Horror is generally an escapist genre. It still might deliver a fresh set of chills.
Either way, it’s clear that casting a God-fearing man as a deranged serial killer won’t cause a whiff of panic in our woke era, though
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