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  • Writer's pictureJack Aling

Immaculate - Review


3.5 / 5

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Directed by Michael Mohan.

Cecilia, an American nun of devout faith, embarks on a new journey in a remote convent in the picturesque Italian countryside. Cecilia’s warm welcome quickly devolves into a nightmare as it becomes clear her new home harbours a sinister secret and unspeakable horrors.

Sydney Sweeney auditioned for Immaculate over ten years ago but after the film never got made, she worked to help re-write and produce an updated version of this bloody tale.

Religion and horror crossing paths is a tale as old as time. From exorcists, omens and conjurings, it takes a lot for modern films to find new ground to tread. The underlying story of a mysterious miracle has been seen before but writer Andrew Lobel pushes it to new extremes and director Michael Mohan & cinematographer Elisha Christian pairs the terror with striking camera work and production design.

Sweeney proves she has the credentials to be the next great scream queen. Bearing her body and soul to give everything to the role. You can see how passionate she is, knowing that to properly sell the insanity on screen, you need to give it everything or nothing at all.

Immaculate works best when it moves into new territory - A place where other horrors like it have perhaps themselves been too scared to go. Particularly in the third act/trimester, it throws everything at the audience with a final scene that left me speechless. It finds itself falling into old habits with loud jump scares and predictable twists but I will give it credit for going all in with some truly sinister moments that are guaranteed to stay with you.

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