St. Agatha: not your average scary movie

Horror movies and religion can arguably be recognized as two peas in a pod when it comes to scary movies. More often than not, Catholicism seems to be affiliated with scary movies, and St. Agatha is no exception to this affiliation.

St. Agatha is a 2018 horror/thriller flick, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Andy Demetrio and Shaun Fletcher. Starring Sabrina Kern as Mary/Agatha, Carolyn Hennesy as Mother Superior, Courtney Halverson as Catherine, Hannah Fierman as Sarah, Trin Miller as Paula and Justin Miles as Jimmy, it takes place in the 1950s in Georgia where “a pregnant young woman named Agatha (Mary) seeks refuge in a convent. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a nightmare wherein silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of willpower Agatha has is tested as she learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the odd people that lurk inside its halls,” says the film’s storyline via its IMDb page. 

As the film’s description states, the convent Mary goes to is not what she initially perceives it to be. It becomes apparent relatively early on in the film that the ways in which the convent operates are not conventional, nor are they commendable.

I wouldn’t say this movie is scary in the way an average horror might be, but it’s certainly creepy. Mother Superior’s antics and methods are absolutely disturbing, and her malevolent antics are eventually revealed in a bit of a plot twist, if you will.

The performances by the actresses in this film are outstanding, specifically those by Kern as Mary and Hennesy as Mother Superior. It’s dark, twisted, unpredictable and volatile, and it will keep you guessing right up until its end. Check it out on Netflix if you’re interested.

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