The 5 Favorite Religious-Themed Horror Films of ‘Holy Ghost People’s’ Mitchell Altieri!

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Holy Ghost People, the latest genre film from Mitchell Altieri, one half of “The Butcher Brothers” (The Hamiltons, its sequel The Thompsons, as well as April Fool’s Day and The Violent Kind) is set to be released on VOD and iTunes on February 18 and in theaters February 21 by XLrator Media.

Starring Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Cameron Richardson and Roger Aaron Brown, the film begins on the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord – a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. It World Premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Bloody Disgusting caught up with Altieri who picked five of his favorite religious-themed horror films. Dig the list below!

5. Frailty

“Well besides the fact that Bill Paxton is a badass, I really dig the unique subject matter. A man who talks to an angel and believes he has to do the work of God as a demon slayer… all wrapped up within a coming of age film. Something I’m a big fan of if you’ve seen THE HAMILTONS.”

4. Stigmata

“I really love the style of this movie. Though at times it’s more drama than horror, I like that it steers away from the norm. And such a cool concept of a young, single girl who receives the stigmata, which leads us on a journey all the way to the Vatican. It’s powerful when it needs to be.”

3. Jacob’s Ladder

“This is just an awesome film. It’s not really religious-themed but it does dive deep into the subconscious and make you wonder what is waiting out there for us. That is scarier than most anything else out there.”

2. Rosemary’s Baby

“This movie just freaked me out the first time I watched it. It wasn’t until I saw it again as an adult did I really understand the brilliant filmmaking (the moveable walls – just amazing). And it still freaks me out. There is something about its tone and paranoia that eats at you like if you’ve taken five hits of acid. Such a slow burn that chips away in huge, hearty chunks.”

1. Angel Heart

“This is my all-time favorite horror film – has been since the first day I watched it. Horror mixed with Film Noir. It’s so beautifully shot, the performances are beyond amazing, and its concept is so frightening. It really makes you think when you look in the mirror — is it really your soul hiding behind your eyes? I haven’t seen anything that comes close to this film in its particular sub-genre. Alan Parker killed it.”

Special Mention: Serpent and the Rainbow

“Bill Pullman, Wes Craven, Voodoo…”

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  • djblack1313

    EXORCIST III!

  • Darkness69

    I expected Exorcist as well (the original though), but I’m very glad to see the inclusion of Jacob’s Ladder here, although it’s not a religious-themed movie per se.

  • Lion7718

    +1 for Frailty

  • K-Dogg

    I’m not saying it’s an absolute gem or anything, but I feel that The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh has gotten zero love, and I really dug it, for a flick with zero budget.