--Review by Nic Brown
the word itself conjures up immediate and strong images for most
people. It was known that Hitler and his Nazi government had a
strong interest in both conventional science and the occult. After
World War II there was a scramble between the Russia and the United
States to see who could get the most of Germany's scientific brain
trust. Many people know that this race resulted in a number of
Germany's top scientists coming to the U.S. to work on projects for
the government in exchange for amnesty for war crimes.
Recently, due to the Freedom of Information
Act, it was discovered that it wasn't just rocket scientists that
were being drafted by the super powers. German scientists who
specialized in the occult were also secreted away by the government
to continue their experiments, in the name of democracy of course.
This is the believable premise behind the new film from director
Daryl Goldberg called Unholy.
The film starts with Martha (Adrienne Barbeau) coming home to find
her daughter Hope (Siri Baruc) about to kill herself. Martha tries
to stop her but is not able to and Hope dies leaving a basement
filled with strange paintings of a man in Nazi garb. After her death
Martha's estranged son Lucas (Nicholas Brendon) comes home and the
two of them begin to try and piece together their relationship and
find out why Hope ended her own life.
Martha and Lucas discover that there is a great deal of mystery in
the small town they live in.
As neighbors reveal secrets and the legend of
a mad Nazi scientist and his army of followers become more and more
believable. Time travel, mind control and invisibility are the
unholy trinity of this true mad scientist’s work. The question soon
becomes are these all just legends or are Martha and her family just
part of a twisted experiment, conducted by Nazis and sanctioned by
wonders where Buffy is when he needs her...
Unholy is not a slasher film, it's not a ghost story and
it's not a remake of a Japanese film! Unholy is more a
psychological thriller than a horror film, but don't worry there is
still plenty of blood and violence to keep the viewer's attention.
The film is also original, which is something that many of the
cookie cutter horror films of today are not. The story is complex
and it is also ambitious, pushing the limits of its budgetary
constraints. Adrienne Barbeau and Nicholas Brendon both give
excellent performances in the film and although her role was brief,
Siri Baruc's performance as the daughter driven to suicide by forces
unknown, steals the show. So take the time to check out Unholy.
It is a well made low budget thriller that makes the audience think
and pay attention, two things that many films today, even with
bigger budgets and better special effects don't manage to do.