Prey for the Devil

It wants in.

Horror Thriller
93 min     5.833     2022     USA

Overview

In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, the Catholic Church reopens exorcism schools to train priests in the Rite of Exorcism. On this spiritual battlefield, an unlikely warrior rises: a young nun, Sister Ann. Thrust onto the spiritual frontline with fellow student Father Dante, Sister Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl and soon realizes the Devil has her right where he wants her.

Reviews

CinemaSerf wrote:
Jacqueline Byers is "Sister Ann" - a troubled young nun whose relationship with her late, clinically diagnosed schizophrenic, mother has left her determined to take holy orders and to help other people with mental health disorders. She has a nursing position at a church hospital where the Catholic church - under the leadership "Fr. Quinn" (Colin Salmon) and psychiatrist "Dr. Peters" (Virginia Madsen) use scientific and ecclesiastic methods to treat their patients. The former leads their exorcism training regime and it to that that the nun is drawn. Her skills are initially tested when she has to try and deal with the apparent possession of the young "Natalie" (Posy Taylor) but that operation merely serves to open up an entire wardrobe of demons - including some very close to home for "Ann". Actually, the story here is not half bad - but the acting and the whole presentation of the film is seriously lacklustre. Sure, there are a few quite effective jump moments but as the story gathers pace it loses any semblance of plausibility. The writing clumsily muddles scripture and vernacular and the ending is really old hat. It has the ring of an over-stretched short story to it. It might almost have made for a decent "Tales of the Unexpected" forty-five minute television drama rather than dragging it out with loads of establishing shots of the rather nice building she works in and rain, lots and lots of rain! Saw it tonight in 100-seat cinema all by myself - I can't say I am surprised - this is really all rather poor.
CinemaSerf wrote:
Jacqueline Byers is "Sister Ann" - a troubled young nun whose relationship with her late, clinically diagnosed schizophrenic, mother has left her determined to take holy orders and to help other people with mental health disorders. She has a nursing position at a church hospital where the Catholic church - under the leadership "Fr. Quinn" (Colin Salmon) and psychiatrist "Dr. Peters" (Virginia Madsen) use scientific and ecclesiastic methods to treat their patients. The former leads their exorcism training regime and it to that that the nun is drawn. Her skills are initially tested when she has to try and deal with the apparent possession of the young "Natalie" (Posy Taylor) but that operation merely serves to open up an entire wardrobe of demons - including some very close to home for "Ann". Actually, the story here is not half bad - but the acting and the whole presentation of the film is seriously lacklustre. Sure, there are a few quite effective jump moments but as the story gathers pace it loses any semblance of plausibility. The writing clumsily muddles scripture and vernacular and the ending is really old hat. It has the ring of an over-stretched short story to it. It might almost have made for a decent "Tales of the Unexpected" forty-five minute television drama rather than dragging it out with loads of establishing shots of the rather nice building she works in and rain, lots and lots of rain! Saw it tonight in a 100-seat cinema all by myself - I can't say I am surprised - this is really all rather poor.

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