Movie Review: ST. AGATHA

ST. AGATHA was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and stars Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson, Lindsay Seim, Hannah Fierman, Trin Miller, Seth Michaels and Justin Miles. The music was composed by Mark Sayfritz.

It’s the 1950’s in small town Georgia, a pregnant con woman on the run seeks refuge in a convent hidden in deafening isolation. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark layer where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of will power Agatha has is tested. She soon learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the Odd people that lurk inside its halls. Agatha must now find a way to discover the unyielding strength needed to escape and save her baby before she’s caged behind these walls forever.

St. Agatha takes place in 1957 and follows Mary (Sabrina Kern), a troubled young woman who gets an invitation by a nun to visit a rural convent where she’s welcomed in by Mother Superior (Carolyn Hennesy) who takes in young women like herself. The hostess also warns her about the extremely strict rules she must follow or she’ll have to suffer the consequences. Mary also happens to be single and pregnant which is the main reason she was welcomed inside this mysterious place where she ends up meeting other troubled girls like herself who also call this dark place home.

The thing is, Mother Superior has a unique way of handling things that the Catholic church frowns upon so it has distanced itself from her convent that has forced her to come up with alternative methods of keeping the doors open. You see where I’m going with this? Anyway, it doesn’t take long for Mary to realize this mysterious convent is nothing more than a nightmarish prison and the cold-hearted Mother Superior is the wardon who dishes out some painful punishment to those who break her rules. What happens is, Mary has her rebellious ways and with each incident she learns just how vicious her hostess really is but the young woman is full of fight and she ultimately counters Mother Superior’s unholy rule. Escape from this place is just about impossible but in the end Mary is willing to fight for it.

Okay, St. Agatha ended up being another great entry by director Darren Bousman who continues to tackle every subgenre that horror has to offer. Just to name a few, he’s previously delivered three entries in the popular torture porn Saw franchise, a home invasion with his own take on Mother’s Day, the fan favorite horror musical The Devil’s Carnival and most recently the fantastic haunted house instant classic Abattoir and now he’s back with this viciously intense psycho-thriller. This time around it’s all psychological with this entry into the newly revived nunsploitation subgenre that focuses on the single pregnant woman who should’ve never payed a visit to this prison-like convent that’s run by a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

The story for St. Agatha was interesting and the cast was the driving force of the movie. The performances by Sabrina Kern as the protagonist and Carolyn Hennesy as the antagonist were both powerful. You can’t help but cheer this young woman on as she fights for her freedom and her unborn baby’s life against this sinister figure who’s easy to hate. Hey, this is one evil woman! This is a battle of good versus evil and these two actresses absolutely delivered the goods. The movie is more of a character driven thriller but it does have a little shock factor to it because of a few painful torture scenes but I wouldn’t necessarily label it as torture porn. There’s also the haunting score that makes the movie an even creepier of a watch. All in all, I enjoyed this latest offering from Bousman who is easily one of the best horror directors and storytellers out there today. St. Agatha will release in theaters, On Demand and Digital HD on February 8th.

Distirbutor: Uncork’d Entertainment

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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