'The Devil's Hand'
(Rufus Sewell, Thomas McDonell, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Meaney, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2014 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: When young girls start to go missing within a religious cult, older followers fear a long-told prophecy while the younger members suspect abusive elders are killing them off.
DVD Verdict: "6 girls born on the 6th day of the 6th month. Their 18th birthday is approaching. 1 will emerge." When the 18th birthday of the daughters of Jacob Brown (Sewell) and others in a quaint Amish town approaches things become uneasy. One of the town's leaders and elder Beacon (Meaney) recounts a prophecy about the Devil coming to the village. He fears that these girls are the reason for the happenings and begins to do anything he can to stop the prophecy from coming true. The girls on the other hand have a different story to tell.
Going in I was expecting yet another cheesy low budget horror movie. I was surprised at how much I liked this. Without trying to start something I do think that religion in the hands of the wrong people is very dangerous and this movie is an example of why I feel that way. The best part of the movie though is that it stays one step ahead of you and you never really feel comfortable with what you are seeing. That is the sign of a good movie to me, one that keeps you guessing at the same time you are becoming angry at what you are seeing.
Overall, a surprisingly good horror movie that deals with one of the scariest things of all, Evil done in the name of God. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:77.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
English and Spanish Subtitles