Bloody Disgusting just debuted the trailer lionsgate‘s hunt for the devil Starting this morning, a brand new horror movie from the last Exorcism the director Daniel Stam, It’s coming to theaters around Halloween, releasing on the big screen 28 October 2022,
In hunting for the devilIn response to the global increase in demonic possession, the Catholic Church reopened exorcism schools to train priests in the rite of exorcism. In this spiritual battlefield, an unexpected warrior arises: a young nun, Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers,
“Although nuns are forbidden to exorcise, a professor (Colin Salmon, resident evil, alien vs predator, none) recognizes Sister Ann’s gifts and agrees to train her. Emphasize the spiritual front with fellow student Father Dante (Christian Navarro, “13 Reasons Why”), Sister Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl (who Sister Ann believes is possessed by the same demon who tormented her own mother years earlier), and Soon he learns that Satan has his right where he wants him… and he wants it inside.”
Bloody Disgusting got a chance to chat with director Daniel Stamm about the film this week, and he explains what happens hunt for the devil Unlike other films of this kind.
For starters, the exorcist is a woman at the center of this new story.
Bloody Disgusting: This is the first time viewers will see a captured account told from the perspective of a female exorcist. Which aspect of his story did you find most compelling, and what do you hope the audience will keep thinking about as soon as they leave the theatre?
Daniel Stam: What I always look for first when reading a new script are the conflict points on which the story is built. Conflict is the fuel of all drama, all mystery, all tension; To maintain audience interest over the length of a feature film, you need an incredible amount of fuel to burn. There is one point of conflict in a story about a male exorcist: church versus demon. But a female exorcist needs to fight the demon and the church whose doctrine is a far greater threat to her than Satan himself.
“Strong female protagonist” is a buzzword that’s being thrown around a lot, and I rarely get the feeling that it’s really paid off. You may see some female Marvel characters as feminist icons, yet they’re really just punching bad guys the same way their male counterparts do. It is not that they are coming up with a new approach and challenging the status quo. So this question was important to us when we made the film: What skill set is our heroine reaching that her male allies don’t? In our story, Sister Ann is saying: “You guys made it all about yourself, captivated by your image of bravely fighting demons. Satan is using your vanity to distract you – it’s time to focus on the prey you claim to be fighting for. You need to make them more than the battlefield you are roaming in. Let’s stop yelling at our Bible verses and listen for a moment instead. ,
One of my favorite sentences in the movie comes when Sister Ann goes to her mentor, Father Quinn, and tries to talk to him about her insights. He furiously replies: “Let me straighten it out – the rite of exorcism has stood for centuries as the supposed word of God… and you have the notes?!” She does, and that makes him a physician, a profiler, a scientist—and that puts him on a direct confrontational path with the Church. To me, this is where this movie really earns the “strong female protagonist” label: instead of holding the hand of (a male) god at every step along the way, she lets go because she’s got both to try something new. Hands are required. And that, in turn, allows this movie to do all sorts of things that other exorcism movies haven’t. So the female protagonist isn’t just a gimmick — she’s deeply woven into the DNA of the story.
BD: Although the plot focuses on demonic possession, it’s the mother/daughter relationship that really anchors this story. The idea that unresolved trauma can be passed down from generation to generation until it is finally addressed is almost as disturbing as supernatural fiction! Why did you think it was important to make it the focal point of the film?
DS: Most thrillers are based in one way or another on ghosts of the past raising their heads, devouring their victims until they are confronted and dealt with. I think, again, the reason for this is the need for conflict. It gives you a whole backstory full of past conflicts that you can pull from. And since we’re telling the story of an ‘eternal struggle’, it’s all the more important to lean towards the generational aspect of it all – that there will be entire families that will be targets of Satan, generation after generation.
The other reason I like this aspect of the story is that I’m always asking myself: “If this wasn’t a genre film — if I took out all the scary and scary moments — would it still be compelling? ” And then the job is to make it like that, and never lose sight of it. The key to this, of course, are the characters. How do you make the audience care about the characters? It’s a lot harder than you might think, yet it’s often limited to just one strong moment. For me, this moment happened when Ann was begging Virginia Madsen’s character to believe that her mother was not cruel, not abusive—but she was. She is a child who is so firmly clinging to her love for her mother, that she prefers to face the devil herself, rather than admit that her mother does not love her. She is so vulnerable that it is impossible to feel her security throughout the film.
BD: Aside from our protagonist being a nun with an exorcism instead of the traditional priest, what are you most excited about that sets for Satan apart from other possession stories?
DS: Acting. Oh dear me. This outfit really took it to another level, one that you don’t necessarily need in horror movies. Jackie Byers As amazing as Sister Ann is – fearless, raw, and an absolute revelation of what’s really happening under your skin. I never want to make a film without Jackie again. He has an incredible career ahead of him – we’re so lucky we found him, before only mingling with the Scorsese of the world. Posie Taylor As the girl we have is pulling endless talent from some source no actor of her age should have access to. She may have entered into some demonic pact – but that would be huge. Virginia Madsena, ben cross – What legends, and what an honor to have them in film. Christian Navarro, Colin Salmon, Lisa Palfrey, Nicholas Ralph – There’s nothing you can ask them that they can’t, they’re so good. It’s really exciting to have that level of talent in the farthest corners of small roles in a genre film.
And then you put these performances in a set created by a production design legend Jonathan McKinstry ,money terrible, terror), are things created by musician legend Nathan Burrow ,Hostel, True Blood), and ask the editing legend tom elkins ,Annabel, Child’s Play) to hold it all together. With a gallery of such horror nobility, there’s just one quality that permeates every aspect of the film.
BD: According to real-life reports from the Vatican, demonic possessions are on the rise. The film is inspired by these actual exorcism cases and the schools established by the church to fight this evil. What is it about demonic activity that continues to captivate the audience?
DS: There is a welcome complication in the film’s original struggle to defeat an invisible villain without destroying the host body. We can’t just blow that man’s head, we have to be more resourceful than him. And the whole ‘evil enemy behind the mask of a harmless friend’ is the essence of a nightmare. Possession is also attracted by some phenomena that everyone is familiar with: loved ones not feeling themselves quite right, or feeling themselves not quite; You are not affected by experiencing physical events, or thoughts and impulses whose origins are a mystery to us. The thought of losing control is so terrifying to us that it’s a useful place to develop a horror story.
Then there’s the idea that good horror movies are metaphors for real-life fears in people’s minds, and possession can be a powerful metaphor for many things – from mental illness to decay of health, corruption, terrorism, etc. And since you’re working against a religious background, the foundation for a large part of your audience has been built for decades. It would be a shame to let it go to waste…
see hunt for the devil Trailer right here.