The Unholy movie review

Michael Yuschak , Staff writer

This is not your typical religious horror movie. “Unholy” the movie is based upon James Herbert’s best-selling book “Shrine”. The  movie follows Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl who after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and can heal the sick.


This movie takes place in a modern town in the state of Massachusetts. One of the town farmers is greeted by a reporter, Gerry Fenn, who is played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan who is most widely known for his performances in “The Walking Dead” and “Supernatural”. This reporter has been trying to catch a good story/case for a while after he got fired for fabricating an old story for more publicity. Word has spread from near and far that a woman who was deaf is cured after a visit from the Virgin Mary. This disgraced journalist is hoping to restart his journalism career and visits the small New England town to investigate. As he investigates the farmer’s land he stumbles upon a doll that is at the base of a tree. As he notices this doll, he smashes it not knowing what he has done, but tries to make his story seem better than it is.


Later that night as he is leaving the town he notices a girl walking in the road and he swerves to miss her, but hits a tree. Trying to make sure she is ok, he follows her to that same tree where he found the doll.  He sees the girl kneeling and speaking to a spiritual being. Soon the girl passes out and Gerry rushes her to the nearest home for help. He finds out that this girl’s name was Alice and she has been deaf since birth and spoke for the first time. Later on that next day she comes to tell all the people she was chosen by the Virgin Mary and she wants her to spread her love and teachings. 


So as the town is in major disbelief and unfaithful, Alice proceeds to heal people in her town to make them believe. The reporter begins to research and investigate the town and the people in it.  He later finds out that the Virgin Mary is not who she says she is. All in all it is a good enjoyable movie but was not as scary as I anticipated it would be.  


All in all it is still an enjoyable movie, plenty of suspense and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I would recommend it if you are looking for a decent thriller movie.