Jess (Holli Dillon) comes home one night to find her babysitter
slaughtered and her son (Emanuele Ignomirelli) gone - then she's knocked
out and comes to chained to a wall.
Susan (Paola Masciadri) picks her
son (Emanuele Ignomirelli) up from school, but on the way home he runs
away, and going after him, Susan is run over by a car. She wakes up and
finds herself being chained to a wall.
Father Albert (Julian Boote)
finds a prostitute lieing on the steps of his church, obviously passed out
from too much alcohol. He finds out she's Maddie (Lisa Holsappel-Marrs),
his childhood friend, and from here on he tries to support her and show
her the right way ... and suddenly, she's gone, disappeared from the face
of the earth.
How does this all connect? Well, Jess, Susan, Albert and
Maddie all were childhood friends, and all but Albert also took part in a
Satanic ritual, headed by Maddie's brother Valentine (Peter Cosgrove) ...
and Susan are soon to find out they are held by Valentine, and he just
loves to torture them and behave like the incarnated Marquis de Sade.
Enter Maddie, who blames her whole life as alcoholic whore on everyone
else but herself, so in a position of power, she tries to outdo her brother in
terms of violence and depravity - much to his dismay though, so much so
that he rapes her, then chains her to the wall with the others.
Albert tries to figure out what has happened to Maddie, but instead he
finds a clue to a Satanic cult ... but when he gets too close to the
truth, he is captured ... and lands in the very room Jess, Susan and
Maddie are all held - and Valentine promises to release the son of whoever
slaughters the priest. But from here on it gets a lot worse ...
not your predictable cookie-cutter horror flick, rather an inventive
supernatural thriller that keeps you guessing to the end, and while the
shocks are plenty and gruesome, the emphasis of the movie is on
storytelling and characters, and everything is helped by proper pacing
that dares to be jumpy to keep things interesting, and the welcome lack of
a need to explain everything away. Add to that a fine balance between
suspense and sudden shocks, and you're in for some nice genre
entertainment away from known the known formula.