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Them That Follow (2019)

R | | Thriller | 2 August 2019 (USA)
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Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, a pastor's daughter holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.

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Britt Poulton (as Brittany Poulton), Dan Madison Savage (as Daniel Savage)
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Credited cast:
Kaitlyn Dever ... Dilly
Walton Goggins ... Lemuel
Olivia Colman ... Hope
Jim Gaffigan ... Zeke
Thomas Mann ... Augie
Lewis Pullman ... Garret
Alice Englert ... Mara
Bradley Gallo ... Man in Van
Dominic Cancelliere
Annie Tedesco ... Connie Ray
Brooks Roseberry ... Jed
Katherine DeBoer ... Bridgette
Catherine L. Albers Catherine L. Albers ... Old Woman (Deb)
Erik Andrews ... Harold
Connor Daniel Lysholm Connor Daniel Lysholm ... Jace
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Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs "Walton Goggins" presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara "Alice Englert" prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father's church.

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We All Have Our Sins

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Rated R for some disturbing violence | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Them That Follow See more »

Filming Locations:

Youngstown, Ohio, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,137, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$159,218

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,218
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A near miss but worth seeing
16 August 2019 | by DcamplissonSee all my reviews

This was a fascinating look at one manifestation of Protestantism and what happens when people Mistake a slice of pizza for the whole pie. Fixated on one verse of the Bible and having no intellectual tradition whatsoever, this group focuses on snake handling and slurping up poison. This could easily be just a mocking piece, but it gets beyond that. The pastor is indeed not too swift, but is not shown as a cult leader or tyrant. Just a bully and an educated man.

The film however does a very good job of showing the community, who basically are in educated hillbillies, with empathy and understanding. It also shows how ultimately humanity comes out even when their lives are layered in piles of ignorance. When crucial decisions need to be made, Humanity trumps misguided slavishness. One inexplicably missing element is Their liturgy. It is the most interesting thing about this group ( maybe the only interesting thing, without which there no different from thousands of other Protestant groups) is their liturgy. But there's only a tiny bit, which is treated artistically , rather than being served up raw. Having a stark presentation of the snake handling routine might have been more effective. It's very odd That there's very little of that visceral liturgy. . It would really Have been much better if there was a lot more liturgy so the viewer could understand more what the attraction is. The cast do a good job steering clear of cliche and stereotyping. They are able to look comfortable in the grumpy clothes and dilapidated buildings without becoming " other". Overall it was very interesting and entertaining although 4 more minutes swinging an anaconda would be added a star


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