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The Familiar (2009)

Ben Hall , Bryan Massey , Miles Hanon  |  Unrated |  DVD

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I have to say that there were moments during The Familiar where I cringed because I felt that the storyline would be ruined by a moment of cheesiness that the scene seemed to demand. However, Miles Hanon did not disappoint, as the film held to a superior quality level throughout. The opportunity to turn this well-crafted film into a disaster was avoided entirely, and Hanon s work results in 101 minutes of solid cinematic storytelling that deals expertly with extremely difficult issues. The viewer should be cautioned that this movie will cause a measure of controversy. Very few Christian filmmakers dare to take a chance like Hanon does with The Familiar.

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Five years after the death of his wife, Sam still morns her loss. Depressed and bitter, he distances himself from his religion and his father who is a Minister. His estranged sister-in-law, Laura, arrives in town and he finds himself falling for her. Unknowingly, she becomes possessed by an evil demon. Sam's attraction blinds him to the fact that the spirit is taking possession of Laura and destroying them both. He must work through his bitterness and choose what he really believes in, as he battles for his own soul and Laura's life...TEMPTATION IS DAMNATION...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, yet emotionally moving, tale September 26, 2011
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"The Familiar" tells the story of a former preacher named Sam who is struggling to cope with the death of his wife, and who is emotionally and spiritually manipulated by his estranged and attractive sister-in-law named Laura. To get help with her manipulation, Laura opens herself up to possession by a demon named Rallo. I won't tell you why Laura is using the demon to manipulate Sam because I don't want to give too much away. I will tell you that there are almost no creepy scenes during the first hour of the movie. Instead, the story focuses on the development of the two main characters. This actually works quite well and leads to an ending that is surprisingly emotional. The acting of the secondary characters is not always of the highest caliber, but there is nothing so poorly performed that it distracts from the story. Laura Spencer's portrayal of the estranged sister-in-law is spectacular! Her presence on screen is completely captivating! I would recommend this movie based on her performance alone. "The Familiar" leaves no doubt about holding to a Christian point-of-view, which may turn some people off. At the same time, however, some Christians may be turned off by the movie's dark (and at times sensual) themes. Everyone else will be treated to an entertaining tale that is sometimes very creepy (but not necessarily scary) and at other times quite moving.
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2.0 out of 5 stars THE DEVIL LOVES A HYPOCRITE November 5, 2012
There is nothing like a good faith based horror movie. To the great movies such as "The Omen," "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Sentinel" we add "The Familiar." Just kidding.

Sam (Bryan Massey) is a suicidal whiskey drinking gunsmith whose wife (Stephanie Young) recently died. Charlie (Jeff West) the town cop is his childhood friend. They share a dark secret other than both going to the "John Candy School for Bad Acting." As Sam drinks his life away in Kentucky whiskey, which starts out cloudy in the film, but clears up at the end, he is visited by his estranged sister-in-law, wait Laura (Laura Spencer) because Lolita would be too obvious.

Laura, our red headed hot nymph, is a bit of a spiritual flake, which makes her susceptible to demonic possession, just like dabbling in the occult as a child. The film description gives too much away.

Rallo is the name of the demon. It is also the name of a hockey player. There is a hockey player by the name of Satan. Could there be a connection?

If you are really into the faith based stuff, go ahead, it has a happy Jesus filled ending.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Laura acting sexy in a bra.
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1.0 out of 5 stars As Familiar as any bad movie can be April 7, 2013
By D. East
Same tired plot of down on his luck young former reverend whose guard is down and temptation comes along yada yada. Throw in some supernatural evil that happened in the man's childhood???? His young sis-in-law shows up to understand things about her sister who was married to this man and get some closure of her own. Oh & because she has her own spiritual aptitude that just happens to be different, let's make her the naive vestibule for the supernatural evil from the man's childhood to come through so that he can defeat it & thus earn his redemption. Don't waste your time with this one.
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