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In this psychological thriller, 19-year-old Charlotte (Emma Greenwell) enlists the help of alcoholic ex-Marine Wayne (Brendan McCarthy) to find her estranged sister who has gone missing deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Their search leads them to the Church of One Accord and the enigmatic snake-handling preacher Brother Billy (Joe Egender), who s devoted congregation of outcasts knowingly risk injury or death seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. What Wayne and Charlotte uncover during their time on the mountain - about themselves and the nature of faith - will shake them to their core, as the mystery of Charlotte s sister and her fate unravels.


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  • Actors: Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Emma Greenwell
  • Directors: Mitchell Altieri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Xlrator
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I1O35AE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Sibley Williams on June 1, 2014
Format: DVD
I wonder if most of the negative reviews here are based on the film's classification of 'thriller', and the fact it's often referenced as 'horror'. Whatever you consider the stories of Flannery O'Connor, that is what Holy Ghost People falls under. "Southern Gothic Psychological Drama"? Although the acting was really strong, especially Brendan McCarthy, and the church's grounds were a perfect mixture of creepiness and reality, I think what impressed and surprised me most was how the film never ventured into camp, cheese, action, horror, or unreality. My wife (who gives it 3.5 stars) was hoping for more overt scares, more of a deadening atmosphere. However, this film felt very real. It provides valuable insights into the desperate motivations behind cult members, as well as their leader. No character here is cut and dry, none without their bits of light and harder edges; nobody is per se good or evil, and motivations are a bit blurred. It also gave a glimpse into how loyal cult members can still, when the cards are down, recognize the BS of their situation. There is a mounting sense of dread and tension throughout the film, but, although many commenters have complained that the ending isn't action/horror enough, it ends fairly ambiguously. Nobody really 'wins' here. Nobody's wounds are healed, the religious or nonreligious. If you escape this cult compound, you only return to the loneliness that made you want to leave the 'real world'. So, if you enjoy a solid Southern Gothic character-driven drama with elements of mystery/thriller, then I think you'll enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 3, 2014
Format: DVD
Erm … it’s been my experience that the “Macabre” series of films released by XLrator Media have usually been accessible horror flicks. Am I wrong? Sure, there have been one or two that were less obvious about the genre, but all that I can recall seeing clearly were striving for that certain feel, that certain texture one naturally associates with a quality ‘fright.’ Either that, or there was a central character or two who served to elevate an ordinary scare to an extraordinary level in much the same way one generally expects from horror, slasher, or monster pictures. HOLY GHOST doesn’t really have any of those usual traits. Granted, it does have an overwhelming atmosphere of dread. It also has a few snakes. Otherwise, this is more of a Gothic drama than anything else.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

Charlotte (played by a fetching Emma Greenwell) is a little city gal trapped in a dead-end life. All that’s left of her family – a sister – has disappeared into the Appalachian Moutains, rumored to have become part of the cult-like Church of the Single Accord. The congregation is run by the mysterious Brother Billy (a stellar performance by Joe Egender), whom she’s unwilling to go up against by herself. When she enlists the help of Wayne (Brendan McCarthy), a veteran of Afghanistan who’s suffering from PTSD, she believes she can go in and find her sibling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on February 20, 2014
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Charlotte (Emma Greenwell) is a bar tender whose mother died when she was 15, from at least one story that she tells. She gets a letter from her long lost sister Elizabeth (Buffy Charlet) who needs to be rescued from a church of snake handlers on Sugar Mountain. Using her life savings of $200 she entices Wayne (Brendan McCarthy) an Afghan war veteran who drinks heavily, gets used as a punching bag, and has other issues. He pretends to be her daddy. When they don't see her sister, she pretends she wants to join the church.

The plot becomes a little twisty, but not overly so. Joe Egender who played Brother Billy, the preacher was not convincing. While the plot progressed, it seemed like it went no where. The sound track was inconsistent as at times it made you feel you were watching a grindhouse, but it wasn't.

Soft 3 stars.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, near sex, brief nudity?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell S on September 2, 2014
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I'll tell you what I didn't like first..the "hero" Wayne, wonderfully played by Brendan McCarthy, at the beginning is being beaten up by 5 guys, WHY? I don't know. The "heroine" kind of annoying Emma Greenwell, lies to Wayne to get him to help her get her sister away from a religious cult, why lie? I don't know. The cult has snakes? Is this Haiti? Why? I don't know. This takes place in the hills of southern somewhere, WHY? I don't know. Oh and the beginning is very slow....wait for it. Putting all that aside, when things started to happen I did like it, very gritty Brendan McCarthy is perfect as the drunken savior, the supporting cast are all very competent. the stand out performance goes to Brendan Egender as the evil Brother Billy. he exudes some kind of silent menace that is positively creepy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy R on May 18, 2014
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Nothing creeps me out like cults and snakes, and all of the elements were there to tell a great story, but all that this movie amounts to is just a flat low budget talk fest with no suspense or intelligent acting, it was less than a Lifetime movie.. The cult leader looks like actor Giovanni Ribisi.. A generic version of The Lost Boys theme is sung at the film's supposed climax, but the ending was a huge let down. The only horrifying thing, is that I purchased this in HD on Amazon Prime Video, and it will haunt my library for years to come..
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